The international agenda of ChemistryNL consists of three components: R&D collaboration (knowledge and innovation), trade promotion and strategic acquisition. The focus of the international agenda is R&D collaboration.

R&D collaboration

To explore the opportunities for international (research) collaboration in the field of recycling, the top team undertook exploratory missions to China, Japan and Germany. In the latter country, it has also been explored what options there are to collaborate on ECCM themes.

Trilateral Strategy (ARRRA cluster)
Under the direction of Brightlands, interregional cooperation between the chemical clusters in the regions of Rotterdam, Flanders and NordRhein-Westfalen is taking place with the aim of “developing into a global motor for the transition to a sustainable and competitive chemical cluster ”.

The aim of SusChemNL is a better use of the EU Horizon programmess. On the one hand by influencing the design and implementation of the programs. On the other hand through networking in the Netherlands and the promotion of participation in calls. Particular attention was paid to the new Horizon Europe program and its mission-oriented design. SusChemNL also maintains the relationship with the European Technology Platform (ETP) SusChem.

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) works on a national level with sister organization NSFC (Natural Science Foundation of China) and on a regional level with the Science & Technology Commission of the Chinese province of Guangdong (GDST). Both are used to finance bilateral projects in chemistry. With GDST, it concerns public-private research in chemistry. Both cooperation programmess contribute to a combined fundamental-public-private research program between the Netherlands and China with a community of researchers and companies focused on excellent research and innovations in business.

Biobased Economy
More extensive international cooperation takes place in the context of the biobased economy. BioBased Delta in particular is very active internationally. In Europe, there is a regional (BIC-G cluster) and international (3BI, Interreg Flanders Netherlands and IAR) collaboration in various contexts. Outside Europe, this concerns cooperation in Brazil (Living Lab Brasil and BIC Canada).

Trade promotion

There is no need for collective trade promotion for large companies. These companies are already established or represented abroad. This does not apply, or to a lesser extent, for SMEs. Where necessary or desired, ad hoc support is provided. The new project “MKB in beeld” focuses on a more structured approach.

Strategic fairs
Every year ChemistryNL selects a number of international congresses as a strategic fair. In 2019 the Bio World Congres on Industrial Biotechnology was selected. In 2020 the JEC Composites exhibition in Paris was selected. Together with Holland HighTech we did all the preparations for the exhibition. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the exhibition was cancelled.

Strategic Acquisition

The strategic acquisition is carried out by the Netherlands Foreign Investment Office (NFIA). The chemical activities are managed by the National Acquisition Team (NAT) Chemistry. The Topteam and TKI provided personal and substantive support to the NFIA.

Innovation Attache Network
Are you interested in international developments and trends in innovation and Research & Development (R&D)? Are you looking for international R&D contacts? The Innovation Attache Network identifies opportunities for innovation and R&D and helps to make innovative matches between the Netherlands and other countries.

International benchmark Chemical Recycling

MSG Sustainable Strategies has conducted research for ChemistryNL with regard to Chemical Recycling. This research builds on the results of an analysis of the innovation portfolio of the chemical sector. That study has mapped out all technologies that can be used to contribute to the climate goals and it has been made visible which ones R&D efforts must be made in the Netherlands.  The chemical sector operates internationally and is therefore interested in the development of technologies in other Nations. This has resulted in the current study with the focus on innovative technologies for plastic recycling.

Research question
What are the similarities and differences in the waste and innovation policy in plastic recycling for China, US, Japan and Germany compared to the Netherlands? Download the report here.