– optimal breeding ground for business –

International renowned business clusters

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.

New Materials
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.

Blue Energy
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.

– gateway to europe –

No less than 60% of the European purchasing power is situated within a 500 km radius around West Flanders. Paris, London, Brussels, Lille, Amsterdam and the Ruhr region can be served and reached rapidly.

An efficient transport network of roads, railways and canals offers seamless access to and from important consumer markets and production centres. Two deep-sea ports and two international airports, coupled with a dynamic logistics sector that has the experience, knowledge and know-how make West Flanders the ideal location for (European) distribution.

– a forceful team ready to help –

Business support.
Your company can be assured of first class assistance in doing business or investing in West Flanders. Our dedicated account managers introduce you to the endless potential of our region: from gathering information, finding a suitable location to financial and legal advice.

Make rewarding connections.
Or maybe you want to explore business opportunities first? We offer matchmaking services linking your company to suitable West Flemish businesses. We set you on track by introducing you to the business networks that matter, like local business associations and the local government.

Easy Access.
Invest in West Flanders means easy access to our region. Our organisation disposes of office spaces, meeting rooms and flexible working spaces at competitive rates. These are located in all major cities of West Flanders: Bruges, Kortrijk, Ostend, Roeselare and Ypres.


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