Country Overview (Chemicals)

Country Overview (Chemicals)

Country Overview (Chemicals)

Major Chemical Producing Nations

Chemicals are an integral part of modern daily life. They are constituents of materials; parts of preparations and products; and are embedded in complex physical systems. Chemicals are used in a wide variety of products and play an important role in the world economy. While chemicals are a significant contributor to national economies, sound chemical management across the lifecycle—from extraction to disposal—is essential not only to avoid significant risks to human health and the environment along with their associated economic costs, but also to maximize the benefits of their contribution to human well-being.
 
The chemical industry creates an immense variety of products which impinge on virtually every aspect of our lives.

While many of the products from the industry, such as detergents, soaps and perfumes, are purchased directly by the consumer, 70% of chemicals manufactured are used to make products by other industries including other branches of the chemical industry itself. The industry uses a wide range of raw materials, from air and minerals to oil.

There have been breath-taking changes in the chemical industry over the last 10 years or so, not only in Europe and in the US but particularly in China, India, the rest of Asia and Brazil. The chemical industry is one of the largest manufacturing industries in all developed and emerging countries.
 
With increasing competition worldwide, innovation remains crucial in finding new ways for the industry to satisfy its increasingly sophisticated, demanding and environmentally-conscious consumers.
What does the chemical industry produce?
 
The products of the chemical industry can be divided into three categories:
  • Basic chemicals
  • Speciality chemicals
  • Consumer chemicals
Several other categorisations are used but this one is simple and helpful in the context of this web site. Outputs range widely, with basic chemicals produced in huge quantities (millions of tonnes) and some speciality chemicals produced in modest kilogramme quantities but with very high value. As explained in the unit on Chemical Reactors, the choice of reactor is often goverened by the amount of chemical that is to be produced.
 
Major Companies in Chemical Production
 
North America
 
Company Name
Headquarters
DOW Chemicals
Midland, Michigan
ExxonMobil
Irving, Texas
Dupont
Wilmington, Delaware
 
 
South America
 
Company Name
Headquarters
Braskem
Camacari, Brazil
Alpek
San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
Pemex
Mexico City, Mexico
 
Europe
 
Company Name
Headquarters
BASF
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Incos Group
Castello d'Argile, Italy
Royal Dutch Shell
The Hague, Netherlands
 
Middle East
 
Company Name
Headquarters
SABIC
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Orkila Group
Beirut, Lebanon
Qatar Petroleum
Doha, Qatar
 
Africa
 
Company Name
Headquarters
Sasol
Johannesburg, South Africa
AECI
Johannesburg, South Africa
Senmin
Weltevredenpark, South Africa
 
Asia- Pacific
 
Company Name
Headquarters
Sinopec
Beijing, China
Formosa Plastics
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Reliance Industries
Mumbai, India
 
 
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Azerbaijan Petrochemicals Report Q4 2015

Azerbaijan Petrochemicals Report Q4 2015

Date Published: Aug 26 2015

Azerbaijan's petrochemicals sector is set for increasing competition with Iran in future, following the
decision to ease sanctions, but this is unlikely to hold back the country's ambition to build world-scale
plants. However, until they are in commercial operation, the petrochemicals industry will remain small,
dedicated to domestic consumption and operating at low levels of capacity utilisation.
The Azerbaijani petrochemicals market will be undermined by slow growth, caused by lower oil prices and

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Czech Republic Petrochemicals Report Q4 2015

Czech Republic Petrochemicals Report Q4 2015

Date Published: Aug 26 2015

The Czech petrochemicals industry saw a surge in growth in Q215, following a lacklustre Q115, amid
strong growth in export-led manufacturing. This puts the industry in a strong position for capacity
expansion and diversification.
Czech chemicals output growth averaged 3.5% y-o-y and rubber and plastic rose 9.0% y-o-y in H115. Low
naphtha costs have improved competitiveness of the sector and boosted polyolefins margins, while higher
sales volumes - particularly in the polypropylene segment - have been led by a manufacturing surge.

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Hungary Petrochemicals Report Q4 2015

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Date Published: Aug 26 2015

BMI View: The Hungarian petrochemicals market will witness lower growth as the economy experiences a
slowdown, turning from a regional outperformer to a slow-growth market. However, surging automotive
output should help support polymer and rubber consumption growth in 2015 and beyond.
Growth in rubber and plastic output was strong in the first five months of 2015 at 12.4%, nearly twice the
rate of overall manufacturing growth. While output has been on an upwards trend since mid-2014, in Q215

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Turkey Petrochemicals Report Q4 2015

Turkey Petrochemicals Report Q4 2015

Date Published: Aug 26 2015

BMI View: The Turkish petrochemicals market is set for heightened risk as a result of the uncertainties
created by the June election result, but the industry will continue to expand along the ambitious goals set
out by SOCAR, the Azerbaijani owner of Turkish producer Petkim.
BMI is forecasting GDP growth of 2.8% and 3.5% in Turkey in 2015 and 2016 respectively with a period
of slower growth over the medium term. The June 7 general election has increased short-term political risks

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Date Published: Aug 26 2015

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