Global new start chemical plants by company 2020-2025

Amid the global COVID-19 crisis, chemical companies have planned to ramp up or to start entirely new plants in order to produce in-demand products such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant, as is the case with BASF and Huntsman. This can be seen in many countries, with new hand sanitizer producing plants starting up in Germany, Switzerland, the United States, and Australia in April 2020. Meanwhile, the chemicals industry's myriad products are also represented in other new industry projects.

Number of new chemical plants worldwide with start-up between February 2020 and 2025 by company

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

April 2020

Supplementary notes

*Denotes plant expansions rather than new plant. For BASF, four of the hand sanitizer plants are new projects while the hand sanitizer production at the company's Ludwigshafen, Germany site is an expansion.
** Start-up date not provided by the source.

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