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Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce
World leaders
from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders
testify to their partnership with China
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World leaders
from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders
testify to their partnership with China
Preface by Mr Bert De Graeve, Chairman, Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce 2
About the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce 3
A short introduction to Flanders 4-5
The life sciences industry in Flanders – a testimonial by Janssen Pharmaceutica 6-7
The food and beverages industry in Flanders – a testimonial by AB InBev 8-9
The logistics industry in Flanders – a testimonial by Ahlers 10-11
The energy and environment industry in Flanders – a testimonial by VITO 12-13
The electronics, imaging & ICT industry in Flanders –
testimonials by Agfa Graphics, Barco and Telindus Group 14-15-16-17
The automotive industry in Flanders – testimonials by Bekaert and Umicore 18-20-21
The metals transformation and materials industry in Flanders – testimonials by Bekaert and Umicore 19-22-23
The mechatronics industry in Flanders – a testimonial by Picanol 24-25
The dredging industry in Flanders – a testimonial by Deme 26-27
The banking industry in Flanders – testimonials by KBC Group and Fortis Bank 28-29-30
World-class Flemish research establishments 32
About Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) 33 About the structural partners of the Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce (FCCC) 34-35-36
Useful contacts Belgium 38
Useful contacts China 39
World Leaders from the Heart of Europe Contacts 41
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World leaders from the heart of Europe
B
russels and Belgium are well-known the
The same accolade went to Shanghai Bell, now
whole world over. Brussels is the capital of
Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, which blazed a
Europe and the seat of the European Commission,
pioneering path in China’s telecommunications
where many decisions are made that reverberate
sector. In the early nineties, many more Flemish
throughout Europe and the rest of the world. But
companies set up joint ventures and wholly owned
Brussels is also the capital of Flanders.
foreign enterprises in China. The list is long and
includes many big names, including AB InBev,
Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, is
Agfa, Ahlers, Barco, Bekaert and Umicore.
a highly active export- and trade-oriented region.
Rich in history , with an enviable cultural herit-
Many Fortune 500 companies, on the other hand,
age in painting and architecture, and is still a lead-
have chosen Flanders as a location for their manu-
ing player in many sectors, ranging from fashion
facturing plants, sales centres or European head-
to chip design to diamonds, chocolates, beer and a
quarters. The port of Antwerp, one of the busiest
very wide range of innovative industrial products
in the world, ensures speedy and reliable connec-
and services.
tions with suppliers and customers. Brussels Airport, Belgium’s various ports and Flanders’ superb
Let us introduce you to some true world leaders
road and rail network make the area the true
from the heart of Europe, companies that are based
crossroads of Europe. Flemish workers have been
in Flanders but have spread to every continent,
praised for their hard work and flexibility. Many
building solid production facilities and sales bases
are multilingual, which greatly facilitates coopera-
there. Flemish engineers and marketing specialists
tion with foreign managers. The combined efforts
have already gone - and are still going - to many
by famous companies from all over the world and
countries to manufacture and sell leading-edge
dynamic Flemish SMEs and universities conduct-
products in numerous vital sectors of the economy.
ing ground-breaking research have made Flanders
They also went to China, where as early as 1978
one of the world’s leading knowledge-based econo-
they launched negotiations with a view to setting
mies. All these considerations make the region of
up some of China’s first and most successful joint
Flanders an ideal investment target.
ventures. Xian Janssen, with investment from
Janssen Pharmaceutica, the Flemish subsidiary
In this booklet, we offer you a brief, insightful
of Johnson and Johnson, has on several occasions
overview of the most thriving economic sectors in
been voted the best joint venture in China”.
Flanders and the companies doing business there.
The domains in question include food & beverages,
pharmaceuticals, metals and materials, logistics,
IT, the automotive sector, the energy and the environment industry. The booklet presents some facts
and figures about each industry and sums up the
main arguments in favour of investing in each respective sector in Flanders or doing business with
Flemish companies in specific domains.
Reading the booklet may well encourage you to
visit Flanders and see for yourself why this dynamic region of Europe could be your next investment
and business target. Finding the right location can
Bert De Graeve
Chairman
be a make or break decision in times of economic
crisis. Well, Flanders is waiting for you.
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Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce
Martelaarslaan 49, B-9000 Gent
T +32 (0)9 2661432 – F +32 (0)9 2661447
E [email protected]
www.flanders-china.be
T
he Flanders-China Chamber of Commerce
The FCCC is an active member of the EU-China
(FCCC) is a private institution. It promotes
Business Association (EUCBA). This is an umbrella
economic, commercial and scientific relations be-
organisation for all China associations in Europe.
tween Flanders and the People’s Republic of Chi-
The EUCBA promotes economic and trading rela-
na. The FCCC assists companies in doing business
tions between the EU and China, working closely
with China and supports Chinese companies wish-
with the European Commission and the Europe-
ing to invest in Flanders. The FCCC is a lobby or-
an Union Chamber of Commerce in China. The
ganisation acting with the authorities in Flanders,
EUCBA also acts as a privileged interlocutor of the
Belgium, the European Union and the People’s Re-
PRC’s diplomatic representation in Brussels.
public of China.
FOUNDING MEMBERS
The FCCC organises China conferences, work-
AB InBev, Agfa Graphics, Ahlers, Barco, Bekaert,
shops, networking lunches and meetings with
Belgacom, Deme, Fortis, KBC Bank, Picanol
high-ranking Chinese delegations. The FCCC dis-
and Umicore
seminates business advice from China experts and
also issues weekly electronic and sectorial newslet-
STRUCTURAL PARTNERS
ters and a monthly member’s portrait in China. It
Antwerp Port Authority, Deloitte, DLA Piper,
organises missions to China, working in close co-
Group T, ING, Province of Antwerp,
operation with official government bodies.
Province of East Flanders and VITO
ORGANISATION AND FOUNDING MEMBERS FCCC
President: Mr. Bert De Graeve, C.E.O., NV BEKAERT SA
Vice-President: Mr. Pierre Van de Bruaene, Vice-President Zinc Battery Materials, NV UMICORE SA
Secretary and Treasurer: Mr. Luc Gijsens, Senior General Manager, NV KBC BANK SA
Executive Director: Ms. Gwenn Sonck
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND FOUNDING MEMBERS:
Mr. Bert De Graeve, C.E.O., NV BEKAERT SA
Mr. Filip Dierckx, Chairman, NV FORTIS BANK SA
Mr. Tangui Van der Elst, Director Corporate Affairs Belux, NV AB INBEV SA
Mr. Bernard Dursin, Senior Vice-President, NV BARCO SA
Mr. William Mosseray, C.E.O. Telindus International, NV BELGACOM SA
Mr. Johan Verstraete, Vice-President Marketing, Sales & Services Weaving Solutions, NV PICANOL SA
Mr. Luc Maton, General Manager Agencies & International Forwarding, NV AHLERS SA
Mr. Marc Stordiau, Member of the Board of Directors, NV DEME SA
Mr. Pierre Van de Bruaene, Vice-President Zinc Battery Materials, NV UMICORE SA
Mr. Luc Gijsens, Senior General Manager, NV KBC BANK SA
Mr. Stefaan Vanhooren, President Agfa Graphics, Member of the Executive Committee, NV AGFA GRAPHICS SA
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World leaders from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders testify to their partnership with China
A short introduction to Flanders
I
n the heart of Europe lies Flanders, the northern region of Belgium. Its immediate neighbors
are France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and, just across the channel, the UK. The
Flemish Region is a constitutional institution of
the kingdom of Belgium. It has its own parliament
Denmark
and government. Flanders has been flourishing
UK
for centuries as an area of trade and commerce at
the crossroads of Europe. Nowadays Flanders has
Ireland
evolved into a thriving knowledge-based economy,
Dublin
partnering successfully with large concerns, other
Liverpool
The Netherlands
Leeds
Cardiff London
international organizations and SMEs from all
Den Hague Amsterdam
Belgium Rotterdam
Germany
Antwerp
Cologne
Brussels
Bonn
over the globe.
Paris
Strasbourg
Strategic location in Europe
One of the most eye-catching benefits of the
Flanders region is its superb, central location. Over
60% of the European purchasing power is situated
Frankfurt
Luxembourg
Stuttgart
Bern
Flanders: at the heart
of the European
purchasing power
Switzerland
Milan
France
Italy
within a tight radius of 500 kilometers around
Flanders. What is more, the major international
institutions NATO and the European Union have
Spain
Rome
Barcelona
their headquarters in Brussels, the capital of Flanders.
ports and highly efficient airports for worldwide
transport. In addition, the region is among the
development of various knowledge clusters. These
world’s best when it comes to the density of road,
clusters form a tight network with the academic
railroad and inland waterway networks.
world and their member companies.
Leading knowledge-based economy
Last but not least, the Flemish region offers com-
The Flemish workforce has the reputation of be-
panies a wide scale of tax benefits and financial
ing highly productive, flexible and multilingual.
grants, from tax exemption and rulings to benefi-
They are crafted by an education system that is
cial tax regimes for R&D and pension funds and
world renowned. In addition, the track record of
the much-valued notional interest deduction. In
discovery research and innovation in Flanders is
short, companies worldwide find Flanders to be
impressive across a wide range of disciplines and
the ideal location to achieve sustainable growth.
a variety of sectors. The winning combination of
Flanders’ dense population of companies and their
traditional willingness to cooperate in order to
extend themselves, has provided a hotbed for the
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Source: Flanders Investment & Trade
Transport of goods or persons becomes easy in
Flanders as it can boast the most modern maritime
FAC T S AND FIGUR ES
• Surface: 13,684 km², covering 44.8% of Belgium
• GDP : 60% of national GDP
• Population: 7,210,091, 60% of the total
• The world’s highest concentration of seaports : 4 ports, including Antwerp, Europe’s 2nd largest and
5th largest in the world
• Trade relations with China :
• In 2007, Belgium’s exports to China reached a total amount of EUR 2.890 billion, of which 86.66%
originated from the Flanders region.
• Belgium’s imports from China totalled EUR 6.975 billion, EUR 6.308 billion of which (90.44%)
stemmed from imports into Flanders.
WE INVITE YOU TO HAVE A LOOK AT SOM E OF THE MOST INTER ESTING
ECONOM IC SEC TOR S THAT M AKE FL ANDER S ONE OF THE TOP R EG ION S IN
EUROPE . WE E X A M INE THEM THOROUGHLY, ONE BY ONE , IN THI S BOOKLET…
• life sciences
• food and beverages
•logistics
• energy and environment
• electronics, imaging & ICT
•automotive
• metals transformation and materials
•mechatronics
•dredging
•banking
Flemish
Region
Brussels Capital
Region
Walloon
Region
Source: Flanders Investment & Trade
Flanders: the northern region of Belgium
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Source: FIT via National Bank of Belgium
• Brussels, capital of both Flanders and Belgium as well as administrative capital of the EU
World leaders from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders testify to their partnership with China
The life sciences industry in Flanders
World leader in pioneering research
F
landers offers all the ingredients necessary for
At the root of this global success are Flanders’
life sciences companies to make a successful
top universities who cooperate through the Flan-
move into Europe and the fast-expanding Euro-
ders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), a research
pean market. The region’s long tradition and con-
platform without parallel in Europe. It has spun
tinual high performance in discovery research, de-
off many successful companies. In Flanders both
velopment, production, logistics and headquarter
public and private venture capital firms are eager
operations make it the right place to be.
to invest in complex life sciences research projects.
