Central location

The ChemCologne region is centrally located in the economic centre of the European Union. More than 60 million people and a variety of processing companies across nearly all sectors are based within a 250 km radius, forming an important market for the chemical industry in the Cologne region.

Optimal logistics infrastructure

The chemical region lies at the intersection of international transport routes. Its dense transport network and excellent connections via rail, road, sea, and air have helped make the region one of Europe's leading logistics centres. Numerous motorways in every direction facilitate the fast transportation of goods by road.

Its location on the Rhine River, the most important European waterway, assures excellent connections to the two biggest European seaports, Rotterdam and Antwerp. The chemical region is home to a number of modern port facilities along the Rhine. Europe's biggest domestic port, in Duisburg; its second biggest domestic port enterprise RheinCargo (ports in Neuss, Düsseldorf and Cologne); and one of Germany's biggest rail freight companies are all located in the chemical region.

Increasing environmental awareness makes the combination of several means of transportation an important part of modern transport systems. Chemical products can be transferred rapidly between different carriers at multimodal freight-handling facilities for combined cargo transport.

Two efficient air traffic hubs are also on hand, in the form of the international airports of Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf. Cologne/Bonn airport is Germany's third-largest cargo airport. The biggest German passenger and cargo airport, Frankfurt am Main, can be reached from Cologne in less than an hour by ICE (express train).

The ChemCologne region has access to an international pipeline system and possesses a unique pipeline network between the individual sites. More than 50 percent of all produce and raw materials are transported in an environmentally friendly and economical way via pipelines. Pipelines are important carriers for transporting raw materials, industrial gases and commodities. In contrast with other carriers, the pipeline network is exclusively accessible for connected sites and enterprises. It is supported and maintained by the respective operating company.  In the extensive pipeline network, the connection to the ZARA ports* (ethylene via Antwerp and the Belgian chemical industry, crude oil and mineral oil products via Rotterdam) and the North Sea ports of Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven (crude oil) is of significant relevance for imports into the Rhineland. However, ethylene is also exported south to Bavaria via Frankfurt-Höchst and Ludwigshafen.

Numerous specialist chemical logistics suppliers have settled in the region, providing the smooth transportation of chemical products and maintaining high quality and security standards.

*ZARA ports: Zeebrügge (Belgium), Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Amsterdam (Netherlands)