Chemical Processing

The Market

In the US, about 1200 companies produce basic industrial chemicals with a combined annual revenue of $120 billion. Industrial chemicals include gases, dyes and pigments, chlorine and caustic soda, sulfuric and nitric acids, and thousands of organic chemicals. Large companies include Dow, DuPont, and Occidental. The industry is highly concentrated where the 50 largest companies hold 70% or more of the revenue.  Operations are generally located close to their raw materials and many need access to large water supplies for their strenuous waste treatment requirements.  Some specialty chemicals contain a much larger concentration with only a few suppliers. The demand depends on the overall US economy because these products are primarily raw materials used for more complex products like fibers, paints, plastics, and paper.  Efficient operations are the leading profit driver for these companies.  Manufacturing companies focus on the highest possible yield for their products.

Critical Coating Issues

The primary issue with coating in this industry is the changes in EPA regulations that could potentially require manufacturers to be more cautious with storage and other processing issues.

Key Benefits of Teflon™ Industrial Coatings

  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • High temperature resistance
  • Low permeation
  • High corrosion resistance

Typical Applications

  • Storage tanks and drums
  • Processing tanks
  • Reactors
  • Pipes and pumps
  • Impellors, agitators, and baffles
  • Ducts
  • Fasteners
  • Valves

Information Resources

American Chemical Society
Focuses on the basic (or commodity) chemical industry, and safety, health, and legal concerns for members.

Canadian Chemical Producers' Association
Canadian industry news. 

Related Market Research Codes

SIC Codes: 2812, 2813, 2816, 2819, 2911

Related NAICS Codes: 32411, 325110, 325120, 325181, 325188, 325132, 325193