Quick facts and figures about the Dutch chemical industry

The Netherlands: Chemical portal to Europe

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  • The Dutch chemical industry is one of the leading business sectors in the Netherlands, making a significant contribution to the economy. In 2014, the turnover was € 56 billion.
  • The Netherlands is one of the world’s leading chemical exporting  countries. In 2014, Dutch chemical exports were valued at some € 76 billion.
  • The Netherlands hosts 19 of the world’s top 25 leading chemical companies, including BASF, AkzoNobel, Dow Chemical, SABIC and Shell.
  • In the area of advanced materials (polymers, composites, etc), the Netherlands consistently punches above its weight, producing  world-renowned innovations in materials such as Twaron, Dyneema and Glare, as well as the folding tires for the automotive industry.