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MEUSE-RHINE JOURNAL AT ONE
[EDIT: Eijsden, October 15]
This issue completes Meuse-Rhine Journal's first year of publication. The Journal
is sent to 2,590 addresses in Meuse-Rhine and further afield on the 15th and 30th of each
month (or February 28/29). The site where the newsletter is archived is now receiving
14,353 hits over a 89-day period. Since we don't advertise or make use of meta-tags to
attract traffic, these figures are based on referral among readers. The objective of
Meuse-Rhine Journal is to present a digest of business and leisure news in English
in an area ripe for cross-border business cooperation, as evidenced by parallel
developments in key sectors (automotive, energy, life sciences, logistics etc), but where
communication is impeded by the lack of a common language. The Journal currently receives
no external funding and is provided as a public service and promotional activity by
Wadsworth & Wadsworth Associates.
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
[BIZ: Brussels, October 9]
The EU Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs passed legislation on October 8 on
the formation of the new European company, the Societas Europeae (SE). This
type of corporation will be appropriate for international companies with various locations
who choose it above a national company form. The period of gestation required for the
enabling legislation was 31 years, 3 months and 8 days. It took this length of time to
approve the proposal, in part because EU law applicable in all Member States, has to be
established by a regulation (directly applicable in all Member States) as opposed
to a directive (implemented through national law). Consequently, agreement required
consensus among all Member States on aspects of company law, where there are still widely
varying rules in national law. It also required common ground among Member States with a
tradition of worker involvement (anxious that SEs should not be used as a means to avoid
national worker involvement requirements) and Member States where worker involvement is
not imposed (anxious that SEs should not be used to introduce worker-involvement
obligations). In the end, it required a
compromise at the EUs highest political level, the European Council (at Nice).
SPI+ AT THE VERTBOIS ATRIUM
[BIZ: Liège, October 5]
SPI+, the Liège development company, has been active for 40 years and officially opened
its new building, the oxblood Vertbois atrium on October 5. It represents an investment of
EUR 9m subsidized by the Province of Liège, the Walloon region and the European Regional
Development Fund. The contractors were Bouygues Belgium Construct, architects
Dethier and specialist engineering and technology was provided by Ney Structural et
Crau. The building combined three materials that symbolize the region: steel, wood and
stone. It has 104 offices, including space for Sorasi, Meusinvest and telecom companies.
The opening ceremony was commenced with an introduction by Pierre-Yves Jeholet, the vice
president of SPI+ and a speech by Joseph Moxhet, the president, in which he outlined 40
years of activity, focusing on the developments of industry-dedicated business parks
among the 40 business centers developed by SPI+ in the province. In addition to its
relationship with business, SPI+ is also highly active in cooperation with the
municipalities of the province. Following Mr Moxhet's introduction, which, incidentally,
was prefaced by remarks in German, Serge Kubla, the Walloon Minister of Economic Affairs,
gave an address in which he placed emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology and Liège
TERROR AND THE US MARKET
[BIZ: Aachen, October 5]
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Aachen held an investigation to determine the
extent to which the export trade had been effected by the current political situation. Six
out of ten companies saw their US business remaining the same in the near future and did
not expect any negative effects. Forty per cent of the companies were concerned about a
reduction in US turnover and one in three had already observed negative developments. At
the same time, the Chamber manager, Frank Malis, issued a warning about worrying too much.
The figures are not as bad as one would have expected after such a dreadful occurrence and
they also reflect negative tendencies which existed beforehand. A clear and positive
signal is to be found in the answers to questions on the development of the world economy
as a whole. Around 90% of those asked did not expect negative effects on their foreign
business and mid to long term US investments would only be reduced by 8% of those asked.
The Chamber wants to increase its advisory services relating to the US market and is
organizing a seminar October 23 on 'strategy and tactics in moving into US markets'.
Information is available from Verena Stuebner, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
EUR 350m ORDER FOR FACIL
[BIZ: Genk, October 4]
Facil & Cie G.C.V. (Fasteners and Connections International) is a joint venture
started up in 1999 and owned jointly by the A Raymond group (clip fasteners) and the Kamax
group (bolts, screws and fasteners). The company has won a contract to supply screws, nuts
and clips to Ford factories in Saarlouis, Valencia and Volvo in Gent. The contract will
represent EUR 350m over a period of five years and Facil will have to open new facilities
in Germany and Spain, creating 121 jobs, to supply requirement. The company has been
providing fasteners for the new Ford Mondeo model and it will continue to provide wheel
bolts and engine fasteners.