And, on top of all that, the Flemish government
Flanders is a world leader in human healthcare.
Leading names have a range of production and
has created some unique fiscal measures that specifically benefit scientific research.
R&D facilities there. In plant biotechnology, Flanders can boast expertise unrivaled anywhere else
in the world. It is Europe’s largest plant biotech
R&D hub. In industrial biotech, Flanders plays a
pioneering role in Europe. A tight network of innovative suppliers from clinical testing over product development to lab equipment has formed in
this region-wide life sciences cluster that is Flanders.
FACTS & FIGURES
Did you know that…?
• Flanders is home to Janssen Pharmaceutica, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson? This Flemish company has developed 4 therapeutics that are on the WHO list of essential drugs.
• Ghent is currently the European epicenter of biotechnology directed at plants? Major crop
protection companies like Bayer, BASF and Monsanto have all set up a research center in
this Flemish city.
• Numerous therapeutics to treat Alzheimer’s, several forms of cancer and influenza were
first invented in Flanders?
• Flemish scientists were the first to discover the complete coding sequence
A RANDOM SELECTION OF MULTINATIONALS
of a gene and of an entire organism?
WITH SIZEABLE OPERATIONS IN FLANDERS’
LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY
WHY INVEST IN OR DO BUSINESS WITH FLANDERS’ LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY?
• Agfa HealthCare - Belgium
• Unrivaled expertise in plant biotechnology
• Bayer – Germany
• World leader in human healthcare
• BASF - Germany
• Pioneer in industrial biotech
• Johnson & Johnson – United States
• Tight network of innovative suppliers
• Matrix Laboratories – India
• Home to Europe’s leading biotech research cluster, VIB
• Monsanto – United States
• Multiple financing possibilities and R&D government funding
• Ranbaxy – India
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Janssen Pharmaceutica
“No company can claim to have a truly global reach, if it is not active in China. “
“Belgium is still the most ideal gateway to Europe for Chinese companies.”
Dirk Collier, Secretary-General
Janssen Pharmaceutica in short
Why China ?
Janssen Pharmaceutica is active in research, de-
No company can claim to have a global reach, if
velopment and manufacturing of pharmaceutical
it is not active in China. China is extremely impor-
products.
tant in the world economy, not only because of the
Janssen Pharmaceutica is part of the world’s larg-
size and rapid growth of its domestic market, but
est healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson, and
also because of the wealth of talent available. This
enjoys an international reputation for pharmaceu-
makes China a potential partner for any company.
tical innovation and quality. With more than 80
drugs to its name, Janssen is one of the most in-
Janssen’s presence in China
novative pharmaceutical companies in the world
Our corporate headquarters is in Beijing and our
and its products have found major applications in
manufacturing plant is in Xian. Apart from that,
human medicine. In Belgium alone, the company
we have regional offices in 28 cities.
employs over 4000 people.
Janssen Pharmaceutica in China
Janssen has a long-standing relationship with
China, with imports from chemical products since
the early 80ies, and the Xian-Janssen joint venture
company since 1985, one of the most respected and
successful pharmaceutical companies in China,
employing near upon 3000 people in China.
The company produces and markets high-quality
products and biologics in the areas of gastrointestinal disease, neurology, psychiatry, immunology,
pain control, infectious disease, and oncology. The
company is also committed to providing health
services and developing public health education.
Chinese suppliers also play a crucial strategic
role for Janssen, primarily in the area of chemical
manufacturing, chemical development, and R&D
activities.
Beijing
Xian-Janssen Pharmaceutical has won a series of
awards and between 1992 and 1996, the company
consecutively ranked in “The Strongest Joint Ven-
Xi’an
ture in China”, among which it finished first on
two occasions.
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World leaders from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders testify to their partnership with China
The food and beverages industry
in Flanders
From artisanal beginnings
to a mechanized, hi-tech industry
F
landers is famous the world over for its age-
nomic tradition and cultural diversity make it an
long tradition of producing exquisite fine
excellent testing ground for food manufacturers.
chocolates and supreme gourmet beers. However,
Flanders’ food and beverages industry goes much
From the age-old tradition of artisanal food and
further than that. Flanders also produces high-
beverage preparation, a large proportion of the
quality meat (from beef, pork and chicken), dairy
food and beverage industry in Flanders has devel-
products, biscuits and cookies, all kinds of grain
oped into a hi-tech industry with companies that
products and much more besides.
make top quality food and beverages by using hypermodern production techniques, processes and
Most of the export goes to the neighboring coun-
machinery. To further encourage this, Flanders’
tries (France, the Netherlands and Germany) and
FOOD was established – an innovation platform
to Italy and the UK. Long-haul exports, mostly to
and forum for the food industry in Flanders. It is a
the US, Russia and Japan, account for 14% of the
unique point of contact for Flemish food produc-
turnover. Compared to the food industry in other
ers and the main link between these companies
European nations, Flanders has a very high turno-
and Flanders’ knowledge and research centers.
ver per capita. Furthermore, Flanders’ long gastro-
FACTS & FIGURES
Did you know that…?
• The overall turnover of Flanders’ 4,000 food and beverages companies totals 25.3 billion
euros? 45%, or some12.8 billion euros of that, originates from exported products.
• Investments in the food industry are worth 900 million euros each year? These keep the
Flemish food industry at the forefront on a global scale.
•The French-owned dairy group Danone produces its famous L.casei Immunitas®containing drinking yogurt, called Actimel, exclusively in Flanders? At the plant in the
town of Rotselaar, 2.2 million mini-bottles roll out every year.
• Guylian, one of Belgium’s most successful chocolate companies abroad, was recently acquired by the Korean concern Lotte Confectionary? It is the first step into the European
premium chocolate market for the Korean company.
• The Japanese concern Yakult Honsha has located its first R&D facility outside Japan in
Flanders? It conducts research and testing activities into the effects of
Yakult’s probiotic products on intestinal flora and bowel functions.
A RANDOM SELECTION OF MULTINATIONALS
WITH SIZEABLE INVESTMENTS IN FLANDERS’
WHY INVEST IN OR DO BUSINESS WITH FLANDERS’ FOOD
AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY?
FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
• Danone – France
• Centuries of tradition in good food and beverage products
• Coca-Cola – United States
• Worldwide reputation for high-quality, food products
• Yakult – Japan
• Ideal European testing market
• Kraft Foods – United States
• Hi-tech production techniques, processes and machinery
• Mars – United States
• Sara Lee – United States
• Cargill – United States
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AB InBev
“China will always be our key strategic market because it’s the world’s largest and fastest growing beer
market by volume. InBev has invested more than 1.2 billion euros in China over the past two decades.
This investment indeed signifies InBev’s commitment to China. We are very optimistic about business
opportunities in China. We are making further investment in technical renovation and introducing
global best practices to the day-to-day management of our breweries in China,”
“InBev’s global mission is to build the best beer company in a better world. We promote responsible
drinking to consumers and good environmental performance in our breweries. We are committed to
building a Chinese national brand and upgrade regional brands. We will continue to improve the standard of China’s beer industry by cooperating with Chinese partners. I am full of optimism for the beer
industry and InBev’s expansion in China.” Miguel Patricio, Zone President Asia Pacific
This includes true beer icons with global reach
InBev in short
InBev is the world’s leading brewer, realizing
like Stella Artois® and Becks® fast growing mul-
14.4 billion euro in 2007. With a vision to become
ti-country brands like Leffe® and Hoegaarden®,
“the best beer company in a better world,” the com-
and many consumer loved “local champions’ like
pany has a strong, balanced portfolio, holding the
Skol®, Quilmes®, Sibirskaya Korona®, Cherni-
number one or number two position in over 20
givske®, Sedrin®, Cass® and Jupiler®.
key markets – more than any other brewer. It has
a key presence in both developed and developing
markets.
InBev in China
InBev first entered China in 1984 by provid-
Headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, InBev em-
ing technology transfers to Zhujiang Brewery in
ploys almost 89 000 people worldwide. With sales
Guangzhou. From 1998 onwards, InBev aquired or
in over 130 countries, the company works through
formed partnerships with a number of leading Chi-
six operational zones: North America, Western
nese brewers including Jinling, KK, Double Deer,
Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific,
Shiliang, Baisha, and Jinlongquan. In May 2006,
Latin America North, and Latin America South.
InBev doubled its business in China by acquiring
As a true consumer-centric, sales driven compa-
100% of the Fujian Sedrin Brewery. Today, InBev
ny, InBev manages a carefully segmented portfolio
China runs or jointly runs 33 breweries across 8
of more than 200 brands.
provinces : Fujian, Guangdong, Hubei, Hunan,
Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Hebei provinces and
Nanjing
Shiliang
Ningbo
Jinhua
Yandangshan
Zhoushan
Wenzhou
Dangyang
Jingmeng
Xiaogan
Nanchang
Changsha
Sanming
Pingyang
Putian
Yuyao
Plus 10 JV plants with Zhujiang Brewery Group
where InBev is a minority shareholder.
employs almost 22,000 people. With 40 million
hectoliters of sales annually, InBev is now one of
the largest brewers in China. Successful launches
in Ningbo and Nanjing were important steps and
contributed to the brands double-digit growth in
2007.
Why China ?
China is a highly significant growth market for
the beer industry because of the size of its population, and potential for per capita consumption
growth. China is a highly regionalized market
with major urban population centers developing more rapidly than rural areas. Following the
Sedrin acquisition, InBev is well positioned for
growth in the densely populated areas of Central
and Eastern China.
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World leaders from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders testify to their partnership with China
The logistics industry in Flanders
Unrivaled benefits for every kind of operation
F
landers, with its central location, its vast
activities to ICT and engineering. With support
know-how, its modern infrastructure and
from the Flanders Institute for Logistics (VIL), the
highly-efficient gateways is the reference beacon
government propels the sector forward.
in Europe for logistics operations. World-leading
seaports (e.g. Europe’s second largest port at Ant-
Whether it’s vehicles, chemicals, pharmaceuti-
werp and the port of Zeebrugge), highly efficient
cals, foodstuffs or anything you can think of, logis-
airports and modern networks of road, rail and in-
tics firms in Flanders take care of the value-added
land waterways that are amongst the most dense
activities and the (electronic) paperwork involved.
in the world.
Its experienced firms stock goods and distribute
them in no time to the European hinterland or to
It is no coincidence that the region has been
the rest of the world. Port operators, stevedoring
called ‘the crossroads of Europe’. Centuries of trade
companies, major shippers and other logistics play-
have provided Flanders with expertise and know-
ers from around the world have established their
how in all aspects of logistics. Flanders has also be-
European or global operations here. In Flanders
come a forerunner in the global logistics industry,
they find optimal conditions in which to achieve
through continual innovation from values-added
sustainable growth.
FACTS & FIGURES
Did you know that…?
• Cushman & Wakefield’s European Distribution Report 2008 puts Flanders, once again, at the top in Europe?
The report praises Flanders’ central location, proximity to European markets and low real estate prices.
• 60% of European purchasing power is situated within a tight 500 kilometer radius around Flanders? A
large portion of Europe can be supplied at favorable transport costs and within feasible delivery times.
• the Port of Antwerp area is the largest petrochemical center in Europe? And with over 300 different
chemicals, Antwerp is the most diverse petrochemical cluster in the world.
• The port of Zeebrugge is the world’s leading port for the transshipment of new cars.
• Flanders is home to more than 400 European Distribution Centers (EDCs)? With an average of 3 EDCs
for every 100km2, Flanders is the European leader.
