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 45% 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.