Landscape of the European Chemical Industry 2020

Landscape of the European Chemical Industry 2020




€6.4 billion

Number of companies


Capital spending

€3.7 billion

R&D investment

€1,7 billion

Direct employees


National contact

Confederation of the Danish Industry (Confederation of Danish Industry is an employers' organisation)

Karin Klitgaard

Director of Environmental Policy



Chemical industry snapshot

A growing and efficient leading industry

Denmark’s chemical industry recorded sales of approximately €6.4 billion in 2018, an increase of approximately 49% since 2000 and 3.7% compared to 2017, forming 6.24% of the national industrial output. Thanks to its high productivity and efficiency, its workforce accounts for 3.6% of the manufacturing total.

Driven by investment in intellectual property

In 2018, the total employment in the Danish chemical industry was 10,657 people and 277 companies, a reduction of 2,767 since 2000. The investment of €1.7 billion in 2017 has increased by 45% since 2009.

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 to Asia and other countries

Our contribution to a competitive Europe

The Danish economy strengthened throughout 2018, reflected by the rising GDP (1.5%) and an additional 41.300 private sector hirings in 2018.