List of companies of Belgium

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Location of Belgium

Belgium is a sovereign state in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and the North Sea. It is a small, densely populated country which covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres (11,787 sq mi) and has a population of about 11 million people. Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speaking, mostly Flemish community, which constitutes about 59% of the population, and the French-speaking, mostly Walloon population, which comprises 41% of all Belgians. Additionally, there is a small group of German-speakers who live in the East Cantons located around the High Fens area, and bordering Germany.

Belgium's strongly globalized economy[1] and its transport infrastructure are integrated with the rest of Europe. Its location at the heart of a highly industrialized region helped make it the world's 15th largest trading nation in 2007.[2][3] The economy is characterized by a highly productive work force, high GNP and high exports per capita.[4] Belgium's main imports are raw materials, machinery and equipment, chemicals, raw diamonds, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, transportation equipment, and oil products. Its main exports are machinery and equipment, chemicals, finished diamonds, metals and metal products, and foodstuffs.[5]

For further information on the types of business entities in this country and their abbreviations, see "Business entities in Belgium".

Largest firms[edit]

This list shows firms in the Fortune Global 500, which ranks firms by total revenue for 2016.[6] Only the top five firms (if available) are included as a sample.

Rank Image Name 2016 Revenues (USD $M) Employees Notes
211 Piedboeuf.jpg Anheuser-Busch InBev $43,604 152,321 The world's largest brewer with about 28% of the global market. The conglomerate has been on the list for 11 years, peaking at 196 in 2010.
390 Proxy Delhaize, Differdange-101.jpg Delhaize Group $27,070 116,646 Large food retailer with a focus on supermarkets in Europe. The firm has been on list since it began and has dropped steadily from a high of 225 in 2003.

Notable firms[edit]

This list includes notable companies with primary headquarters located in the country. The industry and sector follow the Industry Classification Benchmark taxonomy. Organizations which have ceased operations are included and noted as defunct.

