ARC CBBC is a joint research center for the industry and key knowledge institutes, exchanging state-of-the-art knowhow, ideas and infrastructures. 

“ARC CBBC is a perfect example of long term Public Private Partnership that equally benefits the government, private companies and researchers and it gives us important options for solving our societal challenges and competitiveness.”  
Jasper Wesseling, Deputy DG for Enterprise and Innovation at the Ministry of Economic Affairs


AkzoNobel is a leading global producer of paints, coatings, and specialty chemicals. AkzoNobel has several production and research facilities in the Netherlands, among which Specialty Chemicals in Deventer for industrial chemicals, polymer chemistry, and surface chemistry, as well as Decorative Paints and Performance Coatings in Sassenheim. Read more


Royal Dutch Shell has been at the forefront of developments in fuel technology. Much of this research has been conducted at the Shell Technology Center in Amsterdam, which has pioneered important chemical processes and products, including gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology and the Shell Coal Gasification Process. Read more


At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 112,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015. Read more

Utrecht University

Utrecht University, founded in 1636, is an international research university of the highest quality and the alma mater of many leading names, academics and scientists who have made an important contribution to the quality of society. With its chosen research themes of Sustainability, Life Sciences, Institutions, and Dynamics of Youth, the University contributes to solving issues such as climate change, infectious diseases, the aging population, social cohesion, and security. Read more

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. By providing high-quality education and research in a broad range of disciplines, they distinguish themselves in the international market. The university has a strong focus on Energy, Healthy Ageing, and Sustainable Society. Read more


TU/e is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Their excellent education, research, and knowledge valorization contribute to the major societal issues and boost prosperity and welfare by focusing on Energy, Health, and Smart Mobility. Read more


The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) supports a strong system of sciences in the Netherlands by encouraging quality and innovation in science. NWO's conviction is that scientific research contributes to our prosperity and well-being and that it provides for our growing need for knowledge: for facing societal challenges, for economic development, and for a better understanding of ourselves and the world. Read more

Top Sector Chemistry

Chemistry is one of the nine priority sectors in the Netherlands. The chemistry sector is already very strong in the Netherlands. It is the ambition of the Top Sector Chemistry to lead the Netherlands towards a leading international position in chemistry, e.g. in the fields of green chemistry, sustainability, and smart functional materials. Read more

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

The Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs promotes the Netherlands as a country of enterprise with a strong international competitive position and an eye for sustainability. It is committed to creating an excellent entrepreneurial business climate – by creating the right conditions and giving entrepreneurs room to innovate and grow; by paying attention to nature and the living environment; by encouraging cooperation between research institutes and businesses. Read more



InnovatieLink encourages the technologies that are part of the Top Sector Policy of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. In practice these technologies often include a wide range of SMEs and knowledge institutions. One example is the development of new (bio)plastics. Not just the making of these plastics, but also the processing of these materials into semi manufactured and new products. Read more