Industrial Partners


AM-TEAM offers unique advanced 3D simulation services to optimise, design and scale-up water and wastewater treatment processes much faster and more effectively. 3D computational fluid dynamics are combined with process knowledge (particles, kinetics, bubbles, …) to produce highly accurate 3D models that allow virtual troubleshooting, virtual design and virtual piloting. These realistic models reduce, complement or replace physical experimenting while increasing testing flexibility and learning. AM-TEAM’s clients are water utilities, technology providers and consultants worldwide.



AQUAFIN was established by the Flemish Region in 1990, for the purpose of expanding, operating and pre-financing the wastewater treatment infrastructure in Flanders. The Flemish Environmental Holding is the sole shareholder in AQUAFIN. AQUAFIN collects household wastewater from the municipal sewers in collector sewers and transports it to wastewater treatment plants, where it is treated in accordance with European and Flemish standards. Over a period of almost tirthy years, the company evolved from a new player in the sector into a many-faceted partner for all the actors involved in the implementation of an integrated water policy in Flanders.

The company’s strength is unmistakably in the combination of vision, expansion and management of the wastewater treatment infrastructure. The feedback between each of the steps makes it possible to have an integrated vision with respect to water treatment.

AQUAFIN is also a much sought after partner in research projects, both in Belgium and abroad, which are aimed at implementing the European Water framework directive.



Avecom (BE) is an innovative SME specialized in steering and optimizing microbial processes in environmental and industrial applications. Founded in 1995 as a spin-off company of LabMET (Ghent University), Avecom knows a yearly steady growth and expanding knowledge, research and production capacity.

Avecom has several products in portfolio ranging from products for improving performance of wastewater treatment plants (aerobic and anaerobic) and digesters over products for microbial fat removal to products for in-situ CVOC degradation in soils.

Apart from its own products, Avecom works in close collaboration with industrial companies for the research and development of new products and processes. Hereby Avecom takes care of the laboratory testing and furthermore supports the industrial company in the upscaling.

Last but not least, Avecom supports its costumers by labscale and pilotscale feasibility tests for wastewater treatment, digestion processes and soil remediation.

Avecom has two extend laboratories and a production facility which allows to perform R&D starting from preliminary lab testing to proven pilot scal applicability. Avecom has about 15 employees.

Cobalt Water Global

Cobalt Water Global offers a wealth of research and practical experience in the development of decision support frameworks and tools for diagnosing, optimizing, planning, and design of drinking water and wastewater systems. Cobalt Water Global applies this expertise specifically for developing and implementing TotalWATER decision support frameworks, including the integration of data management, artificial intelligence, mathematical modelling, and other tools for sustainable urban water planning and operations.

Cobalt Water Global specializes in sustainable water management and development in cities. We leverage our deep knowledge of both urban water systems, modelling, and AI to help water utilities, industries, and buildings take Climate Action through smarter decisions for how they treat, transport, use, and reuse water in cities. 

De Watergroep

De Watergroep is the largest water company in Flanders (Belgium). We serve 3.2 million customers in 177 towns via a 34,000-kilometre network of pipes. De Watergroep’s total drinking water production amounts to 130 million m³ on an annual basis. De Watergroep invests in high-quality drinking water. We trace the quality of our drinking water from source to tap. And we make sure that we are prepared for any challenges with which we might be confronted. This is why we invest in our infrastructure, in new technology and in the expertise of our specialist staff.

De Watergroep is also a designer of tailor-made water projects for business. The Industry & Services business unit offers customised services, usually implemented in the form of DBFO contracts (Design, Build, Finance & Operate). Based on the sources available, we look for the most suitable way to achieve the water quality and quantity required.

Together with its expert partner Aquafin, De Watergroep has also built up a strong position in the field of waste water management. Together we have set up a business unit – Riopact – which supports cities and municipalities in achieving the objectives of the European Water Framework Directive. Riopact offers various services, ranging from a comprehensive package in which the entire sewage infrastructure is taken over, to specific services customised for individual cities and communities.

Our mission: " We make water with a customised service. Today, for tomorrow’s generation."

Dow Chemical

Dow Benelux B.V. is a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, which is a EUR 54.2 billion sales global chemical company, with EUR 18.3 billion sales in Europe. Corporate annual R&D expenditure was EUR 1.647 million for 2014. 788 R&D employees are located in Europe of which 138 in Terneuzen. Dow Benelux B.V. is responsible for nearly half of the total of Dow Europe sales and represents about 15% of The Dow Chemical Company.

Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agricultural.

The company strongly emphasises sustainability in its manufacturing and R&D strategy. It has been a participant and coordinator of 49 EU framework programme projects in the last 20 years. It brings significant experience in project management and polymeric materials development.

