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Chemicals Industry

The chemicals industry is one of the most research-intensive sectors of the German economy. In Berlin you'll find an innovation-friendly climate.

Chemicals and plastics are among the most dynamic industries in the capital region. Other industries, such as automotive and rail transport technology, benefit immensely from the growth of the chemicals and plastics industry.

Why Berlin?

„Berlin is known for its lively start-up scene. The city offers an ideal environment for young e-commerce companies as well as successful high-tech start-ups like DexLeChem. The proximity to top scientific expertise in chemistry, an outstanding infrastructure and opportunities to interact directly with other company founders as well as with creative minds in politics and at well-established companies are what make Berlin such an ideal location.“

Sonja Jost
Sonja JostManaging Director and Head of R&D at DexLeChem GmbH

The capital region offers excellent conditions for chemicals companies:

  • High level of acceptance for the chemicals industry among the regional population;
  • Good conditions with respect to zoning law;
  • Good commercial real estate at favorable prices;
  • Well educated and highly motivated workforce;
  • Highly engaged municipal decision makers;
  • Highest investment subsidies in the EU.

Facts and figures at a glance

  • roughly 50 companies with about 13,000 regular employees (based on companies with 20 or more employees)
  • roughly 8 billion euros in revenue    
  • export share: 76.2
  • the chemical and pharmaceutical industry accounts for approximately 93 % of sales in the sector and 80 % of all employees.

(Source: Federal Statistics Office, State Statistical Office for Berlin-Brandenburg, Federal Employment Office, 2016)

Chemicals - a growth industry with highly innovative new developments in the following areas:

  • Biotechnology,
  • Modern composite materials,
  • Plastics recycling,
  • New polymer and ceramic materials.

The following companies are some of the key representatives of the chemical industry in Berlin:

Index of Material Expertise

As part of the Joint innovation strategy of the States of Berlin and Brandenburg (innoBB), an index of companies and institutes in the field of materials in Berlin and Brandenburg has been developed. It makes it possible to search for suppliers or business partners with expertise in producing or processing materials.

Research environment

Berlin provides a high concentration of research and development activity. The sector is characterized by close relations to institutions of higher education and research locations.

  • Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
    (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und Prüfung - BAM)
    Department of "Analytical Chemistry; Reference Materials"
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research
    (Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Polymerforschung - IAP)
  • Office for Polymer Materials and Composites at the Fraunhofer Institute for Assembly and Packaging Technologies for Microelectronics, Microsystems and Power Electronics
    (Fraunhofer Institut für Zuverläsigkeit und Mikrointegration - IZM)
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmarcy, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • North East Chemical Education Center
    (Bildungswerk Nordostchemie e.V.)
    (Education, training, professional development)
  • Chemistry Information Center
    (Fachinformationszentrum Chemie - FIZ Berlin)
  • Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society
  • Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces
    (Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung)
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Institute of Biomaterial Science (Teltow)
  • FIZ Chemie Berlin
  • Unifying Concepts in Catalysis (unicat)

Networks, initiatives and associations

Northeast Chemical Industry Consulting and Training Center 

(Beratungs- und Qualifizierungsgesellschaft Nordostchemie mbH -BuQ)
BuQ has worked for companies and institutions since 1999. It offers professional development courses, retraining and qualification of employees and executives alike, primarily for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

European Bioplastics e.V.

The association "European Bioplastics" was founded in 2006 to represent the interests of European industrial manufacturers, processors and users of bioplastics, biodegradable materials and products made from them.

Plastics and Chemistry Cluster of the State of Brandenburg
(Cluster Kunststoffe und Chemie des Landes Brandenburg)

The cluster networks companies and research institutes in the plastics and rubber-processing industry as well as the chemical industry in the State of Brandenburg.

Northeast Germany Chapter of the Chemical Industry Association
(Verband der Chemischen Industrie e. V. Landesverband Nordost)

The association represents the economic and socio-political interests of the chemical industry vis-à-vis government agencies, organizations, labor unions and opinion-makers. It provides consultation on all matters that affect the chemical industry in Eastern German.

Your contact

David Hampel

David Hampel

Head of Unit
Manufacturing Industries