It has been 200 years since John Cockerill, who had arrived in Europe several years previously, settled in Seraing. William I of Orange, sovereign of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, then gave him the keys to the château that bears his name today, as a sign of support for the development of industrial mechanisation in Europe. The industrial revolution was underway!
John Cockerill, a visionary, set in motion a multitude of projects and achievements there that would forever change the Belgian, European and even global industrial landscape: looms, steam engines, cannons, boilers, steel works, locomotives, ship engines, etc.
Deceased in 1840 during a business trip to Warsaw, John Cockerill left his successors an entrepreneurial spirit and an expertise that still persist 200 years after his arrival in Seraing.