2019 global list of top chemical companies based on net income

This statistic shows the 2019 ranking of the ten leading global chemical companies based on net income. The values are based on the 2019 Financial Times Equity list of the leading global companies. The chemical company LyondellBasell Industries was ranked first, with a net income of approximately 4.3 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 63 billion euros of revenue in 2018. DowDuPont, which has since spun-off again into Dow and DuPont, are U.S.-based companies based in Michigan, and are both in the world’s top five chemical companies ranking based on net income. 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. The chemical company with the highest market capitalization in July 2019 was Linde from Germany.

2019 ranking of the leading global chemical companies based on net income

Net income in billion U.S. dollars
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July 2019



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Supplementary notes

Ranking compiled in 2018 based on latest available net income.

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