In Europe, where 44% of the company's turnover resides, the UK/Ireland region is placed fifth, has around 1,250 employees and three main operating companies, whose activities mirror Bayer's operations globally.
In the UK/Ireland, HealthCare represents 53% of sales, CropScience 24% and MaterialScience 23%.
Performance, efficiency, growth, added value
Bayer has been trading in the UK/Ireland region since Friedrich Bayer first sold his dyestuffs here in 1871 Early business was handled through the offices of engineering company JM Steel, then through Bayer's own operations, based in Manchester, then Surrey and, latterly, in Newbury, Berkshire.
Bayer focuses strongly on the key goals of improving profit performance and cost efficiency, leading to top line growth and, ultimately, added value for all its stakeholders - customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees and its local communities.
Science for a Better Life
Bayer has over 5,000 products, found in virtually every area of human activity. One thing they all have in common is that they are derived from, or related to chemistry. Another characteristic is that many of them are unrecognisable to the man in the street, as they are often raw materials that go to make a consumer product. There are well known exceptions, such as Alka Seltzer, Berocca and Baby Bio, which enjoy a high profile.
The company is equally proud to be associated with some of the region's - indeed the world's - biggest brands, which use Bayer's materials in the manufacture of their own world-beating products.