We’ve spent the past week setting up websites across a set of European countries. We’re pleased to announce that we’re taking the ReAgent name even further afield and have taken the next leap in our international journey.
As you may know, we began our growth into Europe with the Netherlands and we had our website translated into Dutch towards the end of 2014. We’re now expanding even more and have set up a further 12 websites to be hosted in more European countries.
We’re not translating these sites into each country’s native language just yet. If we find we’re receiving enough enquiries in languages other than English, we can work on having our websites translated as we go along.
We now have a collection of subdomains that we’re almost ready to use. Here are the European countries we’re now offering our services to:
Notice that we have set up another website in the Netherlands in the English language as many of our enquiries were coming in in English. However, we’re not getting rid of our Dutch site, so our customers in the Netherlands can browse in their preferred language.
Journey of Discovery
Offering our services to more European countries is a brand new project at ReAgent – we’re expecting the unexpected so need to be as prepared as possible. There are a few things we need to bear in mind for this expansion across the globe.
We will have to deal in different currencies. Many of the countries we’re including trade in Euros, but others use their own currency. For example, Norway uses the Norwegian Krone and Poland uses the Polish Zloty. We have to make sure we understand exchange rates as well as other details about the currency used in all 12 countries.
We will discover which services have the biggest demand in each country. We have our most popular products and services in the UK that we’re accustomed to dealing with, but each country is likely to differ in what the space is in their market.
“We’re expecting the unexpected”
Fortunately, most regulations are standard across the EU and are dictated by REACH. When selling chemicals outside of the UK, we already know how to correctly package, label and ship them, which will make transactions more streamlined.
History of the European Chemical Industry
With chemicals being such a dominant market across the EU, we took a look at the chronological milestones that mark the growth of the chemical industry throughout Europe.
The beginning of the Industrial Revolution sees the introduction of the production of chemicals in large quantities.
Sulphuric acid becomes one of the first chemicals to be produced and sold in bulk, thanks to a process developed by a UK pharmacist, John Roebuck.
The large tariffs on salt production are revoked, paving the way for the expansion of the British soda industry.
Scottish chemist launches beginning of the petrochemical industry thanks to his work in oil distillation.
The first pieces of environmental legislation are passed to limit pollution from factories.
There’s a huge increase in the quantity and variety of chemicals being produced. Germany becomes home to large chemical industries and then goes on to dominate the field of synthetic dyes.
Smaller chemical firms join together to form large corporations, such as IG Farben in Germany and Imperial Chemical Industries in Britain.
Chemical industries in Europe expand significantly.
Increased production of synthetic rubber, plastics and insecticides. Countries begin specialising in particular fields. For example, glass in Sweden, perfumes in Paris and whiskeys in Scotland and Ireland.
Relationships improve between the east and the west, meaning communist countries are able to meet an increased amount of their technological and agricultural requirements thanks to more import from western countries.
Europe accounts for a large percentage of world commerce, but is facing competition from the US, Japan and China. Western markets use sale of gold and diamonds in exchange for chemicals.
Several eastern countries join the EU, further encouraging exchanges between the east and west. The chemical industry makes up 2/3 of Europe’s manufacturing trade.
REACH is enforced as the official European regulation, to ensure all countries in the EU are adhering to the same regulations.
We’re so excited to find out which European countries show the most interest in our services at ReAgent.
It’s fascinating to see how the chemical industry has dramatically grown since the 18th century and it’s great that we can further integrate ourselves into Europe and be a part of that. If you know of any other notable milestones in the history of the European chemical industry, please share it with us in the comments section!
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