Landscape of the European Chemical Industry 2017

Landscape of the European Chemical Industry 2017




> 5 billion €

Direct employees


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Chemical industry snapshot

A growing and efficient leading industry

Denmark’s chemical industry recorded sales of approximately €5.2 billion in 2015, up 27% since 2000, providing 5.8% of national industrial output and 6.0% of value added (€2.07 billion). Thanks to its high productivity and efficiency, its workforce is 4% of the manufacturing total.

Led by exports

Exports have grown 69% at current prices since 2000 to reach 6.7% of Danish goods exports in 2015. Approximately 69% of the production is exported.

Driven by investment in intellectual property

Total employment in the Danish chemical industry in 2015 was 11,394 people, down 2,030 since in 2000. Investment, €653 million in 2013, was approximately 8.7% of the industrial total. Nearly two thirds was devoted to intellectual property.

How are we doing?


  • High level of innovation
  • Excellence on safety
  • Strong environmental protection
  • Well-educated workforce
  • Outstanding quality


  • Negative perceptions of the chemical industry and a tendency to supplement EU laws with national legislation
  • High energy taxes
  • State bureaucracy: obtaining consent to develop new or existing chemical production sites is difficult
  • High labour costs
  • Lack of competitiveness compared with Asia and other countries

Our contribution to a competitive Europe

The Danish economy strengthened throughout 2015, reflected in rising GDP and an additional 66,000 private sector hirings since the 2012 turnaround.