BlueChem welcomes A-Maze Group as a new tenant

On March 3, A-Maze Group BV joined the BlueChem community as a tenant. The start-up is an innovative executive search and recruitment agency for all port-related industries with a strong focus on the world of tomorrow and the associated opportunities in the areas of energy transition, climate change and circular economy.

Nancy De Groof and Bart Seliaerts founded A-Maze in February 2021, but combine 35 years of working experience in the port sector. They know the ins and outs of the port, are in close contact with universities and they maintain contacts with important public stakeholders, such as the port authorities. Together with their existing network of industry professionals, they help job seekers address complex challenges during their job search.

Nancy and Bart not only strive to connect job seekers to an organisation, but they also want to actively promote sustainable businesses. Giving both people and the planet a helping hand, that is the goal of A-Maze.

With the common eye on a better world and the concern for humanity, the cooperation between A-Maze and BlueChem is guaranteed to be a success.

More information about A-Maze Group BV can be found on their website or LinkedIn page.

Triple Helix

BlueChem presents: Triple Helix

BlueChem presents: bold innovations in chemistry are necessary to realize a circular economy. And Triple Helix knows that there is a need for collaboration and alternative forms of financing to make circular products and processes happen. Tri. Triple Helix unites partners in a European network to close material cycles.

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    Peace of Meat

    BlueChem presents: Peace of Meat

    New, sustainable meat production platforms to feed a growing world population. In BlueChem Peace of Meat grows meat and fat in bioreactors. They want to improve the sustainability of our food production, reduce the ecological footprint, and at the same time prevent the slaughter of animals. As a B2B supplier of cultured meat, Peace of Meat works GMO-free and without antibiotics, but with a great taste.


    BlueChem presents: Arpadis

    Developing innovative, sustainable products for a better world, that's what Arpadis wants to achieve from their new lab at BlueChem. Loic Etienne explains how they will work together with customers and suppliers to develop new raw materials for adhesives, paints and insulation. In addition to sustainable production, Arpadis will, based on their many years of experience as a distributor, also offer logistics solutions to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport phase as well.


    BlueChem presents: InOpSys

    Water is the source of life. At InOpSys they know that every drop counts. That is why they are developing mobile installations to purify waste water from chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Bert Bastiaens explains how polluting components are removed. He also clarifies how valuable and rare materials such as zinc, phosphorus and palladium are recovered. With their mobile installations, they do all this on site. So there is no longer any need for transport or incineration of waste water and there are no associated CO2 emissions. In this way InOpSys works to close water cycles and prevent water scarcity. 💦


    BlueChem presents: Ibeve

    BlueChem presents: measuring is knowing! Ibeve, part of IDEWE, helps companies create a safe and healthy living and working environment. They are specialized in the accurate detection and evaluation of nanoparticles, asbestos fibers and other dust particles. Sofie Van den Bosch explains how Ibeve innovates by improving existing analysis techniques and developing new methods.


    BlueChem presents: Creaflow

    Creaflow's innovative and scalable reactors make photochemistry applicable on an industrial scale. Hannes Gemoets explains how new molecules can be produced with their reactors using less raw materials, less energy and less waste.

    Calidris Bio

    BlueChem presents: Calidris Bio

    Making nutritious proteins with captured CO2 and renewable energy. With this innovation, Calidris Bio wants to help feed the growing world population. Lieve Hoflack from Calidris Bio explains how.

    Start-ups in BlueChem present their innovations to the city council of Antwerp

    The city council of Antwerp paid a working visit to BlueChem, the first incubator for sustainable chemistry in Belgium. BlueChem opened its doors at the beginning of May and helps promising start-ups and ambitious growth companies to scale up their innovation projects in sustainable chemistry and circular economy to industrial production. BlueChem has got off to a flying start: with 7 start-ups and 6 partner companies, a third of the available laboratories and office spaces in BlueChem is already occupied.

    The city council of Antwerp met for the occasion in BlueChem. During an extensive tour, the mayor and aldermen were subsequently introduced to the specialised lab infrastructure in the incubator. The entrepreneurs of the start-ups and scale-ups presented their promising innovations during the working visit. With Arpadis, Calidris Bio, Creaflow, IBEVE, InOpSys, Peace of Meat and Triple Helix Group, 7 innovative growth companies are already working in BlueChem.


    First incubator for sustainable chemistry

    Frank Beckx, chairman BlueChem and managing director essenscia vlaanderen: “BlueChem is the first incubator for sustainable chemistry in Belgium. With BlueChem, here in Antwerp, in the heart of one of the largest chemical clusters in the world, we offer the right accommodation in the right place to help grow promising innovations in the field of sustainable chemistry and circular economy: from lab experiments to industrial production. The great interest of both start-ups and international chemical companies shows that we are writing a success story with BlueChem. For the chemistry of the future, you have to be in BlueChem.”

    BlueChem is the first realised project on the eco-commercial site Blue Gate Antwerp. The incubator is sustainably built and meets the BEN standard and the BREEAM Excellent label. With the BlueChem Kickstart Fund, the city of Antwerp offers companies in BlueChem financial support for their lab equipment. With Catalisti, the spearhead cluster for the chemical and plastics industry, and VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research), BlueChem can also rely on an extensive and valuable network of scientific knowledge partners.


    Claude Marinower, Alderman for Economy, Innovation and Industry and director of BlueChem: “It was impressive to discover all those inspiring entrepreneurial stories about innovating for a sustainable industry and society. BlueChem proves that sustainability and economic growth do not have to be mutually exclusive. With the BlueChem Kickstart Fund, the city of Antwerp offers financial support to start-ups in the incubator so that they can equip their labs with the most advanced equipment. In this way, we are realizing more innovative power for the chemical industry.”

    Bart De Wever, Mayor of the city of Antwerp: “With BlueChem we are strengthening one of Antwerp’s major economic assets: our chemical industry. This is investing in the future, in an ecosystem for top innovations in sustainable chemistry and climate technology with which we can make a global difference. BlueChem is a new asset for Antwerp that will play a full part in the international promotion of our city. We also strongly believe in the cross-fertilization between government, industry and academia.”

    BlueChem is a unique collaboration between industry, government and knowledge institutions with the joint ambition to further strengthen the economically important chemical industry in Flanders. Shareholders in BlueChem NV are essenscia, POM Antwerp, the city of Antwerp and VITO. Supplemented with Catalisti, they form the Board of Directors. Chemical companies Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, ExxonMobil, INEOS and Vopak are also involved in this project. Strategic partners are BNP Paribas Fortis, Deloitte, Deloitte Legal, Port of Antwerp and SAS Institute. They offer the companies in BlueChem specialised advice tailored to their needs.

    Leentje Croes, manager BlueChem: With BlueChem we have everything we need to help promising start-ups and ambitious growth companies from home and abroad to successfully develop their sustainable chemistry innovations. Adapted infrastructure at a top location, financial support for setting up labs, tailored services – from business and legal advice to data analysis platforms – and direct access to knowledge and expertise within an extensive network of international chemical companies, research centres such as VITO and the Catalisti innovation cluster that collaborates intensively with the five Flemish universities. BlueChem is a unique initiative that will frequently be heard of.”