• Dubai Port World operates its second largest port terminal at the Port of Antwerp? Its 3 terminals have
a total quay length of 4.4 kilometers.
• The port of Ghent is home to the world’s largest fruit juice import terminal? Citrosuco (Europe) and
Louis Dreyfus Commodities operate their main storage- and distribution facilities here.
• Sports goods manufacturer Nike operates a 200,000m2 EMEA logistics center in Flanders? This makes
it Europe’s largest distribution center and the largest in the world for the
American group.
A RANDOM SELECTION OF MULTINATIONALS
WITH SIZEABLE OPERATIONS IN FLANDERS’
WHY INVEST IN OR DO BUSINESS WITH FLANDERS’ LOGISTICS INDUSTRY?
LOGISTICS INDUSTRY
• Ideal central location in Europe
• NYK Logistics – Japan
• World-leading seaports
• Ranbaxy - India
• Excellent road, rail and inland waterway connections
• DP World - Dubai
• Decades of experience and know-how
• Bridgestone – Japan
• Low rents for semi-industrial real estate
• Cosco - China
• Global industry innovator
• Kuhne + Nagel – Switzerland
• Chiquita – United10
States
• Mazda - Japan
Ahlers
“China is a country of unlimited possibilities. The economy will keep on growing and logistically much
is still to be done. It’s a sector where demand for experience and knowledge is welcome. Ahlers and
other Flemish logistics companies can have a great part in this during the coming years.”
“More than ever, China is looking for commercially attractive foreign investment opportunities. Europe is the main target market for Chinese exports. Flanders, especially, is the ‘centre of logistics’ in
western Europe and is, therefore, very attractive for Chinese companies. On the one hand, companies
like Haier and TCL come here to establish their European production units. On the other hand, Flanders is the ideal distribution platform for their products. “
Luc Maton, General Manager Agencies & International Forwarding
Ahlers in short
Ahlers Logistic and Maritime Services is active
Tianjin
in international forwarding, liner agency, contract
logistics and maritime services.
Ahlers has a network of 42 own offices in Europe,
Qingdao
CIS and Asia and warehouses in St-Petersburg,
Kharkiv, Ghent, Shanghai and Semarang, employ-
Shanghai
ing over 1000 people on a worldwide basis.
Ahlers in China
Ahlers is specialised in providing logistic d-t-d
Ningbo
and one-stop-shopping services in the trade from
Asia to CIS, from Asia to Europe and Intra Asia
Hong Kong
for containerized cargoes as well as for project &
break bulk cargoes combined with warehousing &
distribution solutions on the land side.
Guangzhou
Ahlers’ presence in China started in 1993 with
the establishment of Ahlers China, a JV with
the Shanghai International Port Group Co., Ltd.
(SIPG). Today Ahlers China is a well-known name
in the Chinese logistic and shipping industry and
trade, with offices in Shanghai (HQ), Ningbo, Tianjin, Qingdao and Guangzhou. Ahlers China has its
own NVOCC and Class A forwarding license.
Next to its international forwarding activities,
Ahlers is also representing various shipping companies as agents in China, like NileDutch and Portline (liner services between China - West Africa)
and Nirint (liner service between China - Cuba).
Why China ?
It is a sustainable booming market not only producing almost all kinds of competitive commodities but also consuming more and more advanced
and expensive goods from abroad, which guarantees your good margin of profit. And not the least,
we are here to facilitate your trade!
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World leaders from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders testify to their partnership with China
The energy and environment industry
in Flanders Ahead in the green race
K
eeping it green is one of the big global chal-
waste, even for energy purposes. Whatever the
lenges of recent years and will be decisive for
circumstances, a maximum synergy is targeted, as
our future. Industrial development may be neces-
a combined production facility is more eco- and
sary but sustainable development is desired. Flan-
economy-friendly. The research center IMEC is
ders’ energy and environment companies are not
very successful in applied research on bioelectron-
missing the green race. It’s all about renewable en-
ics and solar cells.
ergy, clean technology and energy efficiency.
The high-profile energy and eco-companies are
Flanders is investing heavily in renewable en-
supported in Flanders by various institutions.
ergy with several firms doing advanced research
ODE is a Flemish organization that helps fund re-
on the generation of wind energy, solar energy and
newable energy suppliers, while FEBEM supports
biomass fuels throughout Flanders. Groundbreak-
all recycling firms. Elsewhere, trade associations
ing progress has been made in energy-efficient
like Agoria help firms implement European regu-
industry, creating efficient lighting, fuel cells and
lations, including REACH (a new European Com-
solar heat control. A top priority are cleaning proc-
munity Regulation on chemicals and their safe
esses, used in water, air or soil treatment. Various
use).
firms recycle waste into raw materials or valorize
FACTS & FIGURES
Did you know that…?
• Electrabel, a subsidiary of GDF Suez, the world’s largest energy provider, has
power plants and customers in 9 European countries and 15,000 employees.
• The Flemish company Ecover has been named ‘Hero of the Environment’ by
Time Magazine in 2008, and hailed an “eco-pioneer fighter for a cleaner and
greener future”.
• The first offshore wind farm in the world at a distance of nearly 30 km offshore
will provide energy for 60,000 Flemish inhabitants.
• The Princess Elizabeth Polar Station is the world’s first scientific research base
to be conceived as a sustainable structure.
• The Flemish busmaker Van Hool has built the world’s first fully-fledged hybrid
hydrogen-powered bus.
• Photovoltech is famous for its highly efficient so-
A RANDOM SELECTION OF MULTINATIONALS
lar equipment, and has the backing of Total, GDF
WITH SIZEABLE OPERATIONS IN FLANDERS’
Suez and IMEC as its main shareholders
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT INDUSTRY
• GDF Suez – France
WHY INVEST IN OR DO BUSINESS WITH FLANDERS’ ENERGY
• BASF – Germany
AND ENVIRONMENT INDUSTRY?
• Siemens – Germany
• Various fiscal possibilities for companies producing a green future
• Alstom – France
• World-renowned water treatment technologies
• Schréder – France
• A dense network of eco-companies and energy suppliers
• Niko – Belgium
• Green energy production is a top priority for the Flemish government
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VITO
VITO considers China to be an important market, both as a testing ground for its technologies and
policy support, and as a large and significant market where VITO’s technologies can achieve a true
breakthrough - since it complies with the most stringent and advanced EU regulations on energy and
environmental pollution control.
Flanders is especially attractive to Chinese companies, as Flanders is at the heart of Europe, close to the
centers of power in Europe and has generous, friendly people able to communicate fluently in foreign
languages and open to foreign ideas and companies that come in friendship and a spirit of collaboration. Flanders and its people are known for their ability to cross borders and reach out. They always
seek a compromise and a way forward that is the advantageous for both parties.
Dirk Fransaer, Managing Director
VITO in short
Why China?
VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Re-
The Chinese market presents an ideal market
search) is a leading independent European research
place for VITO’s vast know-how around energy,
and consulting center developing sustainable tech-
the environment and materials technologies and
nologies in energy, the environment, materials and
policies. VITO’s knowledge enables Chinese part-
remote sensing.
ners to quickly comply with the most stringent EU
VITO provides intelligent, high-quality solu-
regulations on the environment, energy efficiency,
tions that enhance the competitive edge of large
CO2 exhaust - giving them an edge both on the
and small companies. It also provides objective
Chinese market and abroad.
research, studies and advice enabling industry
So far, VITO has worked in cities such as Shen-
and government to establish future policy. VITO’s
yang, Yangzhou, Nanchong (Sichuan Province),
research finds applications in new, efficient and
Yiwu (Zhejiang Province), Beijing, Heilongjang
cheaper production technologies, reduced energy
province and many more.
consumption, biomaterials, healthcare and environmental care, as well as in mapping and monitoring the effects of climate change. VITO has approximately 600 highly qualified employees and is
active in
• energy saving, new sources of energy and cli-
Heilongjiang
mate policy;
Shenyang
• environment and health;
• water quality and saving;
Yangzhou
• business solutions for industry;
• remote sensing;
• international policy issues.
Yiwu
VITO in China
In China, VITO is involved in air quality management models and implementation in several
Chinese cities via our Chinese partner. VITO is
Nanchong
also active in energy-efficient buildings, energy
and fuel savings systems in city buses, remote sensing projects and water pollution models for large
catchment basins. All these studies and technologies are introduced through Chinese institutes and
organizations working together with VITO.
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World leaders from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders testify to their partnership with China
The electronics, imaging & ICT industry
in Flanders Leading innovator in hi-tech
I
n Flanders’ open business culture, hi-tech com-
imaging & ICT. Flanders’ dense population of hi-
panies can rely on a ecosystem in which to de-
tech companies has provided a hotbed for the de-
velop tomorrow’s technologies. This high density
velopment of various knowledge clusters.
of hi-tech businesses, research centers and knowl-
Hi-tech companies can also take part in research
edge clusters provides them with a stimulating en-
performed at institutes like the Interdisciplinary
vironment. This helps them greatly in taking the
institute for BroadBand Technology (IBBT) and
lead in their specific niche.
IMEC, the leading European independent research
center in micro- and nanoelectronics, nanotechnol-
Whether your business is in broadband, wire-
ogy, design methods and technologies for ICT sys-
less or satellite communication, and whether you
tems. The Institute for the Promotion of Innova-
develop applications for the logistics, healthcare,
tion by Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT)
banking, media or other industries, Flanders holds
provides the necessary funding, to proof-test new
all the trump cards to foster sustainable growth
technologies, thereby leveraging innovation in
for both SMEs and large concerns in electronics,
Flanders’ electronics, imaging & ICT industry.
FACTS & FIGURES
Did you know that…?
• Leading players in microelectronics have joined R&D programs at IMEC, Flanders’ world-leading research
center in nanotechnology and nanoelectronics? New partnerships in 2007 and 2008 included the likes of
AMI Semiconductor, Elpida Memory Inc, Amkor and NEC, Intel and STMicroelectronics.
• Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Lab in Antwerp is the place that invented the DSL and PON technologies? It contributed to 4 of the 14 recent major research breakthroughs within the group.
• In 2003, Flemish frim Option first introduced 3G data cards?”
• Tele Atlas, which has its roots in Flanders, is a global leader in digital mapping? It provides fresh, rich and
accurate digital map data and dynamic content which can be found globally in 55% of all portable navigation systems.
• Flemish firm Alfacam has become the European leader in high-definition broadcasting solutions? This is
down to its dynamic strategy of early-stage innovation.
WHY INVEST IN OR DO BUSINESS WITH FLANDERS’ ELECTRONICS, IMAGING & ICT
A RANDOM SELECTION OF MULTINATIONALS
INDUSTRY?
WITH SIZEABLE OPERATIONS IN FLANDERS’
• Early-stage innovator in broadband, wireless and satellite communication
ELECTRONICS, IMAGING & ICT INDUSTRY
• Leading developers of a broad range of hi-tech applications
• Alcatel-Lucent – France
• Home to a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics
• Scientific Atlanta – United States
• Constant focus on innovation in ICT
• Hitachi – Japan
• Globally recognized human capital
• Hisense – China
• Huawei – China
• Lenovo - China
• Pioneer – Japan
• Packard Bell – United States
• Konica Minolta - Japan
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Barco
“China is one of the markets with the largest growth potential for Barco, not only because it is large
but more importantly, as there is a clear drive towards higher quality standards, resulting in more
high-end, premium equipment purchases”
“Chinese companies are starting to explore the European markets just now. In order to gain Chinese
investments, Flanders should position itself as a bridgehead from where to address the European
market.”
