In May 2012 the Chemical Sciences Scotland Refreshed Strategy was launched.
Aptly titled "Platform for Growth" the refreshed strategy looks to build on previous work and successes of the past 5 years.
One of the aims is to increase manufactured exports from the sector by 50% by 2020.
In October 2007 the Scottish chemicals industry launched its Strategy and Action Plan. The Strategic Plan is the outcome of an industry-led, Scottish Enterprise-supported initiative, to safeguard and develop the chemical sector in Scotland.
The objective is “to ensure that a vibrant and competitive chemicals industry exists in Scotland in 20 years time”.
The aims of the strategy will be achieved by implementing a 10-point plan covering five topics – sustainability, innovation, skills, reputation and investment. 80 high-level industrialists and academics are actively involved in the delivery of the industry strategy through these five topic groups.
In March 2009, over 160 representatives from industry and academia attended the inaugural Chemical Sciences Scotland conference to celebrate success and explore the key issues for driving the industry forward.
With contributions from Jim Mather, MSP for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism; Jack Perry, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise; Tom Crotty, CEO of INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe and Peter Tasker, Professor of Industrial Chemistry at Edinburgh University, the conference inspired debate, discussion and, most importantly, action.
Chemical Sciences Scotland is a partnership and it is vital that we work together to define and achieve the objectives of the CSS Strategy.
As a result of attendee feedback three key priorities have been identified for each of our five topic groups to shape Chemical Sciences Scotland's strategic plans and drive future activity. The Chairs of each topic group - Reputation, Sustainability, Innovation, Investment, and Skills – share these priorities.
You can read more in our newsletter and see photographs from the event and also read The Scotsman's interview with Sandy Dobbie.
Watch our video case studies from the event:
Biofuel Research Centre
University of Glasgow
Engineers of the future
(Please note that it may take some time to access the video stream, depending on the speed of your internet connection.)
*Image courtesy of P.Tuffy. University of Edinburgh