Strong reaction: Despite ongoing uncertainty and volatile oil prices, revenue continues to grow

The Chemical Product Wholesaling industry distributes a diverse range of products including industrial chemicals and gases, essential oils, glues, construction-related products, agrochemical products and fertilisers. As a result, it serves a wide range of clients. Many of these products are intermediates, including base and feedstock products, and speciality and refined chemicals, which are sold as inputs to manufacturing industries. The industry is highly fragmented, with no market player commanding a market share of more than 5%.The industry is anticipated to perform strongly over the five years through 2019-20, with revenue expected to rise at a compound annual rate of 3.9% to £16.7 billion...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£16.7bn
Annual Growth 15-20
3.9%
Forecast Growth 20-25
Profit
Employment
20,001
Businesses
1,730
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Growth was supported by strong performances in the construction and manufacturing sectors
  • Fluctuations in the world price of oil have shaped movements in industry revenue over the past five years
  • UK chemical manufacturers are expected to focus on high-value products, opening market niches for the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The industry is involved in the distribution of a wide range of industrial chemicals, fertilisers and agrochemical products. Therefore, there is a large number of small-scale wholesalers, as many carry a small portfolio that is limited to a number of speciality chemicals geared towards particular markets. In contrast, the larger players in the industry, such as Brenntag and Univar Solutions, operate on a global scale, have portfolios of more than 10,000 chemicals and serve a range of markets.Polymers and essential oilsDue to their large number of applications, the most commonly sought-after chemicals are polymers and essential oils, which account for approximately 27.8% of industry revenue. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry

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

  • Having a good technical knowledge of the product
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Effective cost controls
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Downstream demand from manufacturing and Demand from basic pharmaceutical product manufacturing in the Chemical Product Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry?

    Companies in the Chemical Product Wholesaling industry are involved in the wholesale of various industrial chemicals and gases. They also wholesale fertilisers, agrochemical products, glues and essential oils. The industry does not include the activities of commission agents, commodity brokers and other types of wholesalers acting on behalf of others.

    Industry Products
  • Industrial gases
  • Fertilisers and agrochemicals
  • Polymers and essential oils
  • Pharmaceutical chemicals
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Chemicals used in food industries
  • Industry Activities
  • Wholesaling industrial chemicals and gases
  • Wholesaling fertilisers and agrochemical products
  • Wholesaling glues and essential oils
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Demand from basic pharmaceutical product manufacturing
  • World price of crude oil
  • Industrial production index
  • Downstream demand from agriculture

  • Current Performance
  • Downstream demand
  • Oil prices
  • Firm fragmentation
  • Marginal improvement
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Building up
  • Global growth
  • Regulating change
  • Pressure points
  • Table: Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Cereals, Leguminous Crops & Oilseed Growing
  • Crude Petroleum & Natural Gas Extraction
  • Perfume & Cosmetics Manufacturing
  • Basic Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing
  • Commercial Building Construction

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Essential Oil Manufacturing
  • Fertiliser & Nitrogen Compound Manufacturing
  • Glue & Adhesives Manufacturing
  • Industrial Gas Manufacturing
  • Paint, Coatings & Printing Ink Manufacturing
  • Pesticide & Other Agrochemical Manufacturing
  • Primary Form Plastics Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Polymers and essential oils
  • Fertilisers and agrochemicals
  • Industrial gases
  • Pharmaceutical chemicals
  • Chemicals used in food industries
  • Cleaning chemicals
  • Chart: Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Oil, gas and mining sector
  • Agriculture and food sector
  • Coating and adhesive manufacturers
  • Other manufacturing industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesDepreciationMarketingRentUtilitiesOther Costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Chemical Product Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Brenntag AG,
  • Table: Brenntag AG - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

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

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Agrochemical
  • A generic term for the chemicals used in agriculture.
  • Fertiliser
  • A substance that is added to soil to supply one or more plant nutrients essential to the growth of plants.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • A growing trend whereby upstream producers supply goods directly to the end consumers or retailers, thereby bypassing the wholesaler.
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