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Converting captured CO2 into high-quality polyester textile fibres and into valuable raw materials for use in packaging and car parts. French start-up Fairbrics intends to further refine this pioneering technology at BlueChem, the incubator for sustainable chemistry in Antwerp. The company today inaugurated a unique pilot lab there to scale up the complex chemical process to industrial levels. After UK company Aquature earlier this year, it is already the second international company to decisively choose BlueChem to make the crucial leap from the lab to industrial applications with sustainable innovations.

Founded in Paris in 2019, Fairbrics has spent the last few years developing a process to convert captured CO2 into raw materials for textiles, packaging and the automotive sector. For example, it can produce high-quality polyester, a widely used material for clothing production. To do this, Fairbrics uses a circular production process, based on molecular chemistry and powered by renewable energy, which means that CO2 is no longer emitted but is a sustainable alternative to replace fossil feedstock.

At BlueChem, Fairbrics has set up a test laboratory to further refine and demonstrate the industrial scale-up of this promising technology. The first innovation steps have been taken in France in recent years, but Fairbrics thus intends to take the decisive step towards the industrial and commercial production phase at BlueChem. There are also plans to build a demonstration plant in the pilot hall of neighbouring pre-incubator BlueApp. This illustrates the complementarity of the two incubators, which focus on sustainable chemistry and circular materials.

After several years of intensive research in Paris, we are now taking an important next step by further scaling up our unique first-of-its-kind technology here at BlueChem in Antwerp. In our pilot lab, we will test and fine-tune prototypes to make our breakthrough innovation in converting CO2 into high value feedstock cost effective and industrially applicable. Fairbrics fits perfectly among the other start-ups working at BlueChem to develop materials and processes that are eco-friendly, energy-efficient, circular and climate-neutral.
Benoît Illy
CEO and co-founder Fairbrics

International appeal

The innovative power of BlueChem is also gaining international appeal. This year, two leading foreign start-ups have already chosen to settle in the incubator for sustainable chemistry. In addition to Fairbrics, Aquature is a British company specialising in an innovative water treatment technology that removes CO2 from wastewater and captures it for reuse as a raw material. The fact that two international clean & climate tech companies have chosen BlueChem is also thanks to the intensive collaboration between Flanders Investment & Trade, the City of Antwerp, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, BlueChem (industry federation essenscia, City of Antwerp, POM Antwerp and VITO) and BlueApp (University of Antwerp), among others.

Within Flanders Investment and Trade, our mission is to attract innovative companies like Fairbrics who will accelerate Flanders’ transition towards a carbon-circular industry. Fairbric’s technology is a game changer whereby carbon is no longer a problem but a solution. By connecting them to the right actors within our ecosystem we supported them to become part of the largest and most specialized chemical cluster in Europe.
Joy Donné
CEO Flanders Investment & Trade
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