North Rhine-Westphalia has always been an important German chemical location. Around one third of the chemical industry’s turnover in Germany is generated in the Rhine and Ruhr regions. Leverkusen, Dormagen, Uerdingen and Marl are centers of the state’s chemical industry. These are the TOP 3 chemical companies in NRW. This article is based on the unique List of the 600 largest chemical companies in Germany.
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Place 1: Bayer AG, Leverkusen: 43.6 billion euros sales (2019)
Bayer and Leverkusen, these are almost synonyms. Originally founded in 1863 in Barmen, Bayer has had its headquarters in Leverkusen since 1912. Today, Bayer AG is a global corporation with almost 104,000 employees and sites worldwide. Bayer’s business is divided into the Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Health (over-the-counter medicines, health care products) and Crop Science (crop protection products) divisions.
Another area – not assigned to any division – is Animal Health (veterinary preparations). The MaterialScience business unit was hived down to Covestro in 2015. In 2016 Bayer made the largest foreign acquisition in German corporate history with the purchase of the U.S. agrochemicals group Monsanto. Bayer is one of the world’s top 10 chemical companies.
Place 2: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf: 20.1 billion euros sales (2019)
Products like Persil, Schauma or Pattex are well known to everyone. Henkel started in 1876 as a detergent factory in Aachen. For almost 150 years, the Düsseldorf-based company has stood for detergents and cleaning agents, beauty care products and adhesives. The descendants of the founder Fritz Henkel still control the Group.
Today, Henkel operates worldwide and has almost 53,000 employees. Henkel products are sold in 78 countries on all continents. Nearly one third of sales are generated in Western Europe, one quarter in North America. Adhesive Technologies (adhesives) account for about 47 percent of sales, Laundry & Home Care 32 percent, and Care Products 20 percent.
Place 3: Evonik Industries AG, Essen: 13.1 billion euros (2019)
Evonik Industries has been operating under its current name since 2007 (founded in 2006). The group was formed by spinning off the non-coal business of RAG Aktiengesellschaft, the former Ruhrkohle AG. The RAG Foundation is Evonik’s main shareholder. Evonik Industries has over 32,000 employees and is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals suppliers.
The business is divided into four segments: Nutrition & Care (dietary supplements, sustainable animal nutrition and aquacultures), Resource Efficiency (products for automotive manufacturers, the construction industry, the paints and coatings industry), Performance Materials (precursors for plastics and rubber production) and Technology & Infrastructure (cross-divisional area).
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