Flemish production of face masks secured

Two Flemish companies have received 3.2 million euro in “Strategische Transformatiesteun COVID-19” from Flemish Minister for Economy and Innovation Hilde Crevits in order to structurally secure the production of high-quality face masks in Flanders. Catalisti supported the government in identifying local expertise and evaluating potential production opportunities.

Eurofilters and Medimundi
When the pandemic hit, a shortage of high-quality face masks made Flanders vulnerable to the COVID-19. Now, the Flemish government has awarded two local companies no less than 3.2 million euro in “Strategische Transformatiesteun COVID-19” to set up and structurally secure the local production of high-quality and reliable face masks. These companies are Eurofilters in Pelt, which specializes in high-tech melt-blown filter materials, and Medimundi in Turnhout, a spin-off of, amongst others, UAntwerpen and Cartamundi that recently started producing face masks on an industrial scale. Eurofilters will receive 2.4 million euro in support to build a new melt-blown production line, next to its own investment of 10 million euro. Medimundi receives 8000.000 euro in government funding, on top of a 2.2 million investment by the consortium behind the spin-off.

Learn more about Eurofilters in the video below (in Dutch).

Strategic independence
By producing face masks and the necessary filter materials locally, Flanders becomes less dependent on import from abroad. This also allows for the built-up of a strategic stock, in case another pandemic hits. Moreover, concerns about low-quality face masks are mitigated.

Catalisti’s role
Flanders has unique expertise in the fields of chemical production (polypropylene), plastics processing and high-tech textile manufacturing. As the spearhead cluster for chemistry and plastics, Catalisti has a broad network of partners within these fields. Therefore, on request of the Flemish government, Catalisti supported efforts to identify local expertise and evaluate potential production opportunities.

Whitepaper Digitalisation published

The implementation of digital technologies in chemical production and process environments isn’t catching on as quickly as anticipated due to a range of sector-specific challenges and hurdles. To pinpoint these challenges and provide an impetus for companies to overcome these hurdles, Catalisti has published a whitepaper, titled “Digitalisation of Chemical Production and Process Environments in Flanders”.

Throughout the whitepaper, you will find examples and concrete cases that aim to inform you about possible solutions and inspire you to successfully start, intensify or complete the digital transformation of your company.

Althought this whitepaper reflects the current situation, it is not intended to be a comprehensive source of reference.

Click here to download the full whitepaper (in PDF format).

Update of Catalisti Innovation Agenda

In November 2020, Catalisti updated its Innovation Agenda. Through concrete innovation programs and focus topics, this agenda captures our ambition to actively contribute and give rise to a sustainable and competitive chemical and plastics industry in Flanders. The agenda forms the guideline for all our activities, not in the least for the initiation and evaluation of our innovation projects.

For this update, alignment with individual company roadmaps and with the research agendas of our knowledge partners was ensured by organising a feedback round and a discussion with members of the Catalisti Industrial Advisory Board.

Several international innovation agendas and roadmaps were used as benchmark and inspiration. Multiple references to the SusChem SIRA can be found throughout the document.

Discover what’s new or download the full document (in PDF format).

Neem de snelweg naar circulair ondernemen met Circle Speed

Circulair ondernemen is de toekomst. Maar welke kansen biedt dat voor uw onderneming? Hoe begint u eraan? En hoe krijgt u binnen uw bedrijf de neuzen in dezelfde richting?

Voor ondernemers en intrapreneurs ontwikkelde UHasselt samen met kennisdeelplatform Megarnie een uniek traject: Circle Speed. Waarom uniek? Omdat het een echte onderdompeling is in het circulaire ondernemen in een kleine groep van collega-ondernemers. Met expert-coaches die u persoonlijk begeleiden, op maat van uw activiteit. Geen droge powerpointopleiding, maar interactieve en hands-on leermomenten. Schrijf in voor het kick-off weekend op een datum van uw keuze en laat u verrassen door het innovatieve aanbod, de inspirerende locatie en dito keynote sprekers. In 2021 starten in totaal 6 leertrajecten: telkens 2 in de provincies Antwerpen, Limburg en Vlaams-Brabant. Meer informatie over de opleiding vindt u op www.circlespeed.be.

Circle Speed kwam tot stand met steun van VLAIO.

Nieuw VLAIO-kostenmodel van kracht

Vanaf vandaag is een nieuw VLAIO-kostenmodel van kracht. In dit model streeft VLAIO naar meer uniformiteit voor diverse steuninstrumenten.

Op 12 oktober 2020 treedt het nieuwe kostenmodel van VLAIO in voege voor nieuwe aanvraagdossiers. Dit nieuwe model beoogt meer uniformiteit tussen verschillende steuninstrumenten, zoals onder meer Ontwikkelings-, Onderzoeks-, ICON-, en cSBO-projecten. Er wordt daarnaast een overgangsperiode voorzien voor deze instrumenten die loopt tot 31 december 2020, waarin de Excel-begrotingsaanvragen van zowel het huidige als het nieuwe kostenmodel gebruikt kunnen worden. Voor de oproepen die binnen deze overgangsperiode vallen, zal per instrument bepaald worden welk kostenmodel gebruikt dient te worden.

Bekijk onderstaand filmpje voor informatie, of contacteer catalyst Johan De Houwer voor een extra woordje uitleg.

Register now for the Catalisti Annual Event 2020

Newsflash! Registrations for the Catalisti Annual Event 2020: Infected by Innovation are now open. This year’s edition will be held online on Tuesday 8 December (13:30-15:00), allowing you to participate from the comfort of your own office, or even your own couch. Different format, same positive Catalisti vibe!

The event will be held in Dutch. More information about the programme and speakers will be made available soon. For now, save the date or better still, click here to register for free!

“Onze sector maakt ons leven makkelijker en duurzamer” – Jan Van Havenbergh in EOS Magazine

“De chemiesector zorgt voor tal van producten die ons leven gemakkelijker maken en de maatschappij verduurzamen. Tegelijk is ze een van de meest vervuilende industrieën.”

In een artikel in de septembereditie van EOS Magazine vertelt Jan Van Havenbergh, managing director van Catalisti, hoe de speerpuntcluster via innovatie bijdraagt aan de verduurzaming van de chemie- en kunststoffensector. Daarnaast komen ook verschillende innovatieve start-ups aan bod die zich, net als Catalisti, hebben gevestigd in BlueChem, de nieuwe incubator voor duurzame chemie. Meer weten? Lees dan gratis het artikel in EOS Magazine.

Flanders supports start-ups – Catalisti in CHEManager 8/2020

“In a sustainable chemistry industry, young drivers of innovation are an essential piece of the puzzle.”

A wide-ranging article published in the latest edition of CHEManager, the renowned magazine for professionals and entrepreneurs in the German chemical industry, covers BlueChem, Catalisti, Moonshot and Antwerp as the home of Europe’s largest integrated chemical cluster. Read the full article (in German) on https://www.chemanager-online.com/news/flandern-unterstuetzt-start-ups, or click the image below.

Catalisti would like to thank Flanders Investment & Trade and Jessica Manthey for making this article possible.