media release Chemicals Group Among Global Top Ten July 31, 2003 Akzo Nobel is one of the top ten chemicals companies in the world according to a recent ranking. Akzo Nobel has been ranked as one of the top ten chemical companies in the world, according to a recent list compiled by Chemical & Engineering News. The publication’s table of global top 50 companies in 2002—which was compiled according to total sales in U.S. dollars—ranked Akzo Nobel in tenth place, up one position from the previous year. The top ten is made up of three American companies (two of which occupy the top two places) and seven from Europe. To see the full list click here.