The chemicals and coatings industry makes a crucial contribution to the UK’s economy. With annual sales in excess of £40bn, the sector accounts for around ten per cent of the value added by the whole of UK manufacturing. Two-thirds of the businesses in the sector operate globally, with exports continuing to grow year-on-year.

The Alantra Chemicals & Coatings Fast 25 celebrates the success of this industry – specifically, the privately-owned companies headquartered in the UK that are generating much of the sector’s rapid growth.

This year’s Fast 25 picks up where last year’s left off. Many of the themes we identified 12 months ago – industry consolidation, international expansion and innovation – have continued to play out.

Our analysis underlines the strength in depth of the UK’s privately-owned chemicals and coatings businesses: every single company in the Fast 25 has achieved double-digit compound annual growth over the past two years, with many appearing in several consecutive editions of the Chemicals & Coatings Fast 25, demonstrating remarkable consistency as well as outstanding performance. No wonder so many of the companies are in such high demand – with their customers, certainly, but also with investors.

The full ranking, analysis of key themes and interviews with leading business owners and industry experts are in our new report.