BlueChem is the number-one hotspot for sustainable chemistry in Flanders. The incubator houses a unique ecosystem of starters, SMEs, knowledge institutions and a few major global players.

Air Liquide is the market leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and healthcare. Safety, quality, reliability and service are the pillars of its commercial cooperation. In the Benelux, some 1,200 employees are working to satisfy their customers. The company is optimally organised to quickly meet its customers’ expectations.

A-Maze is the innovative executive search and recruitment firm for all port-related industries, with a strong focus on the world of tomorrow and the great opportunities in energy transition, climate change and circular economy that come with it.

Allegro is a new kind of life sciences company, which designs, develops and commercializes breakthrough products in the field of biotech, nanotech and medtech. The startup specializes in breakthrough biomedical nanotechnology for the qualitative expansion of life.

Alumichem provides complete solutions and services for optimal water treatment and water management and helps municipalities and industries meet the stringent requirements and enhance sustainability-driven recycling initiatives. With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, and an established and broad international network of knowledge-intensive employees and partners, Alumichem is built on solid expertise in chemicals, equipment, and consulting. The head office in Denmark is supported by international branches in North America, Europe, and Ghana. Alumichem is a leading Nordic manufacturer of high-quality functional aluminates and specialty chemicals, serving customers all over the world.

Aquature’s innovative water treatment technology uses renewable energy and a breakthrough bio-electrical process to treat industrial wastewater. This process creates green hydrogen and removes CO2 from the wastewater whilst producing a variety of green chemicals as a side product. The CO2 can be captured and reused as feedstock for synthetic fuels, among other things.

Bar.on wants to make an impact on the beverages industry and use its molecular mixing technology to reshape the future of the industry. The startup creates any type of beer in a matter of seconds. No fermentation is needed anymore. Advanced mixing recipes recreate beer on a molecular level, using only natural ingredients. Beer as you know it, but made differently. Personalise your own beer at the same time. Want a triple that’s not too strong? You got it.

BASF opened its facility in the port of Antwerp over 50 years ago. The site has since grown to become the largest integrated production centre in Belgium and the second largest of the BASF Group worldwide. Approximately 3,000 employees work on the site, which counts some fifty production installations. BASF Antwerp’s product range includes basic chemistry and specialised chemicals, plastics and preproducts, processed products and inorganics. The products of BASF Antwerp are also used in almost all processing industries, such as the automotive industry, the construction industry, the production of paper, leather goods and sports articles, as well as the textile, food and pharmaceutical industries. Ever since its pioneering years in Antwerp, BASF has been striving to find the balance between the economic, ecological and social needs of society.

Borealis is a leading supplier of innovative solutions in the field of polyolefins (mainly plastic granules in the form of pellets), base chemicals and fertilisers.

Driven by its ambition to keep discovering and with a passion to create value through innovation, the company develops solutions to address global challenges. Furthermore, Borealis is involved in the circular economy of plastics through various initiatives and has taken a leading role in solving the problems associated with plastic waste and recycling. The supplier is active in more than 120 countries. Its head office is located in Vienna, Austria. Most of its production takes place in Europe, and the company also has three overseas production facilities in the United States and one in Brazil.

Calidris Bio uses fermentation technology to produce a high quality, nutritious and affordable source of protein with a low ecological footprint. The technology makes maximum use of renewable raw materials and has a minimal impact on land use or marine ecosystems. Its mission is to offer an alternative to soy and fishmeal for animal production. It is also investigating what is needed to use this same protein for human food at a later stage.

Catalisti is the spearhead cluster for the chemical and plastics industry in Flanders. By combining the strengths of companies, universities and other knowledge institutions, Catalisti stimulates innovation in the industry. Through concrete projects and partnerships, Catalisti transforms innovation into business. The aim is to anchor the Flemish chemical and plastics industry, to make it even more competitive, and to increase its international scope. For example, Catalisti offers companies throughout the value chain, from global players to local SMEs, an innovative boost.
From BlueChem, Catalisti also directs Moonshot, the Flemish Government’s innovation program that helps companies reduce their CO2 emissions.

Creaflow designs and markets innovative reactors for the fine chemicals and pharmaceutical industries. These reactors are based on the patented COSTATM technology and open up new possibilities in scalable flow chemistry, specifically for multi-phase processes and the use of alternative activation methods such as visible light. In addition, the reactors can be easily adapted so that the chemistry work can always be carried out under the best possible conditions.

