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 a market leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and healthcare. Safety, quality, reliability and service are the pillars of its commercial partnership. 1200 employees in the Benelux make daily efforts to satisfy customers. Air Liquide is optimally organized to quickly meet its customers’ expectations.

Allegro is a new kind of life sciences company, designing, developing and commercializing breakthrough products in the fields of biotech, nanotech and medtech. The startup specializes in pioneering biomedical nanotechnology for the qualitative extension of life.

Alumichem provides water treatment and water management solutions and services. The company helps organisations and municipalities meet stringent standards and helps improve recycling initiatives. With more than 40 years of industry experience and an established and broad international network of experienced employees and partners, Alumichem can rely on solid expertise in chemistry, equipment and consultancy. Alumichem is headquartered in Denmark with offices in North America, Europe and Ghana. The company is a leading Scandinavian producer of high-quality functional aluminates and chemical products and serves customers around the world.

British start-up Aquature’s innovative water treatment technology uses renewable energy and a bioelectrolysis technique that uses microbes to purify water. In this process, hydrogen and other chemicals are created as by-products, and CO2 is removed from the wastewater. This CO2 can be captured and reused as feedstock for synthetic fuels, among other things.

Bar.on aims to make an impact on the beverage industry and use molecular blending technology to reshape the future of the industry. The startup creates any type of beer in a fraction of seconds. No more fermentation is needed. Advanced mixing recipes recreate beer at the 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? Will do.

More than 50 years ago, BASF established itself in the port of Antwerp. The site has since grown into the largest integrated production centre in Belgium and the second largest in the BASF Group worldwide. The site employs some 3,000 people and has some 50 production plants. BASF Antwerpen’s product range includes basic and speciality chemicals, plastics and pre-products, beneficiation products and inorganics. BASF Antwerpen’s products are further used in almost all processing sectors, such as the automotive industry, construction, production of paper, leather goods and sports articles, as well as the textile, food and pharmaceutical sectors. In doing so, BASF has been striving since its pioneering years in Antwerp to strike a balance between the economic, ecological and social needs of society.

Borealis is a leading provider of advanced and sustainable solutions in polyolefins (mainly plastic granules in the form of pellets)and base chemicals. Driven by its ambition to keep discovering and with a passion to create value through innovation, Borealis develops solutions to address global challenges. The company is involved in the circular economy of plastics through various initiatives and has taken a leading role in solving the problem of plastic waste and recycling. Borealis operates in more than 120 countries and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Most of Borealis’ production is in Europe, with 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 protein source with a low environmental footprint. The technology makes maximum use of renewable resources and has minimal impact on land use or marine ecosystems. The mission is primarily to provide an alternative to soy and fishmeal towards animal production. Calidris Bio is also investigating what is needed to use that same protein for human food at a later stage.

Carboganic is the source of knowledge on biocarbon compounding concentrates. We make biocarbon suitable for compounding thermoplastics by agglomerating, formulating and functionalising. This results in engineered biocarbon masterbatches, tailor-made for your applications. We create the smartest and most directly applicable recipes for compounders and plastics producers.
Carboganic also has a core expertise in FGF 3D printing, which we provide with fully engineered printable compounds.
With our knowledge, we provide you with the optimal answer in decarbonising, footprint-reducing polymer solutions, without having to compromise on price, availability and quality. This way, you contribute strongly to the removal and avoidance of fossil CO2.

Catalisti is the spearhead cluster for the chemicals and plastics sector in Flanders. By joining the forces of companies, universities and other knowledge institutions, Catalisti stimulates innovation in the sector. Through concrete projects and partnerships, it transforms innovation into business. The aim is to anchor the Flemish chemical and plastics sector, make it even more competitive, and expand its international reach. That way, 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 programme that helps companies reduce their CO2 emissions.

Creaflow designs and markets innovative reactors for the fine chemicals and pharmaceutical industries. Those reactors are based on the patented COSTATM technology and open up new possibilities in scalable flow chemistry, specifically for multiphase processes and the use of alternative activation methods such as visible light. Moreover, the reactors can be adapted smoothly, allowing chemistry to be performed under the most optimal conditions at all times.

