Chemical Week


Margarita Todorova, Alexander Stonor, Maeve Flaherty, Micah Lanez

Singapore Chemical Week Report 2023

October 02, 2023

The chemical industry in Singapore is a powerful and innovative sector that has made the country one of the world's leading energy and chemical hubs. With a mix of refining, olefins production, and chemicals manufacturing capabilities, Singapore has attracted over 100 global chemicals firms that have established major operations in the country. The industry is supported by world-class infrastructure, with Jurong Island serving as Singapore's centerpiece for refining, petrochemical, and specialty chemicals activities.

Singapore's strong logistics capabilities, regional connectivity, and comprehensive free trade agreements facilitate the import and export of chemicals for companies. As the industry shifts towards using biofeedstocks, mono-material packaging, and eco-friendly formulations, Singapore has positioned itself as a sustainable and highly productive hub for chemical manufacturing. Amidst a turbulent global economy and weak demand for chemicals globally, Singapore has looked to new technologies and invested heavily in its infrastructure. With its strong intellectual property protection and extensive public and private research infrastructure, the island country has maintained itself as a top chemical exporter worldwide.


Haldor Topsoe discusses the potential for energy transition in Latin America.
The Mexican Union of Agrochemicals Manufacturers and Formulators (UMFFAAC) describes the main themes impacting its members.
Cristian García of PROCCYT explains the dynamics influencing Mexico’s crop protecting sector.
FMC discusses the rise of sustainable products which have minimal residues on crops.


Mexico Chemicals 2024

In August 2023, Mexican exports to the US surpassed China for the first time. As companies prioritize securing supply their chains after years of logistics challenges, Mexico has begun to see major benefits. With a spate of new infrastructure projects such as the Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec coming online in 2023, the country is actively opening itself to investment. The chemical industry, in particular, is positioned for nearshoring-driven growth.



"We plan to double our copper production by the end of the decade. There remains significant upside potential in the gold industry, and the copper operations are strategic and additive to that."