     Active firms
     State-owned firms
     Defunct firms

Name Industry Sector Headquarters Founded Notes
Abelag Aviation Consumer services Travel & leisure Zaventem 1964 Charter airline
Ablynx Health care Biotechnology Ghent[7] 2001 Biopharma
Ackermans & van Haaren Conglomerates Antwerp 1876 Construction, real estate, financial services
AG Real Estate Financials Real estate Brussels 1824 Real estate
Ageas Financials Financial services Brussels 1990 Financing
Agfa-Gevaert Technology Computer services Mortsel 1867 Digital imaging and IT solutions
Agoria Industrials Support services Brussels 1946 Trade association
AIM Productions Technology Computer services Hove 1994 IT
Alpro Consumer goods Food & beverage Ghent[8] 1980 Soy products
Anheuser-Busch InBev Consumer goods Food & beverage Leuven 2008 Breweries, distributors; see also InBev brands
Antwerp Water Works Utilities Water Antwerp 1880 Water utility
Aquafin Utilities Water Antwerp 1990 Wastewater
Associated Weavers Consumer goods Personal goods Ronse 1964 Textile
Aveve Consumer goods Food & beverage Aalter 1890 Agriculture
Aviapartner Industrials Industrial transportation Brussels 1949 Ground handling
Barco Technology Computer hardware Kortrijk 1934 Display manufacturer
Base Industrials Support services Brussels 1993 Communications and design
Beaulieu International Group Consumer goods Personal goods Wielsbeke 1959 Textiles
Befimmo Financials Real estate Brussels 1995 Real estate
Bekaert Industrials General industrials Kortrijk 1880 Metal transformations and coatings
Belgian Beer Café Consumer services Retail Leuven 1998 Cafe/restaurant
Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries Financials Financial services Brussels 2001 Financial NGO
Bpost Industrials Industrial transportation Brussels 2000 Postal services
Brussels Airlines Consumer services Travel & leisure Brussels 2006 Flag carrier airline, part of Lufthansa (Germany)
Brussels Regional Investment Company Financials Financial services Brussels 1984 Financing
Cockerill Sambre Industrials Heavy Industries Seraing 1817 Partially Defunct in 1998
Carmeuse Basic materials Basic resources Louvain-la-Neuve 1860 Lime and limestone mining
Cartamundi Consumer goods Personal & household goods Turnhout 1970 Games
Cavalier Chocolate Consumer goods Food & beverage Eeklo 1996 Chocolatier
Claeys Industrials Industrial engineering Zedelgem 1906 Farm equipment, defunct 1991
Cofinimmo Financials Real estate Brussels 1983 Real estate
Colruyt Group Consumer services Retail Halle 1925 Retail, supermarkets
Compagnie Maritime Belge Industrials Industrial transportation Antwerp 1895 Shipping
Confiserie Roodthooft Consumer goods Food & beverage Antwerp 1925 Confectioner
Copiepresse Consumer services Media Brussels 2000 Newspaper
De Lijn Industrials Industrial transportation Mechelen 1991 State-owned transportation
Deceuninck Basic materials Commodity chemicals Hooglede 1937 PVC
Delhaize Group Consumer goods Food & beverage Brussels 1867 Food
DEME Industrials Industrial transportation Zwijndrecht 1991 Infrastructure
D'Ieteren Consumer services Retail Brussels 1805 Automotive services
DOMO Group Consumer goods Personal goods Ghent 1992 Textiles
Ecover Consumer goods Personal & household goods Malle 1979 cleaning products
Effortel Financials Financial services Brussels 2005 Money movement
ETAP Lighting Consumer goods Personal & household goods Malle 1949 Lighting
Eurogentec Health care Biotechnology Seraing 1985 Biotech
EVS Broadcast Equipment Technology Telecommunications equipment Liège 1994 Broadcasting equipment
Ferranti Computer Systems Technology Computer hardware Antwerp 1976 Computers, previously a part of Ferranti (UK)
Fluxys Oil & gas Oil & gas producers Brussels 2001 natural gas, subsidiary of Suez
Forrest Group Basic materials Basic resources Wavre 1922 Mining
Frère-Bourgeois Financials Financial services Gerpinnes 1981 Financial holding
Gimv Financials Financial services Brussels 1980[9] Investing
Godiva Chocolatier Consumer goods Food & beverage Brussels 1926 Chocolatier
Group Joos Consumer services Media Turnhout 1935 Printing, document management
Groupe Bruxelles Lambert Industrials General industrials Brussels 1902 Industrial holdings
Guylian Consumer goods Food & beverage Sint-Niklaas 1960 Chocolatier
IMEC Technology Computer services Leuven 1984 Technology research center
Imperia Automobiles Consumer goods Automobiles Liège 1906 Automotive, revived in 2009
Innogenetics Health care Biotechnology Ghent 1985 Diagnostics, IVD
Jan De Nul Industrials Construction & materials Aalst 1938 Construction, maritime maintenance
Janssen Pharmaceutica Health care Pharmaceuticals Beerse 1953 Pharma, subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson
Jonckheere Industrials Industrial transportation Roeselare 1881 Buses
Katoen Natie Industrials Industrial transportation Antwerp 1854 Logistics
KBC Bank Financials Banks Brussels 1985 Bank
Keytrade Bank Financials Financial services Brussels 1998 Investments
Kinepolis Consumer services Travel & leisure Ghent 1997 Movie theaters
Larian Studios Consumer services Media Ghent 1996 Game developer
