Since 2017, in premises at the Nishoek industrial park in Kruiningen, BioBase Pack Europe, produces a - globally unique - fully biodegradable plastic from materials developed by parent company HemCell®, which had already established in Zeeland. HemCell® is the BV under which the various patents for the unique technology are registered
What is unique about products made from HemCell® bioplastics is that they do not have to be broken down in a factory (so-called "industrial composting"), but compost automatically when exposed to the outside air (they are cold compostable or home compostable). Within 6 to 12 months, depending on the thickness of the product, nothing remains of it. Moreover, the product has a business model that is competitive with conventional (petroleum-based) plastics.
"Thanks to the efforts of Impuls Zeeland and InnoGo! we were granted an OP-Zuid Kennischeque. With that money, we were able to do testing and research. We also received funding through InnoGo! and the Zeeuws Participatiefonds."
Support during business set up and financing
Nico Osse, director of HemCell® and BioBase Pack Europe: "Impuls Zeeland has helped with the establishment of the company, which included finding a suitable location and obtaining permits.
In addition, HemCell® bv was supported in the early stages of product development with funding from our InnoGo! fund, which supports innovative start-ups and SMEs. In 2017, Zeeuws Participatiefonds became an (indirect) shareholder in both HemCell® and BioBase Pack Europe through the so-called InCrowd Fund HemCell+ II bv, an equally innovative fund model of HemCell® itself.
Thanks to the efforts of Impuls Zeeland and InnoGo! we were granted an OP-Zuid Kennischeque. With that money, we were able to do testing and research. We also received funding through InnoGo! and the Zeeuws Participatiefonds."
"The value of Impuls Zeeland was enormous, because they offer direct access to the network. The collaboration was very smooth and friendly. Impuls Zeeland helps entrepreneurs like myself to achieve their goals."
In the video below, Nico Osse talks about the collaboration with two departments of Impuls Zeeland (for establishing a business and investing). And he talks about the advantages of doing business from within Zeeland.
Why Zeeland is the perfect location for Bio Base Pack Europe
"Bio Base Pack Europe is active all over the world, including in Asia. The plant in Zeeland is our most important factory, both in Europe and worldwide, as this is where the R&D takes place.
The advantage of this location in Zeeland is that there are virtually no traffic jams. We are ideally situated between the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.
For our staff, it is an advantage that they do not have to travel far. If we want to take on new staff in the future, we can draw on a large workforce in Terneuzen, which is there for the petrochemical industry, as well as in Vlissingen. I trust that many of those people would like to work for an innovative company like ours."
“Our plant in Zeeland is our most important factory, both in Europe and worldwide, as this is where the R&D takes place.”