Associate Programme

OPCW Associate Programme 2010.

The Associate Programme is an annual programme conducted for participants from developing countries and those whose economies are in transition. It provides a valuable opportunity for scientists from these countries to be exposed to modern practices in the chemical industry. It has been designed with the aim of contributing to the development of chemistry and chemical engineering in Member States, with special emphasis on chemical safety.


The objectives of the OPCW Associate Programme are:

  • To facilitate industry-related national implementation of the CWC.
  • To enhance national capacities in Member States by offering training in chemistry/chemical engineering related areas to personnel from industry, university and government.
  • To facilitate trade in these areas through adoption of good practices in chemical industry.
  • To broaden the basis of talent pool related position in National Authorities, institutions and economic of the Member States as well as the Technical Secretariat.

Course Content

The nine-week programme includes a chemical  engineering oriented skills development training component at a well-known  university followed by ‘hands on’ industrial experience at modern chemical  plants. These industries, as part of their ‘responsible care’ policy, cooperate  with the Programme by accepting participants for industrial attachments for  three weeks.

Note: The course content may be modified or changed based upon review of past experience.


What are the aims of this programme?

What financial support is given to the Associates?

What are the requirements?

What are the programme elements?

Supporting Companies

The companies which have supported the programme to date are:

The Netherlands

  • Akzo Nobel, Rotterdam Botlek
  • AVR Chemie, Rozenburg
  • Basell Polyolefins B.V., Klundert
  • Brunner Mond, Delfzil
  • Croda, Alphen aan den Rijn
  • Dow Benelux N.V., Terneuzen
  • DuPont de Nemours (Nederland)
  • B.V., Dordrecht
  • DSM, Geleen
  • Exxon-Mobil Chemicals B.V.,
  • Rotterdam Botlek
  • Hydro Agri, Sluiskil
  • Lyondell Chemical Nederland Ltd., Rozenburg
  • LyondellBasell, Maasvlakte
  • Neville chemical Europe B.V.
  • SABIC (Innovative Plastics),
  • Bergen op Zoom
  • Shell Nederland Chemie B.V., Hoogvliet
  • Shell Nederland Chemie B.V., Moerdijk
  • Uniquema, Gouda

  • Yara Sluiskil B.V., Sluiskil


  • Bayer N.V., Antwerpen
  • Corn Van Loocke N.V., Antwerpen
  • Evonik Degussa, Antwerpen
  • ExxonMobil, Antwerpen
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica, Geel
  • LANXESS N.V., Antwerpen
  • Polyol
  • Solvay, Brussels
  • Tessenderlo Chemie, Uithoorn


  • Petrokemija Kutina

Czech Republic

  • Deza a.s.
  • Enaspol a.s


  • Danisco, Grindsted
  • DuPont Nutrition and Health, Grindsted
  • LeoPharma A/S, Ballerup


  • Kemira Oy, Helsinski
  • Kiilto Oy, Lempäälä
  • Nestle Oil, Espoo


  • Arkema, Jarrie
  • Atofima
  • Clariant, Lamotte
  • Hydro Agri, Le Havre
  • Merck Santé, Lyon
  • Rodhia, Saint Fons
  • Veolia, Chasse sur Rhone


  • BASF, Ludwigshafen
  • Bayer AG, Leverkusen
  • CIBA, Lampertheim
  • Currenta GmbH und Co.,
  • Leverkusen

    Degussa, Wesseling


  • GNFC Fertilizers
  • Heubach Colour, Gujarat
  • Hikal Limited
  • Ranbaxy Laboratories
  • Thirumalai Chemicals, Tamil Nadu
  • United Phosphorous Limited


  • Bracco S.p.A, Milano
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb S.r.l., Latina
  • Endura S.p.A., Ravenna
  • EniChem S.p.A, Porto Torres
    Lamberti S.p.A.

Italy (cont'd)

  • Polimeri Europa S.p.A, Mantova
  • Puccioni S.p. A., Vasto
  • Solvay Solexis
  • Syndial S.p.A, Porto Torres
  • Vinavil S.p.A, Domodossola
  • Solvey Solexis, (former Aussimont) S.p.A, Spinetta Marengo
  • Zchimmer&Schwarz,Tricerro


  • Asahi Glass Co. Ltd., Chiba
  • Asahi Kasei Chemicals, Kanagawa
  • Kyowa Hakko Co., Okayama
  • Mitsui Chemicals (Ichihara Works), Chiba
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., Osaka
  • Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc., Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • Showa Denko K.K., Kanagawa
  • Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (Osaka Works), Osaka
  • Ube Industries, Yamaguchi


  • Saudi Basic Industries Corporation -SABIC


  • BASF Petronas Chemicals Malaysia
  • CCM Chemicals Malaysia
  • Optimal Chemicals Malaysia
  • Palm Oleo, Selangor

  • Petronas Chemicals MTBE, Kuantan


  • Yara, Porsgrunn


  • Azoty-Tarnow, Krakow

  • Zachem S.A.


  • CUF Quimicos Industriais
  • Dow Produtos Chemicals, Estarreja
  • Hovione, Lisbon


  • Qatar for Fertilizers (QAFCO)
  • Qatar Vinyl (QVC)


  • Infineum Singapore Pte. Ltd.


  • BASF Española S.A., Barcelona
  • BASF Española S.A., Tarragona
  • Bayer Polimeros Co. Tarragona
  • CEPSA Química, Algeciras
  • Dow Chemical Iberica S.L., Tarragona
  • DuPont Ibérica S.A., Avilés
  • Fertiberia S.A., Huelva
  • FMC Foret, Zaragoza
  • PETRESA, Cádiz
  • Repsol YPF S. A., Tarragona
  • UBE Corporation Europe


  • Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry AB,
  • Stenungsund
  • AstraZeneca, Södertälje

  • Borealis AB, Stenungsund


  • Clariant Produkte, Muttenz
  • Ciba Inc., Monthey
  • Lonza, Visp

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • AstraZeneca, Loughborough

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