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Chemicals manufacturing 2030+: More of the same…but different

A decade from now, chemicals plants may look similar from the outside. But the inside will be very different.

Visitors to 2030 might be forgiven for thinking that among the many changes they see—in everything from communications technology and personal transportation to grocery shopping—the chemicals plant they pass on the highway isn’t included. It will look familiar, maybe reassuringly so.

That’s because they haven’t seen what the plant looks like from within.

As this interactive graphic shows, what the plant does may not change much. While some parts of the world will be building new assets, many of the ones currently in place will keep operating, especially in mature markets.

But how those existing plants work will be transformed. Data management will be substantially more advanced. Asset optimization will enable new breakthroughs in efficiency. And, most importantly, what people in the plant do will be dramatically different.

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About the author(s)

Raffaele Carpi is a partner in McKinsey’s Lisbon office, and Anna Littmann is an associate partner in the Frankfurt office.