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    Booking.com renews commitment to Tourcoing

    Booking.com has signed a deal for a new building in Tourcoing, making good on plans announced in April. Find out why the fast-growing online travel company chose to stay in Hauts-de-France.

    Worldwide innovation—Cousin Biotech develops pain-relieving implant

    Cousin Biotech, a specialist in technical textiles for medical applications based in Hauts-de-France, has developed an implant that can replace oral pain medication after inguinal hernia surgery.

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    Grid opens new audiovisual studio in Greater Lille

    11 Oct 2017 | Front page, ICT, Investment

    Belgium-based Grid has opted to open its third office in Hauts-de-France—proof that Lille’s highly developed digital ecosystem is a strong selling point for animation studios.

    animation, Lille, digital

    Breeding ground for digital talent

    Faced with rising demand for its post-production services, Grid—a digital media specialist with locations in Ghent and Brussels—was struggling to recruit new talent in its native Belgium. The solution: nearby Hauts-de-France. Grid’s third office will open in early 2018 in Greater Lille with a staff of five to ten, but is expected to expand rapidly to 30, thanks to a robust order book.

    Strong digital ecosystem

    Grid’s primary reason for choosing Hauts-de-France was our well-developed digital ecosystem, with its wide range of talent and expertise:

    • Over 200 businesses
    • World-class educational institutions such as Rubika, a specialist in animation and video games with schools in Valenciennes, France; Pune, India; and Montreal, Canada
    • Over 3,000 students enrolled in programs for imaging careers
    • 5 centers of excellence and innovation, including Pictanovo, La Serre Numérique and La Plaine Image

    Global reach

    Founded in Ghent in 1995, Grid specializes in post-production and is widely recognized for its animated films and special effects. The studio has contributed to major French and European productions including The Triplets of Belleville and Astérix: The Mansions of the Gods, as well as international films such as Ghost Rider and Black Sail.

    Source: Le Journal des entreprises, Grid

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