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 […]

Arkema Antwerp: specific energy consumption drops almost by half

Located in Zwijndrecht, ARKEMA ANTWERP has 45 employees. It is part of Arkema, a global player in speciality chemicals active in more than 55 countries with a total of 20,000 employees, 9 research centres and 136 production sites. By participating in the Audit Covenant (2006), Arkema Antwerp was able to reduce specific energy consumption by […]

Open innovation to accelerate recycling of mixed plastic waste: MATTER project

Four companies and 6 research groups from two universities collaborate to ramp up polymer recycling in the Catalisti MATTER project. Started in May 2018 the two year project brings together academic researchers and technological business experts to analyse socio-economic aspects related to plastic recycling options. The focus is on mixed, post-consumer plastic waste streams (the […]

INEOS Styrolution and Indaver working together to make polystyrene circular

Current mechanical recycling of plastics cannot deal with all plastic waste and thus additional technologies are needed to make plastic circular. One of the most promising ones is chemical recycling, also called feedstock recycling because plastic waste is ‘deconstructed’ into building blocks, monomers or other chemicals, that can ‘feed’ back to the beginning of the chemical value chains thus serving as alternatives to currently used feedstock. A specific type of chemical recycling is depolymerisation: this breaks down the […]