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The port of Antwerp, an excellent location for chemical industry

Antwerp is located in Flanders, in the northern part of Belgium, and is the second biggest city in Belgium.
During the early 1960's the Antwerp authorities developed the area to the north of the city for port, chemical and petrochemical operations. The port of Antwerp is now the largest petrochemical center in Europe. 

Facts and figures:

Belgium

- The chemical industry is responsible for more than 20 % of the turnover of the Belgian Manufacturing industry, and for more than one fifth of the Belgian exports.
- In chemicals Belgium has the highest specialization rating in the world.
- Eighty percent of the chemical production is exported.
- The chemical industry grew in average 4.3 % p.a. from 1986 -1999

Port of Antwerp

- Second largest port in Europe and the fourth largest port in the world.
- Four refineries
- Production share of the production in Europe

Share of the production in Europe

Ethylene

10 %

Propylene

13 %

Phenol

28%

Caprolactam

18%

Aniline

33%



- 52% of the total industrial traffic in and out of the port flows through pipelines.
- Large diversity of chemical products.

Chemicals available in the port of Antwerp

Base Chemicals Intermediate Other Chemicals

Methanol

Urea

Polypropylene

Ethylene

Ethylene Oxide

Sulfuric Acid

Propylene

Ethylene Glycol

Acrylic Acid

Butadiene

Ethyl Benzene

Aniline

Benzene

Styrene

Bisphenol A

Xylenes

Isopropanol

Caprolactam

Ammonia

Cumene

Hydrogen Peroxide

Toluene

Phenol

MEK

Chlorine

Acrylonitrile

MTBE

-

SB Rubber

Oxo-alcohols

-

MDI

PET

-

TDI

Titanium Dioxide

-

Phtalic Anhydride

ABS

-

PTA

Acetone

- -

Polycarbonates

-

-

Polyethylene

More information

Flanders Investment and Trade: Business Guide to investing in Flanders, Belgium. Explanation on legal issues, taxes, workforce and infrastructure.

Port of Antwerp: Extensive website issued by the port authority. Read about the facts and figures of the port and articles on regulations, and departures.

Antwerp Regional Development Agency: Find advice about environment, energy, town en country planning, technological innovation, incentives and location possibilities for industry and distribution.

   


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