A future-proof chemical industry
Antwerp’s ecosystem: an innovation hub for every sustainable chemistry entrepreneur
Antwerp’s ecosystem has an innovation hub for every sustainable chemistry entrepreneur, whether your technology readiness is low, high or somewhere in between. Antwerp’s strength? All innovation hubs are closely connected, ensuring a productive and suitable environment no matter the life stage of your business or innovation.
In recognition of Antwerp’s sustained efforts to create innovation hubs, the city received a prestigious award at the worldwide fDi Strategy Awards in 2020.
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BlueApp: your pre-incubator
Looking for a hub that offers everything you need to develop, scale up and demonstrate your promising innovation or technology? BlueApp, a pre-incubator at University of Antwerp, brings together startups, companies and the University of Antwerp’s expertise. Through a successful combination of suitable space, academic know-how and essential services, BlueApp supports your tackling of sustainable chemistry challenges in collaborative projects.
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BlueChem: your incubator
Looking for a place for your startup or scale-up to grow and innovate? BlueChem helps you to develop sustainable innovations for the chemistry of the future through industry, academic and government connections. Spontaneous cross-pollinations, innovation projects and collaborations emerge in state-of-the-art labs and office spaces. BlueChem’s announced expansion will double its lab capacity and serves as proof of its success.
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NextGen District & Demo: your circular economy hub
Are you involved in the circular and climate-neutral chemistry industry? Discover NextGen District, an industrial port site that focuses on sustainable innovation, recycling and waste valorisation. Proximity to Europe’s largest petrochemical cluster offers your company a competitive advantage. NextGen Demo is a catalyst for sustainable innovations, particularly for pioneers in this field.
ranking for Belgium in the world for chemicals
+63% total investment in start-ups
Blue Gate Antwerp: your circular industrial site
Is your innovative company committed to linear growth through the adoption of a circular business model? Blue Gate Antwerp is a circular industrial site covering 63 hectares to the south of Antwerp. This eco-effective, water-bound business park aims to maximise resource efficiency and minimise waste generation by implementing innovative practices and technologies. Blue Gate Antwerp facilitates collaboration among businesses, research institutes and government bodies.
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The hydrogen revolution starts here
Interested in hydrogen as a business opportunity or a way to decarbonise your chemical operations? You’ll feel right at home in Antwerp. The Port of Antwerp-Bruges plays a pivotal role throughout the hydrogen economy value chain, including production, import, storage, distribution and consumption. Are you interested in joining this green hydrogen ecosystem? Together, we will contribute significantly to decarbonisation efforts and the use of clean energy in Antwerp and beyond.
If you’re active in the chemical industry, you’ll know this is carbon-intensive. The Port of Antwerp-Bruges has always been a major energy port, closely involved in fossil-based energy. That is now changing, however. Hydrogen is an essential factor in the mix of solutions to achieve climate ambitions, and Port of Antwerp-Bruges is prepared to become Europe’s hydrogen hub.
Antwerp@C: carbon capture, utilisation and storage
To help reduce emissions, carbon dioxide can be captured from industrial operations before it ever has a chance to enter the atmosphere or removed directly from the air. Antwerp@C is an innovative CO2 reduction project initiated by the Port of Antwerp-Bruges in collaboration with seven leading chemical and energy companies: Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Fluxys and Total Energies. This consortium aims to capture, store, and reuse CO2 to produce blue hydrogen, a significant step towards green hydrogen. The Antwerp@C project has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions in Antwerp by half by 2030. Captured CO2 is transported locally through pipelines and stored temporarily in a shared liquefaction installation.