Chemical balance: Strengthening downstream markets will bolster industry performance

The Chemical Wholesaling market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Strong demand from the manufacturing and construction sectors will drive up revenue
  • Many companies are using acquisitions to improve efficiency and economies of scale
  • Demand from downstream customers will strengthen as the economy continues to recover

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    As a key intermediary between chemical manufacturers and downstream industry, the Chemical Wholesaling industry plays an important role in the chemical supply chain. The construction and manufacturing sectors are the key customers for chemical wholesalers and, as a result, their production levels largely determine industry demand. As overall conditions have improved in the US economy, downstream demand has grown, boosting industry production over the five years to 2017. Looking ahead, the industry is projected to experience strong demand from the manufacturing and construction sectors, which, in conjunction with recovering oil prices, will drive up revenue...

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    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Chemical wholesalers operate throughout the country, but they are primarily concentrated in the Southeast region, where about 24.4% of the industry’s facilities are located. An estimated 75.0% of North American chlor-alkali capacity is located in the Gulf Coast region. Moreover, of the 40.0 million to 43.0 million tons of sulfuric acid consumed each year, 30.0 million tons are manufactured and consumed on-site at fertilizer manufacturing facilities. Most of these facilities are located in the Southeast and West regions of the United States. Having facilities in these regions puts wholesalers close to key market segments and other wholesale and

    retail businesses.

    Texas and California have the greatest number of facilities, with 11.8% and 9.5%, respectively. Cal..

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    Additional Insights for the Chemical Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Chemical Wholesaling Industry are

  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • Having links with suppliers
  • Having a loyal customer base
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    Industry Products

    What is the Chemical Wholesaling Industry?

    This industry wholesales chemicals and related products, including compressed gas, chemical additives and synthetic rubber, to the manufacturing, construction and mining industries. This industry does not wholesale agricultural or medicinal chemicals, paints or varnishes, fireworks or plastics materials.

    Industry Products
    Alkalies and chlorine
    Industrial gases
    Detergents and Soaps
    Adhesives, Automotive Chemicals
    Other chemicals
    Industry Activities
    Wholesaling acids
    Wholesaling chemical additives (e.g. concrete, food, fuel and oil)
    Wholesaling compressed gases (except liquefied petroleum gas)
    Wholesaling explosives (except ammunition and fireworks)
    Wholesaling industrial chemicals
    Wholesaling laundry soap, chips and powder
    Wholesaling oil additives
    Wholesaling resins and synthetic rubber
    Wholesaling sulfuric acid
    Wholesaling synthetic rubber

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from construction
  • Industrial production index
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Strong demand conditions
  • Fluctuating input prices
  • Industry consolidation
  • Increasing regulation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand conditions rebound
  • Fluctuating input prices
  • Industry consolidation
  • Increasing regulation
  • Table: Chemical Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Chemical Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Textile Mills
  • Shoe & Footwear Manufacturing
  • Sawmills & Wood Production
  • Wood Paneling Manufacturing
  • Paper Mills
  • Petrochemical Manufacturing
  • Pesticide Manufacturing
  • Cosmetic & Beauty Products Manufacturing
  • Semiconductor & Circuit Manufacturing
  • Circuit Board & Electronic Component Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Adhesive Manufacturing
  • Dye & Pigment Manufacturing
  • Explosives Manufacturing
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Oxygen & Hydrogen Gas Manufacturing
  • Soap & Cleaning Compound Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Other chemicals
  • Adhesives, Automotive Chemicals
  • Alkalies and chlorine
  • Detergents and Soaps
  • Biofuels
  • Industrial gases
  • Chart: Chemical Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturing and mining industrial users (for production)
  • Wholesalers (for resale)
  • Retailers (for resale)
  • Other businesses (for production)
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Chemical Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Chemical Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Chemical Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Chemical Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Chemical Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Industrial Production Index (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Environmental Protection Agency (Epa)
  • A government agency designed to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment.
  • Surfactant
  • Compounds that lower the surface tension between two liquids or between a liquid and a solid; they may act as detergents, wetting agents and foaming agents.
  • Wholesale
  • The sale and resale of goods without transformation to retailers, commercial customers and other wholesalers.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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