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Global Chemical Distribution Market by Product (Specialty Chemicals, Commodity Chemicals) and Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa), Forecast To 2028

  • Report ID: CHM-72588
  • Author: Up Market Research
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Summary of the Report

Global chemical distribution market was valued at USD 247.1 million in 2020. It is projected to grow at a compound annual rate (CAGR of 5.4%) between 2020 and 2028. The opportunities for chemical distributors will increase due to the increasing use of chemicals in end-use industries like construction, pharmaceutical, polymers and resins, as well as the complexity involved in reaching customers.

The rising trend towards sustainable and green infrastructure is driving the demand for specialty construction chemicals in America. Distributors of specialty products are therefore benefiting from the growing demand for these chemicals, even in developed economies like the U.S., Germany and U.K.

Chemical industry supplies raw materials to companies involved in manufacturing and industrial sectors. These feedstocks can be distributed to end-users either by third-party distributors, or directly by the manufacturers. The third-party distribution of commodity and specialty chemical is expected to grow significantly over the direct sale of products to end-users. This is due to the outsourcing value-added services such as logistics, packaging and inventory management and technical training.

The U.S. market in chemical distribution is driven primarily by strong consumer purchasing power and sustained construction activity. The housing market is seeing a resurgence in business investments, which are helping to build momentum for the chemical sector. According to an American Chemistry Council, Inc. report, 334 new production projects, worth more than USD 204 billion, were announced in June 2019. This shows a steady rise in investment in the U.S. Economy. This is expected to lead to a significant increase in the manufacturing sector and a positive effect on the overall market.

Global demand for chemicals will be driven by strong growth in other end-use sectors, including electronics, pharmaceuticals, and automotive. The third-party distribution channel will also benefit from this factor. To gain competitive advantage in a fragmented market, global distributors have adopted differentiated channel strategies that include product knowledge, local expertise, and a strong logistic network.

Third-party distributors will face fierce competition from direct suppliers, in addition to a strong industry rivalry. These multinational companies include Honeywell International and Arkema SE. These companies have high investment capabilities, strong networks with end-users, and a large geographical presence. Direct distribution channels can offer bulk discounts and lower third-party profit margins.

Product Insights

The global chemical distribution market can be divided into three types of products based on product type: basic, commodity and specialty. One supplier's product portfolio is often interchangeable with those of other suppliers, which allows for low differentiation and lower switching costs. The pricing is therefore an important factor that differentiates competitors on the market.

Commodity chemicals include plastics and polymer and synthetic rubber, explosives and petrochemicals. Other commodities such as bulk polymers and fibers and basic organics or aromas are also included. The segment has shown the highest Total Return to Shareholders, (TRS), performance in the chemicals value chains with a growth rate of over 14% between 2000 and 2015. The growth in specialty compounds was only 12% over the same time period. Despite the decline in sales due to the crash of crude oil prices, the commodity chemicals sector was able to maintain selling prices in some markets.

Due to their large consumption in many major industries, including electronics and automotive, commodity compounds dominated global supply. The segment has seen a 5.1% increase in its consumption across different industries, owing to the large volume of these products.

Specialty products are high-performance, customized chemical solutions that can be tailored to meet specific consumer needs. Coatings and adhesives (CASE), sealants and elastomers (CASE), cosmetic and construction additives, polymers, lubricant additives and other surfactants, industrial gasses, and textile auxiliaries are all examples of specialty compounds. They are used in a variety of industries, including automotive, electronics and construction.

Due to low prices for petrochemical feedstock, major manufacturers are moving their manufacturing facilities in the Middle East and Africa. Other industries are increasing their production in Asia due to low labor costs and high economic growth. In recent years, specialty chemicals consumption and distribution have been driven by trade liberalization, the removal of many economic barriers, the rapid growth of industrialized Asian economies and the spread of advanced processing technology.

The fastest-growing segment is expected to be specialty chemicals. They are predicted to grow to USD 139.0 trillion by 2028. The demand will rise due to rising demand for specific compounds that are used in many industries and technological advances in production.

