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Chemicals and Process

Tees Valley is one of the most significant integrated industrial economies in the world, producing some 30% of the UK’s chemical output and home to some of the globe’s biggest chemical manufacturers. More than 1,400 companies in Tees Valley are directly involved in chemicals and process industry and the sector exports £12billion of product, contributing £2.5billion a year to the local economy.

We are home to the largest chemical complex in the UK, and the 2nd largest in Europe in terms of manufacturing capacity. All types of chemicals are represented here, from petroleum processing, hydrocarbon separations activities and petrochemical manufacture to fine specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical intermediates and actives.

Tees Valley’s chemical industry is concentrated across a relatively small area with a well-developed infrastructure. The three main sites of Wilton International, Billingham and Seal Sands/North Tees run approximately 12 miles east to west either side of the River Tees and contain major international companies such as Huntsman, Ineos, Sabic, CF Fertilisers and Sembcorp.