In our latest report, we showcased the importance of US manufacturing companies for Belgium. Here are just a few more examples of what our member companies produce in Belgium.
Anheuser-Busch InBev: Beverages
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) produces six beer brands in its four breweries in Belgium: Hoegaarden, Jupille, Leeuw-St.-Pierre and Leuven, the city where it was born and where its headquarters are located. In 2016, AB InBev invested €110 million in Belgium, where it employs more than 2,500 people.
ArcelorMittal produces flat steel products for the automotive and general industry markets at its factories in Ghent and Liège. In 2016, 6.7 million tons of flat steel products were produced and exported. These two plants also develop the Fortiform® ultrahigh strength steel grades.
Capsugel: Gelatin capsules
Capsugel manufactures 50 billion empty gelatin capsules every year in Bornem. From Belgium, they supply 1,000 healthcare customers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Recent investments in Belgium include proprietary electronic inspection equipment for all capsules.
Dow Corning: Silicone
In Seneffe, Dow Corning produces and packages silicone sealants and manufactures silicone blends, antifoams and emulsions, mainly for the beauty care, coatings and textiles industries. The site also produces silicone powder antifoam granules for the household and cleaning, textiles and high performance building industries.
Duracell produces alkaline AA and AAA batteries in its 42,000m² plant in Aarschot. Ten kilometers away, their Pack and Distribution Center packages the batteries before exporting them throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
General Electric: Water treatment and energy
GE has three manufacturing plants in Belgium. In Herentals, GE produces water treatment chemicals for their industrial customers in Europe, and in Ghent, GE produces electrical installation components for residential and industrial use. In Charleroi, GE services power plants’ large rotating machines, such as generators and electrical motors.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK): Vaccines
GSK Vaccines produced €3.26 billion worth of vaccines through its R&D, manufacturing and other marketing and global support activities in 2015. The site in Wavre includes formulation and packaging facilities, a filling unit, a department dedicated to visual inspection and the vaccine Quality Control (QC) laboratories.
Mars has been producing Uncle Ben’s rice at its food factory in Olen for 40 years. With an annual production capacity of 115,000 tons of rice, the factory provides food for 800 million meals in 35+ countries worldwide every year.
Sanofi: Biotechnology and treatments for rare diseases
Sanofi is currently investing €300 million in its biologics production site in Geel to expand its existing production capabilities and support its pipeline of monoclonal antibodies. The Geel site is also responsible for the global production of a protein therapy for Pompe disease, a rare genetic muscular disease.
UCB produces medicines to treat severe diseases in neurology, immunology and bone health at its site in Braine-l’Alleud. This site is both a production and research hub and has started producing UCB’s latest epilepsy treatment.
Van Hool: Transport equipment
Van Hool manufactures buses, coaches and utility vehicles in its factory in Koningshooikt. The vast majority of their production in Belgium is destined for export, primarily to Europe and America, its two principal markets.