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Chemical company Oleon has commissioned a production plant in Oelegem near Antwerp, along the Albert Canal, to make esters based on enzymes or natural proteins.
Editorial office / Ranst

At the plant, biobased raw materials such as vegetable oils and animal fats are converted with enzymes into esters, a basic ingredient for cosmetics and the food industry.

The technology of enzymatic catalysis was co-initiated through innovation cluster Catalisti and was further developed through the Horizon 2020 project INCITE. This European research project was coordinated by Oleon in collaboration with Ghent University and VITO. The sustainable production process reduces CO2 emissions by 40% and waste by 60%.

The INCITE project brings together 8 European partners from 4 EU countries (Belgium, France, Italy and Germany) and runs from September 2019 to December 2023, with a total budget of €17.4 million, including €13.3 million funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Image: Oleon