Britain's Most Admired by Sector: Chemicals

A convincing win for Johnson Matthey also bags the precious metals specialist second place overall.

1. Johnson Matthey 70.5
2. Bayer (UK & Ireland) 62.7
3. Victrex 61.2
=4. BASF (UK & Ireland) 61.1
=4. Croda International 61.1

Its long-term commitment to R&D has created a range of innovative environmental technologies to complement the core catalyst and precious metals businesses. In second place, drugs giant Bayer is also the world's largest manufacturer of polycarbonates. Demand for Victrex's high-performance plastics from the aerospace and medical sectors has continued to grow despite the downturn, with sales up 5%. The largest chemicals business, BASF, is reducing capacity. Surfactants specialist Croda's Q1 profits rose 90% on strong international demand.

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