SCHUURING COMES TO LIMBURG
[BIZ: Maastricht, October 4]
Schuuring Communicatie Netwerk is opening a new branch in the Euro Business Center in
Maastricht (see below). Contacts with Schuuring have been facilitated by Limburg
Development Company LIOF. Schuuring was founded in 1962 and provides
infrastructure and networks for major telecom projects, including the pre-start trajectory
and costing, CAD designs and R&D. It also provides datacom and telecommunication
facilities for SMEs and employs 400. Its new location in Maastricht will be part of the
Design & Engineering department and is to open January 1, 2002. The initial team will
be a senior telecom engineer/team coordinator and four draftsmen/telecom engineers.
Schuuring Communicatie Netwerk is currently recruiting in South Limburg and next year its
presence will be felt in the Euroregion.
EURO BUSINESS CENTER NEWS
[BIZ: Maastricht, October 2]
The Euro Business Center at the MECC in Maastricht offers a full service office, or work
space available on demand and has flexible contracts. It gives companies an address and
telephone service and it offers meeting space, videoconferencing, voice mail, secretarial
support, personal assistance, database management, translations, internet search, etc.
FLANDERS DRIVE 2
[BIZ: Lommel, October 2]
The Flemish Engineering and Test Center, being built in the context of the Flanders Drive
automotive clustering project, has already received orders worth close to EUR 10m. This
emerged from an inquiry among 30 suppliers who were ready to work with Flanders Drive. The
new automotive center already has 25 members and expects to play an important role in this
industry which provides 46,000 jobs in Flanders. EUR 21.6m in European and Flemish funds
is being provided.
EXTERNAL TRADING RELATIONS
[BIZ: Aachen, September]
The Aachen Chamber of Commerce has produced a booklet on external trading
relations with the European internal market. It deals with customs and foreign trade
law; it gives EU information and updates on business news from various countries from
Argentina, Brazil through China to various markets world-wide and the US. It lists fairs
and exhibitions, events of various sorts and adds a bibliography and miscellaneous
information with internet addresses and an e-trade center for contacts abroad. This news
section deals with items as disparate as modernization in the Chinese leather industry and
the increasing need for software in Guatemala to the new investment law in Rumania. There
is also a form to order a range of information pamphlets free of charge from the Chamber.
[BIZ: Hasselt, September 27]
The Limburg Employers Association in Flanders awarded the Ambiorix prize 2001 to
Steenfabrieken Vandersanden in Bilzen. The prize is awarded annually to a Limburg
business on the publication of the list of Limburg's (B) top 500 companies with the
biggest turnover. The prize is awarded to a company that is distinguished by quality
entrepreneurship and, in particular, concern for its staff and the environment. The jury,
under the chairmanship of Professor Leo Sleuwaegen of the University of Louvain, awarded
the prize to Vandersanden because of the way in which the company had been able to
survive, by means of take-overs and partnership abroad, in a home market where all sorts
of substitute materials had been introduced. Vandersanden produces 1 million bricks each
day or 250 million a year and has a turnover of EUR 37m. It is the largest Belgian
manufacturer of handmade facing bricks and has a market share of 33 per cent.
NEDCAR PRODUCTION TARGET
[IND: Born, September 22]
At the international automobile exhibition in Frankfurt, which ran from September 11
through 23, Rolf Eckrodt, the new Chief Operating Officer of the Mitsubishi Motor
Corporation made it clear that NedCar's production of 200,000 units annually had to be
increased to 280,000 annually to ensure the survival of the operation.
LOGISTICS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
AIR EXEL GOES ON SHORT TIME
[INFRA: Maastricht, October 15]
Air Exel Netherlands BV has made an official legal application to put its workforce on
short hours effective today. The application, supported by the works council,
has been submitted to the Labor Inspectorate of the Ministry of Social Welfare and
Employment. It applies to the staff of 189 and is for a 25% cut in hours. Staff have also
been asked to take up due vacation time and forego salary increases for the present. This
situation has been brought about by a sharp fall-off in business, a drop in income,
the postponement of a lease-out of planes and crew to another carrier, a route
cancellation and a reduction in scheduled flights occasioned by the events of September
BUS-RAIL LINK ACROSS BORDERS
[INFRA: Aachen, October 13]
Current plans for bus-rail links in Meuse-Rhine were the focus of a meeting of the
Transport Committee of the Aachen Chamber. The Chamber is evaluating the Stolberg altstadt-Heerlen
link as a first stage.
