Chemicals in Humberside

Invest in Chemicals in Humberside

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Be at the forefront of a global chemicals market

Demand within the chemicals industry is booming. Fuelled by rapidly growing consumer industries around the world, the requirement for both basic and specialised chemical products is increasing fast.

The UK chemical market is well known for high quality manufacturing of basic chemicals, but innovative new industry clusters are also quickly gaining a reputation for producing speciality chemical products.

Join a host of global chemical manufacturers leading the way in the Humber region.

The investment opportunity

  1. A growth industry

    Demand for basic chemicals is being driven by major end-use industries such as agriculture, electrical and pharmaceutical uses. It is estimated that the global chemicals market will be valued at £4.3 trillion by 2025. Tap into a £12.2 billion speciality chemical market and a £3.4 billion bulk chemical manufacturing sector opportunity in the UK.

  2. Internationally competitive

    Over 80% of The Humber chemical industry’s manufactured products are exported, generating £25 billion in exports. The US is the largest export market, with a total value £3.5 billion, followed closely by Germany, with a value of £3.2 billion.

  3. Industry partnerships:

    Join CATCH, an industry led partnership supporting the process, energy, engineering and renewable industries in Yorkshire and Humber. Enjoy access to a world renowned £12 million training facility that offers industry authentic training and assessment without the risks associated with processing hazardous materials. With capital and business support programmes, network groups, skills programmes and conferences, CATCH can support your business with recruitment and a wide range of training.

pipeline of talent - 6000 employees, 5 universities, 7655 graduates


The Humber and wider Northern Powerhouse has significant strengths, capabilities, and assets across a broad spectrum of chemicals manufacturing and processing.

  • Established skills base:

    • Direct access to a core of the UK’s highly skilled chemistry and chemical engineering employees and graduates
    • Cutting edge chemical processing R&D programmes in The Humber are also addressing key industry issues including sustainability, technology, training, supply chains and production.
    • 6,000 employees in the Humber chemicals sector – the talent you need to develop chemicals processing solutions
    • 5 world class universities in the Northern Powerhouse offering courses in the field of chemistry
    • 7,655 industry ready graduates per year in the Northern Powerhouse specialising in courses related to the chemicals sector
  • Strategic location

    • East coast port access means good links with European ports and critical shipping routes
    • Chemical cluster near strategic port: The Humber Ports offer unrivalled facilities and capabilities, and together handle more than 77milion tonnes of cargo annually and more than 60 sailings a week to mainland Europe.
    • The Humber is located right by the end of the M62 with close proximity to freight distribution centres – making it the logical choice for container traffic coming into the UK.
  • Local support for investment:

    • “Growing the Humber” Capital Grant Scheme designed to support SME based capital investment, and in exceptional circumstances, provide support to large companies
    • Business Loan Fund Programme designed to unlock capital projects that have the potential for job creation and can quickly deliver tangible economic outcomes
    • ERDF funding supports several initiatives for SME investments including training for staff, the manufacturing growth programme, the ICT voucher scheme and exporting support
    • Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund designed to bring forward projects and expansions
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This opportunity is:

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    Cost competitive

    Costs of labour, industrial property and utilities are highly competitive in the UK.

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    Supported by government

    The UK’s visa system is investor friendly and the Department for International trade offers advice on skills, finance and more.

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    Supported locally

    Business networks and access to funding and academic institutions can help you get established and growing.

Who’s already here

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Case studies



Croda International Plc produces high performance ingredients and technologies that are relied on by industries and consumers globally and has been operating in the Humber since 1925. The business still has its headquarters and two of its four UK manufacturing sites in the region. The site in Hull is one of their largest and uses oleochemical technology to provide innovative solutions to their customers using renewable and sustainable feedstocks. An onsite wind turbine also provides a large amount of the facility’s energy.