Companies and Speakers

Meet the (Brightlands) Chemelot Companies 2021

The first company we would like to announce is:

  • Chemelot by Frank Schaap: Director Business Development & Marketing at "Chemelot 2025 team”. Focus on developing a community of innovative companies active in life sciences and materials sciences working together in order to speed up innovation and accelerate business growth.


Chemelot is one of the largest chemistry and materials sites in Europe with more than 150 companies and knowledge institutes. Every household in Europe uses materials that originate from Chemelot. 

Chemelot has the vision and ambition to become the most sustainable, competitive and safe chemical sites in Europe. To achieve this, fossil raw materials are replaced by renewable ones and the production processes are electrified as much as possible on the basis of green electricity. Various examples will show that Chemelot has already taken significant steps, leading the world in making its processes and products more sustainable. You will also discover the secrets behind Chemelot's success.


The second company we would like to announce is:

RWE by Jan Eurlings: Conceptual Design Manager. Responsible for the technical design of projects related to "New Business". Founding father of RES - RWE Energy Services. Projects proposed a.o. in the process-, food- and automotive industry. Projects executed in beer- and paper industry (Swinkels Family Brewers - SFB Lieshout, Wepa Swalmen). Initiator / technical design of the "Waste-to-Hydrogen"-project Furec. Project related EU-patents developed and applied for.


    RWE Generation is developing a project to produce hydrogen by using waste stream at industrial park Chemelot in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands. The FUREC project - Fuse Reuse Recycle - will produce hydrogen for the chemical industry and help to make their production processes more sustainable. Waste streams, such as Limburg's residual waste, serve as a substitute for natural gas in the production of hydrogen. The project contributes to the ambition of the local business community, educational facilities and the province to develop Limburg into a circular hub. Furthermore, it aims at setting up a hydrogen link between the Dutch seaports and the German Ruhr area.

    The FUREC project plans to transform residual waste into raw material pellets, which are then converted into hydrogen at industrial park Chemelot. This process will reduce the use of natural gas at Chemelot by more than 200 million m3 per year. This is comparable to the annual gas demand of approximately 140,000 households and results in a CO2 reduction of 380,000 tonnes per year. The CO2 released during the production of hydrogen can be either captured and stored or used as a raw material in the future. In addition to local sales at Chemelot, the hydrogen can eventually be transported to industry in Rotterdam and the German Ruhr area.


    The third company we would like to announce is:

    • Isobionics by MatthewStylesResearch and Development Manager at Isobionics. Matthew has 10+ years’ experience in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, having designed systems for use in several different industrially relevant microorganisms for the production of antibiotics and fine chemicals. Matthew received his PhD in Chemical Biology from the University of Manchester, holds a degree in Chemistry from Durham University and has previously held several research scientist positions.


    A bolder flavour: How biotechnology enables the production of high purity flavour compounds

    Isobionics are an innovative biotechnology company making high quality flavour ingredients through fermentation. Essential oils have been extracted from fruits and plants for flavour use for millennia. However, this presents some problems; key terpene flavour molecules are often in low abundance, requiring a large harvest for a small amount of product. The extraction of essential oil often yields a complex mixture of terpenes that are difficult to separate. The composition of these can be highly variable, as it depends on weather, location, season, extraction method and variety of plant. This leads to a variable product, with volumes and pricing also changing each harvest. An alternative to this approach is to produce the key components of essential oils in fermentation, in a process akin to brewing beer. In a fermentation, we can control the complete process – there is no weather inside the fermenter – and this means we produce an identical product each time. Moreover, rather than producing a mixture of products like we get from the plant, it is possible to produce a much higher purity molecule, allowing specific flavour notes to be targeted. In my talk I will describe how bacterial metabolism can be redirected so that it can better convert sugars into a target product, with particular focus on the biochemistry of this process.


    The fourth company we would like to announce is:

    • Blue Plastics by Stephan Damer: Stephan Damer has joined Blue Plastics` team as a General Manager in 2020. He is an international experienced executive in chemicals & polymers and holds a degree in chemical engineering and his specialties are Organising for success / value capturing / Licensing / Sales / Sales optimalisation / Branding / KPI gating / change management / continues drive for improvement. Specialties that are sharpened during the years of working for DSM,  Sabic, Interchem and TCR Plastics (current role as business manager). “Museums of the world  save the past, recyclers – the future” that is my believe! Driven from that believe we at Blue Plastics are determined to make a difference in Recycling technology and Recycling.  



    Our mission:  make plastics a more sustainable and circular raw material! We believe that we can make the difference by making technical  innovations in sorting and washing available for the recycling industry to enable our mission. Currently the issue’s with recycling of plastics are predominantly: Smell, colour and inferior properties compared to prime material. These issue’s  seriously limit reuse or circular use of Plastics. Blue Plastics`s unique mechanical recycling method effectively cleans used plastics from organic and inorganic contaminants, including glues, print ink, oils and fats and in that way brings circularity within reach. The method is cost-attractive with minimal CO2 emissions and no water consumption, hence  it is very efficient and environmentally friendly. The regranulated plastics produced by Blue Plastic have better properties than competing products currently available on the market and come close to prime value’s. This is making regranulated plastic from Blue Plastics more suitable for high-end applications and for circular use.