The 2019 study has 174 pages and 56 tables and figures. The study is useful for companies seeking to understand the Belgian market and to understand how to locate a regional headquarters in Belgium. It outlines advanced facilities in industrial areas in which Belgium has centers of excellence.
Anheuser-Busch InBev is the world’s largest brewer and the largest company in Belgium. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (abbreviated as AB InBev) is a Brazilian-Belgian multinational drink and brewing holdings company based in Leuven, Belgium. Additional main offices are located in São Paulo, New York City, London, St. Louis, Mexico City, Bremen, Johannesburg and others. The company was enlarged in October 2016 when AB InBev purchased SABMiller and concluded a merger of the two entities.
Anheuser-Busch Inbev is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and has 49 office locations across 45 countries.
Ahold Delhaize comes from the 2016 ‘merger’ of Dutch supermarket group Ahold (Albert Heijn) and its Belgian counterpart Delhaize. This left Ahold with 61% of the shares, Delhaize with the remaining 39%.
The Dutch are firmly in the driving seat, located in Zaandam, just up the coast from Amsterdam. The first Albert Heijn grocery store was opened in 1887 in nearby Oostzaan. The grocery chain expanded through the first half of the 20th century and went public in 1948.
“The development of business in Belgium will continue to leverage its support for NATO and for the EU. Belgium is truly defined by an international place that is ready to support business growth for companies that are able to fit into the culture.
Favorable work environments and a culture of integrity are a draw for Belgium. The people are nice and the working conditions are comfortable in Belgium. Belgium is characterized by a desire for people to get along. Brixit has been an issue for UK based companies because the loss of free trade is a problem. Brixit has been a draw for business in Belgium.
Belgium has a modern, private enterprise economy. It has a diversified industrial and commercial base. Industry is concentrated in the populous Flanders in the north, around Brussels and in the two biggest Walloon cities, Liège and Charleroi. Barriers to entry in Belgium include density of regulatory environments at every level.
Port of Antwerp
Ahold / Delhaize
Belgium Shipping and Trading
Port of Antwerp
Proximus / Belgacom
Automotive, Transportation, Manufacturing, and Retail
Pharmaceuticals, Flowers, Beer, Beverages, and Food
Ahold / Delhaize
Belgium Bio-Pharma & Healthcare:
Chemicals, Minerals Technology, IT, and Data Centers in Belgium
Belgium Government Construction Investment Programme is Set to Grow
Quality of The Danish Business Climate
Belgium Construction Barriers
Taxation in Belgium
Belgium Need to Meet Carbon Emissions and Climate Change Targets
Water Issues in Belgium
Waste Issues in Belgium
United Shipping & Trading
Efficient Advanced Facilities in Belgium
Table of Contents
Advanced Facilities in Belgium: 1
1.0 Overview 10
2.0 Belgium Profile 11 2.1 Belgium Construction Investment Programme 13 2.2 Quality of The Belgium Business Climate 15 2.3 Belgium Construction Barriers for International Companies 16 2.4 Belgian Government Positions to Support Construction 18 2.5 Belgium Environmental Work Safety 20
3.0 Belgium Safety Culture 20 3.1 Belgian Worksite Safety Inspections 21 3.2 Belgian Worksite Labor Inspections 22 3.3 Belgian Initiatives for Safety Inspections 24 3.4 Belgium Environmental Positioning 24 3.5 Enforcement in Belgium 25
4.0 Taxation in Belgium 27 4.1 Taxation Authority 27 4.2 Belgium Corporate Taxes 28 4.3 Belgium Personal Income Tax Rates 29 4.4 VAT 30 4.5 Taxation of Non-Residents 32 4.6 Belgium Double Taxation Agreements 32
5.0 Legal System in Belgium 33 5.1 Legal System 33 5.1.1 Belgian Legislature 34 5.1.2 Belgium Executive Branch 34 5.2 Court System in Belgium 35 5.3 Belgium Application of the Law – Prison Systems 38 5.4 Belgian Legal System and Advisory Councils 38 5.5 Belgium Universal Access to Health Care 39 5.6 Belgium Typical Delivery Model Applicable – Contract Type 40 5.7 Belgium Regional Government 41 5.8 Belgium Local Regulations & Compliance 42 5.9 Supervision of Construction Contracts 45 5.9.1 Supervision of Construction Contracts via Software 47 5.9.2 Belgian Labor Union Market 47 5.10 Work Permits in Belgium 48 5.11 Driving in Belgium 53 5.12 Permitting Requirements of Developments in Belgium 54 5.13 The National Building Code of Belgium 55 5.14 Ministry of The Environment Steers and Monitors Construction 56 5.15 Municipalities Steer and Monitor Construction in Their Area of Belgium 57 5.16 Local Belgium - Municipalities 57 5.17 Responsibilities Building Project: Planning a Construction Project in Belgium 114
