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BASF invests €1M on its Gravelines site

BASF Agri-Production is a subsidiary of the German group BASF, which produces most of the crop protection products marketed by BASF France’s Agro division. The Gravelines plant is expanding its production...

Liberty House moves to acquire Aluminium Dunkerque

GFG Alliance—the holding company for Liberty House—is set to acquire the Aluminium Dunkerque plant in Hauts-de-France for $500 million, and the British group is already planning more investments.

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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)