The Chemicals industry plays a fundamental role in the modern economy by transforming raw inputs into more than 70,000 products for intermediate or final consumption. As an enabling industry, it stands at the beginning of the value chains of numerous sectors, such as agriculture, food & beverages, consumer goods, construction and pharmaceuticals. It also plays a vital role in promoting human and economic development, improving food security and public health, and ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources.
Activities associated with Chemicals are manufacturing of petroleum and coal products, basic chemicals, resins, polymers and speciality chemicals, industrial gases, fertilisers, paints and coatings, adhesives, plastics and rubber products. A number of consumer goods are also included, such as pharmaceuticals, hygiene and personal care products, cleaning compounds and toiletries.
Brazil is the world’s second largest producer of ethanol and biodiesel, and a pioneer in developing biofuels as an economically viable alternative to fossil fuels. The main biofuels in the country are sugarcane ethanol – comprising ...View more details
The combined production value of the Polish chemical sector, which for the purposes of this report shall consist of the chemicals, and the rubber and plastics subsectors, stood at PLN 158.5bn in 2017, up 11.95% y/y. The share of the sector’s ...View more details
Brazil has the world’s sixth largest chemical sector, with estimated net revenues of USD 127.9bn in 2018. Compared to 2017, industry turnover rose by 5.4% y/y, supported by an uptick in activity of the major industrial consumers, upward price ...View more details
Malaysia is a significant chemicals player within the ASEAN region. Malaysia is one of the largest producers and exporters of petrochemicals in the region, championed by the national oil company – Petroliam Nasional Bhd (“Petronas”) ...View more details
In the third quarter of 2018, the revenue of China’s rubber products sector contracted by 33.4% y/y to RMB 158bn, as a result of the falling sales volumes of rubber products. In this period, the sales revenue of the largest subsector, tyres, ...View more details
In the second quarter of 2018 the revenue of China’s rubber products sector contracted by 24.7% y/y to RMB 220.3bn, as a result of the decline in production and sales volumes. In this period, the sales revenue of the largest subsector – ...View more details
China is the world's most populous country and the largest producer and consumer of fertilisers. The country consumes more than a third of the world’s fertilisers, which is equivalent to the combined consumption of the US and India. The country ...View more details
China’s rubber products sector witnessed a 21.5% y/y decline in sales to RMB 198bn in the first quarter of 2018 on the back of falling production. Sales of the largest subsector – tyres – shrank by 22.4% y/y to RMB 107.8bn, while ...View more details
During the first two months of the fourth quarter of 2017 the revenue of China’s rubber products sector contracted by 25.7% y/y to RMB 133.5bn. The declining price of raw rubber impacted the prices of rubber products as a whole. In ...View more details
The chemical manufacturing sector is among the fastest growing segments of the Chinese industry. Over the past ten years, the gross value added (GVA) of the sector has been increasing by 12.7% per year on average, far above the overall ...View more details