Genk is a city undergoing its 3rd transformation in 100 years. The city rose from the dust after the First World War, thanks to the mining industry. Attracted by this black gold, a melting pot of Belgians and international immigrants formed here.
In the 1960s, Genk played a key role in the automotive industry. With a large Ford site within its territory, the city was a major entry point into the European markets and no fewer than 20,000 jobs were created.
Building on these foundations, and strengthened by its community's tremendous willpower, Genk is once again transforming. This time towards a future driven by knowledge in the Health, Energy, Creativity & Biodiversity sectors. The distinctive zones and infrastructure inherited from our mining and car construction eras provide valuable character and a perfect platform for a new, vibrant, sustainable economy.