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Flanders Investment & Trade announces 5 nominees for the Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy 2018

Brussels, February 6th, 2018 – Axereal and subsidiary Boortmalt, Hyundai Construction Equipment, Kaneka, Novartis and Sappi are in the running for the Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy 2018. Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) has announced the 5 nominees today. With this trophy, the government agency recognizes a remarkable investment made by an international company in Flanders.

Minister President of Flanders Geert Bourgeois will present the trophy on Tuesday February 27th, 2018, at the 6th consecutive Foreign Investment Trophy ceremony. The nominee that receives the majority of votes from a professional jury and the public will be the winner. Voting opens online today at

Besides the Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy, two additional awards will be distributed during the Foreign Investment Trophy ceremony. The Lifetime Achievement Trophy celebrates a foreign investor with a long-standing track record in Flanders. Meanwhile, the Newcomer of the Year Trophy is presented to a foreign company that is just setting foot in the region for the first time. A panel of experts will select the winner in both categories.

With the Foreign Investment Trophy ceremony, FIT underpins the importance of foreign investment as a key driver of economic development and a source of employment in Flanders. In 2017, foreign companies funneled EUR 2.08 billion euro into their operations in Flanders, spread across 215 new projects. These investments generated a total of 5,377 additional jobs, the highest number since 2003. Discover the complete analysis of foreign investment in Flanders in 2017.

Meet the 5 nominees for the Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy 2018

Press contact

Tine Van Valckenborgh, spokesperson Flanders Investment & Trade
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- – for more on the ceremony, nominees and former laureates;
- – for more on international business and investing in Flanders;
- – for more on FIT.

Pictures of the nominees are available on FIT’s Flickr page.

Follow #FITtrophy2018 via @investflanders.

6 February 2018