The R&D organisation has access to fully equipped testing laboratories, pilot plants and market development units

Evides Industrywater

Evides Industriewater is the leading water partner for industry in the Benelux. With a focus on the (petro)chemical and food industry, we focus on custom-made in water: complete customized water services. This means that we supply different qualities of process water on the basis of DBFO contracts (Design, Build, Finance & Operate). We purify waste water and apply water reuse on behalf of our customers. With an eye for innovation and forward thinking. With the aim of providing reliable and secure solutions. Always with an attitude that allows you to rely on the water expertise of an organization that specializes in developing customized solutions that you benefit.


Since 1923, the multi-service company FARYS|TMVW plays an important public role in providing drinking water more than 600.000 customers in Belgium. Annually, about 85.000.000 m³ is produced and distributed throughout a network of large collectors, reservoirs, water towers, pumping stations and smaller distribution piping.

While drinking water distribution remains its core activity, FARYS produces process water for the industry, tailored to the customer’s need, and delivers other services to mainly public organizations as well. As such, FARYS provides local sewage water collection, transport and treatment, management of sports facilities and general support.

The laboratory of FARYS is a BELAC-certified drinking water laboratory, dedicated to the analysis of all microbiological, organic and inorganic compounds in the drinking water legislation. The R&D initiatives of FARYS are focused on finding a strategic answer to the challenges of climate change and to secure drinking water supply for the future. As such, FARYS continuously strives for further improvement of (online) smart water quality monitoring, and strongly supports technological innovation that increases the efficiency in water (re)use within the circular economy. FARYS participates in decentralized wastewater treatment projects and the development of resource recovery technology.

Nijhuis Industries

Nijhuis Industries delivers ‘solid solutions in a fluid world’ as a response towards a greener economy. We provide an unique portfolio of smart game-changing solutions in sustainable water use and resource recovery combined with our i-SERVICES to create profit out of organic waste and (waste)water. To accommodate customer requirements, Nijhuis offers a number of customized solutions including a variety of project delivery methods to meet today’s challenges, as well those of the future, across a wide range of industries and municipalities in today’s ‘fluid’ world. With more than 2400 references sites and activities in over 110 countries around the globe, it is our ambition to help customers and deliver solutions to:

  • reduce the amount of (waste)water;
  • reuse treated effluent or process water;
  • recover water and resources from organic waste and (waste)water.

Our ‘glocalized’ solutions are developed by multi-disciplinary teams of over 240 water specialists, combining the experience of our global engineering and research activities and the knowledge and skills of our local service providers and business partners.

    Organic Waste Systems (OWS)

    Organic Waste Systems (OWS) is a world leading company in the construction and operation of anaerobic digestion plants, in the biodegradability and compostability testing of different types of materials, and in waste management consultancy.

    OWS is a private company under Belgian law, constituted in 1988. The headquarters of the company are in Gent (Belgium) with subsidiaries in the US, Germany & Japan.

    The three main activities of the companies are:

    • Construction of anaerobic digestion plants
    • Biogas consulting & support
    • Biodegradation testing and waste management consultancy

    OWS has developed several digestion processes (DRANCO and SORDISEP, amongst others) and offers lab & consulting services to various clients from the public and private sector. Consulting services are offered in the field of biodegradation and compostability, waste composition, waste separation, recycling, integrated waste management and related legislation in both Europe and the U.S. OWS also provides contract research laboratory testing for the determination of the biodegradability and compostability of plastics, packaging materials, consumer products, detergents, etc. under strict quality conditions.


    Paques helps companies and municipalities contribute to the major challenges of today: to reduce their water and carbon footprings and reclaim valuable resources.

    Paques does this byh developing ingenious anaerobic water purification systems that produce energy from wastewater, whilst purifying the water and facilitating water reuse. The biogas produced in the purifying process is a source of green energy, a field of emerging interest worldwide.

    Since the introduction of Paques' first BIOPAQ® reactor in 1982, close cooperation with its partners has resulted in an extensive portfolio for integrated water and gas treatment. All systems are designed and installed to fit the customer's specific needs, either integrated with existing treatment systems or as stand-alone solutions.

    Paques' technologies have proven to be cost-effective and reliable solutions and the website contains many case references that establish that claim.


    Pidpa was founded in 1913 as a drinking water production and distribution company. Today it provides drinking water for 1.2 million residents and companies in the Province of Antwerp. Pidpa provides these 500,000 customers with over 57 million m³ of drinking water per year by means of its 12 groundwater production centers, 26 extraction facilities, 29 booster stations and  a network of supply pipes of 12,600 km. Particular specialisms include iron removal (both biologically and physiochemically), softening, quality assurance, GIS and monitoring, and remote equipment control via SCADA.

    Pidpa is also actively involved in sewerage management since 2005: i.e.  managing, maintaining and renovating the municipal sewer network; installing and repairing of service pipes; cleaning storm drains; managing canals; managing, maintaining and operating the pumping stations, the municipal purification plants and individual purificiation systems, and finally developping a complete databank of the municipal sewer network.Pidpa guarantees 24/7 service availability, from drink water supply issues to sewerage management.

