Sector in brief

The chemical industry is one of the most important branches of industry in Germany and Bavaria. In Europe, Germany ranks first in terms of chemical industry sales – worldwide, Germany takes fourth place after the USA, China and Japan.Today, chemicals are the basis of products in many different sectors, such as skincare, pharmacy, paints and varnishes, plastics, adhesives and synthetic fibres. The chemical industry in Bavaria also offers a very wide range of high-quality products. Global players such as Wacker Chemie are just as much at home in Bavaria as numerous hidden champions. Who is not familiar, for example, with the car care products from SONAX? DELO has been developing custom special adhesives and device systems for applications in high-tech industries, such as the automotive and aviation sectors, for more than 50 years. The RUDOLF Group develops and produces innovative products worldwide for textile finishing, for example for protective or outdoor equipment. Schlenk is a leading international manufacturer of metal powders, metal pigments and metal foils, which are used in the printing ink industry or in cosmetics, for example, to create shiny effects in gift wrap or nail polish.

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companies are represented in Bavaria

One centre for the industry is the so-called Bavarian Chemical Triangle, ChemDelta Bavaria in the eastern part of Upper Bavaria,which is considered one of the key regions in the chemical industry worldwide. A joint initiative of the companies located there, with a total of around 20,000 employees, combines the interests of all stakeholders, promotes international competitiveness and systematically shapes the attractive further development of the region. Due to the broad range of industrial and user sectors in the region, Bavaria offers the chemical industry a large number of customers for its products and an outstanding logistics infrastructure.

Chemical industry figures


Second largest chemical location in Germany (by number of people employed in the sector)




percent Bavaria’s chemical companies’ export ratio


Companies active in the sector

Global players and hidden champions

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    Companies in the Bavarian chemicals sector

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