Recticel N.V.


Recticel is the number 1 company in the production of polyurethanes in Europe. Its strength rely on the big variety of polyurethane products made for a panel of different applications. The core portfolio composed of finished and semi-finished products is organised around four application areas: Flexible Foams, Insulation, Bedding and Automotive. Recticel serves those markets primarily in Europe, but is also active in the USA and Asia and employs more than 7000 people globally.

As an international industrial player, Recticel wants to make an essential difference in daily comfort for everyone and is committed to providing responsible answers to the various challenges and needs of our time. Driven by its sustainability strategy, Recticel wants to be a pioneer in solving the recycling issues connected to thermoset polyurethanes. Research and development conducted at the Sustainable Innovation Department (SID) are at the heart of Recticel’s customer-focused innovation strategy.

Scientific team

Bart Haelterman - Innovation Manager and Corporate HS&E Manager



Dr. Bart Haelterman graduated in Chemical Science in 1992 and obtained a PhD in Chemical Science at the University of Leuven in 1996. He worked for INEOS as an R&D responsible from 1996 till 2001 and subsequently was in charge of 3 batch and continuous world scale production units from 2001 till 2006. He joined Recticel in 2006 as R&D manager in automotive chemical and technological R&D and he managed supplier quality procedures for automotive, corporate R&D in the field of compounds for CASE and future low lambda insulation concepts. In 2013, he got the position of R&D portfolio manager responsible for definition of projects in the fields of insulation, bedding, flexible foams and sustainability. Since 2016, he was appointed as Innovation Manager Corporate Sustainability and additionally Corporate HS&E manager since 2017. He is PRINCE2® Foundation certified project manager, fellow of the Chemistry department of the KU Leuven and active in several industrial and sectorial organisations.

Lucie Imbernon - R&D Engineer


Dr. Lucie Imbernon graduated in 2012 as Engineer in Physics and Chemistry from ESPCI Paris (Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, engineering school in Paris). She then got her PhD in polymers and material science from University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris in 2015. Her PhD work was under the supervision of Prof. Ludwik Leibler at ESPCI and dealt with the application of the vitrimer concept in rubbery materials based on natural rubber. During her postdoc position at Ghent university, she strengthened her expertise in dynamic materials by working in collaboration with Recticel on a project towards circular PU (using both CANs and vitrimer chemistries). She then joined Recticel in 2017 as R&D Engineer, leading and collaborating on projects running in the R&D Corporate Sustainability department.

Anne Lingier - F&A Officer


Anne Lingier has a master degree in Applied Languages Dutch, French and Spanish. She started her carrier as assistant to Group Controller at the Recticel HQ financial department. Subsequently she continued her carrier in the Sustainable Innovation Department of Recticel as Finance and Administration Officer mostly in charge of the financial management of the department and responsible for the financial and legal tasks of all subventions projects.


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