    Raising awareness of water issues is the company’s third pillar, mainly through targeted drinking water campaigns, the Hidrodoe water activity centre ( and HidroPLUS (

    Finally, Pidpa  offers a wide range of water services, including required inspections (of drinking water branches and waste water connections), water audits, water monitoring, legionella management, pressure readings and temporary public water access points. Cities and municipalities can count on extra services such as rainwater facility inspection, fire hydrant  signalization and inspection, and both underground and above-ground water access points.


    Advanced Waste Water Solutions B.V. (AWWS) was founded in 2008 by managing director Angelo de Mul. AWWS is a growing company with expertise in wastewater treatment for the industrial, agricultural, communal and maritime sector. At AWWS, we focus on the development, engineering and assembly of innovative water treatment technologies. Furthermore, we perform our own commissioning and service, also acting as an advisor in sustainable water management. For all these activities, AWWS has its own research laboratory, piloting facilities and assembly hall, and often works in close collaboration with our industrial partners, universities and other knowledge institutions. As a business developer, AWWS has the expertise and experience to develop and introduce commercial prducts to the market. In 2014, AWWS was the first company in Europe with a certified biological water treatment for cruise ships. For difficult wastewater, as for example hospital water, AWWS has a patented solution.

    Our goal is to provide sustainable water treatments, meanwhile reducing water treatment costs and closing loops.


    Sibelco is a global leader in material solutions and sources, transforms and distributes an extensive portfolio of specialty industrial minerals. Sibelco’s solutions support the progress of modern life and serve industries as diverse as glass, ceramics, construction, coatings, polymers, metals, agriculture and water purification. In addition, Sibelco is a majority shareholder in Covia, a leading NYSE-listed provider of minerals and material solutions for the industrial and energy markets in North America. The Sibelco Group generated revenue of EUR 3.5 bn in 2018 and operates 179 production sites in 31 countries, with a team of some 9,000 people.


    Today Umicore is a global materials technology and recycling group, with more than 14,000 employees in 38 countries and a turnover of €9.8 billion.


    Umicore generates the majority of its revenues from clean technologies, such as recycling, emission control catalysts, materials for rechargeable batteries and photovoltaics. Umicore’s overriding goal of sustainable value creation is based on an ambition to develop, produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfils its mission: materials for a better life.

    W&F Technologies

    W&F Technologies BV is a company specialized in the development of (bio)electrochemical systems for water treatment, energy and resource recovery and bioelectrosynthesis. We work together with various research partners to bring (bio)electrochemical systems to market.

    W&F Technologies BV launched her activities in 2016 as a spinoff of MAGNETO special anodes BV and research institute Wetsus. Our mission is to develop and provide crucial innovative technology required to recover valuable energy and resources from both industrial and domestic process- and wastewaters. All our technologies intend to contribute to a more circular economy. Our technologists have a lot of experience in water treatment, (bio)electrochemical engineering, biotechnology and electrocatalysis.

    W&F Technologies BV is located in a historical building in Zevenbergen and in ecological community Arneco in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

    Waterschap Brabantse Delta

    Waterschap Brabantse Delta is the regional authority responsible for water management of part of the province of Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.





    Waterschap De Dommel

    Waterschap De Dommel is the regional authority responsible for water management of the Dommel river basin in the south-eastern part of the province of Brabant, The Netherlands. The working are is approx. 1.540 km² with near 1 million inhabitants. Tasks include river quantity and quality management, flood protection, river restoration, sewage transport and wastewater treatment.

    Waterschap De Dommel is the water partner in Middle-Brabant. Along with others, we work on dry feet, sufficient and clean water. We actively contribute to a healthy, beautiful, safe, natural and sustainable living environment. An environment where people like to live, work and recreate with good conditions for entrepreneurs. We are a modern functional Government, always aware of what society asks of us. Our approach is entrepreneurial, innovative and of high quality. We realize our goals at the lowest possible social costs, with an optimal balance between people, environemnt and economy.


    Witteveen+Bos is a company based in the Netherlands that provides consultancy and engineering services in the fields of infrastructure, water, the environment, spatial development and construction. Its multidisciplinary approach to projects is the distinctive feature of the way of working. Clients are governmental, commercial and industrial organisations, including various types of joint ventures and public-private partnerships. Witteveen+bos serves clients from six offices in the Netherlands and ten international offices. The prime consideration is to provide the client with the best solution without losing sight of the social context. Witteveen+Bos devises feasible and acceptable concepts and designs solutions that are technically practicable and reliable. Building, financing and managing the works are matters that are left to other market parties with whom we partner to provide top-class total solutions.

    Witteveen+Bos has a workforce of almost 1,000 specialists. The four Business Lines represent the fields of expertise: Delta’s, Coasts and Rivers / Infrastructure and Mobility / Energy, Water and Environment / Built Environment