[INFRA: Weiden, October 13]
Dutch Railways is struggling with a shortage of rolling stock and staff. It will be
extending its facilities with the purchase of 150 second-hand carriages from German
Railways this year. This will increase its capacity by 10,000 seats. The purchase is
worth almost EUR 57m and the carriages will, in the first instance, be used to extend
shorter trains. The rolling stock is, on average, 25 years old and will be given a
facelift by the Dutch company PFA in Weiden. It will be used on the Hague-Venlo and the
[INFRA: Tongres, October 13]
SKF, the world's leading manufacturer precision ball bearings, has its European
Distribution Center in Tongres. The USD 21m Tongres facility is about to expand and add
a third building to handle the third party added-value stock management and cross docking
operations, formerly run by SKF's Ede-based hub. The building is expected to be
operational December 1. Current Tongres EDC has 15,000 m² of built up space on a 50,000
m². It has two separate warehouses with low-bay and high-bay facilities.
[INFRA: Dortmund, October 12]
Europe's highest award for regional air carriers, the 'Gold Award' of the European
Regions Airline Association (ERA), went this year to Eurowings Luftverkehrs AG. This
is the first time a German airline is honored with this coveted award. Eurowings received
the award for its excellent performance in setting up and expanding its fleet, its
financial stability, economic success and the quality of its route network. The company
has 330 flights daily to 58 destinations in 19 countries and is one of Europe's largest
regional air carriers, carrying 3.2 million passengers in fiscal 2000. Lufthansa presently
owns a 24.9% stake in Eurowings.
BANK BUILDING PRIZE CANDIDATE
[INFRA: Aachen/Pey-Echt, October 12]
The Rabo bank in Pey-Echt, Netherlands Limburg, has a good chance of winning the
Euroregional construction prize, presented by the Kathy-Beys Foundation from Aachen. The
building can be visited in Pey on Saturday, October 27 from 10.00 - 13.00 hrs. The bank
building has 13 apartments, a bank and a public library on the ground floor. It uses a
great deal of recycled material and also uses rainwater which is recycled.
FRANS MAAS LOGISTICAL SOFTWARE
[LOG: Venlo, October 11]
Frans Maas, the Limburg and Aachen-based logistics operation, has chosen Exceed software
from Exe Technologies, a supply chain software provider, for its warehouse management
system to standardize its 14 distribution hubs, supporting 170+ terminal distribution
centers. This software includes cross-dock, yard management, merge in transit, billing and
multiple ownership, and support on a global scale.
DEVELOPMENTS AT MAA
[INFRA: Maastricht, October 11]
Manfred Kistermann writes in the Aachener-Zeitung about proposed developments at
Maastricht Aachen Airport. The focus is on a new 30 ha business park, Airport City and
a new terminal building. EURO 59m of investment capital is available and, for
the future, Maastricht is focusing on charter flights and regional traffic. A new airline
partner may be coming from Basle, Switzerland in the form of Crossair for a network of
city connections. Berlin heads the list. Since 80,000 fly from Cologne, Bonn and
Duesseldorf to Berlin annually, many must come from the Aachen region; so MAA would like a
piece of the action. Flights to Scandinavia and the UK are also on the agenda as is an
increase in charter flights. There is a forecast of potential growth to 330,000 in the
charter sector and a further 150,000 for special cheap flights. Volume points to the
urgency of a new terminal, which would need to handle 600,000 passengers annually. The
building is expected to be completed by 2005 and by 2007 all the changes should be in
KLM-EXEL STOPS MILAN FLIGHTS
[INFRA: Maastricht, October 10]
In response to the worsening situation in the airline business, KLM-exel has decided to
suspend its scheduled flights to Milan-Malpensa as of October 15. A fall off in passenger
traffic was the reason for this decision. The Milan route opened on November 6 last year
and developed over a period of 11 months to an average passenger utilization of 24%. It is
to be hoped that the Munich run can be saved.
KLM CARGO AND TNT PARTNERS
[LOG: Amstelveen, October 9]
KLM Cargo and TNT Express announced that effective October 9, TNT Express will become the
sole supplier of European airborne feeder services for KLM Cargo. Operations will begin
with shared utilization of TNT Express freighter capacity on key routes, to Helsinki (four
times weekly), Dublin (seven times weekly), Oporto (twice weekly), and Madrid (once
weekly). A high frequency truck service between TNT's hub in Liège and KLM's hub at
Schiphol will ensure competitive throughput times for customers.
