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The chemical industry is one of the largest and most R&D-intensive manufacturing sectors in all advanced economies, and its innovative patterns and productivity growth processes can have profound impacts on economic growth as a whole. Within this context, the European chemical industry is internationally very competitive, even if there are some indications suggesting that the industry is loosing grounds vis-à-vis the other advanced regions, especially in the high-tech segments. Hence, the main objective of this project was to develop a comprehensive analysis of the European chemical industry by studying the development and shaping of the industry, and its impact on other industries, different regions and SMEs, while comparing its performance with the cases of Japan and the U.S. An important background for this project was the Green Paper on Innovation and the important questions that it opened up about innovation in Europe.

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