Manufacturing sector in Benelux

With around 287,000 employees in more than 60 countries, ArcelorMittal, based in Luxembourg, is the largest steel company in the world. But Luxembourg is also an all-round innovative engineering and technology base for the non-ferrous products sector, as well as for the glass and cement industries. Many companies specialising in materials have set up major production plants and highly sophisticated R&D centres in Luxembourg. International companies such as Avery Dennison, Euro-Composites, Guardian Glass, DuPont de Nemours and many more propose a range of innovative and custom-made products and services to customers all over the world.

Plastics, and in a broader sense the chemical industry, are thriving pillars of the Luxembourg industrial sector. Fierce global competition compels these industries to a constant process of innovation and productivity gains. Luxembourg’s business environment, the highly qualified workers and the financial incentive encourage companies to persevere in their quest for competitiveness. Companies like Goodyear, DuPont de Nemours, McBride, Husky, Dometic, Plastipak or Cosmolux are successfully operating from Luxembourg.

The manufacturing sector accounts for about one-sixth of the Begium’s GDP. Manufacturing is the major economic activity in the provinces of East Flanders, Limburg, and Hainaut. The corridor between Antwerp and Brussels also has emerged as a major manufacturing zone, eclipsing the older industrial concentration in the Sambre-Meuse valley.

Metallurgy, steel, textiles, chemicals, glass, paper, and food processing are the dominant industries. Belgium is one of the world’s leading processors of cobalt, radium, copper, zinc, and lead. Refineries, located principally in the Antwerp area, process crude petroleum. Antwerp is also known for diamond cutting and dealing.

The Netherlands enjoys a strong position as a European manufacturing location for North American companies. In fact, over 450 North American companies have found a home in the Netherlands for manufacturing or assembly operations.

These companies cover a wide range of product categories — from consumer goods producers such as Coca-Cola and Heinz; to heavy industrial concerns like Eastman Chemical, Allied Mineral and Lyondell; to technology-focused companies such as Abbott, Verizon and IBM.

Biggest Companies in the sector

Company Country
Husky Luxembourg
Dometic Luxembourg
Plastipak Luxembourg
Astron Luxembourg
FANUC Robotics Benelux Luxembourg
Rotarex Luxembourg
Avery Dennison Luxembourg Luxembourg
ArcelorMittal Luxembourg
Euro-Composites Luxembourg
Guardian Glass Luxembourg
DuPont de Nemours Luxembourg
McBride Luxembourg
Cosmolux International S.A. Luxembourg
ED&A N.V. Belgium
ABB Beckhoff Automation BVBA Belgium
Honeywell NV Belgium
Siemens NV Belgium
Schneider Electric NV Belgium
ETAP Lighting Belgium
Deceuninck PVC Belgium
Barco N.V Belgium
Wavin The Netherlands
Philips The Netherlands
Heinz The Netherlands
Eastman Chemical B.V The Netherlands
Allied Mineral The Netherlands
Lyondellbasell The Netherlands


Manufacturing Clusters

Cluster Country Members Web
Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Centre (FMTC) Belgium 20


Manufacturing Fairs

Date Name Location Sector Web
January 10-18, 2015 Bouw&Reno Belgium/Antwerp/Antwerp Expo Building Technology, Machinery, Materials, Interior Construction
February 10-12, 2015 ISE Integrated Systems Europe The Netherlands/Amsterdam/Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre Consumer Electronics, Broadcasting Technology
March 20-23, 2015 Bois & Habitat Belgium/Namur/Namur Expo Building Technology, Machinery, Materials, Interior Construction, Woodworking and Furniture Production
September 10-15, 2015 IBC The Netherlands/Amsterdam/Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre Consumer Electronics, Broadcasting Technology
October 21-23, 2014 Broadband The Netherlands/Amsterdam/Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Center Information Technology, Telecommunications, Consumer Electronics, Broadcasting Technology