[INFRA: Heerlen, October 9]
The municipality of Heerlen wants to know what the citizenry thinks of its plans. It will
be going on line with its economic, social, tourism and recreational plans, providing
local people with the opportunity to respond on line to the proposals. The system went
live on October 10.
LIMBURGS DAGBLAD AND THE WORLD
[INFRA: Heerlen, October 7]
Limburgs Dagblad has produced a special supplement in which it introduced its
worldwide network of foreign correspondents, from Alaska through Brazil to Australia,
China and everywhere in between. These correspondents are former residents of Heerlen who
are reporting back from their new homes. Yet another step in the democratization of the
NEW TNT BUILDING AT MILMORT
[LOG: Liège, October 6]
TNT Express, European market leader in global
express distribution, logistics and international mail with its hub in Liège,
is going to establish a new 20,000 m² site, with 1,200 m² of office space at Milmort on
the E 314 highway on the outskirts of Liège. It should be completed by 2002. This
EUR 3.6m investment is designed to improve working conditions and security.
TV TOTAAL PROGRAM
[INFRA: Limbricht, October 3]
Starting October 4 TV Totaal, the new Limburg/NL TV station will be running its new
schedule. Programs will include sport with Jean Nelissen, health with Vivian Boelen,
gastronomy with Beppie Kraft and Peter Helleman, business with Jos van Wersch and Laurence
Stassen, cars and motorbikes with Diana Felix, paintings with Bob Ross, fashion with
Fashion TV, metamorphosis with Marlou Reinders, Rijkswaterstaat projects, art and culture.
There will also be columns by well-known Maastricht lawyer Theo Hiddema, Sef Derks from
Venlo and Pierre Cnoops from Maasbracht.
BASIQ-AIR ON HOLD
[INFRA: Maastricht, October 3]
The negotiations between Maastricht Aachen Airport and a number of low budget airlines
have been put on hold. One of the candidates is Transavia's Basiq-Air. Because of the
current malaise in the industry it has been decided to wait before implementing these
WASTE AND ENERGY
[INFRA: Maastricht, October 3]
Waste and Energy 2002 is a biennial Euroregional trade fair which will be held in the MECC
in Maastricht from January 29 through 31, 2002. The fair will provide a platform for SMEs
to look at developments on the environmental and recycling fronts. Essent Milieu, the
environmental services, will be organizing Limburg's day of waste.
COLOGNE-OSTEND RUN STOPS
[INFRA: Verviers, October 3]
Protests are planned in East Belgium against the shut down of the rail connection between
Cologne and Ostend which had been in service for almost 130 years. There is also a danger
with the development of the TGV line that Verviers will lose its character as an
[INFRA: Sittard, October]
The Sittard produced LM business magazine includes an article in its October
issue on the Interregio, the area, of considerable economic importance between
Eindhoven, Venlo and Hasselt. The article covers informal cooperative activities between
the provinces on both side of the border and the establishment of business links. In
another article, Hans Kasper points out that Limburg is not on the periphery; but, from a
European perspective, it is the Randstad that is in a eccentric position. He also reminds
us that consumers may not be jumping from joy at the prospect of a more transparent
Euro-based market, because in South Limburg, they have always shopped across
[LOG: Aachen, September]
In the September edition of the Aachen's Chamber Wirtschaftliche Nachrichten
magazine there is a series of articles on logistics management, including company
portraits and a look at university activity in the area.
ESSERS IN WALLOON REGION
[LOG: Genk, September]
The Genk, Limburg-based Essers Group has established a new distribution center in
Courcelles (Charleroi). The first phase of the project is the building of a distribution
center with the option of a further 2 x 10,000 m². There are 12 docks, 5 gates and 200
m² of office facilities. This will allow the company to serve its clients (Lidl,
Caterpillar, etc.) and consolidate its logistics activity in the Walloon provinces.
Essers, based in Genk, is 70 years old and owns more than 1100 tractor units, refrigerated
high-cab lorries and swap bodies and employs 1800.
IMMERSION IN ENGLISH
[EDU: Liège, October 13]
A plan has been launched in Liège to produce bilingual language competence at the end of
primary education in English and French. The program starts at the age of 5 and will be
taught by native speakers of English. At the Waha Lycée in Liège, the program has
already been launched in two infant school classes and 11 primary classes. Waiting lists
are full through 2006.
NEW PARTNER FOR HORA EST
[EDU: Heerlen, October 13]
Hora Est, a network of higher educational institutions in Meuse-Rhine, has recently
acquired a 12th member in the form of HEMES, the Haute Ecole Mosane d' Enseignement
Supérieur from Liège. HEMES has five institutes which provide courses in technical,
paramedical, economics and social work subjects, in addition to educational science.