Frank Christiaens, President Greater China
Barco in short
Barco, a global technological company, designs
and develops visualization products for a variety
of selected professional markets. Barco has its own
facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North
America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext
Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries
with about 3500 employees worldwide.
Barco
posted sales of euro 725 million in 2008.
Barco in China
Back in 1985 Barco opened its Hong Kong office as a bridgehead to more sales in the Greater
China region. In 1994, Barco’s Beijing office was
Jingxin Building and first monitors sold in Beijing by Camille Kooyman
established, and one year later the Shanghai office
was inaugurated. In recent years Barco has opened
Today China accounts for about ten percent of
sales offices in Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou
Barco’s annual sales and the company recently ac-
and Shenzhen.
complished a number of reference projects, including LED video screens at the Formula 1 circuit in
Shanghai and the 700 square meter JingXin LED
billboard in Beijing. Other major references include control rooms to monitor traffic and public transport in metropolitan areas, projection at
Shanghai’s maritime university and more than 700
Barco Beijing
Barco Changping,
Beijing Plant
Shanghai
movie theaters equipped with Barco’s digital cinema projection.
Since 2003 Barco also has its own LED production facilities in Beijing, where high-volume production of LED billboards takes place.
Hong Kong
Why China ?
As one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world, China holds an enormous
Chengdu
growth potential. Large-scale public investments,
Guangzhou
coupled with more attention to healthcare and
growing entertainment needs, have fuelled Barco’s
growth in the region.
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Telindus Group
Global companies need global ICT solutions, so Telindus, part of the Belgacom group, follows its
customers to emerging markets and already has 10 years’ experience of trading in China.
William Mossery, CEO Telindus International
More and more Chinese enterprises are going international, making new investments in the West.
What makes Flanders so attractive to Chinese investors is its openness to international cultures, its
flexibility, its multilingualism, its extensive and highly skilled workforce, and its central location in
Europe. Guy Vanderlinden, Director Operations Easynet China
Telindus is the ICT cornerstone of the Belgacom
folio from strategic suppliers and partners, Telin-
Group, delivering ICT services and solutions to
dus is the best route to leading edge technology
companies, government organizations and opera-
and best of breed ICT services and solutions for
tors.
both operators and enterprises.
Telindus has an extensive expertise encompassing consulting, integration and managed services
in all areas of converging telecommunications
technologies and applications such as networks,
security, voice, data, video, etc.
In addition to its strong positions in Belgium, the
Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Great Britain
and Spain, Telindus will serve its international
customers through preferred partnerships such as
Easynet Global Services for the Asia Pacific region.
In particular Telindus and Easynet are able to offer
managed network services, hosting and telepresence solutions to businesses in the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong.
Combined with a large networking product port-
Beijing Branch
Shanghai Branch
Hong Kong: Easynet Ltd
Chengdu Branch
Guangzhou Branch
Kunming Yunnan Easynet Technology Co. Ltd
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Agfa Graphics
‘Agfa Graphics’ presence in China shows our interest in the world’s fastest growing printing industry.’
‘In Flanders there is a long history of excellence in Graphic Arts and Printing. And today a number
of world-leading suppliers (like Agfa Graphics) heavily impact the world-wide printing industry with
their innovations and products.’
Stefaan Vanhooren, President
Why China ?
Agfa in short
As a world leader in imaging and information
Since 2000, it was clear that the world-wide mar-
technology, the Agfa-Gevaert Group has had a
ket of digital printing plates was growing exponen-
brand presence on the Chinese market for some
tially, which required new production resources.
50 years. Agfa Graphics is a world leader in pre-
People’s Republic of China is considered as the 2nd
press solutions for the printing and publishing
largest market for printing plates in the Far East.
industries. It provides commercial, newspaper and
With the WUXI production plant, Agfa Graphics
packaging printers with the most extensive range
now has local supply of products in Europe, Nafta,
of prepress- and inkjet printing solutions. In 2003
Latam and Aspac Regions.
Agfa Graphics opened its own €55 million manu-
The main reason for Agfa Graphics’ presence in
facturing facility in the city of Wuxi for the pro-
China is that the country represents a vast market,
duction of analogue and digital printing plates.
with the fastest growing printing industry in the
world. Agfa’s graphics business in China is growing at a rate of 10% a year, and the company has
Agfa in China
Agfa Graphics has a license for the Production
notched up a number of successes. It was the first
of PS Plates (analogue plates) and digital printing
to install the chemistry-free computer to plate in
plates, and the sales of self-produced products and
China and has concluded deals with major players
provision of after sales service. Hence Agfa Graph-
in China’s industry.
ics’ activities in China are two-fold. In Wuxi, Agfa
In R&D, the company has agreements with the
Graphics produces printing plates for the local and
Founder Institute of the University of Beijing to
international printing market. In the brand new
jointly develop software for the industry. Agfa
plant, which was built between 2001 and 2004,
Graphics also participates in major trade and tech-
Agfa Graphics produces 18Mio m of aluminum
nology events.
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plates of various types following Agfa’s standards
to environmental protection and safety.
In Shanghai, Guangzhou, Jinan, Chengdu, Shenzhen
and
Beijing,
Beijing, Branch office
Agfa
Graphics has sales of-
Jinan, Cost center
fices to manage the
customer business and
Agfa ’Wuxi’ Imaging Co., Ltd.
Agfa ‘Wuxi’ Printing Plate Co., Ltd.
support.
Agfa Graphics sells
Shanghai Agfa Imaging Products Co,Ltd
either direct to Chinese
customers
or
through a dealer chan-
Agfa Taiwan Co., Ltd.
nel. Agfa Graphics has
a joint relation with
Founder International
for the distribution of
Agfa’s printing plates.
Chengdu, Branch office
Shenzhen, Branch office
Agfa Hong Kong Ltd.
Guangzhou, Branch office
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World leaders from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders testify to their partnership with China
The automotive industry in Flanders
Ideal environment for every part of the production chain
F
landers’ reputation in automotive engineering
ternational logistics operations in the region, with
is well established. For over a century now,
a clear focus on the region’s four port areas.
the region has been a world-class manufacturer
of cars, buses, trucks and other types of vehicles.
Because of the large-scale manufacturing activi-
And over time, Flanders has grown into a leading
ties, many local businesses have developed innova-
region for suppliers to the automotive industry in
tive products and solutions for the industry. These
Europe and all over the world.
innovations are supported through competence
centers, such as Flanders’ DRIVE and the Flem-
This development has also led numerous mul-
ish Institute for Technological Research (VITO).
tinationals in the automotive industry to locate
Furthermore, Flemish automotive workers have
their European head office in the region. For au-
built up a reputation for high productivity, multi-
tomotive companies who aim to stay in touch with
lingualism and cultural flexibility. They embrace
European policies, we have Brussels, with its Euro-
the improvement culture, inherent to the industry,
pean institutions, nearby. Since automotive is 90
and are eager to learn. All the ingredients neces-
percent logistics, leading manufacturers and sup-
sary to guarantee sustained success in the automo-
pliers from all over the world have based their in-
tive sector.
FACTS & FIGURES
Did you know that…?
• Flanders has one of the world’s highest outputs of motor vehicles per capita?
• The Volvo carmaking plant in the Flemish city of Ghent is the group’s largest outside Sweden? More than
half of Volvo’s global car production takes place in Flanders.
• Flanders has an export ratio for assembled vehicles that exceeds 80%?
• Flanders is home to 4 leading car assembly plants? Volvo, General Motors (Opel), Audi and Ford all make
cars in Flanders.
• The ‘2007 Car of the Year’, the Ford S-MAX, is being produced in Flanders?
• Toyota has, since 1970, invested close on 500 million euros in Flanders in a new European HQ, European
logistics centers for cars and parts, an accessories and service center and a European R&D center?
• The seaport of Zeebrugge handles more than 2.2 million newly-built cars a year? Toyota, Renault, Volvo,
Rover, Jaguar, General Motors, Ford, Citroen, Suzuki, Mercedes, Mazda and Mitsubishi all make use of its
logistics facilities.
A RANDOM SELECTION OF MULTINATIONALS
WHY INVEST IN OR DO BUSINESS WITH FLANDERS’ AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY?
WITH SIZEABLE OPERATIONS IN FLANDERS’
• Over a century of experience in automotive
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
• Superior logistics hub
• NYK Logistics – Japan
• A highly qualified and productive workforce
• Ranbaxy - India
• High local density of manufacturers and suppliers
• DP World - Dubai
• Centers of competence that foster innovation
• Bridgestone – Japan
• Local top players developing innovative solutions
• Cosco - China
• Kuhne + Nagel – Switzerland
• Chiquita – United States
• Mazda - Japan
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The metal transformation and materials
industry in Flanders
State-of-the-art technology and a sharp focus on the future
T
he metals and materials industry in Flanders
nies make highly advanced products. Niche players
can be divided into four categories: non-fer-
in the industry focus on new opportunities in elec-
rous metals, foundries, molding shops and basic
tronics integration, materials technology, environ-
metalworking. Innovative products, made in Flan-
mental technology and production technology.
ders, can be found in a wide range of industries,
such as automotive (e.g. aluminum wheel rims,
The Flemish metals and materials industry has its
engine bonnets, steel cord for tire reinforcement,
eye firmly on the future with an increased focus on
catalyzers and batteries), construction (e.g. win-
– ever more – complex products. As the importance
dow frame profiles, roofing, drainage pipes, steel
of innovative products with a small carbon foot-
fibres for concrete reinforcement,…) and ICT and
print increases, things like energy efficiency and
electronics (personal computers, cellphones,…).
recycling are receiving more attention. The focus
on high-tech and the development of new markets
To remain competitive with other regions and
and new applications is resulting in a flourishing
nations, the Flemish metals and materials industry
export trade. Flanders fully realizes that this is key
invests heavily in added value. Thanks to decades
to a sustainable and profitable market position in
of know-how and extensive R&D, Flemish compa-
Europe.
FACTS & FIGURES
Did you know that…?
• Flanders’ metals and materials industry turned over 8,630 million euros in 2007?
• The fusion between Norddeutsche Affinerie and Cumerio resulted in Aurubis, Europe’s largest integrated
copper producer and processor?
• Ansteel, a leader in the Chinese steel industry and one of the world’s top steel producers, and Bekaert,
global market and technological leader in advanced metal transformation and advanced materials and
coatings, have signed an agreement outlining the terms of a close partnership between the two companies in the future?
WHY INVEST IN OR DO BUSINESS WITH FLANDERS’ METALS AND MATERIALS INDUSTRY?
• Decades of experience and know-how
• Global industry innovator
• Reputed global players
• Dense network of innovative suppliers
A RANDOM SELECTION OF COMPANIES WORLDWIDE THAT ARE ACTIVE IN FLANDERS’ METALS
AND MATERIALS INDUSTRY
• Aleris Aluminium - Canada
• Bekaert - Belgium
• Umicore - Belgium
• Aurubis - Germany
• Boal International BV – the Netherlands
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Bekaert
“In terms of economic development, no other country in the world has ever grown as rapidly and
spectacularly as China has in the past decade. Along with the strong market growth, Bekaert, our
motivated workforce, and our esteemed local partners all grew in a true better together spirit. Also
today, the growth potential of China remains huge. So far, only a part of the country has developed
into a modern and highly industrialized economy, while the remaining part has the same ambition...”
