Cluster Tours

Sustainable Chemistry Tour

Cluster or IBN Description


As of the beginning of 2017, CATALISTI is acknowledged by the Flemish government as Spearhead Cluster for sustainable chemistry and synthetics (SPC).

Catalisti, the cluster for Chemistry and Plastics, will primarily serve companies in Flanders by building partnerships between individual companies as well as with research institutions, sector associations and governments. By being a central and neutral partner, companies can concentrate on their core business and use the cluster to easily stay connected with all appropriate authorities.

This way, we want to anchor the chemical and plastics sector in Flanders, making the cluster even more innovative, strengthen competitiveness and enhance their global reach.

To achieve these goals Catalisti uses the triple F principle:

  • Find: Catalisti FINDS and initiates new innovation projects aimed at new sustainable business opportunities for your company and finds the best partners for collaborations.

  • Facilitate: Catalisti FACILITATES alignment and agreements between partners, has the necessary competences and resources to facilitate grant applications for projects.

  • Fulfill: Catalisti helps to FULFILL your company needs by offering specific services and by enabling collaborations with innovative partners to quickly come to concrete solutions.

For more information: see here.


09:00: departure from FMCCA, Antwerp

09:00-11:00: guided tour through the port with focus on chemistry (by Karen Callebaut – Port of Antwerp)

11:00-11:15: arriving at ‘Havencentrum Lillo’ (Auditorium)

11:15-12:30: presentations by FIT, Catalisti, essencia (by Karen Van Wesenbeeck – Catalisti)

12:30-13:45: network lunch and acquaintance

13:45: bus transfer

14.15-15.45: visit Blue Gate Antwerp, Bluechem and Blue_App (by Dimitri Torfs – bopro and someone from UAntwerpen/AMS)

15:45: departure to FMCCA

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Case of Catalisti

To be completed.

Members of Catalisti / Companies

Blue Gate of Antwerp

Blue Gate Antwerp is an irresistible growth opportunity for companies with a sustainability mindset today and circular ambitions for tomorrow.

The total Blue Gate Antwerp project area covers 63 hectares. The site is to be developed as a “green lung” with businesses located in a smart way. Should your business be on the logistics site, on the periphery or in the core? We will be happy to explore the possibilities with you.

One lot consists of at least 5,000 m². Of course, it’s up to you whether you want to share a lot with another company or buy a bigger one. Good to know: the building code prescribes spacious unpaved areas on each plot. This code helps you to realise your ecological ambitions. At the same time, it ensures the green character of the entire site.


BlueChem is an incubator for sustainable chemistry. With support from the authorities, the industry and knowledge centres, BlueChem is offering 3,375 m² of workspace to innovative projects and start-ups. The incubator also supports companies that want to launch a product or scale up a service.

Growth companies help to develop sustainable innovations for the chemistry of the future. That is the purpose of the BlueChem incubator, a unique collaboration between industry, government and knowledge institutions.


Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences Industries. The organization represents the specific interests of companies that are active in chemistry, plastics, pharmaceuticals and biotech. The role of essenscia is to offer member companies tailor-made services with expertise and advice on sector-specific themes. In addition, essenscia is the figurehead of the sector in the media and the federation represents the interests of the chemical and life sciences at all political levels.


The Port of Antwerp

The Antwerp Port Authority plays an important role in the day-to-day operation of the port. The Port Authority manages and maintains the docks, bridges, locks, quay walls and land. It is also responsible for the efficient passage and safety of the shipping traffic in the Antwerp port area. It provides tugs and cranes, carries out dredging work and promotes the port in Belgium and abroad.

Port House

Zaha Hadid Architects' design of the Antwerp Port Authority's head office puts the Port of Antwerp on the architectural world map. The Port House symbolises the dynamic and innovative nature of the Port of Antwerp . The building is the workplace of 500 employees and a meeting place for the many international contacts of the Antwerp port community.



Blue_App is an open innovation and training hub for potential entrepreneurs and innovators from knowledge institutions, large and smaller industries. This pre-incubator enables the growth of business and technology ideas in sustainable chemistry to develop, validate and demonstrate technologies and their market readiness (University of Antwerp).

Dress code

No special enquirements.