Courses offered are as follows: industrial engineering, automation, information sciences,
laboratory technician, health science, social work, teacher training, sports and leisure
teaching, insurance, administration, foreign trade, marketing, technology and commerce.
GERMAN CLASSROOMS ON LINE
[EDU: Berlin, October 11]
All schools in Germany will have internet access as of Monday October 15. Deutsche Telekom
made a decisive contribution to the project and this is part of the Chancellor's 10 point
Internet for all program, which was part of the government's program in 1998, when only 15
per cent of the schools were on line.
'MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS'
[GOV: Liège, October 10]
The Walloon regional government is to promote river tourism. In the course of the next
four years EUR 2.7m will be devoted to improving the infrastructure of waterway tourism in
the Liège region (Flémalle, Seraing, Huy, Cheratte and of course Liège). There will be
an extension to the yachting facilities at the port and mooring spaces under the bridges
of Liège at the start of the Dérivation on the Ourthe side, close to the
footbridge of the Halles de Coronmeuse.
BREUER APPOINTMENT CONFIRMED
[GOV: Aachen, October 5]
Professor Helmut Breuer, the distinguished Aachen economic geographer, has been confirmed
as the new honorary consul general of the Netherlands in Aachen. The ceremony took place
at the Dutch Embassy in Berlin in the name of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix. Professor Breuer
succeeds Otto Eschweiler, who recently retired on grounds of age.
[GOV: Maastricht, October 5]
There is to be a meeting of the board of the Meuse-Rhine Foundation in Hasselt on October
23 at 14.00 hrs.; of the Presidency in Maastricht on October 22 and of the First Chamber
on November 21 from 17.30-20.00 hrs. The Second Chamber will meet on November 12 from
14.00-17.00 hrs. Committees will meet on December 17, 18 and 19 in Maastricht.
MINI CHARLEMAGNE PRIZE
[EDU: Maastricht, October 5]
The Jeanne d' Arc College of Maastricht and the St.Leonhard Gymnasium in Aachen have won
the mini Charlemagne prize for 2001. The two schools won the prize presented at the City
Hall in Hasselt for their comparison between the cities of Maastricht and Aachen. The
prize is worth EUR 2500 and was instituted to promote cross border cooperation among
secondary schools. IT was established at the initiative of the municipalities of
Maastricht, Heerlen, Hasselt, Aachen and Liège.
EIFEL EUREGIONALE IDEAS
[GOV: Euskirchen, October 5]
As part of a series of activities intended to attract the EuRegionale 2008 to Meuse-Rhine,
with concomitant funding in excess of EUR 100m, the Eifel district has made its
contribution, as noted in the Oberbergische-Volkszeitung. Recommendations include,
on the part of Euskirchen, a landscape business park to promote development and, from
Nettersheim (famous for its environmental activities and competence in woodworking), the
idea of specialized villages and communities focusing on health, skilled trades, the arts
and sport. The infrastructure in emergency services, village marketing, and tourism are
also an important part of the EuRegionale. The general concept from Meuse-Rhine is due to
be presented to North Rhine Westphalia on October 15 at the Drielandenpunt.
THE EFFECTS OF GLOBALIZATION...
[EDU: Maastricht, October 3]
Dr Pim Martens has won a Fulbright New Century Scholars Award worth USD 40,000 to
undertake research with 30 to 40 fellow scholars at Harvard and Johns Hopkins into the
health effects of globalization. Pim Martens is the first Dutch scholar to have gained
Maastricht University also announces the inauguration of Professor Louk de la Rive Box as
Professor of European International Cooperation in the Faculty of Cultural Sciences.
Professor de la Rive Box was formerly the director of the European Center for Development
Policy Research following a distinguished international career.
2 LIMBURGS COOPERATE ON
[GOV: Maastricht, October 3]
The governors of Belgian and the Netherlands Limburg and provincial representatives on
both side of the border signed an agreement on cultural operation on October 2. Each
province of Limburg will contribute a sum of EUR 57,000 to promote cross-border cultural
activity. Only productions supported by partners on both side of the border will be
eligible for subsidy. The theater group Huis van Bourgondie and the Belgian group De
Queeste are example of eligible projects.
WOMEN'S STUDIES AT LIEGE
[EDU: Liège, September 28]
A Women's Studies Center, FER ULg, has been established at the University of Liège
where researchers from a dozen scientific disciplines are developing an interesting
network. The program of studies was presented on October 3. This follows hard on the heels
of 'gender mainstreaming' in Eupen and a range of women's initiatives in Aachen.