Libeco-Lagae Consumer goods Personal goods Meulebeke 1997 Textiles
Louis Delhaize Group Consumer services Retail Charleroi 1875 Retail, supermarkets
Luciad NV Technology Computer services Leuven 1999 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Materialise NV Technology Computer services Leuven 1990 3D printing solutions
Metallo-Chimique Basic materials Basic resources Beerse 1919 Mining
Mutoh Europe nv Consumer goods Personal & household goods Ostend 1990 Electronics
Namahn Industrials Support services Brussels 1987 Design consulting
Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille (CNP) Industrials General industrials Gerpinnes 1981 Industrial holding
Nyrstar Basic materials Basic resources Balen 2007 Mining
Option N.V. Technology Computer hardware Leuven 1986 Wireless technology
Proost Consumer services Media Turnhout 1913 Book publishing
Proximus Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Brussels 1994 Mobile network, part of Proximus Group
Proximus Group Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Brussels 1930 state-owned telecommunications
Regional Investment Company of Wallonia Financials Financial services Liège 1979 Investments
Reynaers Aluminium Basic materials Basic resources Duffel 1965 Aluminium
RHJ International Financials Financial services Brussels 1786 Financial services group
Ridley Bikes Consumer goods Personal & household goods Paal 1997 Bicycles
Saluc Industrials Industrial engineering Péruwelz 1923 Ball manufacturing
Septentrio Consumer goods Personal & household goods Leuven 2000 Electronics
Seyntex Consumer goods Personal goods Oostrozebeke 1908 Textiles
Sioen Industries Consumer goods Personal goods Ardooie 1907 Textiles
Skytech Industrials Industrial engineering Brussels 1989 Helicopters
Solvay S.A. Basic materials Chemicals Brussels 1863 Industrial chemicals
Soudal Basic materials Basic resources Turnhout 1966 Silicone
Sugar refinery of Tienen Basic materials Basic resources Tienen 1836 Sugar
Telenet Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Mechelen 1996 Broadband cable
Teleroute Industrials Industrial transportation Brussels 1985 Freight
Thermote & Vanhalst Industrials Industrial engineering Waregem 1969 Forklifts
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Consumer services Travel & leisure Zaventem 2001 Charter airline
Tibotec Health care Pharmaceuticals Mechelen 1994 Pharma, subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (US)
TiGenix Health care Biotechnology Leuven 2000 Biomedical
ASL Airlines Belgium Industrials Industrial transportation Liège 1999 Cargo airline, part of ASL Airlines Ireland
Tractebel Industrials Industrial engineering Brussels 1986 Engineering
Truvo Industrials Support services Antwerp 1968 Local search, directories
TUIfly Belgium Consumer services Travel & leisure Zaventem 2003 Airline
UCB Health care Pharmaceuticals Brussels 1928 Pharma
UMedia Consumer services Media Brussels 2010 Film studio
Umicore Basic materials Basic resources Brussels 1989 Materials and mining
Unibind Industrials General industrials Brussels 1939 Bookbinding
Union Minière du Haut Katanga Basic materials Basic resources Brussels 1906 Mining, defunct 1966
Van Genechten Packaging Industrials General industrials Turnhout 1833 Printing, packaging
Van Hool Industrials Industrial transportation Koningshooikt 1947 Buses
Vanbreda International Financials Insurance Antwerp 1937 Health insurance
Vanparys Consumer goods Food & beverage Brussels 1889 Confectioner
Velleman Industrials Electronic equipment Gavere 1975 Electronics
Vinçotte Industrials Support services Brussels 1873 Inspections
VLM Airlines Consumer services Travel & leisure Antwerp 1992 Airline
Volvo Car Gent Consumer goods Automobiles Ghent 1965 Local subsidiary of Volvo (Sweden)
Walloon SME finance and guarantee company Financials Financial services Liège 2002 Financing
Zetes Technology Technology hardware Brussels 1984 Identification technology

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Belgium ranked first in the KOF Globalization Index 2009ETH Zürich (ed.). "KOF Index of Globalization". Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rank Order – Exports". CIA – The 2008 world factbook. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2008. 15[th]: Belgium $322,200,000,000 (2007 est.) 
  3. ^ "Rank Order – Imports". CIA – The 2008 world factbook. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2008. 15[th]: Belgium $323,200,000,000 (2007 est.) 
  4. ^ "Belgian economy". Belgium. Belgian Federal Public Service (ministry) of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2009. Belgium is the world leader in terms of export per capita and can justifiably call itself the 'world's largest exporter'. 
  5. ^ "Belgium". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. Archived from the original on 2016-07-10. 
  6. ^ DeCarlo, Scott (22 July 2016). "The Fortune 2016 Global 500". Fortune. 
  7. ^ Llama-Based Biotechnology Draws New Interest to Ablynx - Bloomberg
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  9. ^ Gimv Investeringsmaatschappij Voor Vlanderen NV, GIMV:PAR profile -

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