Landscape of the European Chemical Industry 2018

Landscape of the European Chemical Industry 2018




€1.63 billion

Number of companies


Direct employees


National contact

The Association of Lithuanian Chemical Industry Enterprise

Giedrius Mazunaitis

Executive Director



Chemical industry snapshot

A leading industry

Chemicals is the third-biggest industry in Lithuania after oil refining and food production. Total sales in 2016 were €1.63 billion, down from €1.89 billion in 2015.

How are we doing?

A strong exporter

Chemicals were 12.4% in 2016 compared to 10.9% of Lithuania’s industry exports in 2016 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 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


  • 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


  • 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.