The ecosystem building blocks
Our sugar and dairy industry already had successful cooperation between agricultural and processing companies, where maximum value was extracted from sugar beet and milk in the form of sugar, a range of dairy products and animal feed. The waste streams served as raw materials for the cardboard industry.
Thus the grain-processing industries, the potato-processing businesses of Avebe and the sugar factory of Royal Cosun - important building blocks of today’s biochemical ecosystem - were founded. The discovery of salt, the opening of a soda factory and a nylon factory were powerful impulses for the region. The discovery of natural gas in 1959 accelerated the development of industry.
Companies and universities worked together intensively and raised the industry to a higher plan; fundamental and applied research by the universities of applied sciences and the university encouraged the development of Chemport Europe. They work even more closely together with bio-based companies since they entered into a new alliance known as BERNN. Today, Chemport Europe is the unique ecosystem for the continued development of green chemistry for decades to come.
W.A. Scholten started up 24 factories in the area of potato flour, potato malt wine, strawboard, sugar and peat litter.
The incorporation of the fourth sugar cooperative, via CSM the predecessor of the biotechnology company Corbion.
Incorporation of the Aardappel Zetmeel Verkoopbureau, the predecessor of Avebe.
Construction of a nylon factory Algemene Kunstzijde Unie (AKU), predecessor of AkzoNobel in Emmen.
Start Salt, Soda and Chlorine production in Delfzijl.
Discovery of the largest natural gas field in West Europe under the Province of Groningen.
Pilot plant for super-strong fibre ‘Twaron’ in Emmen.
Avebe/Solanic is the first to manage to extract high-grade protein from potato juice.
First large-scale biomethanol production by BioMCN.
Designated as European best-practice region for ‘sustainable chemicals’.
The Dutch chemist Prof Dr Ben Feringa (RUG) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.