The 2014 Cefic European Facts & Figures provides an analysis of the latest competitive trends in the European chemical industry. The document provides the most up-to-date information based on currently available data about the sector, which produces 16.7% per cent of the world’s chemicals, employs 1.2 million workers and contributes €527 billion to the EU economy.
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The EU chemical industry provides a significant contribution to EU net exports. It is one of the European Union’s most international, competitive and successful industries, connected to a wide field of processing and manufacturing activities. The output of the chemical industry, which includes all 28 EU member states (the latest statistics date from full-year 2013), covers a wide range of chemical products and supplies virtually all sectors of the economy.