REFORM OF EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT
[EDU: Maastricht, September]
The European Center for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in Maastricht has produced a
document on the reform of European development cooperation. It deals with the roles of
different actors in implementing the reforms of the European Cooperation System; examples
of cooperation between member states and the Commission; harmonization of financing
procedures: the internal agreement on the 9th European Development Fund (EDF), and on the
grouping of technical cooperation at the European level. ECDPM is an independent
foundation that attempts to approve international cooperation between Europe and countries
in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
LIFE SCIENCE AND SCI-TECH
CLICKS, BRICKS, MIX
[TECH: Heerlen, October 10]
Heerlen-based Ultradocs, a specialist in electronic bill presentment and payment, is
expanding its other IT solutions with custom-made software and printer applications,
non-physical remail and IT infrastructure services.
CAPITAL BOOST FOR EUROGENTEC
[LIFE-SCI: Liège, October 9]
Eurogentec produces and distributes research tools with high added value in the genomics
and proteomics sectors and provides R&D services to the pharmaceutical industry. The
group doubled its results in the financial year 2001 and it has just received a capital
injection to the value of EUR 5m provided by Meusinvest and Walloon investment company
SRIW. The capital will be used to strengthen the company's international and virtual
presence which counts for 50 per cent of its orders. There may also be the acquisition of
a foreign manufacturer of oligonucleotides. The company recently entered a joint venture
with Nippon for the production of oligonucleotides for the Japanese market.
[TECH: Liège, October 9]
On Thursday, November 8, there will be a conference at the Chateau de Colonster, Sart
Tilman, University of Liège, from 16.00-18.00 hrs on 'marketing your internet site and
the returns from your investment on the internet'. The conference will be chaired by
Dominique Wauty, a consultant with Virtuology, a web consultancy specializing in the
marketing and design of internet sites and developing policies with internet applications.
Attendance is free for: first time registrants from Forum Telecom and SMEs who are located
in the EU's Objective II zone with a maximum of two people per company. EUR 25
registration for those with their business in the Province of Liège, EUR 50 for those
from outside. Program and registration is available at:
ELSA GRAPHICS CARDS BEST
[TECH: Aachen, October 5]
The Gartner Group market research organization has rated ELSA's graphics cards as the best
product portfolio and the most innovative product range.
BIOTECHNICA HANOVER 2001
[LIFE-SCI: Hanover, October 5]
The recently held biotechnology fair in Hanover attracted 1.069 exhibitors from 28
countries and covered an area of 15,272 m². All leading biotech companies were present
and foreign countries including the US, UK, France and Japan. Central were the basic
disciplines and their applications in nutrition, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and the
environment. Highlights were in the tissue engineering, biochips, proteomics, embryonic
stem cell therapies and pre-implantation diagnostics. Another key issue was Germany as a
ARXES AND INFO' PRODUCTS PARTNERS
[TECH: Aachen, September 26]
Arxes has formed a strategic partnership with Info' Products Deutschland. As of January
2002, Info 'Products will take arxes volume trade business. This puts the logistics
partnership ahead of schedule. Info 'Products is the German subsidiary of Specialist
Computer Holdings (SCH) Birmingham, UK, with sales of more than EUR 2.5bn. SCH is also the
founder of the largest world wide service cooperation, Specialist Global Services (SGS),
which is present in 100 countries. arxes will now become an associated member of SGS and
also plans to increase its services' turnover by handling international projects. This
change will allow arxes to concentrate on its core business.
[TECH: Aachen, September 19]
Unified messaging is the integration of fax, voice and e-mail services into one
communication service. The Aachen Chamber is holding a seminar in its technology for
telecommunications series on 'unified messaging systems - client-specific telecom
solutions' which will be chaired by Manfred Hoffman, director of CAE Elektronik GmbH and
Ralf Schiffler, director of Cycos AG. There will also be a representative of the
University of Bonn. The meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 17 at 17.00 hrs and is
free for members of the Chamber.
MORE SLOW MOTION
[TECH: Liège, September 17]
UK-based Gearhouse Broadcast provides facilities for the world's major events, including
the Sydney Olympics in sports television production. As part of a major investment
program, it is acquiring more live slow motion (LSM) digital disk recorders from EVS, the
Liège video slow motion specialists. The LSM recorder is a six-channel device that can be
networked to allow 14 simultaneous realtime transfers between disk recorders. Split audio
editing of the embedded sound is an important feature when using the LSM to package
highlights. The fact that the product is networkable gives clients greater flexibility.
