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Grangemouth Future Vision unveiled by Chemical Sciences Scotland

Grangemouth 2025 report launched.

A new report which sets out plans for the future development of Grangemouth’s chemical sciences cluster has been released today (Thursday 23 November). You can view this full report here.

Chemical Sciences Scotland (CSS), Scottish Enterprise and Falkirk Council have worked together to compile the blueprint which details the industry vision for Grangemouth over the next ten years.

The Future of Grangemouth Vision 2025 details what the sector hopes to achieve including Smart City status for Grangemouth, further collaboration between industry and government as well as an improved road and rail infrastructure at Grangemouth Port.

The CSS industry leadership group will unveil the Grangemouth Vision to ministers at an event at the Scottish Parliament this week, where key priorities for the chemical sciences sector including how to drive growth and further collaboration and partnerships will be discussed.

CSS, established in 2007, aims to sustain a vibrant and competitive Scottish chemicals industry and is supported by a range of individuals and businesses from both the private and public sector.

Tom Shields, acting chair of CSS Industry Leadership Group, said: “The launch of the Grangemouth vision is a major milestone for the chemical sciences industry and is one which we are fully committed to delivering.

“Grangemouth is a globally competitive manufacturing cluster so it’s important that we develop these plans to ensure a sustainable future for the hub as well as develop and maximise the opportunity it offers to both Scotland and the UK.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to set out this vision to key figures within Government and the industry, with the hope that we can work together to progress the agenda and drive forward our aim of sustaining a vibrant and competitive chemicals industry which contributes growth to the Scottish economy .”

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, said:

“In Scotland, we’re very proud to have a thriving chemicals industry centred at Grangemouth – an asset which continues to play its role as a globally competitive hub of high value manufacturing and fostering a highly skilled workforce.  We are fortunate enough to be able to draw upon world-class skills and infrastructure, which provides us with the platform to become global leaders on innovation within the sector and to look to support innovation in other sectors such as automotive, aerospace, energy and life sciences.

“I am delighted that the vision has strong ambitions.  Bringing together Industry, the Local Authority and the Enterprise Agencies, the partnership will aim to deliver a very commendable goal of creating 2900 additional jobs, bringing in more than £150m additional economic activity for the Scottish Economy, and driving International competitiveness for Scotland’s manufacturing sector.”

Julia Brown, director for High Value Manufacturing and Health at Scottish Enterprise said:

“We welcome the future vision articulated for Grangemouth by the Industry Leadership Group. The CSS Vision aligns with our national strategy A Manufacturing Future for Scotland and the sector objectives of the Life and Chemical Sciences Manufacturing plan.

“We look forward to growing our partnership working with the sector to deliver growth in sustainable high value manufacturing, while transitioning to a lower carbon economy.

“We will also continue to support Falkirk Council to champion the nationally important Grangemouth Investment Zone, and work with CSS and partners to define ambitious UK sector deals in Chemicals and the Bioeconomy.”

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council, said:

“The publication of the Grangemouth Future Vision report comes at just the right time as we prepare to submit a Growth Deal bid to the Scottish and UK Governments.

“The chemical sector is the underpinning to the growth ambitions of the Falkirk area as set out in our Economic Strategy 2015 -2025: Growth, Investment, Inclusion.

“The work done so far between local industry, Chemical Sciences Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Falkirk Council has developed various potential opportunities that can grow the impact of the Grangemouth Complex nationally and internationally and meet the ambitions of businesses, residents and communities.”

Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East constituency, said:

“The Grangemouth Future Vision 2025 is an important step in securing the future of the chemical sciences industry, not just in Grangemouth, but across Scotland. Not only does it present an ambitious vision of turning Grangemouth into a key European hub for sustainable, high-value chemical manufacturing, but it is confident in its ability to create growth and jobs for both Grangemouth and Scotland.

“I welcome the publication of this report, and I am confident that, with the effort, initiative and collaborative approach needed to realise the potential of the Grangemouth Future Vision 2025, this ambition will be achieved for the benefit of everyone involved, and the communities surrounding the industry.”

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Future Grangemouth Vision 2025 Evaluation of Economic Effects

See the full Grangemouth Vision report here.

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