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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.

Plastics and chemicals belong to the dynamic industries of the capital region in Berlin and form a strong pillar of industrial production. As a supplier of many raw materials, the industry is closely linked to other industries, such as medical, energy, information, and communication technologies. Increasing digitalisation has led to new job profiles in computer-aided research and development. Being competent in handling IT and big data will become increasingly important.

The capital's chemical industry is diverse, making everything from plastics to pharmaceuticals. A high concentration of employees and a variety of innovations are shaping the structure of Berlin's chemical industry. While 75% of the region's chemical workers are employed by its five largest chemical companies, numerous small and medium-sized companies with high innovation potential are shaping the landscape of Berlin's chemical industry.

(Sources:, Federal Employment Agency / April 2018)

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

Facts and figures at a glance

  • 46 companies with about 13,000 regular employees (based on companies with 20 or more employees)
  • roughly 8 billion euros in revenue    
  • export share: 73%
  • 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, 2017)

Growth industry chemistry: highly innovative new developments in the areas of

The innovation-friendly climate and the dynamic growth of the industry will help Berlin continue to expand its role as a European centre of excellence for the chemical industry. The following topics are the focus here:

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

The chemical industry holds high growth and employment potential. The close proximity to Berlin's universities also meets the constantly growing demand for qualified junior staff in the chemical sector. Around 3,000 graduates, whose educational quality is rated top marks nationwide, come onto the labour market each year.


Research environment

Berlin provides a high concentration of research and development activity.

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.

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Berlin's chemicals industry

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David Hampel

David Hampel

Head of Unit
Manufacturing Industries