TRITONE TAKES OVER SWITCHTRAX
[TECH: Maastricht, September]
Tritone Telecom has taken over the activities of the telecom provider SwitchTrax in
Hoofddorp. This is part of its five year strategy growth in the business wireline telecom
market. This has given the company a fully operational location in the western Netherlands
and a substantial client base in that area. Tritone Telecom is a cooperative association
among Essent Telecom, Nutsbedrijven Maastricht, Belgacom and LIOF and operates as a
wireline telco in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
TECHSPACE AERO IN QUEBEC
[TECH: Brussels, July 9]
Techspace Aero is announcing the establishment of its company in the Cité du
multimédia in Montreal, Quebec Canada. The company will be investing USD 2m in its
new Montreal subsidiary. Techspace Aero, based in Herstal (Milmort) Liège, designs,
develops, manufactures and markets aeronautical power components. Its Quebec subsidiary,
founded in Montreal last January, has a research and development mandate for new products
and materials, design and calculation software, as well as new repair and maintenance
procedure. Techspace Aero employs 16 in Quebec, mainly engineers. The number is expected
to reach 40 by 2006.
[LIFE-SCI: Liège, June 25]
A University of Liège team, headed by professor Jacques Belaiche and Dr Edouard Louis,
recently participated in a European study of Crohn's disease coordinated by the
Jean-Dausset foundation and INSERM in Paris. The results have been published in Nature
and they are important because they demonstrate evidence of the role of gene
NOD2 in the events that lead to the appearance of Crohns disease for the first time.
NEW STAR FOR LESENNE
[LEI: Liège, October 13]
Robert Lesenne, the Liège restaurateur who owns a large number of restaurants in the city
and recently lost a star at his Robert Lesenne restaurant in the rue de la Boucherie, has
now hired in the starred chef, Daniel Hollebeke, of the Maison Blanche in St Hubert to
restore his flagship operation to its true place in the gastronomic firmament - to mix one
or two metaphors.
[LEI/INFRA: Aachen, October 13]
A book is to be published on the architect/engineer/design and builder
Joseph Couven (1701-1763) whose 300th birthday will fall on November 10. Couven, a
Renaissance man of the 18th century, left his traces all over Meuse-Rhine and could be
said to be a unifying force in the whole region. He was born in Aachen and came from a
noble Limburg family, who lived on the Couf estate in Clermont near Herve. He built
churches for Catholics and Protestants, monasteries and convents, castles and manor houses
and planned city halls, fountains, theaters and court houses and even a prison. His works
can be seen in Aachen, Eupen, Liège, Maastricht and in Duesseldorf (Schloss Jaegerhof).
There is a museum devoted to him in Aachen. The book by Marcel Bauer and Gregor Colienne,
called Johann Joseph Couven Mythos und Erbe einen grossen Meisters - Eine Spurensuche
in Dreilaendereck is available from Grenz-Echo Verlag, Eupen 2001, 272 pages, with 140
colour photographs and extensive plans and sketches. Price EUR 59.
KATSCHHOF PROGRAM 2002
[LEI: Aachen, October 12]
Max Krieger with his Eschweiler Kulturmanagement GmbH will be together with the mayor's
office organizing the open air concerts in the context of the Aachen Summer Festival.
These are the festivals on the Katschhof that will take place from July 16 through 21,
2002. Names of the participants will be available in mid November.
NEW CINEMA COMPLEX
[LEI: Maasmechelen, October 11]
Euroscoop, a new cinema complex with a capacity for 2100 in 11 auditoria, has opened in
Maasmechelen. The investment value of the development is EUR 6.7m
[LEI: Maastricht, October 11]
On Thursday October 18 and Friday October 19 in Sittard and Maastricht there will be a
Russian concert given by Limburg Symphony Orchestra including Mussorgsky's 'Night on the
bald mountain' in the Rimsky-Korsakov version, Tchaikovsky's piano concerto nr. 1 op. 23
and Stravinsky's Firebird Ballet suite. The conductor will be Michel Tilkin. The piano
soloist is Alexander Markovich, born in Moscow in 1964 and well-known to
concertgoers at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and in Berlin and Paris.
[LEI: Liège, October 10]
The Liège Philharmonic Orchestra will be holding its opening concert at the Grand Theatre
in Verviers on October 20 at 20.00 hrs.