“Chinese partners, customers, and employees of Bekaert highly value the typical Flemish openness
in terms of respect for other cultures, as well as our willingness to share knowledge, experience,
responsibility and success.”
Bekaert in short
Bekaert (www.bekaert.com) is a global market
Bekaert’s wide range of products manufactured
in China includes:
leader in drawn steel wire products and applica-
- Steel cord products for tire reinforcement, hose
tions and a technological leader in its two core
and belt reinforcement, and clean energy applica-
competences: advanced metal transformation and
tions
advanced materials and coatings. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with head-
- Steel wire products for book binding, card clothing and spring wires
quarters in Belgium, employing over 23 000 people
- Dramix® steel fibers for concrete reinforcement
worldwide. Serving customers in 120 countries,
- Filtration systems and media for polymer, hot gas
Bekaert pursues sustainable profitable growth in
all its activities and generates annual combined
sales of € 4 billion.
and diesel particulate filters
- Conductive grains avoiding electrostatic dissipation
- And many more…
Bekaert in China
Bekaert’s presence in China goes back to 1992
Why China?
with the creation of its first legal entity and the
Bekaert entered the market in 1975, when it
subsequent start-up of a production plant in
started selling steel cord products to tire makers
Jiangyin, Jiangsu province. Convinced of the
in China. In 1993 Bekaert opened a representation
sound growth opportunities, Bekaert continued
office in Shanghai and started, in a joint venture
its expansion programs rapidly and now operates
with the Jiangsu Wire Rope Group (now Fasten
15 entities with over 6 500 committed employees
Group), the construction of a first steel cord plant
in Jiangyin, Shenyang, Weihai, Suzhou, Wuxi and
in Jiangyin. Bekaert took this decision on the basis
Shanghai. The partnership agreement with An-
of its strong belief in the opportunities of China
shan Iron and Steel Group Corporation recently
as a promising new market, and because of the way
led to the start-up of a newly built joint venture
Bekaert prefers to do business: committed to local
plant in Chongqing. A first westward expansion…
service while supported by global presence. From
to the new metropolis of the automobile industry.
an economic perspective, China’s strong and fast
Bekaert operates 12 manufacturing entities in
development during the past decade has driven
the above-mentioned cities. All local technology
Bekaert’s expansion plans in the country, and con-
activities are centralized in Jiangyin with the R&D
tinues to do so.
Center and an Engineering plant. Bekaert’s regional headquarters and trading activity are located in
Shanghai.
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Bekaert-Shenyang Steel Cord Co., Ltd
Bekaert Shenyang Advanced Products Co., Ltd
Shenyang
Weihai
Jiangyin
Shanghai
Chongqing
Wuxi
Suzhou
Bekaert (Shandong) Tire Cord Co., Ltd.
China Bekaert Steel Cord Co., Ltd
Bekaert Binjiang Steel Cord Co., Ltd
Bekaert Binjiang Adcanced Products Co., Ltd
Bekaert Jiangyin Wire Products Co., Ltd.
Bekaert Technology Research and Development Co., Ltd
-Bekaert Asia R&D Center
-Bekaert Technology & Engineering Center
-Technical Center Asia Steel Cord
Bekaert (Jiangyin) Advanced Coatings Co.,Ltd
Bekaert Management (Shanghai) Co.,Ltd
Shanghai Bekaert-Ergang Co., Ltd
Bekaert Advanced Products (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
Bekaert New Materials (Suzhou) Co., Ltd
Wuxi Bekaert Textile Machinery and Accessories Co., Ltd
Bekaert Ansteel Tire Cord (Chongqing) Co., Ltd
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Umicore
“What started as a strategic investment in 1995 to gain experience in the Chinese market, is now
part of Umicore’s global strategy. Today 80% of our BUs are represented in China employing,
between them, 2,400 people”.
“Flanders is a great place to invest for Chinese companies. Our extensive infrastructure of roads,
railroads, waterways, sea- and airports makes it the ideal location to serve a large part of Europe.
Major international institutions and decision-makers are located in Brussels, the capital of Flanders,
Belgium and Europe. Flanders scores highly in the fields of economic wealth, social -, medical and
environmental well-being. Our workforce is highly skilled, multilingual and, like Chinese people, it
fosters the value of personal relationships”.
Pierre Van de Bruaene, Vice-President Zinc Battery Materials
Umicore in short
the company’s commercial network established its
Umicore is a materials technology group. Its ac-
first office in the country. Umicore’s commercial
tivities are centered on four business areas: Ad-
offices market almost the entire range of Umicore’s
vanced Materials, Precious Metals Products and
products to the Chinese market. The first industrial
Catalysts, Precious Metals Services and Zinc Spe-
partnership was started in 1995 in Shanghai. Since
cialties. Each business area is divided into market-
1995 the company’s presence has grown steadily in
focused business units, be it in products that are
a number of different sectors. The industrial op-
essential to everyday life or those at the cutting
erations produce at present nickel and mixed metal
edge of new technological developments. Umi-
hydroxides for rechargeable battery applications,
core focuses on application areas where it knows
thin film materials, cobalt powders and chemicals,
its expertise in materials science, chemistry and
fine zinc powders, germanium based materials, in-
metallurgy can make a real difference. Umicore
dustrial diamond grits, contact materials, brazing
generates approximately 50% of its revenues and
alloys, automotive catalysts, and precious metal al-
spends approximately 80% of its R&D budget in
loys and alloy solutions for jewelry and electronic
the area of clean technology, such as emission con-
industries.
trol catalysts, materials for rechargeable batteries
and photovoltaics, fuel cells, and precious metals
Why China?
recycling. Umicore’s overriding goal of sustainable
China is part of Umicore’s global growth strat-
value creation is based on this ambition to develop,
egy. Umicore’s investment strategy in China is to
produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfills
strengthen global presence, to keep close proxim-
its mission: materials for a better life. The Umicore
ity to global customers and their investments in
Group has industrial operations on all continents
China and take advantage of the Chinese market
and serves a global customer base; it generated a
for domestic business in selected business seg-
turnover of € 8.3 billion (€ 1.9 billion excluding
ments.
metal) in 2007 and currently employs some 15,800
people.
Umicore in China
Umicore China involves a total of 13 industrial
plants - some of which are operated as joint ventures - 6 commercial offices and 1 regional headquarters. Together these operations employ some
2,400 people. The foundations for Umicore’s presence in China were laid some 26 years ago when
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Umicore JuBo Thin Film Products (Beijing) Co.Ltd. (Jubo), Beijing
Umicore Technical Materials (Yangzhou) Co., Ltd. (UTMY), Yangzhong
Umicore Automotive Catalysts (China) Co., Ltd. (UAC), Suzhou
Umicore Technical Materials (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. (UTMS), Suzhou
Element6, Suzhou
Umicore Greater China (RHQ), Shanghai
Umicore Shanghai Co., Ltd/, Shanghai
Umicore Marketing Services (Shanghai) Co., Limited
Jiangmen Chancsun Umicore Industry Co., Ltd. (JCU), Jiangmen
Jiangmen Umicore Changxin New Materials Co., Ltd. (JUC), Jiangmen
Umicore Marketing Services (Taiwan) Limited, Taiwan
Umicore Materials Taiwan Co., Ltd, Taiwan
Umicore Jewellery Materials Processing (Foshan) Co., Ltd
Umicore Marketing Services (Hong Kong) Limited, Hongkong
Ganzhou Yi Hao Umicore Industry Co. Ltd. (GYHU), Ganzhou
Umicore Hunan Fuhong Zinc Chemicals Co., Ltd. (Fuhong), Changsha
Umicore Optical Materials (Yunnan) Co.,Ltd. (UOMY), Kunming
Umicore Optical Materials (Kunming) Co.Ltd (UOMK), Kunming
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World leaders from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders testify to their partnership with China
The mechatronics industry in Flanders
Tradition, innovation and know-how
T
raditionally, Flanders is home to world-lead-
of Europe possible and attractive. Furthermore,
ing mechatronics players in a widely diver-
through its decades of experience in hi-tech me-
gent sectors. Firms in Flanders’ mechatronics in-
chatronics, Flanders can boast a vast expertise in
dustry import and/or manufacture a wide range of
its engineers.
industrial equipment and machinery, from textile
machines, digitally controlled machines & equip-
Innovation is at the core of mechatronics in Flan-
ment, precision gears, gearboxes for wind turbines,
ders. Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Center
agricultural machines and equipment for the food
plays a crucial role in bridging the gap between
industry. Some of these firms specialize in services
academic research and industrial know-how. Fi-
and project research for the energy, environment
nally, Flanders’ central location in Europe and its
or ship repair sectors.
highly-developed transport network, makes it the
prime logistics hub in Europe. In short, firms in
Advanced production methods, flexible organizations and a productive, highly-qualified work-
Flanders’ mechatronics industry have everything
going for them .
force make competitive production in the heart
FACTS & FIGURES
Did you know that…?
• Turnover for Flanders’ mechatronics industry totaled 6,880 million euros in 2007?
• In that same year, 411 million euros was invested in the mechatronics industry?
WHY INVEST IN OR DO BUSINESS WITH FLANDERS’ MECHATRONICS INDUSTRY?
A RANDOM SELECTION OF MULTINATIONALS
• Decades of experience and know-how
WITH SIZEABLE OPERATIONS IN FLANDERS’
• Global industry innovator
MECHATRONICS INDUSTRY
• No. 1 logistics region in Europe
• Atlas Copco – Switzerland
• Highly-qualified and productive workforce
• Case New Holland – United States
• Bombardier- Canada
• Hansen Transmissions – India
• ABB - Sweden
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Picanol
“Down the centuries, China has continuously been the world’s textile giant, and today China is still
the main distribution market for Picanol’s sophisticated weaving machines.”
“Flanders has always been feted for its expertise and remains the centre of innovative technologies.
Here international entrepreneurs have the best logistics connections and a talented multilingual
workforce.”
Chris Dewulf, President & CEO
Picanol: a brief description
Picanol in China
Picanol was established in 1936 and, against the
Picanol Suzhou Textile Machinery: development,
backdrop of the famous Flemish flax crops, de-
assembly and sales of and service for air-jet and ra-
veloped into the world leader in the weaving ma-
pier weaving machines.
chines sector. Picanol, which is listed on the stock
Picanol Suzhou Trading Company: sales of im-
market, sees itself as the total solution partner for
ported weaving machines, spare parts and acces-
the weaving industry world-wide and offers the
sories for weaving machines.
latest air-jet and rapier technology for all textile
segments (clothing, interior & decoration and technical fabrics).
Why China?
Picanol has been operating in China since the
The Weaving Solutions Division develops, manu-
1960s and, based on the growth potential of the
factures and sells high-tech weaving machines and
market, decided in 1994 to manufacture weaving
products and services for the after-market.
machines in Suzhou, first as a joint venture with
The Mechatronics Division develops and manu-
a local partner and from 1998 onwards as a wholly
factures hardware and software for electronic con-
foreign-owned enterprise. Picanol believes that in
trol units and supplies it to OEMs in the machine
the future the textile industry will still play a ma-
and drive industry.
jor role in the further development of the country,
The Manufacturing Division (co-)designs, casts,
not only because the sector is so huge, but also be-
machines and assembles engineered castings for
cause of its constant need to make technological
OEMs (e.g. agricultural machinery, compressors,
upgrades to meet market demands and to embrace
off-road equipment, truck industry etc.).
environmental requirements.
