history

the story of Proviron starts in 1977

On March 7, 1977, Leo Michiels founded Proviron. Four-and-a-half decades later, Proviron is an established name in the chemical sector. Through a strategy of specialization and sustainable development, we have grown into a reliable supplier with an impeccable reputation for flexibility and customer commitment.

our journey of 45 years of chemistry

proviron, around the world in 45 days

We would like to take you on our unique trip around the world. Based on 5 power interviews, we will provide a unique insight into the goings-on within our departments around the globe.

history timeline

An vision on chemistry and environment, this is the timeline of Proviron’s history.

Proviron was established in 1977 by Leo Michiels. It began as an engineering firm called Proviron Engineering and focused on the development of processes for environmental improvement; hence the name, Process and Environment.

In 1984, Proviron started production with seven employees, focusing on toll manufacturing (Proviron Industries).

In 1992, Proviron Engineering was sold to Technip. From then on, the site served as the base for Technip’s activities in the Benelux.

In 1996, Proviron acquired the UCB Fine Chemicals plant in Ostend. This resulted in the establishment of Proviron Fine Chemicals.

Also in 1996, Proviron America Inc was established with a production site in Friendly (West Virginia). The site has similar activities to Proviron Industries and is dedicated to the American market. Proviron America is also the sales, marketing, and logistics platform for fine chemicals.

In 2000, a sulfur silane production unit was built at the Ostend site. Silanes are used in energy-saving ‘green’ tires.

In 2001, Proviron took over Sisas’ phthalic anhydride activities in Ostend. The company also took over the site’s central services, which were previously operated by BASF. With this, Proviron acquired the entire Ostend site with the exception of Huber activities. By the end of the year, the company employed about 350 people in total.

In 2007, Proviron finalized construction of the biodiesel reactor on the Ostend site.

At the end of 2007, Leo Michiels passed control to his sons, Wim and Mark Michiels. Wim was appointed CEO and Mark was put in charge of microalgae innovations

In 2008, Proviron Fine Chemicals was renamed Proviron Functional Chemicals. This change was part of the strategy ‘to understand the functionality of our molecules better than our customers, and to become a truly global player in a limited number of product lines’.

On Tuesday 17 May 2011, Proviron CEO Wim Michiels signed a preliminary agreement to open a Proviron office in the city of Hangzhou – China. Proviron has had a physical presence in China since August 2011, where it intends to sell finished products as well as buy raw materials on the Chinese market.

Proviron’s portfolio was expanded with the addition of de-icing solutions (provifrost) and nutritional supplements for animal nutrition (animal health).

The production unit for indoor vertical algae production is put into operation.

The solar thermal park in Ostend was built. It provides heat for the production units by capturing sunlight via mirrors and turning the heat into steam.

In Hemiksem, we built a new mixing unit for the Proviflow department. This allows us to process orders for Heat Transfer fluids faster and more efficiently. And as icing on the top, it allows us to color the glycol according to the customer’s wishes. This is unique in this industry!

In the summer of 2023 we started started selling and producing Heat Transfert Fluids in the US. A dedicated team was initiated to serve the North and Latin American markets.

In Ostend the new sulfur silane unit became operational in the fall of 2023. With this unit, we can produce a binding component used in the production of tires for Electric Vehicules.

In January 2024 we officially opened our new production unit for butyrate based feed additives.

In mid-2024, the spin off of the MicroAlgae business unit became a reality.

After market research, it was decided to reposition microalgae for the cosmetics and nutraceutical industry with a new ingredient: astaxanthin, the most powerful antioxidant in the world.

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