July 29, 2002
Volume 80, Number 30
CENEAR 80 30 pp. 15-18
ISSN 0009-2347

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GLOBAL TOP 50
Mergers and acquisitions put U.S. firms on top in 2001

CHEMICAL SALES
CHEMICAL OPERATING PROFITS
CAPITAL SPENDING
R&D SPENDING
2001 2000
TOTAL SALES 2001 ($ MILLIONS)
2001 ($ MILLIONS)
CHANGE 2000–01
AS % OF TOTAL SALES
2001 ($ MILLIONS)
CHANGE 2000–01
OPERATING PROFIT MARGINa
2001 ($ MILLIONS)
CHANGE 2000–01
AS % OF CHEMICAL SALES
2001 ($ MILLIONS)
CHANGE 2000–01
AS % OF CHEMICAL SALES
1 3 Dow Chemical (U.S.) $27,805.0 $27,805.0 20.8% 100.0% $1,247.0 –45% 4.5% $1,587.0 17.6% 5.7% $1,072.0 20.2% 3.9%
2 2 DuPont (U.S.)b 27,689.0 26,787.0 –5.7 96.7 6,844.0 113.4 25.5 1,246.0 –35.3 4.7 1,588.0 –10.6 5.9
3 1 BASF (Germany) 29,093.6 24,725.4 –6.3 85.0 –108.3 nm nm 2,516.0 –3.3 10.2 965.0 6.9 3.9
4 5 Bayer (Germany) 27,102.2 18,299.7 –2.4 67.5 1,038.4 –41.4 5.7 1,732.2 1.7 9.5 953.4 3.3 5.2
5 6 TotalFinaElf (France)c 94,280.7 17,510.1 1.9 18.6 980.2 –27.0 5.6 1,442.2 19.1 8.2 na -- --
6 4 ExxonMobil (U.S.)b 213,488.0 15,943.0 –25.9 7.5 882.0 –24.0 5.5 872.0 –40.6 5.5 na -- --
7 8 Shell (U.K./Netherlands) 177,281.0 14,250.0 –12.6 8.0 97.0 –91.3 0.7 760.0 –22.2 5.3 na -- --
8 7 Degussa (Germany)c 11,568.7 11,568.7 –17.1 100.0 435.1 –21.5 3.8 1,055.4 14.0 9.1 414.5 –7.3 3.6
9 10 BP (U.K.) 174,218.0 11,515.0 2.4 6.6 128.0 –83.2 1.1 1,150.0 –27.4 10.0 na -- --
10 9 ICI (U.K.) 9,249.4 9,249.4 –17.1 100.0 771.6 19.1 8.3 342.6 –17.6 3.7 220.3 –13.1 2.4
11 11 Akzo Nobel (Netherlands) 12,631.3 9,126.6 –1.1 72.3 685.7 –14.1 7.5 439.5 –1.6 4.8 270.4 4.1 3.0
12 15 Huntsman Corp.(U.S.) 8,500.0 8,500.0 6.3 100.0 na -- -- na -- -- na -- --
13 14 Mitsui Chemicals (Japan)d 7,836.5 7,836.5 1.4 100.0 348.6 –22.3 4.4 967.3 91.1 12.3 300.2 –6.4 3.8
14 13 Mitsubishi Chemical (Japan)d 14,644.6 7,500.0 –5.8 51.2 39.4 –88.1 0.5 368.3 4.0 4.9 na -- --
15 18 Dainippon Ink & Chemicals (Japan)d 8,059.4 7,476.1 0.4 92.8 252.1 –32.9 3.4 350.2 5.6 4.7 8.2 –6.2 1.1
16 16 General Electric (U.S.) 125,913.0 7,069.0 –9.1 5.6 1,596.0 –17.0 22.6 814.0 42.1 11.5 na -- --
17 21 Henkel (Germany) 11,691.3 6,940.5 7.4 59.4 856.7 59.6 12.3 408.2 –41.7 5.9 195.2 17.7 2.8
18 22 SABIC (Saudi Arabia) 7,683.5 6,784.0 6.8 88.8 1,442.3 –26.0 21.3 504.2 –54.8 7.4 na -- --
19 20 DSM (Netherlands) 7,134.7 6,754.3 –4.7 94.7 410.0 –31.9 6.1 583.7 8.8 8.6 246.2 15.1 3.6
20 12 Sumitomo Chemical(Japan)d 8,376.7 6,636.7 –5.2 79.2 181.2 –47.6 2.7 519.5 61.5 7.8 na -- --
21 24 Rhodia (France) 6,516.2 6,516.2 6.5 100.0 14.3 –96.5 0.2 432.4 –4.0 6.6 176.4 0.9 2.7
22 26 Air Liquide (France) 7,455.2 6,495.6 10.1 87.1 1,054.5 14.6 16.2 636.5 –15.2 9.8 124.1 57.9 1.9
23 17 Chevron Phillips (U.S.) 6,010.0 6,010.0 –21.3 100.0 –431.0 nm -- 291.0 -- -- na -- --
24 29 PPG Industries (U.S.) 8,169.0 5,933.0 –5.5 72.6 586.0 –31.8 9.9 167.0 –70.2 2.8 266.0 –5.7 4.5
