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2021

Exports for Chemistry Pharma Life Sciences rose to CHF 116.40 billion in 2020 in spite of the COVID-19 crisis. Switzerland's foreign trade benefited significantly from the exports of our industry, which increased to 51.7% last year.

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2020

At the Annual General Assembly of scienceindustries, Economics Minister Guy Parmelin and representatives of the Chemistry Pharma Life Sciences industry discussed the effects of the termination and responsible business initiatives and concluded that both initiatives should be rejected.

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When it comes to competitiveness, the chemical-pharmaceutical industry ranks among the world's elite. But this leading position of Switzerland’s biggest export and research industry is jeopardised by the initiative to limit the free movement of persons and the responsible business initiative.

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Exports for Chemistry Pharma Life Sciences improved to a new record high of CHF 114.56 billion in 2019. The share of total Swiss exports rose to 47.3%, whereby this industry now earns nearly one out of every two francs in foreign trade. The US continued to expand its position as the biggest purchaser of Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical products, but the countries in the world’s other regions also made an important contribution to the growth in Swiss exports in 2019.

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2019

Zurich, 1 February 2019

Chemistry Pharma Life Sciences as biggest Swiss export industry continues to grow

Exports for Chemistry Pharma Life Sciences improved to a new record high of CHF 104.33 billion in 2018. At 44.7%, the share of total Swiss exports was on a par with the previous year, so that Chemistry Pharma Life Sciences is still the largest export industry in Switzerland. The US continued to expand its position as the biggest purchaser of chemical and pharmaceutical products from Switzerland, while exports to the UK fell almost by half.

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2018

Further increase in foreign trade for Switzerland's largest export industry

Exports for Chemistry Pharma Biotech improved to CHF 98.5 billion in 2017. At 44.7%, the share of total Swiss exports was on a par with the previous year, so that Chemistry Pharma Biotech is still the largest export industry in Switzerland. Although pharma exports could not maintain the gains posted in the previous year, they still grew by CHF 3.4 billion to CHF 83.8 billion. At 5.6%, exports by the other Chemistry Pharma Biotech segments increased slightly to CHF 14.7 billion, while their share of the exports of Chemistry Pharma Biotech remains 15%.

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