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2015 International Investment Awards a success

26 Jun 2015 | A region on the move

Nord France Invest held its second International Investment Awards ceremony on June 9 at EuraTechnologies, after the agency's General Meeting. This energizing event recognized five outstanding regional investors.

Northern France honors international companies

Held every three years by Nord France Invest, the International Investment Awards ceremony recognizes international companies based in Northern France for noteworthy investments, honoring entrepreneurs who have believed in the region’s many strengths over the long term.

2015 awards presented to five winners

Pierre de Saintignon, First Vice-Chairman of the Nord-Pas de Calais Regional Council, Philippe Vasseur, Chairman, and Luc Doublet, Deputy Chairman of Nord France Invest, presided over the 2015 ceremony, presenting a total of five International Investment Awards.

Family Business award presented to Agrafresh

Founded in 2001 by Yan Demarez and Ann Vantyghem , a pair of young Belgian entrepreneurs, Agrafresh specializes in ready-to-use vegetables and salads and prepared foods.  In 2014, the family-owned company chose Northern France for its new production and packing unit, an €8.5M venture that is expected to recruit 60 employees over three years.

Bridgestone wins loyalty award

Over the past 50 years, Bridgestone’s plant in Northern France has produced over 241 million tires and employed 8,700 individuals—some of them third-generation Bridgestone employees. Today the site is the largest employer in Béthune and the third-largest industrial employer in the département of Pas de Calais.

EcoPhos recognized for responsible investment

By devising a method to produce phosphate from low-grade rocks with less usable content, EcoPhos has reduced the environmental impact of mines and slowed the depletion of natural phosphate reserves. After considering several sites on the North Sea coast, the Belgian company is now building a new production site at the Industrial City Dunkerque (ICD) platform in Mardyck.

Kubota wins industrial investment award

With its range of mini-excavators, compact tractors and industrial diesel engines under 50 horsepower, Kubota leads the European market for mini-excavators. After evaluating several sites in Germany, the Netherlands and other European countries, in December 2013 the Japanese corporation chose to locate its new tractor assembly plant in Bierne, near Dunkerque in Northern France. The investment is worth over €40 million and is expected to create 140 jobs by 2017.

Special award presented to IBM

In 2013, IBM opted to locate a major service center at the EuraTechnologies, with 300 jobs already filled, and another 700 to come. The move is revolutionizing the region’s digital ecosystem and is expected to give the sector a dramatic boost.

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