25 19 Equistar (U.S.) 5,909.0 5,909.0 –21.2 100.0 –44.0 nm -- 110.0 –16 1.9 na -- --
26 25 China Petroleum & Chemicals (China) 36,770.2 5,907.9 –13.0 16.1 –84.6 nm -- 1,443.4 92.5 24.4 na -- --
27 30 Clariant (Switzerland) 5,843.9 5,843.9 –6.7 100.0 373.6 –44.4 6.4 299.0 –5.6 5.1 242.1 –1.2 4.1
28 -- Teijin (Japan)d 7,596.0 5,777.1 26.6 76.1 148.0 320.6 2.6 332.2 8.7 5.8 na -- --
29 37 Air Products & Chemical Corp. (U.S.) 5,717.2 5,466.8 4.4 95.6 864.9 –3.5 15.8 750.1 –2.3 13.7 123.0 –0.8 2.2
30 43 Formosa Plastics (Taiwan) 8,263.4 5,434.0 2.9 65.8 620.9 –29.1 11.4 851.5 –16.5 15.7 na -- --
31 28 Toray Industries (Japan)d 8,355.0 5,399.2 –3.4 64.6 89.0 –68.3 1.6 303.3 1.2 5.6 na -- --
32 23 Syngenta (Switzerland)c 6,323.0 5,385.0 –8.5 85.2 738.0 –14.8 13.7 253.0 36.8 4.7 611.0 –3.6 11.3
33 35 Eastman Chemical (U.S.) 5,384.0 5,384.0 1.7 100.0 –126.0 nm -- 234.0 3.5 4.3 160.0 7.4 3.0
34 45 BOC (U.K.)e 5,987.6 5,240.1 –22.5 87.5 784.7 –23.2 15.0 460.5 –15.9 8.8 85.9 0.8 1.6
35 36 Asahi Kasei (Japan)d 9,833.0 5,184.1 –9.3 52.7 143.3 –69.1 2.8 405.2 9.7 7.8 na -- --
36 41 Praxair (U.S.) 5,158.0 5,158.0 2.3 100.0 1,333.0 9.3 25.8 595.0 –15.5 11.5 66.0 1.5 1.3
37 -- Shin-Etsu (Japan)d 6,375.7 5,136.5 –6.7 80.6 678.5 –1.1 13.2 517.1 –28.8 10.1 na -- --
38 31 Reliance Industries (India)d 5,301.1 5,012.5 –15.5 94.6 559.9 –52.5 11.2 na -- -- 10.5 -- --
39 40 Norsk Hydro (Norway) 16,988.5 4,937.0 –0.8 29.1 223.8 28.4 4.5 127.2 –38.9 2.6 19.8 1.1 0.4
40 32 Rohm and Haas (U.S.) 5,666.0 4,917.0 –18.1 86.8 567.0 –33.3 10.0 401.0 2.6 7.1 230.0 –11.2 4.1
41 38 Solvay (Belgium) 7,810.6 4,811.3 4.5 61.6 318.7 –16.5 6.6 384.9 –6.7 8.0 81.5 12.2 1.7
42 42 Ineos Group (U.K.) 4,800.0 4,800.0 –4.0 100.0 na -- na -- -- -- na -- --
43 33 Aventis (France)c 20,536.8 4,753.5 –8.3 23.1 514.7 16.4 10.8 na -- -- 451.2 7.7 9.5
44 44 Celanese (Germany) 4,562.8 4,562.8 –2.1 100.0 85.0 –52.3 1.9 323.2 36.2 7.1 85.0 1.1 1.9
45 39 Ciba Specialties (Switzerland) 4,361.5 4,361.5 –6.8 100.0 450.5 –13.1 10.3 153.3 0.0 3.5 163.4 –5.8 3.7
46 34 ENI (Italy) 43,797.7 4,262.0 –12.6 9.7 –297.2 nm -- 361.0 52.2 8.5 na -- --
47 49 Monsanto (U.S.) 5,462.0 3,755.0 –3.3 68.7 775.0 –29.5 20.6 382.0 –34.4 10.2 560.0 –4.8 14.9
48 -- Borealis (Denmark) 3,319.4 3,319.4 –0.1 100.0 48.3 3.8 1.5 131.6 –34.7 4.0 34.0 –2.6 1.0
49 46 Honeywell (U.S.) 23,652.0 3,313.0 –18.3 14.0 52.0 –84.4 1.6 325.0 24.5 9.8 832.0 1.7 25.1
50 47 Lyondell (U.S.) 3,226.0 3,226.0 –20.1 100.0 274.0 –37.7 8.5 178.0 71.2 5.5 32.0 –8.6 1.0
a Operating profit as a percentage of chemical sales. b Operating profits after tax. c Pro forma for 2000. d Fiscal year ended March 31. e Fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 001. na = not available. nm = not meaningful.

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