Founded in 1919, essenscia, the Belgian cross-sectoral federation of the chemical and life sciences industries, represents and promotes the interests of nearly 800 companies in the chemical and life sciences sector.

Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences
BluePoint Brussels 
Boulevard A. Reyers 80
T + 32 2 238 97 11
1030 Bruxelles
Gert Verreth
Head of Communication
T + 32 2 238 99 12
Mobile phone + 32 477 46 42 27
Hans Casier
Yves Verschueren
Foundation date 
22/05/1919. Non-for-profit organization since 23/05/1928
Total number of employees of member companies 
About 90.000
Twitter: @essenscia_fr en @essenscia_nl


Hans Casier, President
Yves Verschueren, CEO

essenscia comprises about 20 trade sections which represent and promote interests specific to their sector of activities, including the following: base organic and mineral chemicals and fertilisers; chemical processes (paints, varnishes, printing inks, wood preservatives); pharmaceutical and veterinary products; oils and fats, soaps, detergents, cosmetics, hygienic products and toiletries; miscellaneous products for industry, agriculture and horticulture); rubber and plastic processing; biotechnology; waste collection, processing and recycling; chemical engineering; research, analytical and test laboratories.

Issues of common interest that fall within the competence of regional and community authorities are dealt with by three regional sections, namely essenscia Brussels, essenscia Flanders and essenscia Wallonia.

essenscia represents the sector and its member companies in dozens of associations nationally and internationally. It is engaged in an ongoing, frank and open dialogue with all stakeholders to improve social acceptance of the industry and increase recognition of its valuable role.

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