Foreign Investments Europe Farmers as the new suppliers for chemical industry
The natural gas supply is nearly exhausted, and therefore an increasing number of companies are signing contracts with arable farmers. They are regarded as the new suppliers of raw materials for the chemical industry and other sectors.
At an event organised by NOM, the Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands, top man Jos Keurentjes from AKZO Nobel reported that the developments are not always visible, but they are nevertheless taking place incredibly fast. Chemicals can now also be extracted from beetroot or potatoes.
AKZO Nobel is currently in the process of developing green raw materials. Keurentjes has a vision of a society where waste no longer exists. He therefore regards CO2 as a raw material. In the years to come, tens of millions of Euros will be invested in the Netherlands in making new products from vegetable material and waste.