Fast Facts: Chemicals Sector

Facts and figures on the chemical and energy industry in Singapore.

The world’s leading energy and chemical industry hub


  • In 2010, the chemicals and chemical products sector contributed S$38 billion of the manufacturing output, a significant rise from S$28 billion in 2009.
  • Many of the world’s leading energy and chemical companies, among them BASF, ExxonMobil, Lanxess, Mitsui Chemicals, Shell and Sumitomo Chemicals.
  • Jurong Island has successfully attracted investments in excess of S$35 billion. 
  • Proprietary manufacturing processes
  • Strong track record for intellectual property rights protection
  • Located on Jurong Island, the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) is an autonomous national research institute under A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research).
  • Singapore is host to a number of private sector research centres by Chemical companies like 3M, Bayer and BASF.
  • Specialty chemicals companies can leverage the close proximity from Singapore to their customers and the end-consumer, and respond with agility to the emerging needs of Asian consumers by innovating new applications.
  • Well-trained pool of engineering and management talent as well as skilled technicians
  • The government invested in a live kerosene splitter on Jurong Island. This facility within the Chemical Process Technology Centre (CPTC) provides graduates the invaluable opportunity to simulate start-up, shut-down, and safety procedures.
  • Key infrastructure such as a gasification plant, a LPG terminal and a multi-user product grid
  • The city actively supports companies to encourage adoption of energy efficiency improvement projects.