End-use Insights

Commodity and specialty compounds are used extensively in common end-use industries like textiles, automotive, transportation, and industrial manufacturing. Other specific uses of specialty chemicals include pharmaceutical and agriculture. Commodity products are used only in the downstream sector.

In 2020, 17.6% of revenue came from the construction industry which dominated the market. The development of smog-combating products has been fueled by the rise in pollution in the U.S. and China. Boral Roofing has created a smog-repellent tiles that can remove nitrogen oxides (NOx), using a photocatalyst titanium dioxide. This is to improve the air quality. In addition, specialty chemicals demand will rise due to increased construction spending in emerging Asian economies.

The downstream sector, which consumes commodity chemicals, has held a dominant market share of 35.6% of the total revenue in 2020. The downstream sector is responsible for petroleum crude oil refining and processing as well as purifying raw natural gas. It also includes marketing and distribution of various petroleum-derived products.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific was the dominant regional market, accounting for 59.2% in total revenue share in 2020. Over the forecast period, demand will be driven by an increase in manufacturing activity and a substantial rise in per-capita disposable income. The expansion of industries like automotive, construction, electrical and electronics is happening in countries such as Thailand, India, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Chemical production in the region will continue to grow rapidly as major players shift their attention to high-opportunity markets. The dominant segment in Asia Pacific will remain commodity compounds, with a 6.4% CAGR in specialty chemicals from 2020-2028.

The North American chemical market is one of the strongest, with Univar, Brenntag and IMCD holding a combined 30% to 40% market share. International chemical producers are expected to invest more capital in the market due to ongoing labor market upgrade, easy credit availability, and access to ample feedstock.

In recent years, major North American chemical companies have increased their production capacity. This has led to a shift towards third-party distributors. They are a way for them to expand into new markets. The decline in the North American petrochemical sector has been due to volatile crude oil prices, a weak GDP in Latin America and economic recessions. Due to the construction of several facilities along the U.S. Gulf Coast, including Natgasoline in South Louisiana and South Louisiana Methanol, the potential for increased petrochemical production is expected to grow over the next few years. These facilities are expected to produce 1.75 million MT and 1.8 millions MT per year respectively.

Market Share Insights & Key Companies

The acquisition of small distributors by global distributor companies like MilliporeSigma and Brenntag AG has helped to realize economies of scale. They are now able to focus on their specialized sales channel strategy and rationalizing their distributor base.

Companies use a variety of strategies to diversify their product range and increase their market share. These include acquisitions, mergers, and capacity expansion. Companies are increasing their growth by expanding their product lines to include specialty products. The following are some of the most prominent players in the chemical distribution industry:

  • Univar AG

  • Helm AG

  • Brenntag AG

  • Azelis Holdings SA

  • IMCD Group


  • Biesterfeld AG

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Report Scope

Report AttributesReport Details
Report TitleChemical Distribution Market Research Report
By ProductSpecialty Chemicals, Commodity Chemicals
By CompaniesHelm AG, Biesterfeld AG, Brenntag AG, IMCD Group, BASF SE, Univar AG, Azelis Holdings SA
Regions CoveredNorth America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, MEA
Base Year2020
Historical Year2018 to 2019 (Data from 2010 can be provided as per availability)
Forecast Year2028
Number of Pages209
Number of Tables & Figures147
Customization AvailableYes, the report can be customized as per your need.

The report covers comprehensive data on emerging trends, market drivers, growth opportunities, and restraints that can change the market dynamics of the industry. It provides an in-depth analysis of the market segments which include products, applications, and competitor analysis.

Global Chemical Distribution Industry Outlook

Global Chemical Distribution Market Report Segments:

The market is segmented by Product (Specialty Chemicals, Commodity Chemicals).

