Chemicals & Polymers

With around 460,000 direct and over 500,000 indirect employees, the chemical industry has an impact on Germany as an industrial location.

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Current Developments

A sector in structural transition.

There is a worldwide change in demand and value chains in the chemical industry. While the life cycles of chemical products are becoming progressively shorter, society is demanding more energy and resource efficiency.

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Circular economy

Linear supply chains are evolving into multi-layered economic networks as the recycling of materials and molecules becomes increasingly important.


Our Sector Transactions
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Number of M&A transactions - DACH region, 2021 (as of August)
Significant Transactions
  • Bain Capital Private Equity & Cinven x Lonza Specialty Ingredients

Zumera Trendzoom

It is expected that hardly any technological revolutions will take place that affect production as a whole. As a result, companies in the future define themselves as part of a smart ecosystem enabled by the collaboration of different industries. Scale, economies of scale and optimisations of productivity and costs will remain essential factors for success.

Our M&A perspective

The chemical market is undergoing a major shift as manufacturers in emerging and commodity-rich countries expand their capabilities and focus on the specialty chemicals sector, which was previously served by German exports. New targets and demand patterns are influencing consumer behaviour, causing a wave of concentration in the SME sector.

Our M&A perspective

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