Chemical companies are economic entities that compete for manufacturing and selling industrial chemicals, which are forms of matter with constant elemental composition and characteristic properties. These companies convert natural resources, such as minerals, oil, gas, organisms, into millions of chemical products which play an important part in our daily life. According to the statistical data, the top 10 chemical companies took up about 40% of the market as of 2009.
Chemical companies in Canada exhibit one of two features. One group uses chemical reactions to convert one substance into a different substance. The second group blends a variety of inputs to produce a functional product for specific end-use applications. It is reported by Canadian authoritative institute, Industry Canada, that there were about 2,730 establishments in Canada in the chemical industry as of 2010. It generated shipments valued at $ 42.4 billion and employed 77,670 people. Now let’s get to know some famous ones of Canadian chemical companies.
1. Abbott laboratories
Abbott laboratories is a Fortune 200 company with approximately 70,000 employees worldwide, with far-reaching and diversified healthcare products ranged from diagnostics, vascular, diabetes care, vision technologies, nutrition, pharmaceuticals to animal health.
2. Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc. (ACD/Labs)
Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc. was found in 1994, and headquartered in Toronto, Canada. It is a global chemistry software company developing desktop and enterprise solutions utilizing the knowledge on chemical, biochemical, and pharmaceutical research and development.
3. Aegera Therapeutics Inc.
Aegera Therapeutics Inc. focuses on preclinical and early-stage clinical development of therapeutics, integrates “in-house” medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, pharmacokinetics etc., and identifies novel development candidates.
4. Affinium Pharmaceuticals
Affinium is a pharmaceutical company established in 2000, focuses on developing antibiotics targeting the bacterial fatty acid synthesis pathway, which is an essential enzyme in the bacterial fatty acid cycle.
5. Dow Chemical Company
Although Dow Chemical Company is an American multinational chemical corporation, it has been operating in Canada for more than 70 years. Dow Canada is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, and manufactures chemicals, plastics and agricultural products that could be used in many fields, such as the transportation and home construction.
BASF (Baden Aniline and Soda Factory) is global largest chemical company, with businesses in segments of chemicals, plastics, functional solutions, agricultural, performance products and oil and gas. BASF Canada is headquartered in Mississauga and has approximately 500 employees. Its production facilities are mainly in Blackie and Nisku, Alberta, Cornwall, Toronto and Ontario, etc. BASF Canada’s products include agricultural, chemicals, plastics, performance and nutritious products.
7. Imperial Oil Company
Imperial Oil Company is one of the largest Canadian Petroleum companies, producing crude oil and natural gas, and currently headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with the main offices in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
Invista was originally formed by DuPont in 2003 as its textile fibers subsidiary, and was named as Invista in 2004 by its new owner Koch Industries, after been combined with their KoSa subsidiary. As the world’s largest integrated fiber and intermediates company, it innovatively provides products in the nylon, polyester and other industries, such as Lycra fiber, various polyester resins and special intermediates, and you can find them all over your daily life, e.g. in your clothing, cars and computers.
9. NOVA Chemical Company
NOVA Chemical Company, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, is a chemical and plastics company, and was founded in 1954. Its products can be applied in fields of industrial materials, appliances, consumer goods, etc. NOVA Chemical’s business could be divided into units as such: the Oldfins and Polyolefins, the Performance Styrenics and the INEOS NOVA.
10. Shell Canada
Shell Canada, built in 1911, is one of the largest integrated oil companies in Canada, and is part of a global group of petrochemical and energy companies. Its major office is in Toronto, ON, and the regional corporate office is in Calgary, Alberta. With the aim to meet energy needs more economically and environmental-friendly, it provides the society with oil, natural gas and sulphur, as well as gasoline and related products.
11. Dupont Canada
Dupont was built in 1802 with a history of more than 200 years. It is now the world’s 3rd largest chemical company with mainly five categories of businesses: Agriculture and Nutrition, Safety and Protection, Performance Materials, Electronic and Communication Technologies, and Coating and Color Technologies. It brought the world innovative environmental friendly products, materials and services.
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