Chemical Distribution Market research report delivers a close watch on leading competitors with strategic analysis, micro and macro market trend and scenarios, pricing analysis and a holistic overview of the market situations in the forecast period. It is a professional and a detailed report focusing on primary and secondary drivers, market share, leading segments and geographical analysis. Further, key players, major collaborations, merger & acquisitions along with trending innovation and business policies are reviewed in the report.

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  • Historical, current, and projected market size, in terms of value
  • In-depth analysis of the Chemical Distribution Market

Overview of the regional outlook of the Chemical Distribution Market:

Based on region, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa (MEA). North America region is further bifurcated into countries such as U.S., and Canada. The Europe region is further categorized into U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe. Asia Pacific is further segmented into China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, South East Asia, and Rest of Asia Pacific. Latin America region is further segmented into Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America, and the MEA region is further divided into GCC, Turkey, South Africa, and Rest of MEA.

Chemical Distribution Market Overview

Highlights of The Chemical Distribution Market Report:

  1. The market structure and projections for the coming years.
  2. Drivers, restraints, opportunities, and current trends of Chemical Distribution Market.
  3. Historical data and forecast.
  4. Estimations for the forecast period 2028.
  5. Developments and trends in the market.
        6. By Product:

                1. Specialty Chemicals

                2. Commodity Chemicals

  1. Market scenario by region, sub-region, and country.
  2. Market share of the market players, company profiles, product specifications, SWOT analysis, and competitive landscape.
  3. Analysis regarding upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics.
  4. Government Policies, Macro & Micro economic factors are also included in the report.

We have studied the Chemical Distribution Market in 360 degrees via. both primary & secondary research methodologies. This helped us in building an understanding of the current market dynamics, supply-demand gap, pricing trends, product preferences, consumer patterns & so on. The findings were further validated through primary research with industry experts & opinion leaders across countries. The data is further compiled & validated through various market estimation & data validation methodologies. Further, we also have our in-house data forecasting model to predict market growth up to 2028.

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Chemical Distribution Market Trends

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  • The competitive landscape comprises share of key players, new developments, and strategies in the last three years.
  • Comprehensive companies offering products, relevant financial information, recent developments, SWOT analysis, and strategies by these players.
Chapter 1 Executive Summary
Chapter 2 Assumptions and Acronyms Used
Chapter 3 Research Methodology
Chapter 4 Chemical Distribution Market Overview
   4.1 Introduction 
      4.1.1 Market Taxonomy 
      4.1.2 Market Definition 
      4.1.3 Macro-Economic Factors Impacting the Market Growth 
   4.2 Chemical Distribution Market Dynamics 
      4.2.1 Market Drivers 
      4.2.2 Market Restraints 
      4.2.3 Market Opportunity 
   4.3 Chemical Distribution Market - Supply Chain Analysis 
      4.3.1 List of Key Suppliers 
      4.3.2 List of Key Distributors 
      4.3.3 List of Key Consumers 
   4.4 Key Forces Shaping the Chemical Distribution Market 
      4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers 
      4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers 
      4.4.3 Threat of Substitution 
      4.4.4 Threat of New Entrants 
      4.4.5 Competitive Rivalry 
   4.5 Global Chemical Distribution Market Size & Forecast, 2018-2028 
      4.5.1 Chemical Distribution Market Size and Y-o-Y Growth 
      4.5.2 Chemical Distribution Market Absolute $ Opportunity 

Chapter 5 Global Chemical Distribution Market Analysis and Forecast by Product
   5.1 Introduction
      5.1.1 Key Market Trends & Growth Opportunities by Product
      5.1.2 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Product
      5.1.3 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Product
   5.2 Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Product
      5.2.1 Specialty Chemicals
      5.2.2 Commodity Chemicals
   5.3 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Product

Chapter 6 Global Chemical Distribution Market Analysis and Forecast by Region
   6.1 Introduction
      6.1.1 Key Market Trends & Growth Opportunities by Region
      6.1.2 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Region
      6.1.3 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Region
   6.2 Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Region
      6.2.1 North America
      6.2.2 Europe
      6.2.3 Asia Pacific
      6.2.4 Latin America
      6.2.5 Middle East & Africa (MEA)
   6.3 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Region

