Oleochemicals & Surfactants

The oleochemicals & surfactants cluster is a concrete example of a value-chain cluster.

Oleochemicals are chemicals derived from vegetable oils and animal fats via chemical or enzymatic reactions. Some of them (glycerol and alcohols) are also produced from petrochemical feedstock.

Oleochemicals are used as raw materials or intermediates in a variety of products such as  detergents, cosmetics, lubricants, paints, plastics and numerous other everyday products.

Whilst oleochemicals have their own specific applications, they are also derivatized into surfactants.

Surfactants are smart chemicals that benefit our lives in many different ways even though most of the time they are completely invisible to us. Their versatility makes them key to both the quality of modern life and many different industries such as  home care, personal care, health care, crop care, industrial & institutional cleaning and various other markets.


Chantal De Cooman


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