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Chemical Suppliers and Distributors

SIC 5169 | NAICS 424690

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Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Operating conditions
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Five-year growth forecast

Chemical Distributor Magazine
Quarterly trade publication features news and information for chemical suppliers and distributors, with topics covered including business operations, technology, legislative and regulatory issues, and more. Publication is available by subscription only; selected pages from current issue can be viewed free online.

Chemical Wholesalers

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

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ICIS Chemical Business Magazine
Weekly trade publication analyzes industry issues and trends and their impact on the global markets, with topics covered including product supply and demand trends, key drivers behind price movements, China's impact on global markets, product profiles by geographic region, and more.

The ICIS Top 100 Distributors
Annual chemical distributor survey ranks the top 100 distributors by sales volume on a global basis, and also includes regional distributor rankings by sales volume for North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. Global and regional rankings can be downloaded free online with registration.

GIA Research
Chemicals: A Global Industry Outlook
Global outlook report provides an overview of the chemical market in the U.S. and other countries, with topics covered including market dynamics, competitive framework, end use scenario, environmental, health, and safety issues, recent industry activity, and product developments. Summary description is available free online with detailed table of contents available upon request.

Financial Ratios and Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Chemical Suppliers and Distributors  Search for "424690"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Company Productivity Report
Annual financial analysis report provides financial and operating performance measures for chemical distributors, with survey results broken out by type of distributor, sales volume, and level of profitability (typical vs. high profit). Survey is accessible by members only; contact association for more information.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (NAICS 4242/4246)
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed by chemical suppliers and distributors on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with statistical measures for national data including mean, median, and upper/lower quartiles and deciles. All information is available free online.

Compensation and Benefits Survey
Compensation survey provides detailed analysis of executive and employee compensation, including salaries, bonuses, commissions, and fringe benefits, for chemical distributors, with survey data broken out by sales volume and region. Survey is accessible by members only; contact association for more information.

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