6 September 2017 – BlueChem, the incubator for sustainable chemistry that opens in Antwerp in 2020, was one of the highlights of the economic mission to Israel led by Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem and Antwerp Alderman Caroline Bastiaens.

Cleantech and digital innovation: these were the substantive spearheads of the economic mission to Israel. As number 1 in the Cleantech Innovation Index, and with the highest number of start-ups per population, Israel is known as one of the most innovative countries in the world.

Circular economy

The aim of the mission was to promote Belgian companies with knowledge and expertise in digitisation, waste management, chemistry and the circular economy in Israel and to encourage Israeli companies to invest in Antwerp and Flanders.

The assets of the BlueChem incubator were highlighted to Israeli investors during the Antwerp Business Seminar organised during the world-renowned DLD Innovation Festival in Tel Aviv. Blue Gate Antwerp, Umicore, Indaver and Isvag also presented their know-how and expertise there.