essenscia Patent Cell: free expertise for the protection of innovations

Created in 2011 with the support of the Federal Public Service Economy, essenscia’s Patent Cell is a permanent point of contact for companies in the chemical, plastics and life sciences sectors – particularly SMEs – for all their intellectual property-related questions. With interactive workshops, tailor-made services and the identification of the latest technologies and scientific […]

essenscia launches Circular Procurement Network

essenscia CAN (“Circulair Aankopen Netwerk”) is essenscia’s Circular Procurement Network. It was established at the end of 2017 with the support of Circular Flanders as part of the Green Deal Circular Purchases of which essenscia vlaanderen is one of the facilitating organisations. The objective of essenscia CAN is to encourage companies from the chemical, plastics […]

Chemical industry aims to double rail transport by 2030

The Belgian chemical industry aims to double the transport of chemical products by rail in the next ten years. Today, the chemical industry already represents 15 to 20% of rail freight transport, making it one of the most intensive rail users in Belgium. However, the share of rail transport in the total transport volumes of […]

From mattress to insulating material: putting the circular economy into practice

Give a new lease of life to the foam filling from old mattresses, for example as insulation material. Ultimately, this is the main aim of a unique pilot project that began at Recticel in Wetteren in March 2018. The ground-breaking recycling technology has been developed in recent years as part of a cross-sector innovation project […]

REIN4CED produces ultra-light and unbreakable bicycle frames

In 2019, the Leuven-based start-up REIN4CED opened a production facility for the automated manufacture of bicycle frames. REIN4CED uses a revolutionary material that is unbreakable, unlike current bicycle frames made of carbon. The company is supported by the essenscia Innovation Fund. REIN4CED, founded in 2015 as a spin-off of KU Leuven, has developed a revolutionary […]

Chemicals industry is a pioneer in dual learning

The chemistry and life sciences sector has played a pioneering role in the development of dual learning for many years. Dual learning is an innovative and practice-oriented form of education in which an important part of the teaching time takes place on the work floor, under the supervision of a company mentor. This way, students […]

Attracting talent with job events tailored to the sector

With We Are Chemistry in Flanders and the Jobdays in Wallonia, essenscia organises specialised job events to attract more technical and scientific talent to the chemical, plastics and life sciences industry and help companies fill their vacancies. Held since 2011, We are Chemistry is the most important job fair in Flanders for the chemical and […]

CEFOCHIM, a training solution tailored to real life in the field

Located in Seneffe, CEFOCHIM is the Centre of Competence for production trades (manufacturing, quality control laboratory, maintenance,…) in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. The centre was set up in 2003 by the social partners of the industry, supported by the sectoral training funds brought together within Co-valent. Le Forem joined the project in 2006. […]