Pigeon racing is breaking price records. But how about the trophies?

Earlier this year, The Belgian race pigeon “Golden Prince” from Wevelgem has fetched 360,000 euros at an online auction. Auction house Pipa claims that this makes Golden Prince the most expensive pigeon ever. The winning bid is from South Africa.

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Belgium enjoys a long-time tradition in the breeding of racing pigeons. Buyers often come from abroad, from countries like China.

Pigeon racing is the sport of releasing specially trained racing pigeons, which then return to their homes over a carefully measured distance. The time it takes the animal to cover the specified distance is measured and the bird’s rate of travel is calculated and compared with all of the other pigeons in the race to determine which animal returned at the highest speed.

Most of the time the trophies are classic, meaning heavy decorated and gold or silver plated. But since the sport is clearly entering a new era – new investors, new tracking technology – we believe a change is needed. Our designers made these clean and simplistic (3D printed) trophies, fit for pigeon racing in the 21st century. What do you think?

 

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The Foreign Investment Trophy 2017

For the fifth year in a row, Flanders Investment & Trade held the prestigious Foreign Investment Trophy on February 21, 2017. The Ghelamco Arena in Ghent provided a setting fit for this thrilling investment competition – highlighting the importance of foreign investment as an economic driver in Flanders and the world.

While five multinationals competed for the trophy for Investment of the Year, two other investors were acknowledged – one with the Lifetime Achievement Trophy, the other with the title of Newcomer of the Year

And the winners are… 

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Following a final, live voting poll, French biopharma firm Sanofi claimed the grand prize at the Foreign Investment Trophy for funneling EUR 300 million into the expansion of its biotech factory in Geel, Flanders.

Flanders_Basf_TrophyThe Lifetime Achievement Trophy goes to German Chemical Giant BASF, five decades after opening its first base at the port of Antwerp in Flanders.

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And last but not least, Kebony could take home the award for Newcomer of the Year.

By choosing Flanders as the location for its first production site outside of its home country, Norwegian wood producer Kebony secured this very first trophy for Newcomer of the Year at the Foreign Investment Trophy 2017.