Japanese chemical company Kaneka is living the dream in Flanders https://www.foreigninvestmenttrophy.be/kaneka-makes-flanders-site-its-largest-ms-polymer-production-plant-worldwide
Japanese polymers company Kaneka fell in love with the highly-skilled and driven workforce of Flanders.
On February 27th, 2018, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) will be hosting its 6th consecutive Foreign Investment Trophy. The event will see 5 international companies – that announced or made an investment in the region of Flanders in the past year – compete for the Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy. One of the contestants is Japanese polymers specialist Kaneka. Katsutoshi Shichijo, president of Kanika Belgium, and Jean Vandael, plant general manager at Kanika Belgium, shared their comments on the nomination during a tour at the company’s premises in Tongerlo, Flanders.
“Here we are at Tongerlo Abbey,” says Jean Vandael, plant general manager at Kanika Belgium. “This centuries-old monastery symbolizes the strong connection between Kaneka Belgium and Flanders’ Kempen region.”
“Kaneka Belgium is a pioneer,” he adds. “We’re the first establishment of a Japanese chemical firm in Belgium. Our activities and products are situated in the field of functional and foamed plastics. Our impact modifier polymers increase the toughness, durability and glaze of plastics. Our MS Polymers are applied in elastic sealant and adhesive kits and coatings. Our third production line will produce Eperan. That’s a shock absorbing, insulating polyolefin.”
“Our company is located along the E313 highway and the Albert Canal,” he continues. “The proximity of various airports is also an important asset for Kaneka Belgium.”
“We can find very talented, educated people here in Flanders,” adds Katsutoshi Shichijo, president of Kanika Belgium.
“Not only will we invest in our production facilities, we will also build an unloading quay to supply our factory with propylene oxide by ship,” Jean Vandael elaborates. “This will eventually keep 900 trucks from public roads.”
“Through this investment, our MS Polymers factory will be the largest of the group. In addition to expanding the production facilities, we will also invest in additional R&D capacity. In the next 3 years, however, an even bigger investment round will be completed as well. This will lead to the hiring of 20 new employees.”
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