Kebony becomes the first winner of the Newcomer of the Year award
Kebony, a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects, celebrates another successful award win, receiving the Foreign Investment Trophy for ‘Newcomer of the Year’. Awarded by Flanders Investment & Trade, Kebony was recognised as a foreign company with an important investment project in Flanders. Kebony was nominated for the award by the Government of Flanders, who listed the company’s highly positive effect on employment in the area as a winning credential.
This announcement comes just two weeks after the groundbreaking of Kebony’s new factory in the Flanders region of Belgium, which will bring €20 million of investment for the Belgium economy and the creation of 25 local jobs. Developed in Norway, where Kebony’s original factory is based, the patented Kebony technology, which has taken years of research and development, enhances the properties of sustainable softwood with a bio-based liquid. The process permanently modifies the wood cell walls giving Kebony premium, hardwood characteristics, resulting in significantly improved durability and structural stability.
John Verzeele, Director of Inward Investment of Flanders Investment & Trade explained: “Kebony’s new facility in Flanders will provide significant investment for our economy. We are delighted to welcome such a well-respected company to this region and wish Kebony all the very best success here for the future.”
Wim Dubois, senior investment manager at PMV: “We have been privileged to work with Kebony at establishing their first plant outside Norway here in Flanders. We strongly believe in the superior properties of Kebony wood and in its immense growth potential. We are also thrilled that PMV and the region of Flanders will play a significant role in this success, benefitting both our economy and the environment.”
Christian Jebsen, CEO of Kebony commented “It is an honour to be here to accept this award, having received such a warm welcome to Flanders. As a company we are thrilled with our success so far and look forward to continuing this growth in Flanders for years to come.”
Picture (from left to right):
- Bruno Segers, Chairman of the Board Flanders Investment & Trade
- Christian Jebsen, CEO Kebony
- Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sports
- Omar Roels, Engineering Manager Kebony Belgium
- Bruno van den Branden, General Manager Kebony Belgium
- Claire Tillekaerts, CEO Flanders Investment & Trade