The week in business: 17 April


Soudal invests big in its Turnhout facility, Brussels Airlines adds extra flights to the Canary Islands and an overview of the rest of the week's business news

Adhesives – Soudal

The multinational adhesive, sealant and plastic foam producer has announced an investment of €35 million in its Turnhout facility, where it is based. The 25,000-square metre plant will be expanded by one-fifth. Soudal has 14 facilities and employs 2,200 people worldwide.

Air – Brussels Airlines
Brussels Airlines will fly twice a week to winter sun destinations Tenerife and Gran Canaria from October, the company said. According to BA, 640,000 Belgians visit the Canary Islands each year, with many having a second home there.

Duty Free – Belgian Sky Shops
International Duty Free Belgium, based in Diegem, Flemish Brabant, has changed the name of its duty free outlets in Brussels and Charleroi airports to International Duty Free. The company has also won the contract to operate the duty free zone linked to the United Nations site in Nairobi, Kenya.

Publishing – Clavis
The Hasselt-based children’s book publisher has been awarded an International Excellence Award in the category “international trade children’s and young adult publisher” at the London Book fair. Clavis was praised for its innovative approach to international sales and marketing.

Telecoms – Proximus
Shareholders of Belgacom Group have approved the name change of the main brand to Proximus with a vote in favour of 99.94% at the company’s AGM. The new name was proposed in March of last year and a new logo was introduced last September. The name Belgacom will now no longer be used. CEO Dominique Leroy also informed shareholders that the rebranding had cost €4 million less than the €20 million expected.

Trucks – DAF
The Dutch truck-building company plans to add about 80 more people to the staff of its plant in Westerlo, Limburg. That will bring total staff at the facility, which makes truck axles and cabins, to 1,950.