D-CRBN is a spin-off company from the University of Antwerp and has developed a technology that enables the conversion of CO2. This innovative process uses plasma to split CO2 molecules into their original building blocks. Those building blocks can be reused to create valuable products, such as biofuels, chemicals or polymers to ultimately achieve a circular and more sustainable economy.

ExxonMobil is one of the largest publicly listed international oil and gas companies in the world. To meet the world’s rising demand for energy, the organization uses technology and innovation. ExxonMobil has a leading inventory of energy resources and is one of the world’s largest integrated refiners, sellers of petroleum products, and manufacturers of chemical products. In the Benelux, ExxonMobil is engaged in the refining and marketing of petroleum products and the production and marketing of feedstock for the chemical industry.

IBEVE is an expertise agency with services in the field of safety, sustainability and the environment and has, among other things, a recognised asbestos laboratory. It is part of the IDEWE Group in which it works together with IDEWE’s external service for prevention and protection at work to promote the well-being of employees and safeguard the environment. Within the IDEWE Group, innovation is at the forefront and new tools are being developed within the Well-being at Work sector through its Knowledge, Information & Research (KIR) department.

International Drone and Floorcheck Services (IDAFS) inspects installations in the petrochemical industry visually and thermally using drones. Furthermore, the start-up detects asbestos with a multi-spectral camera and develops combined sensors for methane detection based on lasers, Optimal Glass Imaging (OGI) cameras and sniffers.

INEOS is a leading producer of petrochemicals, fine chemicals and oil products. In the space of 20 years, the company has grown into a global player with a production network of 183 production sites spread over 26 countries. Its products can be found almost everywhere and determine today’s standard of living: in plastics, textiles, medicines, automotive and construction applications, mobile devices, etc. Open innovation has been an integral part of INEOS’s research and development policy for over 10 years now, with a focus on solutions for the climate and energy challenges.
From Zwijndrecht, the organization has expanded its position in Belgium with nine production sites and R&D centres in Antwerp, Jemeppe and Neder-Over-Heembeek. INEOS currently employs 2,500 people. In early 2019, the company announced a mega-investment in Antwerp: the construction of an ethane and propane plant for the production of ethylene and propylene. It is the biggest investment in European chemistry in the last 20 years. The ethane plant will be the most energy-efficient in Europe thanks to the use of the latest technologies.

Inopsys NV develops, builds and operates innovative on-site flexible, modular and mobile units for the treatment of chemical and pharmaceutical side streams. The aim is to offer customers a sustainable alternative for the transport and incineration of their waste streams. The removal of active pharmaceutical components from waste water is a speciality. Inopsys offers solutions that enable the creation of pure water and the recovery of valuable components (metals, solvents, etc.), and it helps customers in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors work towards a circular economy.

MeaTech Europe is engaged in food science and the sensory advancement of cultured meat and 3D-printed meat products. From BlueChem, the company wants to define, among other things, flavour molecules that can be used as a model mix for inducing flavour experiments.

Peace of Meat is a B2B cultured meat production company that focuses on a multitude of cultured meat products. The company forges scientific and commercial partnerships to cover the entire value chain, accelerate research and production processes and stimulate the industry as a whole.

Triple Helix has been developing and marketing innovative technologies through its partners for 15 years. Over the years, the entire circle of activities from fundamental chemistry to applications in the end markets has evolved with an ever growing focus on sustainability and a more circular economy. In addition to its own innovations, Triple Helix will help innovation cells, inventors and consortia to achieve sustainable and economically profitable results. For investors, Triple Helix offers the right deals as well as sector knowledge and a strong management team to ensure return on investment and impact.

VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) is an independent Flemish research organisation in the area of cleantech and sustainable development. Its goal? To accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. VITO offers an extensive portfolio of scientific services on the basis of which industry and government can determine their policy.

Vopak is the world’s largest independent tank storage service provider, specializing in the storage and handling of liquid bulk, chemicals and gases. The company has a strategic network of more than 60 tank terminals worldwide of which 3 terminals are located in the heart of the Antwerp petrochemical cluster, representing almost 850,000 cbm of storage capacity. Vopak aims to provide efficient supply chain solutions for the petrochemical industry. In addition, the organization wants to play an active role in the energy transition by developing initiatives for Carbon Capturing Utilization and Storage (CCUS), developing Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) concepts and investigating the feasibility of blue and green hydrogen projects.