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Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association represents Australia's $33.6 billion chemistry industry

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The Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) is the preeminent national body representing the chemical industry in Australia.

The PACIA describes its vision as "to be the leading organisation representing the business of chemistry in Australia."

Members of the Association comprise a broad range of companies, positioned across the entire chemical industry value chain. The Association notes that the breadth of this coverage is recognised as a competitive advantage.

PACIA members include:

  • chemicals manufacturers
  • importers and distributors
  • logistics and supply chain partners
  • raw material suppliers
  • plastics fabricators and compounders
  • chemicals and plastics recyclers; and
  • service providers to the industry.

These businesses range from small family owned companies and innovative medium-sized enterprises, to leading national and multinational enterprises.

Valued at $33.6 billion annually, and with sectors directly employing 83,000 and contributing approximately 10% of total Australian manufacturing, the chemistry is central to the economy and supply chain. The industry’s outputs feed directly into most other sectors.

The sector can be broadly segmented in three ways, with each exhibiting different production and product characteristics:

  • basic chemicals:
    • organic chemicals
    • inorganic chemicals
    • industrial gases
    • fertilisers; and
    • synthetic resins
  • specialty chemicals:
    • explosives
    • paints
    • rubber products
    • plastics products
    • foam products
    • inks
    • adhesives
    • glues; and
    • surface cleaners
  • consumer chemicals:
    • cosmetics and toiletries
    • soaps and other detergents
    • pesticides
    • medicinal; and
    • pharmaceutical.

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