For the third consecutive year a company from the chemical and life sciences sector has won the Flanders Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy – an award highlighting the importance of foreign investment in the Flemish, northern region of Belgium. Kaneka Belgium was presented with the 2018 Trophy by Minister-President of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois.

The Japanese chemical firm was recognized for the recent expansion of its production facility for modified silicone polymers in Westerlo. When construction is complete, the Flanders-based site will be Kaneka’s largest global production plant. Previous winners of this prestigious prize are Nippon Shokubai and Sanofi. American pharma firm Pfizer succeeded BASF as winner of the Lifetime Achievement Trophy.

Flanders’ chemical industry is one of the most integrated chemical clusters in the world.  To lend further support to foreign chemical firms aiming to invest in the region, Flanders has launched a Welcome Team for the Chemical Sector providing tailored assistance and expertise. It comprises experts from different organisations, including essenscia, the Belgian federation for the chemical and life sciences industries. For more information go to: https://www.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com/en/news/flanders-launches-welcome-team-chemical-sector