Chemicals and life sciences sector again attracts most foreign investment

With 40 investment projects, providing 877 new jobs and a total investment amount of more than 408 million euros, the chemicals and life sciences sector was again number 1 in Flanders in 2020 for attracting foreign investments. This is evident from figures from FIT (Flanders Investment & Trade). Due to the difficult economic context, the […]

WeteWaWerkt: new series of videos places young STEM talent in the spotlight

WeteWaWerkt: in this series of videos from Technopolis and the ‘Vlaamse Ondernemers’ (Flemish entrepreneurs) of which essenscia is part, eight young business employees from various sectors demonstrate what their jobs entail and explain which routes they took to end up working in a STEM profession. The aim is to inspire third grade secondary school pupils, […]

Univercells builds two production plants in Jumet

The biotechnology company Univercells is setting up its subsidiary Exothera in Jumet, on the former site of the IT company Systemat, to offer complete development and manufacturing services for viral vectors for the development of vaccines and gene therapies. Exothera relies on the use of innovative production platforms to reduce costs and make these treatments […]

Janssen and TotalEnergies commit to ToekomstATELIERdelAvenir (TADA)

The ToekomstATELIERdelAvenir in Brussels, or TADA, is an initiative to guide socially vulnerable young people towards a promising future. Every year at TADA, hundreds of teenagers from deprived neighbourhoods are taught on Saturdays by enthusiastic professionals who give an insight into their daily practice. Johnson & Johnson Benelux, the parent company of Janssen Pharmaceutica, and TotalEnergies are also involved.  […]

Diversity, equality, and inclusion on the agenda at Solvay

The Solvay Chemical Group is implementing the “Solvay One Dignity” programme, which aims to change the culture of the organisation in terms of diversity, equality, and inclusion. The programme aims to eliminate all forms of discrimination and cultivate an inclusive and diverse environment that promotes equal opportunities for employees of all backgrounds, ages, genders, nationalities, […]

Attracting talent through sector-specific job fairs

essenscia organises sector-specific  Jobdays in Wallonia and We Are Chemistry  in Flanders, which aim to attract more technical and scientific talents to the chemical, plastics and life sciences industry, and thereby help companies fill their vacancies.   The “Chemistry, Plastics, Pharma & Biotech Jobdays” are organised by essenscia wallonie in collaboration with Forem and Actiris and supported by partners such as the business parks of Liège and […]