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Chemical Distributors – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 5169  |  NAICS 424690

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Chemical Wholesalers  (view report)
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 report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

National Association of Chemical Distributors
Chemical Distributor Magazine

Quarterly trade journal features news and information for chemical distributors and their supply chain partners, with topics covered in various issues including general business matters, market pressures, key customer segments, government programs, and legislative and regulatory matters. Publication is available to NACD members/affiliates only; limited preview of the latest issue is available free online.

Independent Commodity Intelligence Services
The ICIS Top 100 Distributors

Annual special report published in "ICIS Chemical Business" magazine ranks the top 100 distributors by annual sales revenues on a global basis and also includes regional distributor rankings by annual sales revenues for North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. Current and prior year special report issues can be downloaded and viewed free online with user registration.

Research reports available from this organization include:

Global Third-Party Chemical Distribution Market
Market research report analyzes the third-party distribution market on a global basis, with information provided including market size and forecast by category (e.g., commodity, specialty) and region (e.g., APAC, Americas, and EMEA) and firms profiled including Azelis S.A., Brenntag AG, Helm AG, IMCD N.V., Nexeo Solutions, Inc., and Univar Inc. Snapshot and table of contents are available free online.

Global Specialty Chemicals Market
Comprehensive study provides a detailed analysis of the specialty chemicals market on a global and regional basis, with information provided in the report including market size and forecast by end-user product segment (e.g., adhesive/sealants, agrichemicals, polymer/plastics, construction, electronics, industrial/institutional cleaners, food additives, surfactants, specialty coatings, and lubricant/oil field).

Grand View Research
Chemical Distribution

Market research report provides an in-depth analysis of the market for this product sector in the U.S. and other countries, with data provided including market size and forecast by type (e.g., commodity, specialty), product (e.g., CASE, agrochemicals, polymers/resins, plastics, and explosives), and end- use (e.g., transportation, agriculture, construction, industrial products, consumer goods, and textiles).

Global Info Research
Global Third-Party Chemical Distribution

Comprehensive report provides an in-depth analysis of the third-party distribution market on a global basis, with information provided in the study including market size and forecast by type (e.g., mixing, manufacturing, technical/safety training, packaging, and waste removal), applications (e.g. end user, secondary distributors), and geographic region or country (e.g., United States, Canada, and Mexico).

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Chemical Suppliers and Distributors  Search for "424690" 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.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Chemical Suppliers and Distributors  Search for "424690" 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 statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Chemical Wholesalers
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Compensation data available from this organization includes:

Industrial Chemicals - Wholesale
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as regional sales manager, account manager, process engineer, lab technician, office manager, and customer service representative, with distributors for which salary or wage data is provided including Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., BASF Corporation, Brenntag AG, Ecolab Inc., and Univar USA Inc.

Chemicals - Wholesale
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, logistics manager, warehouse manager, material handler, and delivery truck driver, with distributors for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Dow Chemical Co., Airgas Inc., NCH Corporation, Nexeo Solutions, Inc., PHT International Inc., and Sigma-Aldrich Corp.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 169 - Chemical and Allied Products
  NAICS Code 424690 - Chemical and Allied Products Wholesalers
Types of establishments included in these codes
Acids distributors - establishments engaged in the distribution of acids used in industrial processes, manufacturing, and other applications, including inorganic (e.g., phosphoric, hydrochloric), organic (e.g., acetic, citric), and specialty acids (e.g., boric, hydrofluoric).
Industrial chemicals wholesalers - establishments involved in distributing a diverse range of chemicals used in industrial processes, including acids, bases, salts, petrochemicals, solvents, plasticizers, resins, dyes and pigments, surfactants, additives, and adhesives.
Automotive chemicals distributors - establishments specializing in wholesale distribution of chemicals designed for use in auto repair shops, auto dealerships, and other related businesses, including lubricants, greases, coolants, cleaners, adhesives, and sealants.
Industrial salts wholesalers - establishments with a focus on distributing various types of salts used in different industrial processes, such as chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining, metal processing, leather production, water softening, and paper processing.
Dyestuffs distributors - establishments specializing in wholesale distribution of dyestuffs used in industries that require soluble coloring agents for their products, including food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, leather, plastics, paper products, and cardboard.
Rosins wholesalers - establishments engaged in wholesale distribution of rosins derived from pine and other resinous trees utilized in manufacturing various products, including adhesives, inks, rubber, paper, electronics, pharmaceuticals, coatings, and varnishes.
Explosives distributors - distributors focused on the wholesale distribution of explosives used in applications such as construction, mining, and demolition, including dynamite, ammonium nitrate, nitroglycerine, nitrocellulose, trinitrotoluene, and blasting powder.
Turpentine wholesalers - distributors engaged in the wholesale distribution of turpentine, which is a solvent derived from the resin of pine trees and is used in various industrial applications, including paint and coatings, cleaning products, and pharmaceuticals.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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