As part of the constant efforts to upgrade technology in the Chinese textile industry, more than
30,000 Picanol weaving machines have been delivered to China, from the eastern coastal areas to
the Xinjiang in the west, and from Heilongjiang
province in the north to Guangdong province in
the south. The flexibility of the Picanol air-jet and
Picanol Suzhou
Textile Machinery
rapier machines means they can be used for all
textiles, including denim, poplins, shirting, hightwist filaments, silks (woolen and worsted), terry
towel, tire cord, Jacquard fabrics and sheeting.
Picanol in China
Picanol Suzhou Textile Machinery in Suzhou
(Suzhou Industrial Park)
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World leaders from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders testify to their partnership with China
The dredging industry in Flanders
Groundbreaking firms ranked highly in the world market
F
landers is home to two of the world’s leading
vironment and a dedication to sustainable devel-
dredging companies. The region’s location on
opment.
the North Sea coast and its dense network of inland waterways has enabled the dredging industry
Working at the top of an industry, requires con-
here to gather decades of experience and know-
tinual innovation to maintain market leadership.
how in hydraulic engineering, in dike construc-
The Flemish dredging companies have some of
tion, the fight against flooding, dredging works to
the finest, most experienced specialists and flex-
deepen dock basins and main access channels, port
ible staff to see to this through. In short, whatever
construction, and much, much more).
your project is, it’s sure to be in good hands with
the Flemish dredging industry.
Over the years, Flanders has successfully taken
its dredging and land reclamation competencies
abroad to all four corners of the world. Today, the
Flemish dredging companies operate one of the
world’s most versatile and modern dredging fleets.
They safeguard the future of global trade based on
an innovative approach, with due care for the enFACTS & FIGURES
Did you know that…?
•The Flemish dredging companies have contributed significantly to spectacular land reclamation
projects in the Middle East? The artificial islands of
Palm Jebel Ali and Pearl Qatar are partly ‘made in
Flanders’.
• The world’s largest dredger is operated by a Flemish
dredging company? The 223-meter-long Cristóbal
Colón can dredge to a depth of 155 meters and has
a dredging capacity equivalent to 2,500 fully-laden
A SAMPLE OF PROJECTS WHERE FLANDERS’ DREDGING FIRMS
trucks.
PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE:
• Close on 7,500 people are employed worldwide by
the Flemish dredging companies? They generate an
annual turnover of more than 2.8 billion euros.
• Construction of the London Gateway Port
• Construction of the Manifa Field Causeway and adjacent
artificial islands in Saudi Arabia
• Construction and expansion of Port Rashid in Dubai
WHY INVEST IN OR DO BUSINESS WITH FLANDERS’
DREDGING INDUSTRY?
• Major reclamation scheme in Hong Kong for the construction
of a Disney World Park
• Decades of dredging history and culture
• Jurong Island reclamation program in Singapore
• Hi-tech innovative industry
• Dredging and reclamation for the creation of a new work
• Reputed global players
platform for the construction of the international airport of
• Culturally flexible workforce
Qatar
• Pioneer in the industry
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DEME
Dredging International adheres to a consistent partnering philosophy. Co-operation with local
authorities and contractors is, therefore, a basic attitude of Dredging International and the DEME
Group, endeavouring to foster sustained development in every part of the world in general and in the
People’s Republic of China in particular.
Hubert Fiers, Communication Manager
Europe in silt and soil treatment and remediation,
Activities of DEME
More than a century of dredging and hydraulic
engineering activities, over one hundred years
brownfield rehabilitation, silt and soil recycling
for re-use, etc.
of ongoing contribution to the development of
In-house developed environmental techniques
waterborne transport and hydraulic land reclama-
are a key to the worldwide development of DEC’s
tion worldwide, constitute a solid background for
activities.
Dredging International.
The DEME-activities are supported by the per-
As a result, the company has been found among
manent availability of an extensive, modern and
the top ranking international dredging companies
versatile production capacity, wholly owned with-
for several decades.
in the Group. To carry out their works successful-
The Group employs more than 3700 persons on
ly, DEME companies can rely on a dredging fleet
permanent basis and keeps on developing its core
consisting of 80 main vessels, backed by over 200
business - dredging and land reclamation - and at
auxiliary vessels. This production potential is con-
the same time extending and diversifying its range
stantly updated and upgraded to the newest high-
of hydraulic engineering, maritime construction
tech standards.
and environmental activities so as to offer inte-
The current investment programme of DEME in-
grated solutions for such projects that require a
volves the building of 12 new dredging vessels and
multi-disciplinary approach.
hydraulic engineering equipment.
Specialized environmental activities represent
Since 2000, an average annual turnover on group
today about 15% of the annual DEME Group
level amounting to 1,300 million Euros has been
turnover (1,500 million Euros) and are handled by
generated on worldwide basis in the fields of
DEME subsidiary DEC (DEME Environmental
dredging and hydraulic engineering, offshore re-
Contractors). DEC is a trend setter and pioneer in
lated activities, environmental techniques and the
winning and commercialization of sea aggregates.
DEME in China
DEME has subsidiaries, branch offices and representations in a large number of countries on all
continents, including a permanent office in Shanghai. Recently executed contracts in the People’s
Shanghai
Republic of China included the deepening of the
access channel to the port of Zhanjiang (Guangdong).
Hong Kong
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World leaders from the heart of Europe
Companies from Flanders testify to their partnership with China
The banking industry in Flanders
A long history of international activities
T
he importance of Flanders as a banking and
With the Brussels stock market as part of the in-
financial center is clearly demonstrated by
ternational NYSE-Euronext platform, the financial
the presence of numerous foreign banks and the
industry has firmly opted for further international
international expansion of its banking activities.
development. A strategic choice, that benefits the
In addition, Flanders has earned an enviable repu-
international activities of financial companies or
tation as a center for worldwide back office activi-
service providers based in the region. To propel
ties and -services.
the dynamic financial industry in Belgium - and in
Flanders - forward, the Belgian Finance Institute
Banking is a complex business. Several issues
(BFI) was established. The aim of this institute is
such as data security and punctuality are crucial
to increase the innovative power of the industry
to running a smooth operation. Flanders, as part
through highly specialized training programs and
of Belgium’s traditionally strong internationalized
by intensifying the cooperation between financial
banking industry, has spun off several companies
academics and professionals.
that allow financial institutions to save costs and
improve the services they offer.
FACTS & FIGURES
Did you know that…?
• Belgium enjoys an excellent financial business reputation? The ratio of the total assets of all credit institutions to GDP puts Belgium in sixth place in the European rankings, immediately after those nations
that market themselves explicitly as a financial center.
• Flemish company Clear2Pay is a leading Financial technology company that delivers globally applicable
solutions for timely, electronic payments? Its clients include the likes of VISA, MasterCard, ING, ABN
AMRO, Abbey National, ANZ and Commonwealth Bank.
• Of the 106 Belgium-based banks, 83 have a final decision center abroad?
• Flemish firm VASCO is responsible for 80% of the world’s largest deployments of powerful user authentication products in the financial sector? Approximately 8,000 companies around the globe use VASCO’s
products, including over 1,200 international financial institutions.
WHY INVEST IN OR DO BUSINESS WITH FLANDERS’ BANKING INDUSTRY?
• A long history of international activities
• Innovative financial back office and –service companies
• Ideal central location for headquarters
A RANDOM SELECTION OF COMPANIES ACTIVE WORLDWIDE IN
FLANDERS’ BANKING INDUSTRY
•BNP Paribas – France
•Deutsche Bank – Germany
•ING – The Netherlands
•Bank of New York – United States
•J.P. Morgan International Bank – United States
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KBC Group
China is a major region of growth where KBC, hopefully, can break into potentially lucrative niche
markets.
A number of Chinese companies are exploring the possibility of investing abroad; Flanders can
prepare structurally and position itself as an open test market.
Theo Speelmans, General Manager Asia Pacific
KBC in short
Based in Brussels, KBC is an integrated bancassurance group, catering mainly for retail customers, small and medium-sized enterprises and private banking clientele. Worldwide, it has over 12
million customers and 60,000 staff.
It occupies leading positions in a number of markets including Belgium and Central and Eastern
Europe, where it specializes in retail bancassurance and asset management activities, as well as in
the provision of services to businesses.
The group is also active in a selection of other
countries in Europe in private banking and services to businesses. Elsewhere around the globe, the
group has established a presence in selected countries and regions.
nese enterprises, corporate customers of KBC’s in-
KBC in China
KBC Bank operates
3 branches in mainland
China: Shanghai, Shenzhen and Nanjing. KBC
ternational network are actively serviced through
this banking network.
Bank, Shanghai opened a representative office in
KBC Asset Management entered the Chinese
1995 and converted it into a full branch in 1997.
fund management industry in 2006. It created a
KBC offers a diverse range of financial services in
local joint venture company, KBC Goldstate Fund
China, both in foreign and local currency, such as
Management Company, in Shanghai – it creates
short to medium financing, deposits, foreign ex-
and manages Chinese mutual funds which are dis-
change and settlement services. All branches focus
tributed by local banks.
in particular on offering trade finance services to
primarily medium-sized enterprises. Besides Chi-
Why China?
KBC Bank was the first Belgian bank to be granted a banking license in mainland China more than
10 years ago. As such KBC was amongst the first
international banks to recognize China’s growing
importance in the world economy, and Shanghai as
Shenzhen
Branch Office
Hong Kong
Branch Office
Nanjing
Branch Office
a future regional financial center. Expansions with
Shanghai
Branch Office
the continuous enlargement of product licenses
Taipei
Branch Office
and the entry of the fund management industry
Taichung
Branch Office
long term commitment to the growing Chinese
its Shenzhen (1998) and Nanjing (2002) branches,
granted by the Chinese regulatory organizations,
(2006), further underline KBC Bank’s steady and
market.
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Fortis Bank
“Fortis Bank is building on the experience of a rich history in trade relations with China. More than
100 years ago, Banque Sino-Belge was one of the first European banks to establish itself in China. Its
successor Fortis Bank, deeply rooted in all key Asian countries, is ideally suited to act as a trade link
between the fast expanding markets of the Pacific Rim and Europe.”
“Lying in the heart of Europe, Flanders has a workforce which is ranked amongst the world’s most
highly educated, productive and multilingual. Flanders also offers highly developed infrastructure in
every aspect. That’s why this region can offer Chinese companies a modern gateway to the attractive
European market.”
Filip Dierckx, Chairman
Fortis Bank in short
Fortis Bank in China
Fortis Bank provides a total package of banking
Fortis Bank has been present in China for over
services to personal, business and institutional cus-
100 years (1902 – Sino-Belgian Bank) and delivers
tomers through its own high-performance chan-
results on various financial services: commercial
nels and via other partners. The bank has built up
banking, merchant banking, private banking and
a presence in the European retail banking market,
asset management. We are active in commodi-
operating through a variety of distribution chan-
ties, shipping and global export and project fi-
nels. It offers financial services to companies, in-
nance. We are present with branches in Shanghai,
stitutional clients and high net worth individuals
Guangzhou, Beijing (rep. office) and in Hong Kong
and provides integrated solutions to enterprise and
as well as with 3 business centres in Shanghai,
entrepreneur.
Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Fortis Haitong, a 49%
Fortis Bank has 38,000 staff people in almost 50
countries.
joint venture in asset management, is among the
largest international asset managers.
Why China ?
Fortis Bank and its precursors have always been
looking for selective opportunities to grow in the
Asian region while keeping our eyes open for potential joint ventures.
