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European Chemical Industry (2018 Facts & Figures)
Output from the EU chemical industry covers three broad product areas: 

  • Base chemicals
  • Specialty chemicals 
  • Consumer chemicals 

Base chemicals:

Base chemicals in 2017 represented 58.5% of total EU chemical sales. The inorganic basic chemicals subsector includes production of chemical elements, inorganic acids such as sulphuric acid, bases such as caustic soda, alkalis and other inorganic compounds such as chlorine.
The petrochemicals subsector covers manufacturing of chemicals using basic processes, such as thermal cracking and distillation. Polymers in primary forms is in most cases integrated into petrochemicals sites. Plastics in primary forms embraces the manufacture of resins, plastic materials and elastomers.

 

Specialty chemicals

Specialty chemicals covers areas such as paints and inks, crop protection, dyes and pigments. Specialty chemicals are produced in small volumes but they nevertheless made up 27.4% of total EU chemical sales in 2017.


Consumer chemicals

Consumer chemicals are sold to final consumers, such as soaps and detergents as well as perfumes and cosmetics. They represented 14.1% of total EU chemical sales in 2017.
Petrochemicals and specialty chemicals accounted for the majority – 54.3% – of EU chemical sales in that year. 

 

 

Economic:

World chemicals turnover was valued at €3,475 billion in 2017. Global sales grew by 4.6% from €3,323 billion in 2016 to €3,475 billion in 2017. With €1,293 billion in 2017, China is still the largest chemical producer in the world, contributing 37.2% of global chemical sales in 2017.

 

With 15.6%, the EU chemical industry ranks second, along with the United States (13.4%), in total sales. Worldwide competition has changed significantly over the last ten years, as China now holds the top ranking in sales – a position once firmly held by Europe.

 

Employment:

There are 28.3 million people directly employed in the EU manufacturing sector (data 2015).
Food products and fabricated metals are the two largest sectors in the EU manufacturing industry, accounting for one fourth of all employment (25.2%).

Chemicals (including pharmaceuticals and rubber and plastics) is the third largest sector (3.3 million people). It contributes 11.6% of EU manufacturing employment.
The sector generated an even greater number of indirect jobs – up to three times higher than through direct employment 

 

According to Eurostat data, employment in the EU chemical industry (without pharmaceuticals and rubber and plastics) is particularly high in five subsectors with a significant presence in the EU:
–petrochemicals
-paints, varnishes and similar coatings
-printing ink and mastics
-plastics in primary forms
-perfumes and toilet preparations, soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations


Ref.: THE EUROPEAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY (Facts & Figures 2018) by CEFIC 

Link for more information: http://www.cefic.org/Facts-and-Figures/ 

 

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European Chemical Industry (2016 Facts & Figures)
Output from the EU chemical industry covers three broad product areas: 

  • Base chemicals
  • Specialty chemicals 
  • Consumer chemicals 

Base chemicals covers petrochemicals and their polymers derivatives along with basic inorganics. Considered commodity chemicals, they are produced in large volumes and sold in the chemical industry itself or to other industries. Base chemicals in 2014 represented 59.6 per cent of total EU chemicals sales. 


Specialty chemicals covers areas such as paints and inks, crop protection, dyes and pigments. Specialty chemicals are produced in small volumes but they nevertheless made up 27.8 per cent of total EU chemicals sales in 2014. 


Consumer chemicals are sold to final consumers, such as soaps and detergents as well as perfumes and cosmetics. They represented 12.6 per cent of total EU chemicals sales in 2014. Petrochemicals and specialty chemicals accounted for the majority – 54.9 per cent – of EU chemicals sales in 2014. 

 

Economic:

Despite domestic and international economic uncertainty, EU chemical industry exports reached €137.7 billion in 2014. EU chemicals imports from the non-EU area reached €94.2 billion in 2014. This resulted in an EU chemicals trade surplus of €43.5 billion.

 

Employment:

Chemical companies in the European Union in 2014 employed a total staff of about 1.2 million. The sector generated an even greater number of indirect jobs – up to three times higher than through direct employment. 
Direct employment in the EU chemical industry decreased by an average annual rate of 1.7 per cent from 1997 to 2014. The number of employees in 2014 was 25 per cent less than the 1997 level. While quarterly data shows that the direct employment level has stabilised since first quarter of 2010, the level of employment in the second quarter of 2015 is 9.4 per cent below the peak level before the crisis experienced in third quarter 2007. 
According to Eurostat data (2012), employment in the EU chemical industry is particularly high in five subsectors – petrochemicals; paints, varnishes and similar coatings, printing ink and mastics; plastics in primary forms; perfumes and toilet preparations; soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations – all sectors with a significant presence in the EU. 
Our industry faces a great and increasing need to attract new talent in the field of chemistry. 


Ref.: THE EUROPEAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY (Facts & Figures 2016) by CEFIC 

Link for more information: http://www.cefic.org/Facts-and-Figures/ 

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