Since BCNP Consultants started the project in 2014 the numbers of companies in the Chemistry Compass are continuously growing. The European innovative landscape in Chemistry has a great potential and many innovative companies are founded every year. The goal of the Chemistry Compass is to find and locate all innovative companies in Europe, which contribute to the chemical value chain. This year's 3rd Compass could raise the number of small and medium innovative enterprises up to a total number of 515, which is an increase of 114 % compared to the year before. With their products and services they all affect the chemical sector and its user industries. The variety of countries, in which the innovative companies are located, could also be increased by seven more countries. The new countries are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania and Turkey, summing up the total number of countries to 29. Also in the 3rd Compass Israel is considered to be a part of Europe. With 9 innovative companies the innovative landscape of this year's Chemical Compass is more than twice as big as before. The higher number of innovative companies also proves that the financial support of high-tech growth companies in Israel works out quite well. That is why the research in this particular region will continue with the perspective of another increase in numbers for the next edition.
Holger Bengs, editor and author, studied chemistry and business administration. He worked for several years in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry before starting his own consultancy, BCNP Consultants, with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. According to his background in polymer chemistry he got responsibility as a project manager for producing starch polymers by biocatalysis and furthermore to find new applications for these well defined biopolymers. He learned quickly that a project manager needs aside his own expertise experts from different fields, i.e. genetic engineering, fermentation, micro biology, marketing, economy. Scientific interdisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity beyond natural sciences are a key success factors to develop new products and to bring them successfully to the market. This story holds also true in the consulting practice of BCNP standing for biotech, chemistry, nanotech, pharma. The serie of Compasses to Europe´s Innovative Chemical Companies was motivated by the observation that quite often one speaks about company founding and entrepreneurship in the context of biotechnology and nanotechnoloy, but not about innovative chemical companies; even if chemical substances and processes are in the focus of the technology considered: This compass aims at bringing all interested parties to the table. Co-author is Dr. Georg F.L. Wießmeier, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Sibelco Group, Belgium, and presidium member of the German Chemical Society. The two-page portraits have been written by authors of the corresponding organizations. Holger Bengs, Herausgeber und Autor, studierte Chemie und Betriebswirtschaft. Er arbeitete einige Jahre in der chemisch-pharmazeutischen Industrie bevor er seine eigene Unternehmensberatung, BCNP Consultants, mit Sitz in Frankfurt am Main startete. Auf der Basis seiner Ausbildung zum Polymerchemiker erhielt er die Verantwortung als Projektleiter für die Produktion neuer Stärkemoleküle mit Enzymen und das Auffinden neuer Anwendungen für diese gut definierten Biopolymere. Er lernte schnell, dass ein Projektleiter neben seinem eigenen Wissen auch die Erfahrung von Experten verschiedener Disziplinen benötigt, etwa in der Genetik, Fermentation, Mikrobiologie, Marketing und Wirtschaft. Wissenschaftliche Interdisziplinarität und Interdisziplinarität, die darüber hinaus geht sind Schlüsselfaktoren, um neue Produkte zu entwickeln und diese am Markt einzuführen. Dies bewahrheitet sich auch in der Beratungspraxis von BCNP, das für die Branchen Biotech, Chemie, Nanotech und Pharma steht. Die Reihe der Compasses to Europe´s Innovative Chemical Companies wurde durch die Beobachtung motiviert, dass sehr häufig über Unternehmensgründungen und Unternehmertum in der Biotechnologie und Nanotechnologie gesprochen wird, aber nicht über innovative Chemie-Unternehmen; auch wenn chemische Stoffe und Verfahren im Mittelpunkt der Techologie stehen; dieser Compass hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt alle Interessierten zusammen zu bringen. Co-Autor ist Dr. Georg F.L. Wießmeier, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Sibelco Group, Belgium, und Präsidiumsmitglied der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker. Die zweiseitigen Porträts wurden von Autoren der dazugehörenden Einrichtungen verfasst.
05 | Overview
Third Compass to Europe's Innovative Chemical Companies
Since BCNP Consultants started the project in 2014 the numbers of companies in the Chemistry Compass are continuously growing. The European innovative landscape in Chemistry has a great potential and many innovative companies are founded every year. The goal of the Chemistry Compass is to find and locate all innovative companies in Europe, which contribute to the chemical value chain.
This year's 3rd Compass could raise the number of small and medium innovative enterprises up to a total number of 515, which is an increase of 114 % compared to the year before. With their products and services they all affect the chemical sector and its user industries. The variety of countries, in which the innovative companies are located, could also be increased by seven more countries. The new countries are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania and Turkey, summing up the total number of countries to 29.
