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Dutch multinational is looking for innovative technologies for turning liquids into free-flowing powders in a more efficient and sustainable way




The Dutch multinational company is a major producer of specialty chemicals. For many applications these products are supplied as a dry, free-flowing powder.
The properties are highly dependent on the drying process. The company is looking for more advanced product technology and new approaches to make the production of powder products more efficient.
Cooperation would be in the frame of a research-, a technical cooperation agreement or a commercial agreement with technical assistance.


The company produces various products in the liquid phase which are supplied to the market as a powder. For many applications the customers require these products to be dry, non-hygroscopic, and free-flowing.
Examples of these products are:
- Powders which are dried emulsions that can be redispersed in water, restoring the product properties of the
original liquid
- Chelates and micronutrients which are used in applications such as household cleaning and agriculture
- A range of personal care products
The performance and ease of handling of these materials are highly dependent on the drying process. These drying processes include techniques like precipitation, crystallization, and spray drying.
Converting a liquid to a powder often involves multiple process steps in order to get the desired properties. Final product properties depend on structure, particle size, and particle shape. Given increasing demand for more advanced product technology, traditional drying techniques no longer provide the complete answer and new approaches are required to keep meeting the needs of the customers.
The company is looking to further optimize their drying processes in terms of waste, energy, storage stability of the powder, and sustainability. They are also open to radically new approaches. Irrespective of the drying technique used, final products need to meet certain specification and performance criteria after drying, such as bulk density, particle size distribution, and flowability.

Both process and chemical modification approaches are in scope, provided they are cost-effective.

The company is not looking for new suppliers of standard drying technologies.

Cooperation with partners would be in the frame of a research cooperation agreement, a technical cooperation agreement or a commercial agreement with technical assistance.

· Contribution to sustainability: Energy saving or contribution to the no-waste vision; chemical solutions should contribute to the sustainability profile of the end product
· Economically feasibility and capability of being retro-fitted to existing facilities
. Fit to current technologies and markets of the company
. Impact of the idea in the short term (revenue, quality, scalability, time to market, etc.); technology should be ready to be implemented on a large industrial scale within 2 to 3 years
· Quality and maturity of the team

This technology request is an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform until March 10-th 2018. If an organisation does express interest in cooperation with this firm before that date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform on which one can get in touch via a chat function with the company. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential.
Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After March 10-th, the firm will select the SME's with the most promising solutions for a 3-day collaborative event in which they bring in all relevant experts needed.

The challenge offers several support awards in the fields of entrepreneurship and/or chemistry.

Once the challenge is closed, EOI's for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.

Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: Solutions are sought that fit a range of technologies that can be used to make the production of the dry powder products more efficient. The technology should cover one or more of the following aspects: crystallization control, particle size and shape control, or particle hygroscopicity control.
Both process and chemical modification approaches are in scope, provided they are cost-effective.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Type of partners: SME’s and other innovators with a focus on sustainability and active in developing new technologies for turning liquids into powders.

Type of collaboration and role of partners:
The Dutch multinational wants to work together i.e. jointly develop new technology as equal partners, under shared Intellectual Property conditions, this could be in the form of:
- A commercial agreement with technical assistance
- A technical cooperation agreement
- A research cooperation agreement

Development Stage:

Available for demonstration - More stages of development are open and welcome for the challenge: Already on the market, Available for demonstration, Concept Stage, Field Tested / Evaluated, Prototype available for demonstration

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Industrial Manufacture \ Materials \ Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Industrial Manufacture / Drying / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Industrial Manufacture / Mixing (powder, etc.), separation (sorting, filtering) / OTHER INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES / Chemical Technology and Engineering / Special chemicals, intermediates
Manufacture of other chemical products n.e.c.
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS / Chemicals and Materials / Other speciality materials / INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS / Chemicals and Materials / Other speciality chemicals


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