Chemical Industry

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With more than 58,000 employees, the chemical industry is one of the most important sectors in Hessen’s economy. Global corporations such as Merck, AllessaChemie, Sanofi-Aventis and Clariant are based here. But Hessen’s chemical industry is international in another respect too: Its export ratio is about 64%.

The largest chemical site is in the western part of Frankfurt: Around 22,000 people are employed in the Industriepark Höchst. More than 90 out of about 200 Hessian companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, plant protection and food additives sectors are based here. Darmstadt is another important location, with about 12,000 employed in the chemical industry.

A significant part of the sector’s turnover is accounted for by chemical feedstocks required in other industries as well as the chemical sector itself. But pharmaceuticals are the real centre of attention. The chemical industry has the highest research & development expenditures of any sector. With an annual budget of around €2 billion, more than a quarter of the German chemical industry’s total expenditures are made in Hessen.

“We are a highly specialised producer of complex intermediates and end products. Products are sent all over the world from our Hessian facilities. The Rhine-Main region’s excellent infrastructure and our highly-educated workforce are essential to our competitiveness.”

Dr. Karl-Gerhard Seifert, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, AllessaChemie GmbH


  • AllessaChemie
  • Sanofi-Aventis
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Clariant
  • Merck
  • DuPont
  • Fresenius
  • Abbott
  • Celanese
  • Evonik
  • Lilly Pharma
  • CLS Berhing
  • K+S