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, […]

Process Safety Academy, high-level safety training and specialised courses

With the Process Safety Academy, essenscia invests in high-quality safety training and specialised courses. Since the launch of this initiative, more than 1,000 employees from the industry and trainee engineers have already attended these workshops and courses on process safety, with renowned instructors from Belgium and abroad. Participants not only gain a thorough understanding of […]

L’Oréal Libramont, a “dry” factory

Located in Libramont since 1975, the L’Oréal factory is equipped with its own wastewater treatment plant. Industrial water undergoes initial physico-chemical treatment based on the principle of coagulation/flocculation/flotation, which makes it possible for 80% of the pollutant load of the water to be absorbed. The final complete water treatment takes place via a second step, […]

Sector supports fire brigade in dealing with accidents with hazardous substances

Accidents with hazardous substances are rare, but can have a major impact on people and the environment. Hence the importance of an adapted approach. The fire brigade in Belgium is organised into 35 zones that provide assistance to citizens and businesses. Certain specialised operational services are organised beyond the limits of the zones. One of […]

Increased resource efficiency at BASF Antwerp

The Aniline nitrobenzene installation is one of the many installations on the BASF site in Antwerp. This installation makes chemical products that you can find amongst others in the automotive, construction or textile industry. In 2016, BASF Antwerp started the construction of two new installations to be able to further valorise waste streams released by […]

Sectoral demography fund for life-long learning and quality of work

Since 2016, employers in the chemical, plastics and life sciences industry contribute to a demography fund. Employers and employees develop actions plans to improve quality of work and receive financial support from the fund to implement the actions. In June 2019 more than 200 companies had submitted actions plans. You can find a selection of […]

Kaneka Eurogentec: healing through DNA

A progressive method has made Kaneka Eurogentec, a spin-off of the University of Liège, the world leader in the large-scale production of DNA plasmids. The term “DNA plasmid” refers to a circular fragment of DNA that carries a gene that, once introduced into the patient, generates a protein – with no secondary effect – that […]

Janssen Pharmaceutica: Spray drying, a first for better drugs

Thanks to a combination of innovative technologies, Janssen Pharmaceutica’s Geel site has managed to increase the effectiveness of highly complex drugs by facilitating their absorption by the human body. New drugs have to treat diseases of increasing complexity. As a result, the active molecules – the active ingredients of these drugs – are increasingly elaborate. […]