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This enables the project consortium to demonstrate a promising technology to lower CO2 footprint of the iron and steel industry. Preenen: “At the core of this project is a material produced by Kisuma, that is incredibly effective in removing CO2 from gas streams. This means that gas emitted in the normal iron and steel making process can be re-used as carbon-free fuel. In an associated example, we are working with Stena Line to implement this clean-burning fuel in ferries, replacing the fossil fuels currently in use. It would be wonderful if this technology could be rolled out more, a lot depends on national legislation, but we definitely feel a change is needed.”

Coating Another application of Kisuma’s products to mention specifically is that of a new and more eco-friendly anti-corrosion pigment. Slagt: “The coating industry is

looking for new anti-corrosion pigments that possibly could replace less environmentally benign pigments currently used. With our strategy of co-creation, we are working with large paint manufacturers to develop a material that suits their needs.”

Pharmacy and dietary supplement A different application for the company’s magnesium based products can be found on the shelves of pharmacies and supermarkets: as a dietary supplement and as a drug. Preenen: “As a matter of fact, 50 per cent of our parent company’s turnover comes from sales to the pharmaceutical industry. Our pharmaceutical ingredients are used to treat gastric acid and as laxatives. Magnesium is also a popular ingredient in food supplements, because it’s an essential mineral nutrient for every cell type in living organisms and it’s hard to get your daily quota from food alone. That’s

why we also work with food supplement manufacturers, who use our magnesium products as intermediate goods.”

Future As for the future of Kisuma, Preenen and Slagt are excited. Slagt: “As a Japanese company, we are all about long and enduring relationships, working together and being able to supply our products ‘Any Place, Any Time, Any Quantity’. We are and hope to remain the market leader in hydrotalcites for plastics and elastomers for decades to come. However, the ambitions of Kisuma and our parent company go beyond our current markets. With a constant focus on finding new applications for our current and to-be-developed products, we are always open for new initiatives and collaboration.” Web: www.kisuma.com

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Discover Benelux, Issue 49, January 2018  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Discover Benelux, Issue 49, January 2018  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.