Chemicals and Process
Industries such as chemicals, biofuels and oil-refining are at the centre of the industrial heartland of Tees Valley
Tees Valley is home to the largest integrated chemical complex in the UK, and the second largest in Western Europe in terms of manufacturing capacity.
All types of chemicals are represented, from petroleum processing and hydrocarbon separations activities through to petrochemical manufacture and fine and specialty chemicals to pharmaceutical intermediates and actives.
Our chemical industry is concentrated across a relatively small geographical area, and as such enjoys 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 are home to some major international companies, such as Huntsman, INEOS, SABIC, GrowHow and Sembcorp.
- More than 1,400 companies are directly involved in the chemicals and process industry and its supply chain
- The sector exports £12 billion of product and contributes £2.5 billion a year to gross value added to the area.