Chapter 7 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Impact 
   7.1 Introduction 
   7.2 Current & Future Impact Analysis 
   7.3 Economic Impact Analysis 
   7.4 Government Policies 
   7.5 Investment Scenario

Chapter 8 North America Chemical Distribution Analysis and Forecast
   8.1 Introduction
   8.2 North America Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Country
      8.2.1 U.S.
      8.2.2 Canada
   8.3 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
   8.4 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   8.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Country
   8.6 North America Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Product
      8.6.1 Specialty Chemicals
      8.6.2 Commodity Chemicals
   8.7 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Product 
   8.8 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Product 
   8.9 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Product

Chapter 9 Europe Chemical Distribution Analysis and Forecast
   9.1 Introduction
   9.2 Europe Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Country
      9.2.1 Germany
      9.2.2 France
      9.2.3 Italy
      9.2.4 U.K.
      9.2.5 Spain
      9.2.6 Russia
      9.2.7 Rest of Europe
   9.3 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
   9.4 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   9.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Country
   9.6 Europe Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Product
      9.6.1 Specialty Chemicals
      9.6.2 Commodity Chemicals
   9.7 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Product 
   9.8 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Product 
   9.9 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Product

Chapter 10 Asia Pacific Chemical Distribution Analysis and Forecast
   10.1 Introduction
   10.2 Asia Pacific Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Country
      10.2.1 China
      10.2.2 Japan
      10.2.3 South Korea
      10.2.4 India
      10.2.5 Australia
      10.2.6 South East Asia (SEA)
      10.2.7 Rest of Asia Pacific (APAC)
   10.3 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
   10.4 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   10.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Country
   10.6 Asia Pacific Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Product
      10.6.1 Specialty Chemicals
      10.6.2 Commodity Chemicals
   10.7 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Product 
   10.8 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Product 
   10.9 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Product

Chapter 11 Latin America Chemical Distribution Analysis and Forecast
   11.1 Introduction
   11.2 Latin America Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Country
      11.2.1 Brazil
      11.2.2 Mexico
      11.2.3 Rest of Latin America (LATAM)
   11.3 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
   11.4 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   11.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Country
   11.6 Latin America Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Product
      11.6.1 Specialty Chemicals
      11.6.2 Commodity Chemicals
   11.7 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Product 
   11.8 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Product 
   11.9 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Product

Chapter 12 Middle East & Africa (MEA) Chemical Distribution Analysis and Forecast
   12.1 Introduction
   12.2 Middle East & Africa (MEA) Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Country
      12.2.1 Saudi Arabia
      12.2.2 South Africa
      12.2.3 UAE
      12.2.4 Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)
   12.3 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
   12.4 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   12.5 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Country
   12.6 Middle East & Africa (MEA) Chemical Distribution Market Size Forecast by Product
      12.6.1 Specialty Chemicals
      12.6.2 Commodity Chemicals
   12.7 Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Product 
   12.8 Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Product 
   12.9 Market Attractiveness Analysis by Product

Chapter 13 Competition Landscape 
   13.1 Chemical Distribution Market: Competitive Dashboard
   13.2 Global Chemical Distribution Market: Market Share Analysis, 2019
   13.3 Company Profiles (Details – Overview, Financials, Developments, Strategy) 
      13.3.1 Helm AG
      13.3.2 Biesterfeld AG
      13.3.3 Brenntag AG
      13.3.4 IMCD Group
      13.3.5 BASF SE
      13.3.6 Univar AG
      13.3.7 Azelis Holdings SA
Segments Covered in the Report
The global Chemical Distribution market has been segmented based on

By Product
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • Commodity Chemicals
  • Asia Pacific
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Middle East & Africa
Key Players
  • Helm AG
  • Biesterfeld AG
  • Brenntag AG
  • IMCD Group
  • Univar AG
  • Azelis Holdings SA

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