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Flanders International Business Awards 2023: the 3 winners have been announced

Brussels, 20 September 2023 – During an impressive award show with more than 900 guests and in the presence of Flanders’ Minister-President Jan Jambon, FIT announced the winners of the very first Flanders International Business Awards: Globachem (Sint-Truiden) – ‘Exporter of the Year 2023’, Plug Power (Antwerp) – ‘Foreign Investor of the Year 2023’, and Loop Earplugs (Berchem) – ‘Startup of the Year 2023’. In the ‘Startup of the Year 2023’ category, FIT gave a special award to 3 ‘International High Potentials’: Henchman (Ghent), OTIV (Ghent) and B4Plastics (Dilsem-Stokkem). In this competition’s premiere, FIT is simultaneously giving recognition to an export company, a foreign investor and a startup that make Flanders shine far beyond its borders.

Globachem, Plug Power and Loop Earplugs win first Flanders International Business Awards 2023

Exporter of the Year 2023: Globachem

This family business from Sint-Truiden develops, registers and markets crop protection products.  First and foremost, it wants to contribute to the production of sufficient, safe and sustainably grown food for the rising world population. Globachem is active in 39 countries and focuses mainly on large agricultural countries such as France, Germany, the UK, Poland and Brazil.

Globachem beat to the finish agricultural machinery manufacturer Dewulf from Roeselare and IndigoCare from Tessenderlo, which develops smart call systems for hospitals and residential care centers. The final jury praised the winner’s strong focus on innovation with a major social impact.


  • Number of employees: 73.9 FTEs (Belgium)
  • Turnover (2022): € 287,966,588.61
  • Export share in turnover (2022): 95%
  • Share of non-EU countries in exports: 23%