Sustainable investments in the chemicals sector. How do these affect employment

Posted on 01/11/2017


“Flanders is a world leader in the chemicals and plastics sector, and the demand for sustainable chemical products will only increase in the years to come”, according to Frank Beckx, Managing Director of Essenscia Flanders. What does that mean for our country’s employment landscape?

Especially startups and small businesses will benefit from the sustainable investments in the chemicals sector. That was one of the most important messages to emerge from the second Chemistry edition of Upcycle your business transformation, a roadshow by 3W Executive Interim Management and the Business Angel Coaches Network, together with VITO.

Attracting the right talent

“Recruiting the right staff is one of the biggest challenges for today’s chemicals sector”, Frank Beckx continues. “Working digitally and working in teams are important skills given the growing complexity of the matter. Unfortunately, however, we tend to attract mainly foreign talent at the moment.”

“Without the influx of new talent, the sector is incapable of innovating sustainably. That’s why we should promote STEM education for Belgian adolescents. We have to inspire them and show them that they can contribute to a better society by working in the chemicals sector, for instance helping to find a solution to climate change”, Frank explains.

New business models

“In addition, we need to invent new business models and to stimulate entrepreneurship in the chemicals sector”, VITO’s Bert Bouwman adds.

Testimonials participants

Corinne Reynders – Managing Director Business Angel Coaches Network

The chemicals sector’s opportunities lie with small businesses and startups.

Piet Verbelen – Entrepreneur, Leader, Change Manager & Business Coach at Strik Consulting

The chemicals sector has the important task of getting people involved in the transition, stimulating bottom-up entrepreneurship.

Bart De Meue – Business Partner Chemie 3W Excecutive Interim Management

Chemistry is an important segment in Belgium and there are plenty of innovations in the pipeline, so I’m confident that we will maintain our leading position.

Dirk De Cock – Managing Director Demco bvba

Sustainability is high on the agenda for the chemicals sector.

Next editions

Would you like to know more about this series of meetings organized by 3W Executive Interim Management, VITO and the Business Angel Coaches Network? We have three more Upcycle your business transformation roadshow events planned, focusing on Materials, Health & Life Science, and Smart Human Capital. Both content experts and (interim) managers with experience in the field will be invited as speakers.