West Flanders is the home of four internationally renowned business clusters. Tradition and experience, high-quality business acumen, dynamic partnerships with suppliers and centres of academic excellence are key characteristics of our successful West Flemish companies. The economy in West Flanders focuses heavily on innovation, creating an intense dynamism with global impact.
The agro-food companies in West Flanders are leading food producers and exporters, world-renowned for the production and processing of meat, fish, vegetables, potatoes and grain products.
For example, the largest concentration of frozen food companies in Europe is located in West Flanders.
Plastic and textile companies form the new material cluster. By focusing their efforts on combining new materials and technologies they create innovative products, like bio-based polymers and smart textiles.
The focal point of the Belgian blue energy cluster lies in West Flanders. Companies are harvesting successfully energy produced by the wind, waves and tides on and in the North Sea. Thanks to this West Flemish cluster, Belgium currently ranks 4th in the production of offshore wind energy in Europe.
Mechatronics & Mechanical Engineering
Optimising the industrial production. The West Flemish mechatronic companies ensure that these clusters all have access to the most advanced industrial machinery, equipped with adapted mechanics, electronics or IT systems.