Visé, Belgium, October 11, 2017—Wallonia’s Economic Minister Pierre-Yves Jeholet inaugurated Knauf Insulation’s new global headquarters and the reopening of its second production line, VB2, in Visé on October 7.
The line, which makes Glass Mineral Wool, was upgraded and reopened at a cost of 8 million euros and marks the latest in a range of plant transformations that have seen 85 million euros invested in new technology at the facility since 2012.
Twenty new jobs have been created as a result of the upgrade, bringing the total number of employees at the plant to 300 with 50 other employees based at the site’s new Knauf Insulation headquarters. Knauf Group, the manufacturer’s parent company, presently employs 850 people in Belgium, 700 of which are based in Wallonia.
Visé Plant Manager Olivier Douxchamps said: “The re-opened production line will help us to meet increased demand for our products in Western Europe and affirms our position as the region’s leading player in the insulation market. A new Blowing Wool line will be added to Visé by the end of this year.”
Knauf Insulation’s CEO, Jean-Claude Carlin said: “The reopened line at Visé is the latest in a series of multi-million-euro upgrades to our plants across Europe, North America and Russia. These upgrades — as well as plans for a new €100 million plant in Western Europe — are designed to be real game changers in terms of improving service to our developing customer base and also driving product quality to new levels.”
Local politicians, union representatives and business leaders attended the Visé openings on October 7, including Visé Mayor, Marcel Neven and Alderman of Territorial Development Luc Lejeune.
Following the inauguration, Knauf Insulation organised a family day for employees.