D-CRBN, a spin-off company from the University of Antwerp, has developed a technology that enables the conversion of CO2. That 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 traded international oil and gas companies in the world. To meet rising world demand for energy, the organisation 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, the company is engaged in refining and marketing petroleum products and the production and marketing of raw materials extracted from oil fractions for the chemical industry.

Fairbrics is a company with a vision to combat climate change by creating technologies that remove carbon from the atmosphere and developing solutions that promote a circular economy.
The first product is a breakthrough technology that converts waste CO2 into polyester using molecular chemistry. This technology reduces dependence on fossil fuels and lowers the carbon footprint of polyester production. Fairbrics’s polyester has minimal impact on the environment and we are working to make it carbon neutral and fully sustainable.

Flyblast develops recombinant proteins and growth factors for cell culture from insects, more specifically the black gunfly (Hermetia illucens “BSF”).

IBEVE is an expert agency providing services in the fields of safety, sustainability and the environment and has, among other things, an accredited asbestos lab. IBEVE is part of the IDEWE Group in which it works together with the 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 in full swing and new tools are being developed within the Well-being at Work sector through the KIR (Knowledge, Information and Research) department.

International Drone and Floorcheck Services (IDAFS) visually and thermally inspects installations in the petrochemical industry using drones. Furthermore, the start-up detects asbestos with a multi-spectral camera and is developing 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 20 years, the company has grown into a global player with a production network of 183 manufacturing sites across 26 countries. Its products are present almost everywhere and determine the standard of living today: in plastics, textiles, medicines, automotive and building applications, mobile devices,… For more than 10 years, open innovation has been an integral part of INEOS’ research and development policy, with a focus on climate and energy solutions.
From Zwijndrecht, INEOS built its position in Belgium with 9 production sites and R&D centres in Antwerp, Jemeppe and Neder-Over-Heembeek. Today, the organisation has 2,500 employees there. In early 2019, INEOS announced a mega-investment in Antwerp: the construction of an ethane and propane plant to make ethylene and propylene. It is the largest investment in European chemistry in the past 20 years. The ethane plant will be the most energy-efficient in Europe thanks to the use of the latest technologies.

Inopsys SA develops, builds and operates innovative on-site, flexible, modular and mobile units for the treatment of chemical and pharmaceutical by-product streams. The aim is to offer customers a sustainable alternative to transport and incineration of their waste streams. Removal of active pharmaceutical components from wastewater is a speciality. Inopsys offers solutions that allow the creation of pure water and the recovery of valuable components (metals, solvents, etc.). The organisation also helps customers in chemicals and pharmaceuticals to implement a circular economy.

Labconsort aims to promote the integration of sustainability in the chemical industry. On the one hand, they do this by mediating the purchase and resale of used lab equipment. On the other hand, the group offers sustainable training, services and reagents that increase operational efficiency and circularity.

Triple Helix, through its partners, has been developing and marketing innovative technologies for 15 years. Over the years, the full activity cycle from fundamental chemistry to applications in end markets has been completed. This was always done with a growing focus on sustainability and a more circular economy. Besides its own innovations, Triple Helix will help innovation cells, inventors and consortia to achieve sustainable and economically profitable results. For investors, the company offers the right deals as well as sector knowledge and a strong management team to ensure returns and impact.

TripleW converts food waste into lactic acid via fermentation. The lactic acid can be used as a raw material to make bioplastics for household products, for example.

VITO (Flemish Institution for Technological Research) is a Flemish independent research organisation in the field 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, specialising in the storage and handling of liquid bulk, chemicals and gases. The company has a strategic network of more than 60 tank terminals worldwide, including 3 terminals in the heart of the Antwerp petrochemical cluster, accounting for almost 850,000 cbm of storage capacity. Vopak aims to provide efficient supply chain solutions for the petrochemical industry.
The organisation also wants to play an active role in the energy transition and, to this end, is developing initiatives around Carbon Capturing Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), developing Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) concepts and investigating the feasibility of blue and green hydrogen projects.