Central Europe and Germany are on the verge of collapse. Criticisms of the overall economy automatically trickle down to the chemical and pharmaceutical industry: Wage costs are too high. Skilled workers too scarce. Enviromental regulations too strict. Business space too expensive. Energy costs too high. Sales prices too low. Competition from Asia too fierce. Local opposition too strong.
No question, the chemical industry faces daunting challenges. As sales markets and goods flows globalize and new production centers emerge, companies large and small are having to make unprecedented changes. This trend has been intensified by the shift to renewable energy and the growing scarcity of carbon-based raw materials; industry players see no alternative but to join forces. Mergers and acquisitions are rampant and affecting the number and structure of sites around the world.
However, there are absolutely no grounds for pessimism. Germany’s chemical industry is in fine fettle and has excellent prospects thanks to an outstanding environment. This paper describes the best way to harness the industry’s strengths, opportunities and potential locally. Its main focus is on running and developing the ideal site.
As the operator of Industriepark Höchst, one of Germany’s premier chemical sites, Infraserv Höchst has some of the broadest, deepest experience in the field. And we want to share it with you.
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