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Flanders’ 5 nominees for Foreign Investment of the Year 2018

Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) has just revealed the 5 nominees for its Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy 2018: Axereal and its subsidiary Boortmalt, Hyundai Construction Equipment, Kaneka, Novartis and Sappi. The company that receives the majority of votes from a professional jury and the public will be the winner. The online voting booth opens today at

Meet the nominees

Each of the 5 nominees has a heart for Flanders and a major recent investment project to prove it:

  • French grain cooperative Axereal and its subsidiary Boortmalt are constructing the world’s biggest malt factory in Antwerp;
  • Hyundai Construction Equipment, from South Korea, makes Tessenderlo the site of its multifunctional European headquarters;
  • Japanese chemical firm Kaneka is building its largest MS polymers production plant in Westerlo;
  • Swiss pharma giant Novartis is injecting millions worth of biotechnological innovation into its production facility in Puurs;
  • South African paper and pulp producer Sappi is putting pen to paper for a major transformation in Lanaken.

Check out video interviews with each of the nominees, and vote for your favorite!

About the trophy

The Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy 2018 will be presented by Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of Flanders, at the annual Foreign Investment Trophy ceremony on Tuesday February 27th. With the Foreign Investment Trophy, Flanders Investment & Trade highlights the importance of foreign investment for Flanders.

Besides the Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy, two additional awards will be presented during the ceremony:

  • the Lifetime Achievement Trophy – to a foreign investor with a long track record in Flanders;
  • the Newcomer of the Year Trophy – to a company taking its very first steps in the region.

A panel of experts will choose the winner in both categories. More info on the previous winners and nominees can be found on the official Trophy website.

More info

Foreign Investment Trophy 2018
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Flanders Investment & Trade
6 February 2018

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