essenscia wallonie

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.


Frédéric DRUCK

Managing Director

Communication Project Manager
Management Assistant

A word from the President

“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.”
Pierre DORIGNAUX, 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
  • Cristelle Noirhomme, GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, vice-présidente
  • Pierre Dorignaux, Takeda, President
  • Christophe Allard, Cenexi-Laboratoires Thissen
  • Vincent Bertiaux, Afton Chemical
  • 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
  • Renaud Lambert, Galactic
  • Vincent Mancuso, PolyPeptide
  • Laurent Mercenier, L’Oréal
  • Sergio Scardino, Nouryon
  • Evy SchoolsTotal Petrochemicals Feluy 
  • Didier Sterna, INEOS Feluy
  • Patrick Stragier, Catalent Gosselies
  • Dirk Tack, BASF Belgium Coordination Center
  • Christian Vandeputte, Vandeputte Huilerie-Oliefabriek
  • Pascal Van Hove, Prince Erachem
  • Francis Verhoeye, Zoetis Belgium
  • Michel Warzée, Yara Tertre