Beijing Rep Office
Shanghai Branch Office
Hong Kong Branch Office
Guangzhou Branch Office
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WORLD-CLASS FLEMISH RESEARCH
ESTABLISHMENTS X
IMEC - Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre
IMEC is a micro- and nanoelectronics research center located in Leuven, Belgium with affiliated laboratories
throughout Flanders. IMEC focuses on next generation electronics research, three to ten years ahead of
industrial needs. The organization employs approximately 1,700 people. IMEC has a sister company in the
Netherlands (IMEC-NL), offices in the US, China and Taiwan, and representatives in Japan.
www.imec.be
VIB - Flanders Institute for Biotechnology
VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) is a research institute with 1100 employees. VIB’s main
objective is gathering innovative basic knowledge on the normal and abnormal or pathological processes
occurring in a cell, an organ and an organism (humans, plants, micro organisms), using gene technological
research. That is why VIB conducts strategic basic research in the various life science domains.
www.vib.be
IBBT - Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology
IBBT is an independent research institute founded by the Flemish government to stimulate ICT innovation.
The IBBT team offers companies and organizations active support in research and development. It brings
together companies, authorities, and non-profit organizations to join forces on research projects. Both
technical and non-technical issues are addressed within each of these projects.
www.ibbt.be
VITO - Flemish Institute for Technological Research
VITO is a leading independent European research and consulting centre developing sustainable technologies
in the area of energy, the environment, materials and earth observation. VITO provides intelligent and high
quality solutions, offering a competitive advantage to large and small companies. It also provides objective
research, studies and advice enabling industry and government to establish future policies.
www.vito.be
VIL - Flanders Institute for Logistics
VIL wants to support and enhance the competitiveness of the logistics sector in Flanders. It intends to be a
platform with answers to relevant logistics problems. This way, the VIL aims to be the centre that gathers,
builds and spreads logistics knowledge. It innovates and encourages innovation. It pushes the promotion of
the Flemish logistics sector and of logistics services in Flanders.
www.vil.be
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FLANDERS INVESTMENT & TRADE
Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) was created by the Flemish government to support international commercial activities in Flanders. We provide professional advice and help companies that are either already trading or
intend to expand their business activities to Europe.
Our experienced advisors will provide your company with tips and data on the availability of sites for facilities,
a local workforce and suppliers, on technical and R&D support, and on logistics strategies for pinpointing the
most favourable location for your activities. Our services also extend to facilitating contacts with local governments and other public authorities to help foreign families settle into their new environment. Once your
company settles in Flanders, you can ask FIT to help you make plans for expanding and establishing potential
exports.
Flanders offers businesses a variety of incentives, not just direct financial incentives, but also a degree of financial support and assistance for staff recruitment and training. In some cases, employees can receive up to 6
months’ free training from a professional organisation. R&D companies that conduct feasibility studies or basic
surveys and are involved in prototype development can also apply for a wide range of incentives, such as special
tax subsidies for R&D personnel and funding for specific projects proposed by businesses.
If your company wants to settle in Flanders to expand its business or for investment purposes and already has
a business plan, please contact us as soon as possible. We will provide you with in-depth advice and assist you
in any way we can.
Flanders Investment and Trade - Inward Investment
Government of Flanders
Gaucheretstraat 90, 1030 Brussels
Belgium
T +32 2 504 88 71
F +32 2 504 88 70
[email protected]
www.investinflanders.com
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FLANDERS-CHINA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
STRUCTURAL PARTNERS
ANTWERP PORT AUTHORITY
The Port of Antwerp is with its 190 million tonnes, the second largest European port. It is no. 1 for
conventional cargo and houses the biggest petrochemical cluster in Europe. 60% of the European purchasing
power lies within 500 kilometers from Antwerp. Our central locations in this market and our excellent
hinterland connections by rail, barge and road make our port the leading gateway for European traffic.
Nearby areas of our port are also considered ideal for European Distribution Centers (EDC’s). Because of
these ‘cost& time’ saving solutions, the Port of Antwerp has shown a double digit growth of over the past
year in containers. In 2008 the Port of Antwerp handled 8.7 million teu.
CONTACT
Antwerp Port Authority, Entrepotkaai 1, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium
T +32 (0)3 205 20 11
E-mail: [email protected]
Jan Van der Borght, Local representative of the Port of Antwerp
Suite F2, 25th Floor, Jun Yao Int Plaza, No.789, Zhao Jia Bang Road, Shanghai 200032, China
T + 86 21 5496 0376 | F + 86 21 5496 0375
E-mail: [email protected]
www.portofantwerp.com
DLA PIPER
DLA Piper is a global law firm active in China and all over Europe including in Brussels, Belgium, which
accommodates the European Commission and its administration.
Business law, investment assistance and government relations are our core business.
We look forward to being your partner in preparing and implementing your strategy.
CONTACT
Yves Tavernier, partner, Brussels office
T +32 2 500 1590 | E-mail: [email protected]
Francis Goffin, partner, Brussels office
T +32 2 500 1589 | E-mail: [email protected]
www.dlapiper.com
DELOITTE
The leading audit and consulting practice in Belgium, Deloitte, offers value added financial, assurance, legal,
tax, and consulting services.
In Belgium, Deloitte has more than 2,600 employees in 16 offices across the country, serving national
and international companies, from small and middle-sized enterprises to public sector and non-profit
organisations. The turnover reached more than 308 million euro in the financial year 2007-2008.
The Belgian practice is part of the international firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. For the fiscal year ended 31
May 2008, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu realised a turnover of US$27,4 billion worldwide, with approximately
165,000 members of staff in over 140 countries.
CONTACT
Coen Ysebaert, Partner Corporate International Tax
Kortrijksesteenweg 1146, box 1, B-9051 Gent, Belgium
T direct + 32 9 393 75 36 | F + 32 9 393 75 01 | M+ 32 495 59 49 60
E-mail: [email protected]
www.deloitte.be
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GROUP T
GROUP T is an innovative and international university college situated in Leuven, Belgium, in the heart
of Europe. We have made a name with our English-language bachelor and master degree programs in
Engineering. Our integral approach has now taken us beyond engineering, acquiring wide expertise in
enterprising and educating alike. So far, 140 Chinese students have graduated from Group T. Some of them
are currently pursuing master or doctoral degrees, while others took up a career in fields like electronics,
mechanics, management, or education.
CONTACT
Bai Wei’en (Wim Polet), International Office, GROUP T
T +32 16 301123 | F +32 16 301040
E-mail: [email protected]
www.group-t.be
PROVINCE OF ANTWERP
A friendship agreement with the Province of Shaanxi in China makes the Province of Antwerp in Belgium the
first Belgian province ever to sign an official friendships agreement (in May 1985) with a Chinese Province. It
meant a strong support to the investment plan of the Antwerp’s Janssen Pharmaceutical Company to Shaanxi.
The Province of Antwerp is the driving force of the Belgian economy. It has the second biggest port of
Europe, it is an attractive place to the foreign investment and tourists. The Province of Antwerp will invest in
the cooperation with China in benefit to the economic development of both countries.
CONTACT
Susan Yu
Division of Economy & International Cooperation
Province of Antwerp
Koningin Elisabethlei 22, B-2018 Antwerp, Belgium
T +32 3 240 58 48 | F +32 3 240 58 79
E-mail: [email protected]
www.provant.be
Alice Cooman
Chief Representative of the Province of Antwerp in China
Antwerp China Development Agency
Jianguomenwai Diplomatic Compound 9-1-33
100600 Beijing, P.R. China
T +86 10 8532 2807 ext. 606 | F +86 10 8532 5152
E-mail: [email protected]
PROVINCE OF EAST FLANDERS
The provincial government of East Flanders has a cooperation agreement with the province of Hebei since
1991. The main goal of this cooperation is to support (East) Flemish companies in their search for economic
opportunities and more recently to attract Chinese investments in (East) Flanders. In 2007 the China
Platform – a cooperation between the Province of East Flanders, Ghent University, the City and Port of
Ghent and the VCCK – was established to combine their individual efforts towards cooperation with China.
This resulted in 2008 in the creation of the “East Flanders Office” in Beijing, the East Flemish representation
office aimed at (East) Flemish companies interested in doing business in China, Chinese companies willing to
invest in (East) Flanders and the Ghent University.
CONTACT
Provincial Government of East Flanders
Department European and International cooperation
Peter De Steur
Gouvernementstraat 1, 9000 Gent
T 09 267 86 85 | F 09 267 86 98
E-mail: [email protected]
www.oost-vlaanderen.be
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VITO
VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) is a leading independent European research and
consulting center developing sustainable technologies in energy, the environment, materials and remote
sensing. (See text under the Energy and Environment Industry)
CONTACT
Dirk Fransaer, Managing Director
Pierre Geuzens, Business Development Manager
Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol, Belgium
T +32 14 33 55 11 | F +32 14 33 55 99
E-mail: [email protected]
www.vito.be
ING
ING is an international financial services company and one of the world’s largest savings banks with a staff
of 130,000 offering products and services to its 85 million customers in over 50 countries in the areas of
banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services.
For Chinese and other foreign investors, ING has a dedicated “ Expat Services Desk” for individuals and an
“Investment Advisory Desk” for companies. Corporate mergers and acquisitions, real estate development
and financing, car and equipment leasing, and payments & cash management are ING services of particular
interest to Chinese investors in Belgium.
