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Chemical Manufacturing – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 2800  |  NAICS 325100

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Organic Chemical Manufacturing  (view report)
Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing  (view report)
Comprehensive industry 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. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research reports and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

CE&N Media Group
CE&N Magazine

Weekly trade journal provides news and information for chemistry professionals, with special reports including the annual "Business & Policy Outlook" published in January which looks at the year ahead from an economic, major markets, and environmental perspective and the "U.S. Top 50" published in May which ranks the top chemical producers by revenues. Digital editions can be viewed free online.

IHS Markit
IHS Chemical Week

Bi-weekly trade publication provides news and analysis for the chemical industry, with online content section topics including basic and specialty chemicals, market prices and macroeconomics, finances, mergers and acquisitions, engineering/construction, distribution/logistics, research and development, information technology, and environment/regulatory matters. Digital editions are available free online.

Independent Commodity Intelligence Services
Publications available from this organization include:

ICIS Americas Chemicals Outlook  Select "Generic Chemicals - Outlooks - Americas"
Annual report provides summary outlook and price history data for more than fifty chemical products, with categories covered including acids, alcohols, aromatics and derivatives, base oils, chlor-alkalies, fertilizer, fibre chain, intermediates, olefins, oleochemicals and surfactants, petroleum, polymers and plastics, polyurthane chain, rubber, and solvents. Report can be downloaded and viewed free online.

ICIS Top 100 Companies
Annual report published in "ICIS Chemical Business" magazine ranks the world's top 100 companies by annual revenue and also includes information on operating profit, net profit, total assets, research and development expense, capital spending, and number of employees for these companies as well as a selection of other companies that fell just below the sales cutoff necessary to make the top 100.

American Chemistry Council
Publications available from this organization include:

Business of Chemistry: Situation and Outlook
Semi-annual report provides an overview of macroeconomic, end-use market, production, trade, and investment trends and an assessment of current business conditions and the likely prospects for the coming year ahead and beyond, with U.S. historical and forecast production volume data broken out by product segment and geographic region. Sample report from prior year can be viewed free online.

Guide to the Business of Chemistry
Annual publication provides a comprehensive overview of the chemistry industry, with topics covered in individual chapters including cost structure, production, price, and shipment data by major product segment (e.g., basic, specialty, agricultural, pharmaceutical, and consumer product), global and U.S. trade, financial performance, R&D activities, capital investment, and environment, health, and safety.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Chemical Manufacturers  Search for "325" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Chemical Manufacturers  Search for "325" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

American Chemistry Council
Economic Survey of American Chemistry Council Members

Annual report analyzes the results of the economic performance survey of ACC member companies, with areas covered in the survey including sales, research and development, information technology, security, capital investment in plant and equipment, innovation, and environmental protection, health, and safety. Table of contents from the most recent report can be downloaded and viewed free online.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

American Chemical Society
ChemCensus / ACS Salary and Employment Status Survey

Compensation surveys provide compensation, demographic, and employment data for chemists and chemical engineers, with data broken out by age, gender, race, ethnicity, citizenship, education (e.g., bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D.), type of employer (e.g., industry, government, and academia), work function, years of experience, and size of employer. Selected survey data can be viewed free online.

PayScale, Inc.
Chemical Manufacturing

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as chemist, production engineer, process engineer, process operator, and laboratory technician, with employers for which this data is provided including Dow Chemical Company, BASF Corporation, E. I. du Pont de Nemours (DuPont), Celanese Corporation, Ecolab Inc., and Lyondellbasell Industries Inc.

BV Guides and Databases

Private company sales transaction data for over 900 industries.

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