We build the Future

From energy efficient houses to electronics, smart clothing, aviation and even space travel, petrochemicals are at the heart of innovation that is shaping tomorrow’s world.

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Petrochemicals in Action

Petrochemistry has done wonders in the fields of transport, hygiene, housing and technology, making our lives far easier than they have ever been in the previous centuries.

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Latest News

Skills for the Petrochemicals Industry of Tomorrow: Transforming in the Green & Digital Age 

Petrochemicals Europe has joined ChemSkills Project, a new European-funded initiative addressing the digital and green transition in the chemical industry. ChemSkills is about making sure that education and industry are on the same page, creating a concrete plan to bridge the skills gap and getting the right support.  

20/02/2024 - Read more

Transition Plans Are Set To Become A Licence To Get Funding: Key Takeaways From The Transition Finance Event

An unprecedented industrial transformation that the chemical industry has to undergo by 2050 will require billions of investments over the next decades. So how can companies secure the appropriate funding to embark on the ambitious transition? More than 200 attendees gathered at a recent Transition Finance event organised in Chemelot, one of the EU’s largest chemical clusters to discuss strategies for accessing much-needed finance.

08/12/2023 - Read more

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Discover our Interactive Flowchart

The journey of petrochemicals explained: from raw materials to 95% of all manufactured goods.

Petrochemicals Europe’s Flowchart illustrates the complex journey of petrochemicals from raw materials to everyday products. The updated chart reflects the industry’s initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and diversify its feedstock. Check out the updated flowchart and order a printed copy:

Petrochemicals in action

Discover where petrochemicals are used and how their versatility and properties are invaluable.




Household products


Paint and Coatings


Cosmetics & Medical

Petrochemical Industry in Europe

300.000 Jobs

145 €Billion/year total sales


95% of manufactured products


26% of total chemical sales

Application highlight

Find out more about a specific application of petrochemicals.

Solvents – a key ingredient of durable and sustainable materials

When you see solar panels or bridges you probably don’t think that solvents play a big role in making and protecting them. Yet they do. Solvents are essential to glue solar panels together. Coatings with solvents protect infrastructure like bridges and dams from corrosion and rust, extending their lifetime by decades.

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