ACC Reports Mixed Start To Year For U.S. Specialty Chemicals

Feb. 25, 2019
U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes start 2019 on a mixed note.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports that U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes started 2019 on a mixed note, rising 0.3% in January after a 0.5% gain in December, and a 0.3% gain in November. All changes in the data are reported on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis.

Performance chemistry reflects trends in manufacturing. Of the 28 specialty chemical segments ACC monitors, 15 expanded in January, off from 17 in December and 18 in November. Thirteen markets experienced decline in January. Large market volume gains (1.0% and over) occurred in mining chemicals and rubber processing chemicals.

During January, the overall specialty chemicals volume index was up 5.2% on a year-over-year (Y/Y) 3MMA basis. The index stood at 115.3% of its average 2012 levels in January, which is equivalent to 7.85 billion pounds (3.56 million metric tons). On a Y/Y basis, there were gains among 21 market and functional specialty chemical segments. Compared with last year, volumes were down in six segments with one essentially flat.

For more information, visit:

Sponsored Recommendations

Keys to Improving Safety in Chemical Processes (PDF)

Many facilities handle dangerous processes and products on a daily basis. Keeping everything under control demands well-trained people working with the best equipment.

Get Hands-On Training in Emerson's Interactive Plant Environment

Enhance the training experience and increase retention by training hands-on in Emerson's Interactive Plant Environment. Build skills here so you have them where and when it matters...

Managing and Reducing Methane Emission in Upstream Oil & Gas

Measurement Instrumentation for reducing emissions, improving efficiency and ensuring safety.

Micro Motion 4700 Coriolis Configurable Inputs and Outputs Transmitter

The Micro Motion 4700 Coriolis Transmitter offers a compact C1D1 (Zone 1) housing. Bluetooth and Smart Meter Verification are available.