NextGen District invites innovators to bring their vision to life. To design, develop and execute projects that initiate real change. From linear to circular. From factories to networks. From using to reusing. Something for you?

NextGen District in Antwerpen is een broedplaats voor innovatieve, duurzame en circulaire chemie en is de nieuwe hub voor circulaire economie.

Groundbreaker. Innovator. It's up to you.

A cleaner, greener world for all of us. Dream or do? It's up to you. And you get to plot the course.
We need pioneers. We need entrepreneurial innovators who show us that we can achieve our goal by challenging the status quo and fighting for a world without climate change.

Join a vibrant network

Discover the NextGen District network. A hotspot bustling with new ideas and creative entrepreneurship. A world-class logistics services centre resting on the strong shoulders of skilled workers. Situated in the heart of Europe, with excellent multimodal connections. Your new base?

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Registration

Interested candidates can register until Friday 19 January 2024. You will also receive all additional information at that time.

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Any questions?

Do you have specific questions about the award procedure? Please submit the form below. Questions can be submitted until Friday 19 January 2024.

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Award procedure and supporting documents

In the request for project proposals you will find all the details about the site and its specifications, as well as information about the requirements that you must meet as a potential concessionaire and the way you can submit a project proposal.

This bundle contains an explanation of the procedure covering how to submit a project proposal for the concession.

Request for project proposal NextGen District

3/1/2024
This bundle contains an explanation of the procedure covering how to submit a project proposal for the concession.
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Annex to the survey bundle containing the concession plan.

Concession plan NextGen District

19/1/2024
Annex to the survey bundle containing the concession plan.
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Annex to the survey bundle of permitted plants and shrubs. (Dutch only)

Allowed plants and shrubs

24/7/2023
Annex to the survey bundle of permitted plants and shrubs. (Dutch only)
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Annex to the survey bundle with the declaration concerning the processing of personal data. (Dutch only)

Notification of personal data processing

28/3/2023
Annex to the survey bundle with the declaration concerning the processing of personal data. (Dutch only)
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Annex to the survey bundle with the special conditions.

Special Conditions

22/12/2023
Annex to the survey bundle with the special conditions.
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Annex to the survey bundle on Life Cycle Analysis.

LCA-TOOL

22/12/2023
Annex to the survey bundle on Life Cycle Analysis.
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Hotspot for pioneers

NextGen District will host a number of interesting players within the circular industry:

Plug

Plug, a US hydrogen solutions provider will build a green hydrogen production plant. Using a combination of locally produced solar and wind energy and purchased green electricity, it will produce 12,500 tonnes of liquid and gaseous green hydrogen per year for the European market

Tijdens een persconferentie in New York (en in kader van Belgische handelsmissie in VS) op 8 juni 2022 zetten Plug Power en Ekopak hun handtekening samen met Port of Antwerp-Bruges om een concessieovereenkomst af te sluiten op NextGen District. De projecten van deze pioniers, een groene waterstoffabriek en een vooruitstrevende waterfabriek, leveren een essentiële bijdrage aan de circulariteit in de haven.

TripleHelix

The TripleHelix project SurePUre is a pilot factory for the recycling of polyurethane foam and PET dishes, which are converted into polyols. These pure chemicals can then be reused, for example in the production of new polyurethane products. The factory will be fully circular and self-sufficient in terms of energy.

 

TripleHelix contribution' contribution to the circular economy makes Port of Antwerp-Bruges a sustainable business platform.

Triple Helix

Bolder Industries

Bolder Industries' proprietary material science process repurposes the chemicals in end-of-life tires for rubber, plastic, and petrochemicals supply chains and their new product outputs. 

 

In this recovery process, 98% of the tire's materials are utilized and 75% of the solids and liquids make their way back into new tires, manufactured rubber goods, and plastics.

Bolder Industries

Ekopak

With the Waterkracht Project, Ekopak will install a progressive water plant that will convert the wastewater from the inhabitants of Antwerp treated by Aquafin into the much higher quality level of sustainable cooling water that the companies in the port can reuse. 

 

At full capacity, the plant will produce up to 3,000m³/hr of sustainable cooling and process water so that minimum 20 billion litres of wastewater can be reused on an annual basis.

Ekopak

PureCycle

PureCycle Technologies will build its first polypropylene recycling facility in Europe in the NextGen District. The new plant will have an annual capacity of 59,000 metric tons (130 million pounds), with opportunities to expand operations in the future since the 14-hectare plot can support up to four processing lines with a total capacity of ~240,000 metric tons (~500 million pounds) per year.

 

PureCycle Technologies' contribution to the circular economy makes Port of Antwerp-Bruges a sustainable business platform.

PureCycle

Integration of industrial and chemical cluster

NextGen District is located in an industrial environment, close to the largest integrated petrochemical cluster in Europe. This allows for interaction with existing companies and suppliers. This cluster-enhancing effect provides a competitive advantage to both new and existing businesses.

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Dries Van Gheluwe

Business Development Advisor

Marijn Janssens

Account Manager

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