Context of PRONTO

The process industries in Europe

The process industries manufacture agrochemicals, commodity and speciality chemicals, fuels, detergents, disinfectants, lubricants, metals, minerals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics and steel. Their products are the basis for further high value manufacturing. The EC Enterprise and Industry Sectors Overview [1] places these industries among the largest and most dynamic industrial sectors in the EU. There are 3.1 million jobs in the sector and sales represent about 20 % of global chemicals sales. Therefore PRONTO is addressing an important manufacturing sector.

[1] European Commission, 2014, Enterprise and Industry Sectors Overview, on-line, accessed 21st Oct 2014,