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Realco begins the reconstruction of its production site

Two years to the day after the fire that ravaged its production and storage center, Realco is laying the first stone of its new factory. Increased production capacity and state-of-the-art equipment: Realco will be ready to produce on its site in 2023.

January 10, 2022 – Realco, a biotech specializing in hygiene solutions derived from green chemistry, begins the reconstruction of its factory, devastated by a fire exactly two years earlier. Efficient, flexible and ecological, the new plant will offer a higher production capacity, as well as improved yield and quality, which will allow Realco to provide even better service to its customers while significantly reducing its impact on the environment.

If the site starts two years after the fire, it is because we had the ambition to rebuild in a sustainable and visionary way”, explains Philippe Demyttenaere, director of production at Realco.

The production capacity of the future building will be around 10 million liters per year with, eventually, the potential for two new production lines, which will leave space for promising innovation projects. In addition, the network of subcontractors put in place following the fire provides Realco with additional capacity and flexibility to optimize its production costs. The management of incoming and outgoing flows has also been reformed in order to increase efficiency and strengthen security.


More generally, the reconstruction plan aims to support Realco in its ambitious CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) objectives. Reinforced insulation will reduce heating consumption by a factor or three to four. The roof of the building will be equipped with photovoltaic panels which will produce electricity for the offices and the factory. Water for cleaning and toilets will be heated by solar panels. Several basins will also be planned to collect and treat rainwater (up to 250m3) and use it not only for cleaning the factory, but also as raw material in production.

“This reconstruction would not have been possible without the enormous support of our customers who have remained loyal and of our partners who have continued to trust us,” says George Blackman, CEO of Realco. “We should also mention the fantastic commitment of the Realco teams who have shown resilience to get through this crisis.”

We look forward to thanking them all on the occasion of the inauguration of the new factory, which will take place in January 2023.