Soon the first stone for the European bio-technology factory

Among the sectors that the CATCH unit wanted to develop, there was also logistics, ie warehousing, stock management and dispatching of goods. “And it is clear that demand is very strong in this area at the moment in the region. If we had wanted to use the Caterpillar site for this purpose, everything would have been taken in less than six months. Traffic in Antwerp, the leader at this level, is increasingly congested and land there is becoming scarce. Companies are looking to other horizons. »

But there were also and above all biotechnologies as well as health. From this perspective, the growth of the biopark in Gosselies seems endless. “And above all, we are seeing more and more production chains, not just research,” notes Thomas Dermine. “This is particularly the case for Univercells, which we supported with CATCH, which attracts the largest international funds and sees the emergence of an ultra-modern factory. »

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“But above all, we have noticed that the workforce does not necessarily come from Charleroi, far from it. To correct this, the first stone should be laid at the end of the year for the future European school in bio-technology. This will offer training spaces that will allow young people in the region to be directly ready to join companies in the sector, this will offer them new opportunities. »

And Thomas Dermine concludes: “The biopark is therefore developing very well in this area, as is the logistics around the airport. Industry and manufacturing, they are more around the Sambre. It is the result of a global reflection to reconcile geography and economy, by creating basins specialized in such or such field. »

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