Europe’s future chem industry

The European Chemical Industry (Cefic) launched last week its latest sustainability vision project, the F3 Factory, under the EU Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem).

Ceficand its partner EuropaBio created the multi-stakeholder SusChem in2004, which aims to boost innovation in chemistry geared towardssustainability.

The EU-funded F3 Factory will allow faster, moreefficient and more flexible production, using techniques such asprocess intensification (PI) to design the chemical factory of thefuture, said SusChem.

SusChem Chairman Rodney Townsend said “Wewelcome the launch of the F3 Factory – another example of the SusChemapproach – and thank the companies and the EU for their support. If theF3 production model were extended on a broader scale, massive savingsin cost and energy could be made – almost 4 billion euro according tothe consortium”.

The project is scheduled to run forfour years estimated at EUR30m, EUR18m of which will be provided by theEU government through its 7th Framework Programme (FP7). A demo plantand development center will be constructed in Chempark Leverkusen,Germany, which is scheduled to begin in late 2009/early 2010, and becompleted by 2011.

According to the consortium, the EuropeanChemical industry could reduce costs by about EUR 3.75 billion ($5.19billion) just by switching existing production facilities over to theF3 Factory concept.

Some of the chemical companies included inthe consortium include Arkema, AstraZeneca, BASF, Bayer TechnologyServices, Evonik Degussa, Rhodia, and Procter & Gamble.

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