Italian chemical companies are taking advantage of globalization by offering their international customers the same solutions enforcing partnership with domestic clients: innovation, customization, flexibility, just-in-time and fulfilment to requirements.
Since 2007 exports to turnover ratio has increased by 13 percentage points. Not only large firms, but also SMEs are strongly oriented to international markets.
Other EU countries are Italian main trade partners, but Asia and Eastern Europe are gaining importance. Export performance is positive especially in downstream chemicals. Italy is world leader in producing active pharmaceuticals ingredients for generics and enjoys significant trade surpluses in home care (584 millions Euros in 2016), cosmetics (2209 millions), paints and varnishes (1253 millions) and in many other specialty chemicals. The chemical industry in Italy