The Process Industries of North East England are dynamic and successful and experiencing substantial growth. Since 2004, 83 process sector investment projects have been delivered in the region valued at £4.3 billion.
The region is home to the chemistry-using industries of chemicals, fine & speciality, petrochemicals, polymers and composites, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, bioresources, biofuels and renewable energy and low carbon materials.
There are more than 1,400 companies directly involved or in the supply chain of these industries, generating £26 billion of annual sales. Together they employ 190,000 people and the sector exports £12 billion each year – making this region the only net exporting region in the UK.
The region is renowned for its industrial heritage and boasts more than 2,000 years of industrial activity and manufacturing.