• £2.7bn

  • £3.2bn

  • 10,770

  • 260


Top three chemical subsectors in Scotland

By Business number:

  1. Manufacture of perfumes and toilet preparation
  2. Manufacture of other chemical products nec
  3. Manufacture of pharmaceutical preparations

By Employment:

  1. Manufacture of pharmaceutical preparations
  2. Manufacture of other chemical products nec
  3. Mineral oil refining


This region is responsible for 8.1% of all gross value added by the national chemical industry.

Within Scotland the chemical industry is responsible for 1.9% of gross value added from all production industries and 16.3% of all manufacturing production.


This region’s export make up 5.4% of all chemical exports

Chemicals are 9.5% of all exports from the region and are exported in similar quantities to EU and non-EU countries (54-46).

A third of all chemical exported from Scotland are classified as chemical materials and products not elsewhere specified and slightly less than another third is medicinal and pharmaceutical products.


7.9 % of all chemical and pharmaceutical employment is in Scotland, with 3000 people working in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical preparations, 2500 manufacture other chemical products not elsewhere specified, and 1500 in mineral oil refining.

Our industry makes up for 6.3% of all manufacturing employment in the region.

The biggest manufacturing employers are food products manufacturing, fabricated metal products, and manufacture of machinery and equipment.