Federchimica is the abbreviated name of the Italian Federation of the chemical industry.
It was founded in 1916 as the Italian Association of chemical-pharmaceutical entrepreneurs, in 1920 it became the Italian Federation of Chemical Industry Associations, and in 1945 it became Aschimici, it was transformed into Federchimica in 1984.
At the present time 1450 companies, with a total of 94.000 employees, are part of Federchimica. They are grouped into 17 Associations, articulated into 38 product groups. Federchimica is a member of Confindustria (General Confederation of the Italian Industry) and CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council).
Federchimica, whose primary objectives are the coordination and the protection of the role of the Italian chemical industry as well as the promotion of its development capacity, has the following main duties:
- to elaborate guidelines in economic, industrial and trade union matters and also in the areas of environment, innovation and energy policies;
- to promote these policies with Public Authorities, national economic organisations, other entrepreneurial organisations, international organisations to whom the Federation belongs, trade union leaders, environmental and consumer organisations;
- to contribute to the establishment of an accurate image of the chemical industry in the public opinion;
- to carry out studies and projects which inspire and legitimise entrepreneurial choice;
- to contribute to the constant promotion of the level of quality of the companies associated, with a particular attention to the organisation of initiatives in the field of innovation.