USA: Market Scenario Solid Rise in U.S. Specialty Chemical Markets at Start of Q4: ACC

Editor: Ahlam Rais

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has stated that U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes increased 1.2 % in October, up from a revised 0.1 % gain in September and 1.1 % gain in August.

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Of the 28 specialty chemical segments that ACC monitors, 25 expanded in October, up from nine in September.
Of the 28 specialty chemical segments that ACC monitors, 25 expanded in October, up from nine in September.
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Washington/USA – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reported that U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes increased 1.2 per cent in October, up from a revised 0.1 per cent gain in September and 1.1 per cent gain in August. Of the 28 specialty chemical segments that ACC monitors, 25 expanded in October, up from nine in September. On a sequential basis, diffusion was 89 per cent, up from 34 per cent in September. Of the 25 segments showing growth in October, 18 featured gains of 1.0 per cent or more.

During October, overall specialty chemicals volumes were off 6.5 per cent on a year-over-year (Y/Y) basis, an improvement from September. Volumes stood at 104.4 per cent of their average 2012 levels in October. This is equivalent to 7.11 billion pounds (3.23 million metric tonnes). On a Y/Y basis, five chemical segments showed gains: Cosmetic additives, electronic chemicals, flavours and fragrances, plastic compounding, and water management chemicals. On a year-earlier basis, diffusion was 20 per cent in October, an improvement from 11 per cent in September.

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Specialty chemicals are materials manufactured on the basis of the unique performance or function and provide a wide variety of effects on which many other sectors and end-use products rely. They can be individual molecules or mixtures of molecules, known as formulations. The physical and chemical characteristics of the single molecule or mixtures along with the composition of the mixtures influence the performance end product. Individual market sectors that rely on such products include automobile, aerospace, agriculture, cosmetics and food, among others.

Specialty chemicals differ from commodity chemicals. Specialties may only have one or two uses, whereas commodities may have multiple or different applications for each chemical. Commodity chemicals comprise most of the production volume in the global marketplace, while specialty chemicals make up most of the diversity in commerce at any given time and are relatively high value, with greater market growth rates.

This data set is the only timely source of market trends for 28 market and functional specialty chemical segments. Chemistry directly touches over 96 per cent of all manufactured goods, and trends in these specialty chemical segments provide a detailed view of trends in manufacturing. The data also shed light on how various consumer end-use markets are performing compared to others in the marketplace.

U.S. Specialty Chemical Market Volume, Percentage Change
U.S. Specialty Chemical Market Volume, Percentage Change
(Source: ACC)

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