Poudreries Réunies de Belgique

Built: 1886

Abandoned: 1990

Visited: 2008 + 2016


PRB, short for Poudreries Réunies de Belgique SA was one of Belgium’s oldest and largest manufacturers of munitions, once the second-largest Belgium armaments manufacturer. 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 finally went bankrupt in 1993 after being demilitarized in 1990. Different parts of the site were sold to different companies.

Also read my report on this Dutch ammunition factory.

Photos Poudreries Réunies de Belgique

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