Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals


Slovenia’s manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and chemical products are the country’s most successful companies thanks to a long tradition of the chemical industry in this part of Europe. The human capital led to the successful evolution of the industry from the manufacturing of basic chemicals to the manufacturing of finished consumer goods: pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, pesticides, and rubber and plastic products. Knowledge and skills of some 27,000 employees in some 850 companies make the Slovenia’s manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and chemical products highly successful in key export markets.


The local chemical and pharmaceutical industry accounts for a hefty portion of the country's export mix with 77% of sales earned in foreign markets. Pharmaceuticals are the backbone of the export mix of the chemicals industry, tyres and inner tubes for vehicles come second followed by plastics. Pharmaceuticals and chemicals consumer products as well as tires from Slovenia are very popular on the markets of the new EU Member States, central and south-eastern Europe and CIS countries. Considerable spending on medicines, high standard of healthcare and general health awareness will continue to drive demand for innovative treatments making Slovenia attractive as a destination for pharmaceuticals. Lek (Sandoz Group) and Krka remain the top performers of the pharmaceuticals industry. With the combined 6,800-strong staff they are the leading producers of generic drugs in the region.

Complex processing technologies, substantial investment, flexibility and ability to provide customers with the right product on short notice are the qualities that keep Slovenian pharmaceutical and chemical companies abreast of competitors. Renowned domestic and foreign companies in the chemicals sector specialise in the production of paints, varnishes, coatings, synthetic fibres and other chemical products. Household names are Helios, Color, Jub, Cinkarna, Julon (Gruppo Bonazzi) and Henkel. Sava Tires, wholly owned by the Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe, is the only tyre manufacturer in Slovenia and it makes tyres for Sava and for other Goodyear mid and premium brands highly appreciated by motorists in central and south-eastern Europe, as well as further east.


Key figures 2017

Number of companies: 894

Number of employees: 30,393

Revenues (in €): 4.5 billion

Key export markets: Albania, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, USA …

Source: AJPES, 2019


Key products

  • Basic chemicals
  • Pesticides and other agrochemical products
  • Coatings, paints, varnishes and similar coating, printing ink and mastics
  • Basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
  • Soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, perfumes and toilet preparations
  • Other chemical products
  • Man-made fibres
  • Engineered rubber and plastic products
  • Tyres and air-tubes for vehicles


Leading Domestic and Foreign Owned Companies

  • Belimed / Belimed (Washing-disinfecting machines, sterilization equipment for medical, pharmaceutical and laboratory field)
  • Belinka - Belles / Remho Beteiligungs (Wood protection and decoration products)
  • Belinka Perkemija / Solvay (Peroxide compounds, wood protection and decoration products)
  • Bia separations / Bia separations (New generation of materials for cleaning and separation of proteins and viruses for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies)
  • Cinkarna Celje (Titanium dioxide, coatings PTFE)
  • Donit Tesnit / Disseurope (Industrial gaskets and sealing products)
  • Ecolab / Ecolab (Cleaning and polishing preparations, soap and detergents)
  • Frutarom Etol /Frutarom (Flavourings and essential oils)
  • Geberit proizvodnja / Geberit International (Sanitary and piping systems)
  • Goodyear Dunlop Sava Tires / Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe (Tyres and inner tubes)
  • Helios TBLUS / Remho Beteiligungs (Covering paints, lacquers and similar coatings and putties)
  • Henkel Maribor / Henkel (Cosmetics, detergents, disinfectants)
  • Istrabenz plini / Societa’ Italiana acetylene e derivati (Industrial gases)
  • Jub (Paints, (acrylic) adhesives)
  • Julon / Aquafil (Synthetic fibres & polymers, carpet yarn)
  • Kolpa (Hig-end bathroom equipment)
  • Krka (Pharmaceuticals, cosmetics)
  • Lek / Sandoz (Novartis Pharma) (Pharmaceutical preparations, cosmetics)
  • Melamin (Synthetic rubbr and chemical products)
  • Messer Slovenija / Messer Belgium (Manufacture of industrial gases)
  • Mitol (Adhesive producer with own production of emulsions)
  • Polycom (Integrated polymer and mould solutions)
  • Savatech / Trelleborg (Industrial rubber products and tyres)
  • Sibo G /Technical part for pharmaceutical, medicine and E&E industry)
  • TKl Hrastnik (Sodium hydroxide, hypochlorite for cleaning agents, phosphates)
  • TKK /Soudal holding (Paste, additives for cements, mortars and concrete etc.)
  • Unichem (Products for gardening and protection of the environment from insects, mice and rats)
  • Veyance technologies Europe / Veyance technologies Luxemburg (Rubber products) 


Universities, Research Institutions and Associations