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Chemical Product Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Chemical Product Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.750 | Nov 2016

Volatile product: Revenue has fallen and fluctuated considerably over the past five years

IBISWorld’s Chemical Product Wholesaling market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Brenntag AG Brenntag AG market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The industry's performance has been heavily affected by highly volatile oil prices
  • Recently, the industry has been characterised by considerable merger and acquisition activity
  • Regulatory changes following the UK's exit from the European Union could threaten revenue
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Chemical Product Wholesaling industry is involved in the distribution of a diverse range of products, including synthetic resins, essential oils, chemical glues, industrial salt, printing inks and industrial gases. As a result, it serves an equally diverse range of clients. Many of the products sold by the industry are intermediates, including base and feedstock products and specialty and refined chemicals, which are sold as inputs to manufacturing industries. The industry also includes companies involved in the wholesale of fertilisers, agrochemical and construction-related products.

Over the past five years, the local and global chemical sectors have displayed a high degree of volatility, which has affected chemical wholesalers... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

The distribution of chemical product wholesalers largely reflects the size and distribution of the population and of economic activity. Other factors include the location of chemical product manufacturers and historical influences.

The South East

The South East accounts for the largest number of industry establishments. The region, which is home to an estimated 14.9% of industry establishments, is the most populous region in the United Kingdom and is the second largest by economic activity. The South East benefits from strong demand from downstream manufacturers and other companies. Moreover, the South East's proximity to London means that some industry operators that serve London clients are located in the region.

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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... purchase to read more


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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 gasesFertilisers and agrochemicalsPolymers and essential oilsPharmaceutical chemicalsCleaning chemicalsChemicals used in food industries
    Industry Activities
    industrial chemicals and gasesfertilisers and agrochemical productsglues and essential oils

    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
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Demand from basic pharmaceutical product manufacturing
  • World price of crude oil
  • Industrial production index
  • Downstream demand from agriculture
  • Current Performance
  • Demand conditions
  • Global oil prices
  • Catalysing consolidation
  • Inert profit performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand determinants
  • Oil price volatility
  • Local and global markets
  • Under pressure
  • Table: Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Chemical Product Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Brenntag AG
  • Table: Brenntag AG - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Chemical Product Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • 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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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Chemical Product Wholesaling market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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