Sittard-Geleen, 6 March 2018 - BioTreatCenter and Chemelot InSciTe have entered into a strategic partnership to discover smart biobased materials with the objective of developing chemical building blocks using biomass as a raw material.
Together, they aim to discover ways in which the chemical industry can produce chemicals and materials while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The BioTreatCenter and Chemelot Institute for Science and Technology (InSciTe) have decided to work together to find a solution. Chemelot InSciTe works on technologies that enable the production of chemical building blocks from biomass. The BioTreatCenter facilitates the economic development of several new sources of this biomass.
Commoditized raw materials
The agricultural and forestry sectors are the biggest producers of biomass. In order to create a value chain based on biomass, companies and organizations in these sectors have to develop into suppliers of biobased raw materials. Those links in the chain that are, as yet, unfamiliar with one another, have to work together to ensure a reliable supply, a constant level of quality, and a good price. In light of this, research and development activities are needed to supply these commoditized raw materials.
Biobased business cases
‘We need a new structure,’ explains Ton Voncken, the director of BioTreatCenter. ‘New forms of collaboration between market parties, which are currently not natural partners, are needed. They are the parties to enable the large-scale supply of biobased raw materials to the chemical sector. Our partnership with Chemelot InSciTe is fundamental for exploring new, economically feasible business cases. The BioTreatCenter is working on ‘appreciating’ biomass and provides businesses with a network, education, and research facilities.’
Ton Voncken, Director BioTreatcenter & Emiel Staring, Managing Director Chemelot InSciTe
The fruitful partnership between the BioTreatCenter and Chemelot InSciTe creates synergy between the Brightlands Campus Greenport in Venlo and the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, which results in innovation and economic growth in the region and beyond. ‘This partnership demonstrates our commitment to realizing our ambitions for sustainability through starting various biobased valorization processes,’ states Emiel Staring, Managing Director of Chemelot InSciTe. ‘I personally look forward to a pleasant and constructive partnership between these organizations.’