Indavers heat network ECLUSE spares 100.000 ton of CO2 emissions a year

INDAVER and SLECO operate an industrial heat network in the Port of Antwerp area converting energy from the incineration of waste into steam delivered to already 5 neighbouring chemical companies through a 5 km network of pipelines. This investment allows for the connected companies to move from fossil natural gas for generation of steam to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kaneka Eurogentec: healing through DNA

A progressive method has made Kaneka Eurogentec, a spin-off of the University of Liège, the world leader in the large-scale production of DNA plasmids. The term “DNA plasmid” refers to a circular fragment of DNA that carries a gene that, once introduced into the patient, generates a protein – with no secondary effect – that […]

Kaneka: a revolutionary packaging to counter the “plastic soup”

After more than two years of research, the Japanese chemical group Kaneka’s Belgian site has developed a completely new organic packaging material which can not only be recycled by composting but, of course, is also biodegradable. This innovation is the fruit of a marriage between their two main areas of expertise: fermentation and macromolecular technology. […]

Janssen Pharmaceutica: Spray drying, a first for better drugs

Thanks to a combination of innovative technologies, Janssen Pharmaceutica’s Geel site has managed to increase the effectiveness of highly complex drugs by facilitating their absorption by the human body. New drugs have to treat diseases of increasing complexity. As a result, the active molecules – the active ingredients of these drugs – are increasingly elaborate. […]

Eastman Chemical Company: one molecule makes protecting crops safer and more effective

A team of researchers at Eastman Chemical Company has been working for three years on developing a synthetic molecule within a new production site in the port of Ghent. This molecule allows crops to be sprayed more safely and effectively. Phytosanitary products intended for agriculture are strictly regulated, hence the importance of optimum and safe […]