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PIN-NL Raison d'etre and history

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PIN-NL’s mission is to transfer knowledge about process intensification to target groups in Dutch chemical, food and pharma companies, as well as knowledge institutes and schools. 


  1. Charter

The Association has become a formal legal entity in the fourth quarter of 2013 with its own Charter and Regulations.

According to the Charter the objective of the Association is:

a. Stimulating cooperation projects in the area of PI using existing options for funding

b. Disseminating and exchanging knowledge and experience about/with PI

c. Anchoring  PI als the most important building block for Sustainable Processes and of Sustainable Entrepeneurship in industry

  1. History

PIN-NL (the acronym for Process Intensification Network Netherlands) has been founded by RVO in April 1998. It kicked off with a well visited first PI-symposium for Dutch Chemical Industry in the Rotterdam Feijenoord Stadium. The Symposium was chaired by PIN-NL’s first Chairman prof.dr.ir. Henk van den Berg of Twente University. Whilst inside internationally renowned speakers were presenting their major achievements in PI, outside the First Team of Feijenoord entered the stadium for their normal daily training.

Many of those present on that day still remember quite well the astonished look on mr. Siirola’s face when the majority of the audience went to the big glass windows to enjoy the achievements of Feyenoords’s First Team….  This one day Symposium proved to be a great success since it put PI on the agenda and in the hearts and minds of the people working in Dutch Chemical Industry in one go.  

In the years that followed, prof. van den Berg organized numerous meetings for participants in chemical industry about PI in close cooperation with and supported by RVO. In 2006 dr.ir. Andrzej Stankiewicz took over from Henk. Stankiewicz progressed on the same path until he became the first Chair in Process Intensification in 2008 at Delft University. By that time PI had gained a significant momentum in the Netherlands, which resulted in the production of a European Roadmap for Process Intensification. This endeavor emerged from close cooperation between prof. Stankiewicz and a great number of Dutch chemical companies. Numerous workshops, meetings and intermediate presentations were held to organize as much industrial participation as possible.

The PI Roadmap not only acted as a guide for RD & I in Knowledge Institutes and companies but also paved the way for a new phenomenon that was strongly supported by the Dutch Association of Chemical Companies (VNCI): The PI Quick Scans and PI In Depth Scans. DSM contributed much to the success of these Scans by licensing its BluePRINT methodology (developed in-house by DSM in the years 2000 – 2007) to a group of four experts, being prof.dr.ir. A.A.H. Drinkenburg (Eindhoven University), prof.dr.ir. A.I. Stankiewicz (Delft University), prof.dr.ir. H. van den Berg (Twente University) and Ir. H.N. Akse (Traxxys Innovation & Sustainability).


This team executed 41 Quick Scans and 5 In  Depth Scans between 2007 and 2012. All Scans were performed under Secrecy Agreements. Quick Scan deliverables comprised identification of areas in customer processes where PI could potentially add a lot of value. In Depth Scan deliverables comprised conceptual process designs incorporating PI technologies within the framework of customer processes including associated Business Cases.


In 2010, Traxxys was asked to revive the PIN-NL activities, which had come to a standstill between 2008 – 2010 as a result of the intensive and substantial efforts that PIN-NL and prof. Stankiewicz had put into development and roll-out of the PI Roadmap. From that year on, Two Sessions per year have been held, 50% of the speakers being invited from abroad. On average, Spring and Autumn Sessions are visited by 30-40 people, most of whom are working in the process industries.  


The fourth quarter of 2014 saw the emerging cooperation between PIN-NL, two other similar knowledge networks, NLGUTS (Separation) and NWGD (Drying) and RVO. The first joint Session of NLGUTS and PIN-NL on intensified separation was held in the Spring of 2014; a second joint Session of PIN-NL, NLGUTS and NWGD on intensified separation and intensified drying will be organized on April 14th 2015. 



  1. Status


PIN-NL is a lively informal Community with 30 paying members (companies as well as individuals) and over 150 Associates, who visit PIN-NL Sessions on a regular basis. Meetings are held at PIN-NL’s home base in Amersfoort as well as on location (e.g. Sessions have been hosted by Zeton Enschede, AlgaeParc Wageningen University, Bronswerk Nijkerk and ECN Petten). There is ample time to have informal discussions with participants, sharing thoughts and ideas about PI and other stuff.


PIN-NL reaches out to all of the professional community, independent of origin or age. For this reason, PIN-NL is putting a Cycling Team on the ground. The Team consists of PIN-NL members who will execute their passion together with young people from companies and knowledge institutes active for or in the process industries. The Board of PIN-NL sees this as an effective and attractive way of further building the PI-Community.