Around the world
IChemE is committed to building and sustaining an active international professional community, united by a commitment to qualifications and standards that foster excellence, relevance and esteem and the delivery of benefits to society.
At the close of 2012, the total number of IChemE members passed the 37,000 mark; the latest milestone in a history of near continuous membership growth that can be traced back to our formation. Today, IChemE’s reach spans over 120 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe and almost everywhere in between. Unsurprisingly, given IChemE’s British heritage, membership remains strong in the United Kingdom where 60% of members are based – though many are working on assignments elsewhere. But in an era of rapid globalization, membership growth in the UK is modest when compared with other territories and it seems very likely that more than half of IChemE’s membership will be found outside Europe before the end of the decade.
Distribution of new members 2012-2013
Australia and Malaysia both account for more than 8,000 members across all grades and the Institution has an office and a strong staff presence in Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur. IChemE can also claim a healthy presence on the ground in Singapore, New Zealand, South Africa and China. IChemE is also well represented in North America with more than 1,000 members spread across the Caribbean, through Mexico to the USA and Canada. Recent strategic initiatives led by IChemE’s governing Council are driving exciting growth in India and China where new partnerships with the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China respectively, are opening up new opportunities for professional chemical engineers.
In addition to sustaining strong international links directly through individual members, IChemE plays an active role in a range of regional chemical engineering federations including the European Federation of Chemical Engineering, the Australian and New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers and the Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering. IChemE is also a member of the World Chemical Engineering Council. The institution also maintains productive bilateral relationships with many leading chemical engineering organizations including the DECHEMA in Germany, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in the USA, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering in Canada.