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Evertree: The new branch of plant chemistry

Evertree, a new company dedicated to reducing harmful chemicals, has developed a rapeseed-based additive that can replace the formaldehyde traditionally used to manufacture wood composite panels. It's new....

Croda invests €18 million in Northern France

Britain’s Croda—creating, making and selling specialty chemicals worldwide—celebrates groundbreaking for a new alkoxylation facility at its site in Chocques.

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CHEMICALS & MATERIALS

Home to some of the biggest names in chemicals and materials, Northern France offers a diverse community of companies with complementary lines of business, structured around a competitiveness cluster that makes innovation a priority.

AT THE HEART OF THE CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS INDUSTRY

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Petrochemicals
  • Green chemistry
  • Plastics processing
  • Glass processing
  • Paper and cardboard processing

KEY FIGURES

  • a leader in the chemicals industry:
    125 businesses
    7,500 jobs
  • France’s 3rd-ranked plastics processing region:
    250 businesses
    10,500 jobs
  • France’s 3rd-ranked packaging region:
    7,000 jobs
    117 businesses

TOP COMPANIES—CHEMICALS

  • AstraZeneca Production
  • Calaire Chimie
  • Crayvalley
  • Filartois
  • Anios Laboratories 
  • Nalco France
  • Roquette Frères
  • Polimeri Europa
  • Tioxide Europe

TOP COMPANIES—PLASTICS PROCESSING

  • Faurecia
  • Flo Europe
  • Jokey France
  • Mecacorp
  • Nidaplast
  • Soplaril
  • Wipak

TOP COMPANIES—GLASS, PAPERBOARD AND PAPER

  • Arc International
  • Bormiolo Rocco France
  • Cartonnerie de Gondardennes
  • Cartons et Plastiques
  • O-I Manufacturing France
  • SICAL
  • Smurfit Kappa France SAS
  • VG Gossens

POWERED BY INNOVATION

RESEARCH CENTERS FOR CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS

  • UCCS (Unité de catalyse et de chimie du solide)
  • LCOM (Laboratoire de Chimie Organique et Macromoléculaire)
  • LASIR (Laboratoire de SpectroChimie Infrarouge et Raman)
  • IMMCL (Institut des Molécules et de la Matière Condensée de Lille: Institut Chevreul)
  • PC2A (Laboratoire de PhysicoChimie des Processus de Combustion et de l'Atmosphère)
  • INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)
  • LMCPA (Laboratoire des Matériaux Céramiques et Procédés Associés)
  • IEMN (Institut d’Electronique, de Microéléctronique et de Nanotechnologies)

CLOSE-UP: MATIKEM COMPETITIVENESS CLUSTER

Materials and applications for sustainable use

  • 3 AREAS OF INNOVATION
    Develop new products, processes and/or services
    Improve technical features of materials
    Integrate sustainable development into industry practices
  • 78 members
  • 250 laboratories
  • 3,500 researchers
  • 102 projects sponsored
  • €100 million in R&D spending

HIGHLY TRAINED LABOR POOL

KEY FIGURES

  • 6 million inhabitants
  • 33% of the population is under 25
  • 2nd-largest education cluster in France
  • 210,000 students: 9% of the total for France

TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR THE CHEMICALS INDUSTRY

  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL) — National Graduate School of Engineering Chemistry of Lille
  • Université Lille 1—Chemicals training and research unit (Ufr)
  • Ecole des Mines de Douai—Industrial engineering and research
  • Instituts Universitaire de Technologie (technical colleges)—Valenciennes, Béthune, Lille
  • Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale (ULCO)

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