Its central position at the heart of Europe, the high levels of education among its employees and the productivity of its workforce, the energy efficiency of its production installations, the high quality of its scientific research, and its extensive network of universities and knowledge institutions – each of these are significant assets for the chemicals, plastics and life sciences sector in Belgium.
Twelve of the world’s 15 largest chemical companies operate a production facility in the country. Along with numerous home-grown SMEs, these multinational companies are turning Belgium into the largest chemicals and pharma cluster in Europe.
Thanks to intensive collaboration with the regional investment and export agencies Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), Walloon Export Agency (Awex) and Brussels Invest & Export, essenscia is promoting these assets to potential trading partners during various economic and princely missions, including:
- Organising a Chemistry Power Breakfast and a Power Lunch Biopharma in Vancouver during the princely mission to West Canada (October 2015).
- Participating, as a special guest, in a federal government mission to Japan (October 2016). During this visit, essenscia took part in an investment lunch with top CEOs from the chemicals industry to extol Belgium’s virtues as an investment location.
- Participating in a federal government economic mission to Texas (December 2016), with a dedicated seminar to promote Belgium as a leading chemicals cluster in Europe and a high-level Power Lunch highlighting Belgium’s biopharma valley.