SESVanderHave is investing about $13.6 million in a new high-tech research center near its headquarters in Tienen, Belgium. The center, located at the nearby Feed Food Health Campus, will be almost 12,000 square meters in size and house up to 50 workers.
“Our current infrastructure is too small for all of the research projects we want to carry out,” said SESVander-Have CEO Rob van Tetering in explaining the need for the new center. “We test thousands of plants per year for more than 50 countries, and we need more than twice the infrastructure in the coming years to continue to keep research at a consistently high level.”
The Feed Food Health project in Tienen is a knowledge and innovative community encompassing innovative projects, developments and activities within the broad domain of healthy food for humans and animals. “Feed Food Health is established with the aim of attracting innovative businesses from the food sector to Tienen,” notes Marc Huron, its business development manager. “The SESVanderHave project therefore fits perfectly with our aim. It is innovative, high-tech and forms the basis of what Tienen is known for: sugar. We could not imagine a better partner at this time.”
Constructing of the research center will start in January 2015, with the first compartments expected to be operational by autumn of that year.