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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Belintra, assistance 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Belintra (Belgian Incidents with Transport of hazardous substances) is a system whereby the chemical sector commits to providing specialised assistance to firefighters and civil protection services in the event of transport accidents involving chemical products. Experts from some forty companies are available day and night, 7 days a week, even if they themselves are not […]

essenscia vlaanderen renews chair of Safety Engineering at KU Leuven

Since 2009 essenscia vlaanderen has held a chair in Safety Engineering at KU Leuven. This Master of Safety Engineering is a unique academic and practice-oriented training program that focuses on various safety aspects in the process industry, with an emphasis on chemistry and pharmaceuticals. With this chair, student engineers gain in-depth knowledge of various safety […]

Process Safety Club, sharing best practices

Through the Process Safety Club, essenscia offers companies the opportunity to share experience on issues regarding process safety. The Club organizes half-day meetings three times a year. These moments are also an opportunity for company experts to build a network of specialists. The Process Safety Club is mainly aimed at technical managers within companies (engineering, […]

Young Talent Lab: young people in dialogue with CEOs on climate and sustainability

More than a hundred young people, from secondary and higher education as well as young employees from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, gathered at the very first Young Talent Lab of essenscia vlaanderen at Technopolis in Mechelen. They entered into a dialogue with each other and with CEOs and managers from sector companies on themes […]