A year for commemoration, 2017 focuses on a threefold ambition: to remember the past, understand and celebrate the present, and look ahead to the future.
In every book on the history of science and technology, you’ll find his name: "Cockerill, John".
Industry has played a major economic, urban, cultural and social role in the Liège basin. It is even said that in 1900, Liège was the reference centre with regard to science and technology, with the University of Liège training over 2000 engineering students, half coming from abroad, at the time.
In his two professions of equipment manufacturer and steel manufacturer, the story of John Cockerill and his businesses is part of the public consciousness. It’s the public history of a private enterprise.
The private CMI Group historically houses the equipment manufacturing activities of Cockerill and perpetuates the tradition of this engineering genius, an explorer of industrial innovation around the world. It fully understands that being one of the last heirs of the industrial history of John Cockerill implies a responsibility for highlighting this heritage on the occasion of the 200th anniversary.
The CMI Group, the John Cockerill Foundation and their partners have therefore set up several initiatives to allow everyone to remember, to understand and to be, in turn, visionary and innovative like John Cockerill.
The highlights of this year commemorating the bicentennial of the arrival of John Cockerill in Seraing will invite the public to travel through history, but also to immerse themselves in the present and be challenged by the future. Innovation and the technologies used will emphasise the collective memory.