Key Facts: Australian Chemicals And Plastics Manufacturing Data Card 2017

A competitive Australian chemicals and plastics manufacturing industry plays an important role in the success of the Australian economy. The sectors’ products support other vital industries like food, automotive, building and construction, packaging, medical, agriculture and mineral processing industries. The chemicals and plastics manufacturing industry value adds in the order of $11.3 billion and provides over 60,000 jobs.

The department aims to facilitate increased productivity, sustainability, competitiveness and growth of the Australian chemicals and plastics industry by fostering an environment that allows businesses to innovate and capitalise on global opportunities. The department assists other Australian Government agencies to ensure the interests of the sector are taken into account during policy development and liaises with industry stakeholders on new or changing policies. We also produce a data card on the status of the chemicals and plastics manufacturing sector which is updated regularly.

Data Card

Australian Chemicals and Plastics Manufacturing Update 2017

Based on the 2006 Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) system, Chemicals and Plastics manufacturing is here defined to include:

  • Class 1709: Other Petroleum and Coal Product Manufacturing;
  • Subdivision 18: Basic Chemical Manufacturing, excluding Group 184: Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Product Manufacturing; and
  • Subdivision 19: Polymer Product and Rubber Product Manufacturing.

The information below is based on this definition of the Chemicals and Plastics manufacturing industry except where otherwise noted. Industry classifications are subject to data availability.

Current Employment November 2016- Chemicals and Plastics Manufacturing Group and State ('000)

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Polymer Product Manufacturing – 35.20
Cleaning Compound and Toiletry Preparation Manufacturing – 11.96
Basic Chemical and Chemical product Manufacturing, nfd – 7.24
Basic Chemical Manufacturing – 6.06
Fertiliser and Pesticide Manufacturing - 5.76
Natural Rubber Product Manufacturing – 3.25
Basic Polymer Manufacturing - 2.34
Polymer Product and Rubber Product Manufacturing, nfd – 1.02
Other Basic Chemical Product Manufacturing – 0.54

Victoria – 28.08
New South Wales – 21.05
Queensland – 13.70
Western Australia – 8.54
South Australia – 1.03
Tasmania – 0.71
Northern Territory – 0.26
Australian Capital Territory – 0.00


Source: ABS Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003, Data Cube EQ06 (November 2016). Note: This data excludes Class 1709. nfd=not further defined.

Yearly Average Employment to November 2016 - Chemicals and Plastics and Total Manufacturing ('000)

Yearly Average, 2012-16 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Total Chemicals and Plastics Employment ('000)
64.72
58.81
57.94
60.78
63.73
Total Manufacturing employment ('000)
947.82
920.13
921.75
888.63
902.24

Source: ABS Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003, Data Cube EQ06 (November 2016). Note: Average calculated by summing quarters of that year and dividing by four. This data excludes Class 1709.

Contribution to Manufacturing Value Added 2014-2015 (%)

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Food product manufacturing - 19.47%
Chemicals and Plastics manufacturing - 11.54%
Machinery and equipment manufacturing - 11.10%
Fabricated metal product manufacturing – 10.66%
Transport equipment manufacturing - 7.75%
Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing - 7.35%
Primary metal and metal product manufacturing – 6.37%
Non-metallic mineral product manufacturing - 6.18%
Printing (Including the reproduction of recorded media) – 4.21%
Wood product manufacturing - 3.86%
Pulp, paper and converted paper product manufacturing - 2.70%
Pharmaceutical and medicinal product manufacturing - 2.68%
Textile, leather, clothing and footwear manufacturing - 2.68%
Furniture and other manufacturing - 2.55%
Petroleum refining and petroleum fuel manufacturing - 0.91%

Source: ABS Cat. No. 8155.0 (June 2016)

Key Statistics - Trends

    Wages and Salaries Sales and Service Income Industry Value Adds
2012-13 Value A$m
5,364
36,620
10,659
  % of total manufacturing
9.67
9.45
10.95
2013-14 Value A$m
5,353
36,759
11,062
  % of total manufacturing
9.67
9.53
11.34
2014-15 Value A$m 5,227 37,418 11,316
  % of total manufacturing 9.51 9.91 11.54

Source: ABS Cat. No. 8155.0 (June 2016).

Merchandise Trade

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
Exports (A$m)
12,001
11,460
10,836
10,020
10,170
Imports (A$m)
47,574
48,288
51,957
51,510
52,105

Source: ABS Cat. No. 5368.0. Due to data availability, Chemicals and Plastics exports and imports are defined as Petroleum and Coal Product Manufacturing, Basic Chemical and Chemical Product Manufacturing, and Polymer Product and Rubber Product Manufacturing.

Key Chemicals and Plastics Manufacturing Firms 2016

ASX Code Company Name Operating Revenue (A$m) Net Profit (A$m) Market Capitalisation (A$m)
ORI
Orica Limited
5,653
355
7,019
IPL Incitec Pivot Limited 3,401 129 6,428
DLX
DuluxGroup Limited
1,719
129
2,402
NUF
Nufarm Limited
2,831
27
2,401
HFR Highfield Resources Limited 2,475 -11 393

Source: Morningstar Inc. Note: Operating revenue is defined as revenue earned in the normal course of business and net profit is reported after tax; ORI, IPL and DLX – financial year ended 30 September 2016; NUF – financial year ended 31 July 2016; and HFR financial year ended June 2016. Market capitalisation is the market value of the company's equity capital on 13/02/17. This is calculated by multiplying the number of common shares by the current price. Other classes of equity such as preference shares are not included. Chemicals and Plastics firms defined using Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) structure.

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