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The future of the Dutch chemical industry lies in lowering the bottom line and making it more sustainable, partly by optimising existing processes and partly by using more renewable raw materials, according to Rein Willems. The second pillar, however, is not strong yet. ‘The developments are proceeding laboriously and certainly not as fast as desired.’
Editorial office / Netherlands

Rein Willems, former head of Shell Nederland, has been closely involved in the strategic plans drawn up for the port of Rotterdam and the Eems Delta. The course of action for both chemical clusters is based on a two-track approach: increased sustainability/cost reduction for existing processes and investment in activities in the area of renewable raw materials. One of the results of this in the northeast of the Netherlands was Chemport Europe (see pages 20 and 21), which opened in April.

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