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€10m Euro deal signed to accelerate bio-aromatic development.

Biorizon.jpg“This boosts employment in the region and over the long term, the competitive strength of industry throughout the Netherlands.”

A 10m Dutch-Flemish agreement has been signed that will allow sustainable raw materials, known as bio-aromatics, to be commercially viable for industry by 2025.The project will, according to the four-strong group, Biorizon, accelerate the development of bio-aromatics and generate an alternative to fossil fuels that is both profitable and sustainable, replacing 40% of all chemicals.

The signatories for this particular deal are made up by the Dutch governmental region, Noor-Brabant, which will invest 5m, and research organisations TNO, ECN and VITO, which will contribute the other half of the cash. Not just consisting of four members, there are more than 200 organisations within the Biorizon community, many of which participate in projects that they also contribute to financially.

Bert Pauli, vice governor of the south Netherlands region, Noord-Brabant, said the development of new materials, especially in the field of bio aromatics, was important because the bioeconomy needs a very sustainable chemistry sector in the coming years. This boosts employment in the region and over the long term, the competitive strength of industry throughout the Netherlands, said Pauli, who added that Biorizon would support those involved and look for possibilities to help them scale-up to the market.

The agreement was signed at Biorizons annual event in Antwerp that brought together 150 people from the bio industry from across 15 countries to discuss the latest progress in the field of bio-based aromatics. Speaking at the conference, Biorizon business development manager, Joop Groen, said the groups ultimate aim is to make bio-aromatics a commercial reality. Were making a lot of progress and whats really exciting to see is that were moving out of the lab into real facilities and pilot plants.

Also at the show carrying out presentations of the latest developments in the bio-aromatics field were Synova Power, Avantium and Mets Fibre.

Biorizon is also involved in other sustainable projects that use bio-aromatics, including Waste2Aromatics that provides valuable raw materials for the chemical industry produced from waste such as organic waste, nappies, sieved material and manure.

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