CONTACT
Expat Services Desk: Mr. Dave Deruytter,
Avenue Marnix 24, B-1000 Brussels
T +32 2 547 86 26
E-mail: [email protected]
Corporate investment advisory: Mr. Erik Famaey
T +32 2 547 36 32
E-mail: [email protected]
ING Belgium, Contacts in China
Shanghai branch:
Ms. Iuger Liu
T +86 21 6841 3355
E-mail: [email protected]
ING Bank NV, Shanghai Branch, 37F, HSBC Tower, 1000 Lujiazui Ring Road, Shanghai 200120, China
Beijing Representative Office
Mr. Jan Hu
T (86) 10 65906606 ext 8001
E-mail: [email protected]
Room 1510 Landmark Building Tower 1, 8 North Dongsanhuan Road, Beijing 100004 China
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USEFUL CONTACTS BELGIUM
FLANDERS INVESTMENT & TRADE
Gaucheretstraat 90
B-1030 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 504.87.91
Fax: +32 (0)2 504.88.95
E-mail: [email protected]: www.fitagency.be
Mr Koen Allaert, General Director
Mrs Michèle Surinx, Area Manager Asia-Pacific
Mr Pascal Walraeve, Director
Mrs Yiwei Zhang, Project Manager APAC
FLANDERS-CHINA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Martelaarslaan 49
Lieven Bauwens Building, 8th floor
B-9000 Gent
Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)9 266 14 32
Fax: +32 (0)9 266 14 47
Email: [email protected]: www.flanders-china.be
Mr Bert De Graeve, Chairman
Mrs Gwenn Sonck, Executive Director
EMBASSY OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF
CHINA IN BELGIUM
Avenue de Tervuren 463
B-1160 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 663.30.10 or 17 or 97
Fax: +32 (0)2 779 28 95
E-mail: [email protected]: www.chinaembassy-org.be
Mr Zhang Yuanyuan, Ambassador
THE ECONOMIC AND COMMERCIAL
COUNCELLOR’S OFFICE OF THE EMBASSY
OF THE P.R.C. IN BELGIUM
Boulevard du Souverain 400
B-1160 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 771 23 03
Fax: +32 (0)2 772 39 38
E-mail: [email protected]: be.mofcom.gov.cn
Mr Wang Husheng, Counsellor
SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS
Boulevard du Souverain 400
B-1160 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 663 30 10
Fax: +32 (0)2 770 23 26
Email: [email protected] Wang Jingwen, First Secretary
MISSION OF PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
TO THE EUROPEAN UNION
Tervurenlaan 443-445
1150 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 771 58 57
Fax: +32 (0)2 772 37 45
E-mail : [email protected]
Mr Song Zhe (Ambassador)
Mr Yin Zonghua (Minister Counsellor)
EU-CHINA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Secretariate: Martelaarslaan 49
9000 Gent
Tel.: +32 (0)9 266 14 32
Fax: +32 (0)9 266 14 47
E-mail: [email protected]: www.eucba.org
Ms Gwenn Sonck (Secretary General)
E-mail: [email protected]
CHINA COUNCIL FOR THE PROMOTION OF
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Avenue de la Floride 131
B-1180 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)2 375 87 28
Fax: +32 (0)2 375 80 05
Website: www.ccpit.org
E-Mail: [email protected] Wu Yanguang, Chief Representative
E-Mail: [email protected] Xu Tian, Assistant
E-Mail: [email protected]
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USEFUL CONTACTS CHINA
EMBASSY OF BELGIUM IN CHINA
Mr Bernard Pierre, Ambassador
Mr Didier Vanderhasselt, Minister Counsellor Deputy Chief of Mission
Mr Bart Pennewaert, Counsellor - Economic Section
San Li Tun Lu, 6
District Chao Yang
,
Beijing 100600,
People’s Republic of China
Tel +86 10.6532.1736 ext. 312
Fax +86 10.6532.5097
E-Mail: [email protected]: www.diplomatie.be/beijing www.invest.belgium.be
CONSULATE GENERAL OF BELGIUM
IN SHANGHAI
Mr Marc Pecsteen, Consul General
127 Wu Yi Lu Road
Shanghai 200050
People’s Republic of China
Tel.: +86-21.64.37.65.79 or 66.28 or 67.72
Fax: +86-21.64.37.70.41
E-mail: [email protected]: www.diplobel.org/shanghai/
CONSULATE GENERAL OF BELGIUM
IN GUANGZHOU
Mr Frank Felix, Consul General
Room 1601-1602A, Office Tower, Citic Plaza
233
Tian He Bei Lu
510613 Guangzhou
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Tel.: +86-20.38.77.23.56 or 51
Fax: +86-20.38.77.23.53
E-mail: [email protected]
CONSULATE GENERAL OF BELGIUM
IN HONG KONG
Mr Michel Malherbe,
Consul General
St. John’s Building 9/F
33 Garden Road
Central
Hong Kong
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Tel.: +852-25.24.31.11
Fax: +852-28.68.59.97
E-mail: [email protected]
ECONOMIC REPRESENTATION OF FLANDERS
IN CHINA
Mr Hubert Cooleman, Flemish Economic
Representative
c/o Embassy of Belgium in China
6 San Li Tun Lu, District Chao Yang
Beijing 100600
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Tel.: +86-10.65.32.49.64 or +86.10.65.32.49.68
Fax: +86-10.65.32.68.33 E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com
Mr Tom Tobback,
Technology Attache Environment
& Energy
Flanders Investment & Trade
c/o Embassy of Belgium, Beijing
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Tel.: +86 10 6532 4964
Fax: +86 10 6532 6833
Email: [email protected]: www.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com
Mr Kris Put, Flemish Economic Representative
c/o Consulate General of Belgium in Shanghai
127 Wu Yi Lu Road
Shanghai 200050
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Tel.: +86-21-64.37.84.67 or 79.49 Fax: +86-21-64.37.75.74 E-mail: [email protected]
Mr Koen De Ridder, Flemish Economic
Representative
c/o Consulate-General of Belgium in Guangzhou Room 1601-1602A, Office Tower, Citic Plaza
233
Tian He Bei Lu
510613 Guangzhou
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Tel.: +86-20.38.77.04.63 or 93
Fax: +86-20.38.77.04.62 E-mail: [email protected]
Mr Siegfried Verheijke,
Flemish Economic
Representative
c/o Consulate General of Belgium in Hong Kong
St. John’s Building 9/F
33 Garden Road
Central
Hong Kong
Tel.: +852-25.23.22.46 Fax: +852-25.24.74.62 E-mail: [email protected]
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BENELUX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN CHINA
BenCham Beijing
Daniël Pauwaert: President
Helmy Koolen: General Manager
Annemarie Dijkman: Business Development Manager
Rm. 5006 Xinhe Dasha, Sanyuanli No.14, Shunyuan
Street,
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100027
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Tel: + 86 (0)10 64650320 Fax: +86 (0)10 64652080 E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.bencham.org
KINGSPHERE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Room 9-1-32, Jianguomenwai Diplomatic Residence
Compound
100600 Beijing
Tel: +86-10-85322980
Fax: +86-10-85325152
Mr Jin Yong, Managing Director
Email: [email protected]
Website : www.kingspherechina.com
BenCham Shanghai
Peter Buytaert : Chairman
Myriam Cops: General Manager
Room 201, Shanghai Tai Pan Business Centre
No.20 Dong Hu Road, Cross Middle Huai Hai Road
Shanghai 200031
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Tel: + 86 21 54038177 ext 118
Fax: +86 21 54038167
E-mail:
E-mail: [email protected]
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.bencham.org
THE BUSINESS INCUBATOR CENTER IN
SHANGHAI
Shanghai China Global Leaders (CGL) Management
Consulting
Mr Peter Buytaert, Managing Director
Suite 2003, Block 4, 18 Huangyang Road,
Pudong, Shanghai
People’s Republic of China
Tel : +86 2161652716
Fax : +86 2161652889
E-mail : [email protected]
Website : www.uc18cgl.com
www.zakencentrumchina.com
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WORLD LEADERS FROM THE HEART OF EUROPE
CONTACTS
AB INBEV BELGIUM
Vaartkom 31, 3000 Leuven
Belgium
+32 16 27 5773
Mr Tangui Van der Elst
Director Corporate Affairs Belux
[email protected]
www.ab-inbev.com
Interbrew Management (Shanghai)
16F Central Plaza
381 Huaihai Zhong Road
Shanghai, 200021
People’s Republic of China
+86 21 6170 5858
Ms. Che Fei
Vice President Corporate Affairs
[email protected]
AGFA-GRAPHICS
Septestraat 27, B-2640 Mortsel
Belgium
+32 3 444 2111
Mr Paul Adriaensen
PR Manager
[email protected]
www.agfa.com
Agfa Manufacturing
No 8 South Chang Jiang Road
214028 Jiangsu
People’s Republic of China
+86 510 5746688
Herman Cornelissen
Plant Manager
[email protected]
AHLERS
Noorderlaan 139, B-2030 Antwerp
Belgium
+32 3 543 7211
[email protected]
Mr Luc Maton
General Manager Agencies
& International Forwarding
[email protected]
www.ahlers.com
Ahlers Ltd
Suite C, D, E, E1, 8th Floor
Alison International Tower,
8 Fuyou Rd., Huangpu District
CN-200010 Shanghai
People’s Republic of China
+86 21 6330 6600
Mr Dai Lipeng
General Manager
[email protected]
BARCO
President Kennedypark 35, 8500 Kortrijk
Belgium
+32 56 233 211
Mr Bernard Dursin
Senior Vice-President
[email protected]
www.barco.com
Barco NV - Representative Office Shanghai
7F, FenYang Road 138
200031 Shanghai
People’s Republic of China
+86 21 5465 5501
Mr Frank Christiaens
President Greater China
[email protected]
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BEKAERT
Bekaertstraat 2, 8550 Zwevegem
Belgium
+32 56 76 6100
Ms Katelijn Bohez
Corporate Communications Manager
[email protected]
www.bekaert.com
Bekaert Management (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
16F Shartex Plaza
88 Zun Yi Nan Lu
200336 Shanghai
People’s Republic of China
+86 21 3224 4688
Mr Mark Goyens
President Bekaert Asia
[email protected]
DEME
Haven 1025, Scheldedijk 30, 2070 Zwijndrecht
Belgium
+32 3 250 5211
[email protected]
Hubert Fiers
Communication Manager
[email protected]
www.dredging.com
Deme ltd
31st Floor, Jin Mao Tower
88 Shi Ji Avenue
Pudong Shanghai 200120
People’s Republic of China
+86 21 2890 9837
FORTIS BANK
Montagne du Parc 3
1000 Brussels
Belgium
+32 2 565 1111
[email protected]
www.fortisbank.com
Fortis Bank S.A./N.V. Beijing Representative Office
2302
Capital Mansion
6 Xinyuan Nan Road
Beijing 100004
People’s Republic of China
+86 10 8486 2323
JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICA
Turmhoutseweg 30, 2340 Beerse
Belgium
+32 14 60 2111
Mr Dirk Collier
Secretary General Janssen Pharmaceutica nv
[email protected]
www.janssenpharmaceutica.com
Xian-Janssen Pharmaceutical Ltd
18th Floor, Tower A Pacific
Century Place
2A Worker’s Stadium Road N.
Chao Yang District, Beijing 100027
People’s Republic of China
+86 10 5821 8888
Ms Gu Lihong
Senior Advisor Janssen China
[email protected]
Mr William Liu
General Manager Shanghai Office
[email protected]
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KBC GROUP
Havenlaan 2, 1080 Brussels
Belgium
+32 2 429 4772
TELINDUS - BELGACOM GROUP
Geldenaaksebaan 335, 3001 Heverlee
Belgium
+32 16 38 22 23
Mr Jacques Depoorter
Co-ordinator Corporate Banking Asia Pacific
[email protected]
www.kbc.com
William Mosseray
CEO Telindus International
[email protected]
www.telindus.be
KBC Group
Unit 1-4, 15F, Marine Tower,
1 Pudong Avenue,
Shanghai, 200120,
People’s Republic of China
+86 21 5879 1599
Easynet China & Hong Kong
Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park
Jinke Road 2966
South Tower, Room 301
201203 Shanghai Pudong
People’s Republic of China
+86 21 5130 6800
Patrick Van Overloop
Head of European & Multinational Desk
[email protected]
PICANOL
Ter Waarde 50, 8900 Ieper
Belgium
+32 57 22 2111
Ms Christina Vanden Hoeck
Sales Manager
[email protected]
www.picanol.be
Picanol (Suzhou Industrial Park) Textile Machinery
Cie Ltd
Nr2 Songzhuang Road, Fenting Avenue, Suzhou
Industrial Park
Suzhou 215122
Jiangsu Province
People’s Republic of China
+86 512 6287 0688
[email protected]
Mr Liu Ming
General Manager
[email protected]
Guy Vanderlinden
Director Operations Easynet China
[email protected]
UMICORE
Broekstraat 31 Rue du Marais, 1000 Brussels
Belgium
+32 2 227 7111
Mr Bart Crols
Corporate Communications
[email protected]
www.umicore.com
Umicore ltd
Unit A1, 18/F,
Zao-fong Universe Building,
1800 West Zhongshan Rd.,
Shanghai 200233,
People’s Republic of China
+86 21 6440 1100
Klaus Ostgathe
Senior Vice-President Umicore Greater China
[email protected]
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FOUNDING MEMBERS
STRUCTURAL PARTNERS
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