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Chemical Industry

European Business Industries

Interview with Eric Goossens, Managing Director of Bioprocess Pilot Facility B.V.

Success is a process

Bioprocess Pilot Facility B.V. in the Netherlands puts its clients’ scale-up trials to the test. Unique in its sector, BPF scales chemical and biotechnological processes from the lab to precommercial scale and even further. But it is not just the company’s services that set it apart: it is its unique approach. Eric Goossens, Managing Director of BPF, explains more.

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Networking in the pipeline

Founded in the 1960s, the Mediterranean-Rhône pipeline company, known as SPMR, operates a network of pipelines backed by refineries and import depots on the Mediterranean coast and by the Lyon-Feyzin refinery. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it provides road and aviation fuel and heating fluids to the depots in the southeast of France and the region of Geneva through its connection to a Swiss pipeline, covering nearly 75% of the demand from these regions.

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Setting new standards to lead

Saturated European markets, such as professional-use paint, are ripe for ‘disruptors’ to make an impact. French firm COMUS is one such disruptor, hiring Director Jean-Christophe Sueres in January of last year to lead the firm to growth in France and abroad. Nearly a year later, the firm is reshaping the paint industry by setting new standards and market entry points.

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Innovative chemicals for a sustainable future

Modern chemistry increasingly borders on alchemy. For example, new washing detergent additives are now able to provide the same cleaning power at much lower temperatures, reducing overall energy consumption and benefiting the environment. What is good for the environment is also good for the companies behind these innovations. Weylchem International GmbH is the Fine Chemicals platform of International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG), a privately-owned industrial holding company. The WeylChem Group of Companies consists of twelve operating companies in five different countries across Europe and the US, and is a hidden champion in the high performance chemicals sector.

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Silicones as problem solvers

Dow combines one of the broadest technology sets in the industry with asset integration, focused innovation and global scale to achieve profitable growth and become the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of performance materials, industrial intermediates and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. The group’s subsidiary Dow Silicones Belgium SPRL specializes in silicones. The multipurpose material is used in adhesives, detergents, sealants, high-performance building applications and cosmetic emulsions.

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