Herentals, Belgium, March 27, 2015 – Based in Herentals, Belgium, Fike Europe is the global expert in industrial dust explosion and overpressure safety. Today, the company opened the doors to Fike Academy. The only knowledge center of its type in the world, Fike Academy investigates and shares information on industrial dust explosions and overpressure with industrial sector safety experts from around the world. Research and product development have also found a home at the knowledge center. The Fike Academy was established on the conviction that sharing knowledge makes an important contribution to safety in the industrial sector, and society in general.
The scientists and safety experts linked to the Fike Academy are authorities in their fields. They provide training, education and demonstrations for clients, agents, distributors and of course, Fike staff members. This enables everyone in and connected to the industry to stay informed and up to date with advancements and evolutions in dust explosion and overpressure safety. At the knowledge center, students in Safety Sciences from Ghent University and KU Leuven can gain valuable practical knowledge to supplement the theory in their study programs.
The second important pillar of the Fike Academy is the development of new products and techniques from, on one hand, fundamental research, and on the other, applied research. Globally, Fike Europe is the only organization in this field of expertise that performs research, develops products and has its own knowledge center.
Fike Academy is located at number 52 Toekomstlaan in Herentals. Fike Europe has invested € 3 million, extending their head office with the new building that houses the knowledge center.
Fike Europe employs 160 people and achieves an annual turnover of € 35 million. The company has its headquarters in Herentals, Belgium (which is also a production location) and six commercial sites in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Turkey.
Fike Europe is the European branch of Fike, an American family company established 70 years ago. It is a world expert and market leader in the field of industrial dust explosion and overpressure security, industrial fire safety and specific safety solutions for the oil and gas sector.