Chemicals & Resources

Chemicals and (natural) resources are interconnected industries, and they are the building blocks of our intricate built environment. The chemical sector is one of the most influential industries in the world as many industries – the plastics industry, food industry, automobile industry, glass industry, and many more – are highly dependent on chemical materials.

The resources sector is also very influential, encompassing many of the global economy’s key commodities, including fossil fuels, pulp and paper, metals, and minerals. Energy harnessed from fossil fuels is still a cornerstone of the industrialized world. Metals and minerals are often the only material option for many industries, especially the high-tech sector, and precious metals like gold and silver are still driving world finance.

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Industry Definition

The chemicals and resources category provides information about the chemicals industry (excluding pharmaceuticals) and its numerous sub-sectors, and the various major natural resource industries: fossil fuels and petroleum products, mining, minerals, and metals, pulp and paper, as well as intersecting products such as plastic and rubber.

Statista provides information on the key metrics by which these industries are measured: reserves, production, and consumption (supply and demand), as well as prices, M&A activity, and other economic indicators for the wide array of chemical products and resource commodities covered.

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