Also in the 3rd Compass Israel is considered to be a part of Europe. With 9 innovative companies the innovative landscape of this year's Chemical Compass is more than twice as big as before. The higher number of innovative companies also proves that the financial support of high-tech growth companies in Israel works out quite well. That is why the research in this particular region will continue with the perspective of another increase in numbers for the next edition.
The innovative companies are divided into six categories in order to make the navigation as simple as possible:
b) Catalysis and enzymes,
c) Contract R&D and services,
d) Fine chemicals and special chemicals,
e) New materials and nanomaterials
f) Technology and hardware
The majority of companies can be found in the category "new materials and nanomaterials" (34.0 %), followed by the categories "fine and special chemicals" (28.2 %), "technology and hardware" (17.7 %), "contract R&D and service" (12.8 %) and last but not least "analytics" (3.9 %) and "catalysis and enzymes" (3.5 %).
The allocation of the companies is based on our knowledge and our experience, but underlies also the dynamics of global economics. Considering the diversity of knowledge and the interdisciplinary nature of the business, this may only be a first approximation and an introduction to the fields of activity, products and services of these young and / or smalland medium-sized innovative innovators. Companies that offer catalysts or enzymes, for example, may also fit into fine chemicals and special chemicals, whereas companies from the category analytics may also provide expertise in technology and hardware. The business and the products of the companies are often quite complex, which could leave many open questions after the short introductions. Table: Distribution of innovative chemical companies by country and category
With the 3rd edition the Compass to Europe's Innovative Chemical Companies reaches a new zenith in its development, nevertheless it still can be considered a new project and further research is an on-going process, which will lead to an increased number of located companies in the next editions. This is why the statistics presented here deliver only a partial picture. No availability of information in German or English can also lead to a distorted evaluation of the development in some other countries, although we have been as accurate as possible. Also, the status of a nation's chemical industry cannot always be completely derived from statistics. The initial goal of the book and its corresponding website www. chemistry-compass.eu was to create the basis for more start-ups in chemistry and to establish a connection between potential business partners.
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The following chart shows the development of the numbers of innovative companies which have been researched since 2015. The numbers show a nearly doubling between the years 2015 and 2016 and a raise by 114 % between the years 2016 and 2017. This is not only due to the intake of four more countries, but also generally to a closer focus on the innovative landscape outside of Germany. Especially a more in deep research of the new materials and nanomaterials category was followed by a big progress.
Since we started the project in 2014 the numbers of innovative companies which have been located by the Chemical Compass nearly doubled between the years 2015 and 2016 and compared with 2016 in 2017 the number of companies located by Chemical Compass is even more than twice as high, which is a remarkable success of this year's Chemical Compass, considering the much higher basis in comparison with 2015.
This can be explained by a stronger focus on markets outside of Germany. 316 of all located companies are outside of Germany, which represents 61.4 % of all located companies. That's a growth of 12.4 % and 22.8 % compared to the years before.
Another reason might also be the European Chemistry Partnering event organized by BCNP Consultants in February 2017, which also gave a better insight into the innovative Chemistry of Europe. Figure 1: Development of the numbers of innovative companies shown by the Chemical Compass
BCNP Consultants began its research in October 2014. Today, on June 30th, 2017 the total number of all located companies which fulfill the requirements of an innovative company is 515. In the terminology used in the 1st Compass to Europe's Innovative Chemical Companies, an innovation does not only refer to new products but also to new services, methods, technical equipment, processes or even business-models, as these are equally important for economic structures and for differentiation from competitors. It is all about value chains; the technology is just a functional instrument and not an economic value on its own. Figure 2: Percentage distribution of innovative chemical companies by category (Remark: rounded values)
According to this philosophy, companies must meet at least one of the following criteria:
1. Producing new chemicals, materials or compounds
2. Developing and utilizing new chemical, physical or biological processes for the production of chemicals, materials or compounds
3. Using new or established chemicals for the development of new instruments
4. Developing innovative equipment to enable new chemical processes for the synthesis or analysis of substances
5. Working on the basis of new business models in order to manufacture chemicals, materials or compounds and to supply customers of the chemical industry, related industries and end-user industries
6. Offering an innovative service for the chemical industry
By and large the companies also satisfy the European Union's definition of small and medium-sized enterprises: they have less than 250 employees, a turnover of less than 50 million Euros, and a balance- sheet total of less than 43 million Euros. One special feature of our overview is that even soon-tobe- founded companies are included in the statistics. In some special cases we have decided to add single companies missing some of the named size criteria if they still meet the broad lines of small and medium-sized enterprises even in case of being a daughter company of a bigger one. The 4th Compass to Europe´s Innovative Chemical Companies will be released in September 2018: Be part of it!
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