Driving sustainability across the cleaning and hygiene industry

Since 2005, the detergent industry has been developing an extensive sustainability programme for companies and cleaning products: the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning. This charter contains obligations and objectives that must be achieved by signatory companies in terms of sustainable development. It also includes company standards (relating to production, logistics, energy, etc.) and product standards (related […]

The roots of the crop nutrition system

Food production also needs ‘nutrition’, i.e. plant nutrition. Just as in humans, plant nutrition requires a healthy balance. Shortages lead to starvation and symptoms of deficiencies, excess leads to loss of quality in the agricultural product and the environment. Sustainable fertilisation starts from the needs of the soil and the crop and is based on […]

SIRA programme trains a total of 940 youngsters to work for Antwerp’s chemical companies

The SIRA programme was devised by the non-profit organisation ‘Scheikundige Industrie Regio Antwerpen (SIRA)’ in collaboration with social partners (ABVV, BBTK, ACV, LBC-NVK). The project began in 1987 because applicants for jobs with Antwerp’s chemical companies were lacking a qualification which would make them suitable recruits. A typical feature of the chemical industry is the […]

Sector supports fire brigade in dealing with accidents with hazardous substances

Accidents with hazardous substances are rare, but can have a major impact on people and the environment. Hence the importance of an adapted approach. The fire brigade in Belgium is organised into 35 zones that provide assistance to citizens and businesses. Certain specialised operational services are organised beyond the limits of the zones. One of […]

Increased resource efficiency at BASF Antwerp

The Aniline nitrobenzene installation is one of the many installations on the BASF site in Antwerp. This installation makes chemical products that you can find amongst others in the automotive, construction or textile industry. In 2016, BASF Antwerp started the construction of two new installation to be able to further valorise waste streams released by […]

Sectoral demography fund for life-long learning and quality of work

Since 2016, employers of the chemical, plastics and life sciences industry contribute to a demography fund. Employers and employees develop actions program about quality of work and receive financial support from that fund for implementation the actions. In June 2019 already more than 200 companies had submitted actions plans. You can find a selection of […]

Borealis invests 1 billion euro for new state-of-the-art propylene plant in Kallo

Borealis is an international chemical company with headquarters in Vienna. It is building a new, state-of-the art propylene plant in the Port of Antwerp that will be one of the biggest and most energy efficient plant of its kind in the world. It will produce propylene, a building block for polypropylene plastics (PP) that are […]

Sanofi Geel reduces EDTA emissions in waste water

Sanofi Geel wants to reduce the emissions of EDTA in the waste water before the end of 2020. Excessively high concentrations of EDTA can have a negative effect on fauna and flora in the environment from where the waste water is discharged after purification, in our case the Nete river. Due to its structure, EDTA […]