Dutch chemical industry

The Royal Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) promotes the collective interests of the chemical industry in the Netherlands by means of consultations, information meetings and recommendations. The VNCI acts on behalf of the entire sector as a central contact point and undertakes activities that have a positive impact on the image of the chemical industry.

For several decades now, the chemical industry and the Netherlands have been a profitable combination. Due in part to the Rotterdam harbour, the infrastructure, top universities and the availability of qualified personnel, the chemical industry has found a good home base in the Netherlands. Many of the world's largest chemical industries have opened production facilities in the Netherlands.


Royal VNCI connects, strengthens and represents the chemical industry in the Netherlands so that our members can contribute safely, efficiently and in an innovative manner to a sustainable and prosperous society. 

The sector turnover was € 87 billion. With this, the Netherlands is the fourth largest chemical producer in Europe and tenth worldwide. It provides work for 45,000 people, distributed among more than 390 companies. With the exception of the food, beverages and tobacco industry, the chemical industry is the largest business sector in the Netherlands.

An industry entirely without fossil resources and energy will not be possible. But the chemical industry thinks it is necessary to fully commit to the transition to a CO2-poor industry. This requires that the industry, together with the government and science, must focus and concentrate on the climate transition in which innovation is central. As a small country, thanks to our location, education and the right mentality, we have the right starting position for the climate transition and a healthy and safe future for our chemical industry.

Chemical clusters

The Netherlands has a favorable business climate for the chemical industry because the right preconditions are present. For example, important raw materials are available or can be supplied via the port of Rotterdam or via pipelines. In addition, there are direct lines between the most important chemical centers in the Netherlands and those of Belgium, Germany and Northern France.

The Netherlands has five chemical clusters: Rotterdam-Moerdijk, Chemelot, Noord-Nederland, Zeeland/West-Brabant and Noordzeekanaalgebied. In the so-called sixth cluster, companies are represented that are not in one of the other five clusters. Rotterdam, Zeeland and Chemelot are also part of the so-called ARRRA cluster, the collaboration between the chemical industry with Antwerp and the Rhine-Ruhr area.