PUPPETS CROSS BORDERS
[LEI: Aachen, October 10]
On October 15 the Rubens puppet theater Die Kleine Welt will cross more than one border,
because the puppet theater is going to be putting on a show in Vaals, Gemmenich and
Aachen. The activities are in the context of the presentation for EuRegionale 2008.
WORLD CUP JIM
[LEI: Maastricht, October 8]
Jumping Indoor Maastricht, which will be held from November 30 through December 2, 2001
will next year be part of the world cup series for show jumpers. The world equestrian
sports organization FEI has decided to divide the world cup into two groups. The first
group will include the traditional shows, including Jumping Amsterdam and Indoor Brabant
and then in the second group there will be Maastricht. Twenty shows will achieve world cup
status for three years and then they will have to proof themselves. The group, which
includes Amsterdam and Den Bosch, receives 30 points and the group, including Maastricht,
is good for 20 points. JIM will have this year a new international dressage component in
quadrilles which will set a new trend in dressage.
GIN FUELS STEAM LINK
[LEI: Hasselt, October 1]
The Hasselt Genever Festival will take place this year on October 20 and 21. The Genever
Museum using authentic 19th century distilling equipment that produces real Hasselt
genever is the center of this weekend. There is a waiters' race, genever cruise, delicious
genever dinners, weekend arrangements, a fair, second hand books, you name it, they have
got it and ...they have also restored the rail link to Belgian Limburg by encouraging the
Vennbahn steam train to run trains between Raeren and Hasselt, relieving Hasselt from its
isolation and restoring Meuse-Rhine's rail network, before they have even found a budget
for the Iron Rhine.
CHINESE STATE CIRCUS
[LEI: Aachen, October 1]
The Great Chinese State Circus with its new Zensation program will be held at the
Bendplatz in Aachen on October 30 through November 18. Included in this theatrical
experience will be Kung Fu fighting and Zensation with a focus on Zen philosophy, the
spiritual force that makes the artistic triumph of Chinese circus art possible. Tickets
and information are available at 0049 (0)9931/9133-14.
[LEI: Maastricht, October 1]
CMG Winterland will be opened by Mayor Philip Houben on December 7. Last year CMG
Winterland attracted 500,000 visitors and produced tens of millions of revenue for
Maastricht. In addition to the 12,000 m² skating rink, and the 60 m giant wheel there is
also the temple of culture in the form of a palace of mirrors on the Vrijthof. The
Vrijthof, once more resplendent in Christmas decorations, will have a 24m high Christmas
tree in the middle on the skating rink . This year the Euro will be a focus of this event.
Sponsors are CMG, the IT people.
ON THE WAY TO TODAY
[LEI: Liège, October]
The 19th century in Liège was a period when the principality changed from being a
principality with 1000 years of history to being a birthplace of industry in Europe, a
focus of industrial and scientific and indeed artistic development. All of
is portrayed in the new exhibition at the Salle Saint-Georges in Liège running from
October 5 through January 20. Don't miss it. See works by Delacroix, Turner and Ingres,
hear about dare devil Robertson, and dynamo inventor Gramme, see the elegant interiors
with Liège furniture, listen to the aires of Grétry and Franck, hear the comments of
Alexander Dumas, Victor Hugo and learn about the incredible march of industrial progress.
It's easy to get carried away by it all.
FOR ARGUMENTS SAKE
[LEI: Aachen, October]
For Arguments Sake, or Streitlust, is the art of the last 30 years and the Ludwig
collection at the Ludwig Forum for International Art October 28 through February 10, 2002.
STEVAERT FOR SALE
[LEI: Hasselt, October]
Sunday afternoon, September 30, works of art by famous citizens of Hasselt were auctioned
off. The excellent prices achieved by politicians was extremely interesting. Stevaert was
the most popular. One of his works went for almost EUR 1500, followed closely by Willy
Claes who sold one of his works for more than EUR 1100. It all goes to show that
politicians can turn their hands to many things.
NATIONAL WINE LIST WINNERS
[LEI: Maastricht, October]
On Wednesday, October 3 at the European Fine Food Fair in Maastricht the national wine
list competition was held for 2001/2002. Twelve restaurants were nominated in two
categories. The jury had a difficult task, but eventually came up with Restaurant
Pirandello at the Hotel Winselerhof, Landgraaf which for the coming year will be known as
the restaurant with the best wine list in the Netherlands. The comments and the press
release say that this was an excellent list with an independent-minded choice. The choice
radiated authority and showed that the person who put it together knew what he was on
about. The only problem is that the press release gave no further details, so it remains a
matter for further investigation.