Petrochemicals Europe is the voice of the European petrochemical industry, representing about 70 member companies (including affiliated members) with a turnover of 145 billion Euro, not including the turnover of its customer industries. The association was founded in 1985. Petrochemicals Europe is chaired by Rob Ingram, CEO of INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe North and its Executive Director is Frans Stokman.
Petrochemicals Europe is an industry sector of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry council, representing about 29.000 large, medium and small chemical companies employing approximately 1,2 million people, and accounting for nearly 17% of world chemicals production fuelling innovation, manufacturing and employment.
Who we are
These are the raw materials of the petrochemical industry, which turns them into products used in the manufacture of a wide range of consumer goods. For more information on their uses, check out our product groups and applications section or, for a general view of the uses and benefits of the petrochemicals industry, see our Flowchart.
- Advocate for conditions that will allow the industry to operate successfully in a highly competitive global environment.
- Raise awareness of the contribution of our industry to the European economy, which provides essential raw materials for thousands of products produced by diverse industries, driving innovation and creating employment.
- Engage continuously with all our stakeholders in the pursuit of sustainable solutions.
- Health, safety and environment, including REACH, chemicals management, Responsible Care and Product Stewardship
- Regulatory issues
- Trade and competitiveness, e.g. the European feedstocks situation
- Energy and climate change issues
- Logistics, e.g. the European pipeline network
- Market intelligence
- Integration of Western and Eastern European petrochemical activities.
In a number of areas where opportunities have been identified around monomers and polymers, Petrochemicals Europe collaborates actively with the Plastics Manufacturers Association (PlasticsEurope).
Petrochemicals Europe looks for and encourages any possible cross-fertilisation around issues of interest to all petrochemical sectors, in particular in the field of health, safety and environment, scientific and technical issues, market intelligence and communications.
One of Petrochemicals Europe’s priorities is also to achieve efficient co-ordination along the industry chain, so as to deliver consistent messages to its industry’s stakeholders, taking advantage of the quantum leap in information technology that we have been witnessing in the last few years.