Poudreries Réunies de Belgique

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN BELGIUM

‘PRB’, short for ‘Poudreries Réunies de Belgique SA’ was one of Belgium’s oldest and largest manufacturers of munitions. The company indirectly started in 1778 in Wetteren as a gunpowder factory. By its 200th anniversary in 1979 it had 73 factories throughout the world, with the headquarters in Brussels.

This site near Matagne La Grande was established in 1886 and employed up to 400 people. Production was located in 6 sites, this factory was specialized in explosives for the mining industry. The site consists of many buildings and bunkers. Besides some laboratories there were many explosion-proof rooms and buildings where the products were tested.

PRB went bankrupt in 1993 after being demilitarized in 1990. Different parts of the site were sold to different companies. I visited ‘Poudreries Réunies de Belgique’ in 2008 and 2016. Also read my report on this Dutch ammunition factory.

Built 1886
Abandoned 1990
Endangered
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