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2020 global list of top chemical companies based on net income

This statistic shows the 2020 ranking of the ten leading global chemical companies based on net income. The values are based on the 2020 Financial Times Equity list of the leading global companies. The chemical company Shin-Etsu Chemical was ranked first, with a net income of approximately 2.92 billion U.S. dollars.

Leading global chemical companies

The chemical industry is one of the most important foundations for the world’s economy as we know it. One of the primary undertakings of this industry is the transformation of raw materials into industrial chemical products, which are fundamental for other industrial sectors. The principle chemical products are polymers and plastics, which are responsible for nearly 80 percent of the industry’s production volume. Including the pharmaceutical sector, the chemical industry makes more than four trillion U.S. dollars of revenue globally.

Germany is one of the countries with an old and well-established chemical industry. Two of the largest chemical companies worldwide, BASF and Bayer, originated there. BASF generated approximately 59.3 billion euros of revenue in 2019. DowDuPont, which has since spun-off again into Dow and DuPont, are U.S.-based companies, and are both were among the world’s top five chemical companies ranking based on net income in 2018. In 2018, the newly restructured companies based on the merger between Dow Chemical and DuPont reported some 3.7 billion U.S. dollars and 3.2 billion U.S. dollars of net income, respectively. In 2019, however, the companies' net incomes were considerably lower. The chemical company with the highest market capitalization in May 2020 was Linde from Germany.

2020 ranking of the leading global chemical companies based on net income

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May 2020



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Ranking compiled in 2020 based on latest available net income.

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