6.0 Environmental Issues in Belgium 114 6.1 Atmospheric Issues in Belgium 115 6.2 Belgium Needs to Meet Carbon Emissions and Climate Change Targets 115 6.3 Water Issues in Belgium 116 6.4 Waste Issues in Belgium 116 6.5 Belgium EIA’S 118 6.6 Belgium Sustainable Development 119
7.0 Advanced Manufacturing Sector in Belgium 120 7.1 Foreign Direct Investments FDI IN Belgium 120 7.2 Belgium – Investment Considerations 121 7.3 Belgian Government Measures to Motivate or Restrict FDI: 123 7.4 Description of Industry Sectors in Belgium and Companies Needing Construction 124 7.5 Industrial Companies and Construction in Belgium and the Nordic Countries 124 7.6 Major Companies in Belgium: 125 7.7 Belgium Shipping and Trading 127 7.7.1 Port of Antwerp 128 7.8 Telecommunications Services 131 Proximus / Belgacom 131 7.9 Automotive, Transportation, Manufacturing, and Retail 133 7.9.1 Van Hool 133 7.10 Pharmaceuticals, Flowers, Beer, Beverages, and Food 133 7.10.1 Pfizer 133 7.10.2 Anheuser-Busch InBev 133 7.10.3 Colruyt 137 7.10.4 Ahold / Delhaize 141 7.10.5 Coca-Cola 143 7.11 Belgium Bio-Pharma & Healthcare: 144 7.11.1 UCB 144 7.12 Chemicals, Minerals Technology, IT, and Data Centers in Belgium 146 7.12.1 Solvay 146 7.12.2 Umicore 152
8.0 Competition – Engineering & Construction Providers 156 8.1 Engineering Consultancies 158 8.1.1 SGS 159 8.1.2 Besix 159 8.1.3 ETEX 161 8.1.4 CFE 163 8.1.5 DME 164 8.1.6 TPF 164 8.1.7 Willemen Groep 167 8.1.8 Interconstruct Sa 169 8.1.9 Bonten 169 8.1.10 Godrej Construction Focusing More On Infrastructure 171 8.1.11 Tractebel Development Engineering (Belgium) 171 8.1.12 KU Leuven 172 8.2 Architects Serving the Belgian Market 172 8.2.1 Solvay Project Consortium Consisting of Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Belgian firms MODULO Architects and VK Engineering. 173
9.0 Characteristics of Local Business Culture 174 9.1 Litigious or Deal-Making? 174 9.2 Belgium Anti-Corruption Credentials 174
List of Figures
Figure 1. Countries Surrounding Belgium 14 Figure 2. NATO Headquarters 15 Figure 3. Construction Output in Belgium 16 Figure 4. Construction Output in Belgium 17 Figure 5. Complex Business Culture In Belgium 19 Figure 6. Belgian Economic Indicators 21 Figure 7. Entities Subject To Corporate Income Tax 30 Figure 8. Regional Court System of Belgium 38 Figure 9. Regional Court System of Belgium 39 Figure 10. Judicial Map of Belgium 39 Figure 11. Legal services to Construction Companies in Belgium 48 Figure 12. Commonly Used Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Methods in Belgium 48 Figure 13. Brussels-Capital Region or Brussels, see List of municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region (19 municipalities) 59 Figure 14. Flemish Region or Flanders, see List of municipalities of the Flemish Region (300 municipalities) 63 Figure 15. Walloon Region or Wallonia, see List of municipalities of the Walloon Region (262 municipalities) 91 Figure 16. Belgian Trade 124 Figure 17. Belgium Key Industries 126 Figure 18. European Corporate International Headquarter Cities Located in Belgium 126 Figure 19. Advantages of Belgium for Corporations 127 Figure 20. List of Largest Companies in the Belgium 128 Figure 21. Belgium Large Company Revenue Market Shares, 2018 129 Figure 22. Port of Antwerp 131 Figure 23. Port of Antwerp Container Ship Management 132 Figure 24. Port of Antwerp 133 Figure 25. Proximus Headquarters Brussels 134 Figure 26. Anheuser-Busch Inbev is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium 136 Figure 27. Colruyt Headquarters 141 Figure 28. Colruyt Headquarters 141 Figure 29. Colruyt Dassenveld Location 142 Figure 30. Inside Colruyt 143 Figure 31. Ahold's Headquarters in Zaandam 144 Figure 32. Ahold Brands 145 Figure 33. UCB Headquarters in Belgium 146 Figure 34. UCB Changing Energy Consumption Since 2015 147 Figure 35. New Solvay Chemicals International SA Headquarters 149 Figure 36. Solvay Headquarters Design 151 Figure 37. Solvay Headquarters Design 152 Figure 38. Solvay New Headquarters Buildings 154 Figure 39. Umicore's Precious Metals Facility in Hoboken, Belgium. 155 Figure 40. Umicore SA’s Large Metal Manufacturing Complex in Hoboken 156 Figure 41. London Gold Bar Manufactured by the Umicore Group 156 Figure 42. Umicore Revenue by Segment 157 Figure 43. Umicore Revenue by Geography 158 Figure 44. Number Of Construction And Engineering Firms In Belgium 159 Figure 45. Volume Index of Production in Belgian Construction Sector 160 Figure 46. Largest Construction Companies in Belgium 160 Figure 47. Besix Rail Baltica Central Station project 162 Figure 48. Etix Revenue by Division 163 Figure 49. Etix Rate of Accidents 164 Figure 50. Etix Revenue 165 Figure 51. TPF Revenue 167 Figure 52. TPF Geographical Revenue 168 Figure 53. Elisabeth Center Antwerp 169 Figure 54. Willemen City Office t’Scheep 170 Figure 55. Willemen Contractors 171 Figure 56. Bonten Buildings Constructed 172
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