Chemistry and Materials

The Gothenburg region is the hub of the Swedish chemical industry. A major focus here is the transition to sustainable chemistry. It's also home to world-leading research in materials science. Business Region Göteborg provides you with knowledge and contacts and opens doors to industry collaboration.
Chemistry and Materials

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You can turn to Business Region Göteborg for information about the chemistry and materials cluster in Western Sweden, to find out where they meet and who to approach regarding different matters. We mediate contacts and create meeting places. We help you when you want to increase your collaboration with large and small companies, universities, the public sector and other industries. Here or internationally.

Western Sweden's Chemistry & Materials Cluster

Western Sweden's Chemistry & Materials Cluster gathers actors in the chemical, energy, recycling and forest industries. The entire value chain is represented, with members from enterprise, academia, institutions and the public sector – which we believe to be a prerequisite for succeeding with sustainable chemistry. The purpose of the cluster is to develop and strengthen cooperation between its members, as well as to initiate innovation and development projects in prioritised areas. There's an inherent strength in bringing together members in a cluster, and it enables cross-industry collaboration. Business Region Göteborg is an active member of the cluster, which is headed by Johanneberg Science Park.

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Gothenburg is the region with the right chemistry

The Gothenburg region is home to chemical companies with more than fifty years' experience and that invest heavily in research and development. Borealis, for example, is a world leader in producing polythene for high-voltage cables and pipes. Our geographic proximity to the automotive industry, as well as its chain of subcontractors, and the pharmaceutical industry offers access to a skilled labour force and other benefits. Moreover, we have a regional policy that aims to achieve an economy independent of fossil fuels by 2030. Oil and gas, which currently represent about 90 percent of the raw materials used in the chemical industry, are to be replaced with biomass-based raw materials such as algae, biogas and waste from the forest industry.

Base for graphene – the material of the future

Gothenburg has a strong standing in materials science, with historic breakthroughs such as osseointegrated (bone-anchored) titanium implants. Development continues and Chalmers University of Technology has been appointed to head the largest research project in the history of the EU. The Graphene Centre at Chalmers is hosting the project, which has been tasked with taking the super material graphene from research to market within ten years. Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel, ductile and the thinnest material humankind has managed to produce. It's assessed to have great future potential.
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Did you know that…
… the EU's Graphene Flagship project has a budget of one billion euros?
… the researchers who successfully isolated graphene were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010?
… between them, five chemical companies in Stenungsund have 2,500 employees and annual sales of more than 20 billion Swedish kronor? The five are Aga, AkzoNobel, Borealis, Inovyn and Perstorp.
… these five companies have a shared vision that encompasses biomass-based raw materials and that also aims to create a proprietary "industrial ecosystem" with recycling as an important cornerstone? This ecosystem would enable waste from one industry to act as raw material in another while waste heat from production plants could be used for district heating. Read more about Sustainable Chemistry 2030 >
… Stenungsund is home to Scandinavia's largest plant for the production of renewable motor fuel from rapeseed oil?
… Preem's biorefinery on Hisingen in Gothenburg produces the biodiesel ACP Evolution Diesel from tall oil?
… Borealis is a world leader in producing polythene for high-voltage cables and pipes?


Would you like to get in touch with colleagues in your industry or learn more about the industry? Contact Hans Larsson. If you are interested in establishing a company within the industry, please contact Joel Görsch. Contact details can be found on the left.

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