Netherlands to remain world leader in chemical industry
Scenarios for the future of the chemical industry
The future looks bright for the chemical industry in the Netherlands in the coming decades. The world may take various turns at critical junctures in the future, but the Netherlands (and the northwest European region as a whole) will increase its strength in innovation, cooperation, and specialization.
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In this report, we distinguish four future scenarios for the chemicals sector in the Netherlands to meet growing demand:
- Fragmentation: nations and regions seek self-sufficiency to counter the effects of resource scarcity;
- Green transition: demand for sustainability successfully drives development of clean products;
- Abundant energy: new sources of energy reduce climate concerns to a bad dream;
- High-tech world: breakthroughs like supra-molecular chemistry and nanocatalysis allow the industry to revolutionize.
In ‘The chemical industry in the Netherlands’ we assess the state of the chemical industry in the distant future (2030-2050). We conclude that the gloominess we encountered in some parts of the industry is not reflected in our research. Substantial global economic growth over the long run, combined with the industry’s strong starting position, offers ample growth opportunities. The Dutch chemical sector will be active in production across the value chain and in end markets that include fossil and bio-based feedstock. This trend will enable the chemical industry to continue as a leading sector in generating wealth and jobs in the Netherlands.
ARRRA: leading in feedstock, production, research, and development
Four divergent and realistic scenarios for 2030–2050 all expect the Netherlands to remain a world leader in the chemical industry. The country’s industry will be a key part of the large and highly integrated cluster in the Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr Area (ARRRA), one of a few leading chemical clusters in the world. In 2030–2050 the ARRRA will be Europe’s regional hub for feedstock, production, research, and development. This cluster will compete and interact with similar areas in the United States, China, India, the Middle East, and Brazil.