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e-Business in the chemical, rubber and plastics industry2 Context and Background2.1 Sector definition – scope of the studyBusiness activities coveredThe chemical, rubber and plastics (CRP) sector has been defined for the purpose of thestudy as those business activities described by NACE Rev. 2 Divisions 20 and 21: 18the manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres (NACERev. 2 20), andthe manufacture of rubber and plastic products (NACE Rev. 2 22).This combined CRP sector covers quite diverse business activities. The respective NACERev. 2 groups and their correspondence in NACE Rev. 1.1 19 is shown in Exhibit 2.1-1.The names of business activities refer to NACE Rev. 2.Exhibit 2.1-1: Business activities covered by the chemicals industry (NACE Rev. 2 and 1.1)NACE Rev. 2 NACE Rev. 1.1Business activitiesManufacturing of…20 DG 24 Chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres20.1 24.1 Basic chemicals, fertilizers and nitrogen compounds, plasticsand synthetic rubber in primary forms20.2 24.2 Pesticides and other agro-chemical products20.3 24.3 Paints, varnishes and similar coatings, printing inks andmastics20.4 24.5 Soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations,perfumes and toilet preparations20.5 24.6 Other chemical products20.6 24.7 Chemical fibres22 DH 25 Rubber and plastic products22.1 25.1 Rubber products22.2 25.2 Plastic productsThis excludes the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, which used to be NACE Rev. 1.1 24.4and has now become a distinct Division in NACE Rev. 2 (Division 21). Thepharmaceutical industry was specifically covered by an earlier e-Business W@tch sectorstudy in 2005. 20 The change in the NACE classification from Revision 1.1 to 2 confirmsthe special characteristics of this sector within the broader cluster of the combinedchemical industries, for example in terms of its different customer segments and the181920NACE Revision 2 is a four-digit classification of business activities. It is a revision of the“General Industrial Classification of Economic Activities within the European Communities”,known by the acronym NACE and originally published by Eurostat in 1970. NACE Rev. 2replaced the earlier used version Rev. 1.1 on 1 January 2008.The definition of the sector on the basis of NACE Rev. 1.1 was necessary because the surveywas conducted in 2007. At that time, business directories (which were used for sampling) werestill based on the older version of NACE and not yet on Rev. 2.The study report is available at www.ebusiness-watch.org (see "eBiz Studies")22

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