Synthetic diamonds have been on the rise in recent years. There is nothing wrong with that, of course. But if a customer wants to buy a natural diamond, the seller needs to be able to guarantee authenticity. The new ASSURE Programme in Antwerp validates devices that separate natural diamonds from synthetic ones.
The coronavirus struck a blow at the worldwide office market. Antwerp aims to recover rapidly. Its many assets attract international companies. This lively city at the heart of the European economy combines highly qualified personnel with affordable office space.
This year, Antwerp was a prominent guest at the World Cities Summit in Singapore. In a 30 minute video, Antwerp presented The Big Link: a project where participation, smooth traffic, climate resilience and quality of life come together.
Innovate Antwerp, published by The Global Village, is part of a publication series on worldwide innovative ecosystems. Antwerp is the first region in the European Union that is featured in the series. In the book, readers discover a wide range of initiatives, companies and people that focus on innovation.
Boortmalt is the world leader malting company. Thanks to breakthrough technology developed by Antwerp scale-up Qpinch, Boortmalt will reuse heat in its Antwerp plant, leading to reduction of emissions and energy consumption.
One year after opening, BlueChem, the first incubator for sustainable chemistry in Belgium, has generated impressive figures and made significant achievements. With 18 tenants - 10 start-ups, 6 international chemical companies, and innovation partners Catalisti and VITO - the occupancy level has exceeded expectations.