The Chemical Portal to Europe

One of Europe’s leading suppliers of chemical products and services, the Netherlands boasts more than 2,000 leading chemical companies located over 8 major chemical industrial clusters and covering the entire supply chain. In fact, 19 out of the 25 top chemical companies in the world maintain significant operations in the Netherlands.

Major players in the worldwide chemicals industry, such as LyondellBasell, SABIC, Sekisui, Teijin and Dow, benefit from a superior logistics infrastructure, access to important raw materials, world-class R&D institutes, and a tradition of inter-company integration and regional clustering.

These companies benefit from a superior logistics infrastructure, an innovative R&D ecosystem, a welcoming international business climate and highly integrated chemical production sites that allow for safe, stable and sustainable manufacturing.

The greater Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhein-Ruhr Area (ARRRA) is one of the top 5 chemical clusters in the world, hosting 30-40% of the chemical turnover in Europe.

The Dutch chemical ecosystem

At the heart of the Dutch chemical ecosystem are world-class education, cutting-edge research and robust public-private R&D partnerships that support inter-company and public-private research.

The Netherlands hosts key R&D labs of e.g. DSM, SABIC, AkzoNobel, Shell, Avantium, Corbion and Arlanxeo and also has a vibrant ecosystem of innovative chemical startups and SMEs. Public-private partnerships (PPPs), campuses and tax incentives stimulate R&D. PPPs include consortia on sustainable processing, materials, electrochemistry, biobased and novel chemicals.

These assets, among others, make the Netherlands a smart choice for chemical companies looking to expand or accelerate their business operations.

Infographic Chemicals Ecosystem in the Netherlands

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