Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences Industries
essenscia wallonie is the regional division of essenscia, supporting more than 200 companies in Wallonia, offering expertise, advice and services tailored to regional themes and competencies.
The chemical and life sciences sector is one of the major industrial sectors in Wallonia, representing a quarter of industrial turnover and more than a quarter of added value. The sector champions Walloon exports and innovation, accounting for almost 50% of total exports and two thirds of total private expenditure on research and development. The sector is experiencing rapid growth and turnover has doubled in the last ten years.
Around half of the 29,000 employees in the sector work in the Walloon-Brabant province, where the pharmaceutical industry is strongly represented. The chemical industry is mainly represented in the Hainaut province, in the Feluy-Manage-Seneffe triangle. The biotech clusters are mainly located around Liège and Charleroi. Other chemical and plastics companies are spread throughout Wallonia.
“Attracting the right talent, strengthening our international competitive position, and supporting innovation for more sustainability – these are the main challenges we will face in the coming years. To succeed, business and education must strive to work together more effectively. We need an industrial policy that strengthens competitiveness and encourages innovation. These are the key components for a sustainable future for our sector and our society.”
President, essenscia wallonie
Wallonia Regional Council
The Wallonia Regional Council determines the strategy for essenscia wallonie and establishes the priority themes based on proposals from various work groups and the team of experts. All sub-sectors are represented on the council and members come from both large companies and SME’s.
Frédéric Druck, essenscia wallonie, Managing director
Pierre Dorignaux, Takeda, President
Christophe Allard, Cenexi-Laboratoires Thissen
François Blondel, KitoZyme
Geoffrey Close, Prayon
Mario Conti, Inovyn
Benoit Decottignies, Sogelub
Nathalie Draux, Quality Assistance
Thomas Estienne, Cabot Plastics Belgium
Geoffrey Folie, UCB Pharma
Jean-Manuel Fontaine, Mithra
Miguel Forte, Bone Therapeutics
Olivier Fosseur, Syngenta Chemical
Serge Francois, Jindal Films
Eduardo Gadea, Dow Silicones Belgium
Christophe Galimont, Air Liquide Benelux Industries
Lieven Janssens, Kaneka Eurogentec
Pierre Koch, Afton Chemical
Renaud Lambert, Galactic
Vincent Mancuso, PolyPeptide
Laurent Mercenier, L’Oréal
Cristelle Noirhomme, GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines
Sergio Scardino, Nouryon
Evy Schools, Total Petrochemicals Feluy
Didier Sterna, INEOS Feluy
Patrick Stragier, Catalent Gosselies
Dirk Tack, BASF Belgium Coordinatioin Center
Christian Vandeputte, Vandeputte Huilerie-Oliefabriek
Pascal Van Hove, Prince Erachem
Francis Verhoeye, Zoetis Belgium
Michel Warzée, Yara Tertre
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