Member type: Full Member (through Cefic) + RCLG
Chemical industry and life sciences
The sector represents more than a fifth of the turnover achieved by all Belgian manufacturing industry, nearly the half of the total R&D expenditures in the private sector in Belgium and more than 30% of total exports. The chemical and life sciences industry is the country’s second largest manufacturing sector and is a multifaceted sector including the following: organic and inorganic basic chemistry and fertilizers; parachemistry (paints, varnishes, printing inks, mastics, wood protection products; human and veterinary pharmaceuticals); greases and oils, soaps, detergents, cosmetics, perfume, toiletry and hygiene products, products for industry, agriculture and gardening; rubber and plastics processing; biotechnology; collection, treatment and recycling of waste; chemical engineering; research testing and analysis laboratories, and others.
essenscia, the federation of chemical industries and life sciences in Belgium, has about 700 members. Besides its competency centers dealing with federal issues , essenscia comprises three regional divisions and nearly 20 sector groups. This structure enables the optimization of services to member companies and supports their development.