Toespraak

10-02-2017

Opening new building Actemium in Aalter

February, 10th, 2017


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Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear guests,

It is an absolute pleasure to be here today and to attend the opening of this new building of Actemium, a proof of the strong growth and unique strengths of this company. Indeed, Actemium is characterized by three words: innovation, internationalization, and ecosystems. It are exactly these concepts that make you an international leader in providing solutions and services for the industry. Let me say a few words about them. 

 

 

Innovation – Internationalization – Ecosystems

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Having an open economy and being an exporting country par excellence, Belgium’s prosperity heavily depends on our image and the quality of our products and services. Belgian companies enjoy an excellent reputation at home and abroad, and wherever and whenever I can during my economic missions, I represent them as pioneers in the field of innovation and expertise. And I am happy to have found a partner in Actemium. Not only is it a Factory of the Future itself, but it helps others to become one. Innovation is in your genes and gives you an enormous potential. Therefore, you can always count on my full support in the realization of future plans and the expansion of investments and activities. Belgium is European leader in innovation networks and cooperation and our economy is among the most innovative in the world. It is our common objective to further strengthen this position and to assist our companies in becoming fully globalization proof.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

However, as home base to the factory of the future and as a cornerstone of the Economy 4.0, there is no better place than Belgium. Thanks to our strategic location and international ports, we are a main gateway to the European market and provide quick access to the main global markets.  And within Belgium, you have also chosen the right spot. Aalter is perfectly situated with easy connections to the main cities and ports. We pay a great attention to mobility, which will even further improve after the current major infrastructure works. But we also strongly focus on the preservation of our human capital by attracting innovative companies. Indeed a so-called brain drain can only be avoided by offering challenging opportunities to young and talented people, exactly as you do here at Actemium. Furthermore, Aalter itself is a smart city,  paying a lot of attention to innovation in communicating with its citizens, and to its function as a catalyzer between other cities, partners, academic institutions and companies.

The bond between the Smart City of Aalter and the Smart Industry of Actemium is therefore unique and gives us both many advantages, with both laying our focus on digital transformation.

 

Conclusion

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Time and again, this company manages to push boundaries, to innovate, to expand, to show courage and to grow. With this new building, Actemium is fully prepared for the future. It is impressive to see the groundbreaking work being done here in terms of innovation with a focus on human capital, creative and involved employees, but also safety and energy savings. Congratulations to managing director Luc Clabout. Thanks to the management of Vinci Energies for making this project possible. And of course, congratulations to all the employees of Actemium and Vinci Energies with the high quality of your work. Thank you for your exceptional relationship with our community and the leading role you play in your domain. Keep up the good work in designing, building and maintaining our future!

 

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