Landscape of the European Chemical Industry 2017

Landscape of the European Chemical Industry 2017

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Lithuania

Turnover

1.8 billion €

Direct employees

5,000

National contact

The Association of Lithuanian Chemical Industry Enterprise

Giedrius Mazunaitis

Executive Director

info@chemija.lt

Lithuania

Chemical industry snapshot

A leading industry

Chemicals is the third-biggest industry in Lithuania after oil refining and food production. Total sales in 2015 were €1.8 billion, down from €1.89 billion in 2014.

How are we doing?

A strong exporter

Chemicals and plastics were 10.9% and 6,7% of Lithuania’s exports in 2015 and have been growing in recent years. The main products are phosphoric and nitrogen fertilizers and plastics, notably PET.

 

A nascent life sciences, pharma and biotech sector is growing fast, and now generates an though annual sales, exceeded €300 million of annual sales. The chemical industry is dispersed around the country, including coastal areas. It employed 5,000 people in 2016.

Preparing the future

Strengths

  • Well-educated labour force
  • A university and research and university base with newly-created R & D centres
  • Easy access to and expertise in the Russian markets
  • Convenient logistics for road and sea transport
  • Implementation of quality standards (mainly ISO) is widespread
  • Constructive dialogue with the authorities

Weaknesses

  • High prices for energy including natural gas
  • Heavily reliant upon imported raw materials
  • Government deficit creates pressure to increase taxes and fees

Our contribution to a competitive Europe

Lithuania has set up three integrated Science, Studies and Business Centres (“Valleys”) designed to aid the development of its chemical industry. They are Sunrise Valley at Vilnius; the Centre for Physical Sciences and Technology at, Vilnius; and SANTAKA , (pharmaceuticals and, life sciences) at Kaunas.

 

Two of Lithuanian six proposed Smart Specialisation priorities are related to chemistry: medical and pharmaceutical engineering and new functional materials.