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.
China is the world’s second largest pharmaceutical market after the US and the largest producer and exporter of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) globally. Since it is the world’s most populous country, with a large share of ageing ...View more details
In the first quarter of 2019, China’s pharmaceutical and medicine production declined by 7.2% y/y to 720,000 tonnes, while the sales of pharmaceuticals went down by 3.4% y/y to 700,460 tonnes. The decline in output can be linked to the ...View more details
The changing demographic and disease profiles of Hungary were the drivers of the expansion of health expenditure in recent years. As a result, the country spent 7.4% of its GDP on healthcare in 2016, still below the EU average. The government ...View more details
The chemicals sector is one of the key pillars of the Chinese economy. It comprises five major subsectors – agricultural chemicals, basic chemicals, synthetic materials, coating and dyestuff, and special purpose chemicals. Over the past two ...View more details
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