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UK chemical industry continues to push ahead but warns of energy challenge

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Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott

In speeches to the Annual Dinner of the Chemical Industries Association to take place in London on 19 November, the President and Chief Executive will salute the performance of UK chemical business but warn of the Britain’s energy challenge. 

Tom Crotty, President of CIA, will tell the 900 guests “We have the opportunity to build a new European chemical business around shale and I believe to rejuvenate our three key UK chemical clusters with energy, infrastructure and skills in Central Scotland, Merseyside and Teesside.” But will warn “If government is genuinely committed to a manufacturing resurgence they need to understand that a thriving chemical industry is vital.
We need to urgently address our energy base if we want a thriving UK chemical industry.”

Chief Executive Steve Elliott will say “While the chemical industry in the UK has had a strong year so far with growth of 6%, there are significant challenges affecting current trading conditions that companies are tackling right now on energy, innovation, environment and skills that need a better public policy framework that serves our country and allows business to grow as part of that”.

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