Economic Sectors

Chemical Industry

The che­mi­cal in­dus­try is one of the most im­port­ant and lar­gest na­tio­nal in­dus­tries in Ger­many. The sec­tor ranks third be­hind the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and me­cha­ni­cal en­gi­nee­ring and em­ployed over 350,000 peo­ple in 2021. Ger­many is also a lea­ding player in­ter­na­tio­nally, oc­cu­py­ing the fourth lar­gest po­si­tion world­wide in the in­dus­try be­hind China, the USA and Ja­pan. In par­ti­cu­lar, the di­ver­sity of com­pa­nies cha­rac­te­ri­zes the Ger­man che­mi­cal in­dus­try - a wide range of play­ers are re­pre­sen­ted, from small fa­mily-run busi­nes­ses to large DAX-lis­ted cor­po­ra­ti­ons - over 90% of which are small and me­dium-si­zed en­ter­pri­ses. The pro­duct range is ex­tre­mely di­verse, ran­ging from the mass pro­duc­tion of cer­tain raw ma­te­ri­als and in­ter­me­dia­tes to the ma­nu­fac­ture of highly spe­cia­li­zed che­mi­cals in small quan­ti­ties.

Dis­tri­bu­tion and change in re­la­tive sha­res in Ger­man che­mi­cal pro­duc­tion

Divisional share

Com­pa­nies in the che­mi­cal in­dus­try ope­rate in a de­man­ding en­viron­ment, cha­rac­te­ri­zed by high glo­ba­liza­tion on both the purchasing and sa­les si­des and con­stantly in­cre­asing re­gu­latory re­qui­re­ments. They face con­side­ra­ble chal­len­ges that re­quire per­pe­tual ad­apta­tion to ever chan­ging con­di­ti­ons.

On the one hand, Ger­man che­mi­cal com­pa­nies are ex­po­sed to gro­wing com­pe­ti­tive pres­sure from in­ter­na­tio­nal com­pe­ti­tors, both in­ter­na­tio­nally and in their home mar­ket. On the other hand, like all mar­ket play­ers, they must con­stantly re­view and ad­apt their pro­ducts and ser­vices, as well as their pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses and supply chains, in terms of sus­tai­na­bi­lity, ef­fi­ci­ency, re­lia­bi­lity and re­cy­cla­bi­lity. To main­tain their own mar­ket po­si­tion, stra­te­gies such as launching new and in­no­va­tive pro­ducts, in­cre­asing re­source ef­fi­ci­ency, cut­ting costs and ope­ning up new in­ter­na­tio­nal mar­kets are cru­cial. At the same time, a large num­ber of na­tio­nal and Eu­ro­pean le­gal re­gu­la­ti­ons must be ta­ken into ac­count, for ex­am­ple with re­gard to (pro­duct) ap­pro­vals, ta­xes, com­mer­cial per­mits and pu­blic sub­si­dies.

World sales

Ger­man che­mi­cal com­pa­nies must also not miss the boat on an in­ter­na­tio­nal le­vel and must con­ti­nue to de­ve­lop. Im­port­ant trends such as the di­gi­ta­liza­tion of supply chain plan­ning, sol­ving the de­pen­dence on fos­sil fu­els and the ge­ne­ral in­crease in en­ergy costs must be ta­ken into ac­count when de­ve­lo­ping a stra­tegy in or­der to re­main com­pe­ti­tive for the fu­ture.

Eb­ner Stolz has a highly qua­li­fied team of ex­perts who con­ti­nuously en­gage with and ad­vise com­pa­nies in the che­mi­cal in­dus­try. Our con­sul­tants spe­cia­lize in the areas of per­for­mance ma­nage­ment, fi­nan­cial ma­nage­ment, tax and le­gal ad­vice, and also have an in-depth un­der­stan­ding of the in­dus­try, the mar­ket and the pro­ducts.

Thanks to this broad ex­per­tise, we can of­fer you a com­pre­hen­sive con­sul­ting port­fo­lio for the che­mi­cal in­dus­try from a sin­gle source to help you suc­cess­fully mas­ter the chal­len­ges of the in­dus­try.

Our services at a glance

  • Sin­gle-en­tity and con­so­li­da­ted fi­nan­cial state­ments (HGB, IFRS)
  • Risk ma­nage­ment
  • Com­pli­ance sys­tems
  • IT con­sul­ting
  • Tax op­ti­miza­tion of the pro­duc­tion pro­cess
  • Trans­fer pri­cing
  • Con­sul­ting on va­lue ad­ded tax for ser­vice re­la­ti­ons­hips with for­eign com­pa­nies
  • Cor­po­rate struc­tures to op­ti­mize pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses and re­duce lia­bi­lity risk
  • As­sis­ting with M&A tran­sac­tions
  • Pro­tec­ting in­tan­gi­ble pro­perty rights (in­dus­trial pro­perty rights, con­fi­den­tia­lity agree­ments, etc.)
  • Li­cense agree­ments
  • Coope­ra­tion agree­ments in re­se­arch and de­ve­lop­ment, R&D agree­ments
  • Con­cep­tion and cor­po­rate struc­tu­ring of joint ven­tures
  • Spe­cia­liza­tion agree­ments
  • Supply agree­ments
  • Ge­ne­ral terms and con­di­ti­ons of busi­ness
  • Purchasing ma­nage­ment
  • Growth ma­nage­ment
  • Ef­fi­ci­ency ma­nage­ment
  • In­no­va­tion ma­nage­ment
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