Chemical Industry


Over the years, the chemical industry has grown into an essential part of the modern economy. Chemical production is crucial in our day-to-day lives, and companies face increasing challenges such as changes in demand, cheaper production methods and sustainable alternative solutions.  



At WSP, we understand our industrial clients’ chemical manufacturing processes as well as the challenges they face. We engineer solutions for some of the most hazardous substances, at some of the busiest and space-constrained operating sites. We have been providing high quality advice and project delivery to the chemical sector for over 50 years.

Our team of specialists have extensive backgrounds in the chemical industry and experience resolving operational issues. They understand that chemical and speciality chemical companies around the world are focused on refining their business models and manufacturing footprints, pursuing opportunities in developing markets and investing in R&D and digital technologies to optimize operational efficiencies and processes, maximize safety, reduce energy consumption, and minimize emissions.

We are proud to say that we are the recipient of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) President’s Award for Occupational Health and Safety, presented to organizations who have received at least 10 consecutive Gold Awards and who have proven their ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards.

Supporting Our Clients’ Strategy and Operation

We offer strategic-level support with concept and front-end studies, providing accurate information to make capital investment decisions. We are able to assemble multidisciplinary teams anywhere in the world, integrating with your teams and using our extensive office network to engage with your local supply chain.

Our support does not end when a project is completed. We have teams of engineers supporting a wide range of operational and business improvement projects. We use alliance partnerships to deliver support and ensure that you get the best level of flexibility and value.

We understand that you need more than just process engineering and design support. We offer a suite of services from planning consenting, compliance assistance to safety and environmental management, including process safety, design safety review, major accident hazard management, and emissions control and permitting. We have a team of international experts in the sector to support you with product stewardship and product safety requirements, including REACH, EU’s chemicals regulation, through to evolving areas such as conflict minerals and supply chain assessment.

Experience and Expertise in the Chemical Sector

Our collaboration with clients worldwide has allowed us to gain extensive experience in, among others, fine chemicals, polymers, coatings, solvents, highly toxic chemicals, and resins and crude oils. We leverage our expertise to provide clients across the entire chemical chain with innovative, tailored and comprehensive solutions for industrial manufacturing processes ranging from composites, medical devices and electronics to high-end products servicing the aerospace and automotive sectors for multinational clients such as Victrex, Clariant, Croda, and AkzoNobel.

Whether it’s engineering modifications to debottlenecking part of your particular process or managing the expansion of a fully operational, high-hazard and space-constrained facility, we offer substantial expertise to help you navigate one or all project phases, regardless of the project location or scale of operation: 

Process engineering
Concept, front-end and detail design
Planning, environmental and safety permitting
Multidisciplinary engineering
3D modelling capability
Construction management
Ongoing management of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) requirements
Product safety and stewardship
Corporate and process sustainability
Contaminated site management and remediation

Through our international offices, we also deliver comprehensive safety, operability and construction design and management (CDM) compliance projects.


Industry Recognition

Recipient of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) President’s Award for Occupational Health and Safety
European Construction Institute (ECI) 2014 Project of the Year for the Victrex RU2012 Project
Recipient of the 2014 Midland Counties IStructE Award in the Industrial Category for the civil and structural design of a manufacturing facility for Victrex Manufacturing Limited
European Construction Institute (ECI) 2010 Small Project of the Year Award for BP Exploration