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In 2018, Flanders-based companies realized exports amounting to no less than EUR 328 billion. Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment & Trade: “In 2018, Flanders’ exports increased by 3.45% compared EUR € 317 billion in 2017. This is the 9th export increase in a row and one of the highest growth rates since 2010, the year in which our exports emerged from the economic crisis.” Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) based the analysis on the 2018 import and export figures of the National Bank of Belgium (NBB).

Flanders Investment & Trade will present Japanese air-conditioning specialist Daikin with the Lifetime Achievement Trophy for 45 years of investments in Flanders.
Borealis, CPMC, Mainfreight and Nipro are currently competing for the Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy.

Trade in goods exports by Flemish companies amounted to EUR 317 billion in 2017, which was a 5% increase compared with 2016, thus reaching a new all-time high. This analysis, compiled by Flanders Investment & Trade, is based on the annual trade figures published by the National Accounts Institute at the National Bank of Belgium.

If you’re a chemical company looking to set up or expand your business in Europe, you can count on the tailored assistance of Flanders’ brand-new Welcome Team for the Chemical Sector. Freshly launched by Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT), this is FIT’s third sector-specific welcome team, after similar initiatives for ICT and life sciences.

In 2017, foreign companies funneled EUR 2.08 billion into business activities in Flanders, Belgium’s autonomous northern region. In doing so, foreign investors kicked off 215 new projects and created an estimated 5,377 jobs in the region. 

For the first time, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) is participating in the Smart City Expo World Congress (externe link) in Barcelona. It will be doing so in collaboration with its structural partner DSP Valley (externe link) and fellow trade organizations AWEX and Brussels Invest & Export. From 14 to 16 November, the Smart City Expo brings together worldwide industry players offering smart solutions to tackle the (urban) challenges of tomorrow – specifically in terms of mobility, energy, safety and efficiency.

Their Majesties are travelling from 5 to 11 November to the Republic of India for the celebration of 70 years of diplomatic relations. HM the King and HM the Queen of the Belgians are accompanied by a political, economic and academic delegation. 

From Sunday 22 to Thursday 26 October 2017, HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium is presiding over the Belgian economic mission to Ivory Coast. The mission includes a delegation from Flanders—which consists of 60 company leaders and representatives from Belgium’s northern region and is led by Philippe Muyters, Flanders’ Minister of Work, Economy, Innovation and Sports.

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