New Jersey is also the leading state for the development and manufacturing of flavors and fragrances, a unique sector of the business of chemistry. Currently, 38 fragrance companies are located in the state, many of which are headquartered here. More than 85 percent of global fragrance companies operate in New Jersey. There is a renewed interest and commitment by the state and research institutions to help sustain and grow the state’s flavors and fragrance sector.
Despite the new opportunities and general good economic health of the more than 70 chemistry manufacturers represented by the Chemistry Council of New Jersey, including chemical, flavors and fragrances, life sciences, consumer products and petroleum refining, the industry still faces significant challenges.
“If I were to summarize this challenge in a single concept, it would be an erosion of trust between our industry and regulators, our industry and non-government organizations (NGOs), and, most importantly, trust between our industry and consumers,” Blythe says.
The industry also faces a nearly continuous stream of regulations that ban or restrict products the industry previously entered into commerce as “safe.” “We can question the legitimacy of regulations that abandon science to address a public perception – but this is the reality in which we live and operate,” Blythe says. “We cannot escape the fact that advances in science and knowledge allow us to identify hazards and risks that were simply not possible to identify in the past.”
Today’s business of chemistry is driving innovations that make our lives and our world healthier, safer, more sustainable and more productive. In New Jersey, the industry continues to increase efficiency and productivity, while reducing its environmental impact. The chemistry industry’s Toxic Release Inventory emissions, monitored by the EPA, have been reduced by 93 percent in New Jersey since 1988.
New Jersey can attract future investments in its largest manufacturing sector by promoting confidence in the regulatory landscape, an expectation of competitive energy costs, and a fair tax and fee structure.