Act&Sorb is a fast growing, innovative start-up, based on a unique recycling solution that addresses the growing problem of non-recyclable MDF waste. Since our inception in 2016 as SME, we have put in place a management team that between them have over 70 years of experience in chemical engineering and project management. Each team member brings with him his own skills set necessary for the successful scale-up of our business.
Dr. Ing. Kenny Vanreppelen MSc
Kenny holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Nuclear Technology. He wrote his thesis on ‘Flash pyrolysis of waste and by-products from the brewing industry’. His PhD research focused on innovative and multidisciplinary research for the development of renewable products from industrial waste. During his last year as PhD researcher, he developed his ground breaking MDF waste recycling process into a start-up: Act&Sorb. Besides his in-depth knowledge of pyrolysis and activated carbon, Kenny has a deep understanding of technology based business development. His know-how and skills have convinced investors of the power of Act&Sorb’s concept.
Strategy & Systems manager/co-founder
From prevention advisor at Sylvania Tienen, to head of the safety department at Tessenderlo Group, to QSE-HR manager at Sadepan Chimica where he assisted with the grass roots development of a new chemical plant. Jef was appointed QESH manager at Tigro Industries in 2013. He also coaches young engineers in the area of inspection and maintenance and project & process engineering. From 2012 through to 2017 he was chairman of the board of Prebes, a Belgian network association of more then 6,000 prevention advisors.
Uwe Prade MBA MSc
Holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering. Working as chemical engineer and technical manager at BASF he developed products in the wood based panel, automotive and agricultural industries worldwide. He led a research laboratory and gave technical advice on process optimization at MDF and particleboard plants over the world. Moving on to Sadepan Chimica as head of production, logistics, sales, purchase and R&D, he helped with the development and start-up of a new chemical plant. Uwe has a broad network in the chemical and wood based industry in Europe and abroad. Since 2013, Uwe works as independent consultant for product innovation, sustainability and the worldwide trade of chemical products.
Ing. Tom Haeldermans MSc
Research & Development Engineer
Tom holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Nuclear Technology. He is specialised in environmental technology and R&D. For Act&Sorb, he has been looking in to developing a green roof substrate component from waste. Act&Sorb raised 400,000 euros for this research, funded by Vlaio - the Flemish subsidy fund for innovation - and InnoEnergy.
DR Ing. Sara Vanderheyden
Sara Vanderheyden holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Nuclear Technology and a PhD in applied chemistry. During her research she focused on the application of nitrogen-rich activated carbons for the removal of several organic and inorganic pollutants. Within Act&Sorb her goal is to improve the activated carbon products and determine potential specialty applications in the industry.
Business Coach for Act&Sorb on behalf of InnoEnergy
Jan Caris has extensive experience in industrial operations and general business management in the plastics, cable and wire, metal components, electronic assemblies, batteries and prefab building components sectors. His experience extends from multi-national through to family-owned companies, from start-ups to restructuring mature businesses for operational excellence.
Universities & colleges
Students from Belgian and European universities and colleges work at Act & Sorb on various studies and projects.
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