Chemical Distribution Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Chemical Distribution Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Specialty, Commodity), By End-use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2024 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-753-7
  • Number of Pages: 136
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Research Methodology

A three-pronged approach was followed for deducing the chemical distribution market estimates and forecasts. The process has three steps: information procurement, analysis, and validation. The whole process is cyclical, and steps repeat until the estimates are validated. The three steps are explained in detail below:

Information procurement: Information procurement is one of the most extensive and important stages in our research process, and quality data is critical for accurate analysis. We followed a multi-channel data collection process for chemical distribution market to gather the most reliable and current information possible.

  • We buy access to paid databases such as Hoover’s and Factiva for company financials, industry information, white papers, industry journals, SME journals, and more.
  • We tap into Grand View’s proprietary database of data points and insights from active and archived monitoring and reporting.
  • We conduct primary research with industry experts through questionnaires and one-on-one phone interviews.
  • We pull from reliable secondary sources such as white papers and government statistics, published by organizations like WHO, NGOs, World Bank, etc., Key Opinion Leaders (KoL) publications, company filings, investor documents, and more.
  • We purchase and review investor analyst reports, broker reports, academic commentary, government quotes, and wealth management publications for insightful third-party perspectives.

Analysis: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilized different methods of chemical distribution market data depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.

  • Market Research Efforts: Bottom-up Approach for estimating and forecasting demand size and opportunity, top-down Approach for new product forecasting and penetration, and combined approach of both Bottom-up and Top-down for full coverage analysis.

  • Value-Chain-Based Sizing & Forecasting: Supply-side estimates for understanding potential revenue through competitive benchmarking, forecasting, and penetration modeling.

  • Demand-side estimates for identifying parent and ancillary markets, segment modeling, and heuristic forecasting.

  • Qualitative Functional Deployment (QFD) Modelling for market share assessment.

Market formulation and validation: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilize different methods of data analysis depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.

  • Market Formulation: This step involves the finalization of market numbers. This step on an internal level is designed to manage outputs from the Data Analysis step.

  • Data Normalization: The final market estimates and forecasts are then aligned and sent to industry experts, in-panel quality control managers for validation.

  • This step also entails the finalization of the report scope and data representation pattern.

  • Validation: The process entails multiple levels of validation. All these steps run in parallel, and the study is forwarded for publishing only if all three levels render validated results.

Chemical Distribution Market Categorization:

The chemical distribution market was categorized into three segments, namely product (Specialty Chemicals, Commodity Chemicals), end-use (Specialty Chemicals, Commodity Chemicals), and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).

Segment Market Methodology:

The chemical distribution market was segmented into product, end-use, and regions. The demand at a segment level was deduced using a funnel method. Concepts like the TAM, SAM, SOM, etc., were put into practice to understand the demand. We at GVR deploy three methods to deduce market estimates and determine forecasts. These methods are explained below:

Market research approaches: Bottom-up

  • Demand estimation of each product across countries/regions summed up to from the total market.

  • Variable analysis for demand forecast.

  • Demand estimation via analyzing paid database, and company financials either via annual reports or paid database.

  • Primary interviews for data revalidation and insight collection.

Market research approaches: Top-down

  • Used extensively for new product forecasting or analyzing penetration levels.

  • Tool used invoice product flow and penetration models Use of regression multi-variant analysis for forecasting Involves extensive use of paid and public databases.

  • Primary interviews and vendor-based primary research for variable impact analysis.

Market research approaches: Combined

  • This is the most common method. We apply concepts from both the top-down and bottom-up approaches to arrive at a viable conclusion.

Regional Market Methodology:

The chemical distribution market was analyzed at a regional level. The globe was divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa, keeping in focus variables like consumption patterns, export-import regulations, consumer expectations, etc. These regions were further divided into twenty-three countries, namely, the U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; the UK; Italy; France; Spain; Belgium; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Taiwan; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; UAE; Qatar; Kuwait; Bahrain; Oman.

All three above-mentioned market research methodologies were applied to arrive at regional-level conclusions. The regions were then summed up to form the global market.

Chemical distribution market companies & financials:

The chemical distribution market was analyzed via companies operating in the sector. Analyzing these companies and cross-referencing them to the demand equation helped us validate our assumptions and conclusions. Key market players analyzed include:

  • UNIVAR SOLUTIONS Inc.- Univar Solutions Inc. is a chemical distribution company society. The company has four business segments including Univar Solutions U.S. (“U.S.”), Univar Solutions Canada (“Canada”), Univar Solutions Europe, the Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”), and Univar Solutions Latin America (“LATAM”). The company has over 17,000 products in its portfolio to cater to the demand of various industries such as aerospace, agriculture, beauty & personal care, energy, food and beverages, coating, adhesives & elastomers, energy, chemicals manufacturing, forestry, homecare & industrial cleaning, lubricants & metalworking, military maintenance chemicals, mining, pharmaceuticals ingredients, and water treatment.

  • HELM AG- HELM AG was established in 1900 and located in Hamburg, Germany. The company is involved in the distribution of chemical feedstock and derivatives. The company has sales offices and operational facilities in over 30 countries across the world. Product portfolio of the company includes a wide range of chemicals, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals,and crop protection products.Helm AG has over 100 subsidiaries distributing a range of organic and inorganic compounds in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific,and the Middle East &Africa.

  • BRENNTAG SE - Brenntag AG is engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of chemicals. The company has its operational activities in more than 640 locations in 77 countries across the globe.It markets its products under the brand name “ConnectingChemistry”. The company’s wide product range has potential applications in many industries such as automotive, coating, mining, cosmetics, plastics, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals.

  • TER GROUP - TER GROUP headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. Ter Group offers its products and services to the manufacturing industry through its three divisions, namely Ter chemicals distribution group,Ter Plastics Polymers group, and Paramelt. Product portfolio of the company comprises specialty chemicals, wax, polymers, food additives, and adhesives.

  • BARENTZ - The company offers its product in four types of four segments namely human nutrition, pharmaceuticals, personal care, and animal nutrition. Barentz is a specialty ingredient manufacturing company. It has a presence in more than 60 countries and a vast network for the distribution of its products across the globe with 9 distribution centers in the Americas, 39 in EMEA, and 13 in ASPAG.The company’s ingredients are used in industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, cosmetic, and livestock.

  • AZELIS - Azelis is a result of a merger of two companies named Novorchem and Arnaud. The company was headquartered inLuxembourg, Europe. It is specialized in providing life science and industrials chemical products. Globally, the company has its presence in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. It distributes its specialty chemical products under 10 local and regional brands in the Americas.

  • Safic-Alcan - Safic Alcan was a trading company of tropical products, but in 1928, the company started its chemicals distribution operations. The company has a significant presence in France as 84% of its revenue comes from it. Product portfolio of the company comprises polymers, additives, coating & ink, detergency, plastics, polyurethanes, and others. Safic Alcan distributes chemicals through its thirdparty logistics partners. The company has 9 state of the art laboratories worldwide to provide support to its customers. Its wide range of product portfolio caters to the demand for chemical products in adhesives & sealants, coatings & inks, construction, plastics, and personal care industries.

  • ICC Industries, Inc. - ICC Industries, Inc. was established in 1950, and headquartered in New York, U.S. ICC Industries Inc. is a subsidiary of ICC Industries Inc. The company trades and distributes chemicals, plastics, and pharmaceuticals across the globe. It deals in purchasing, transporting, and financing imported products. Thereby providing the materials to its North American and European customers. The company has networks of warehouses and tank terminals, which cater to both overseas suppliers and domestic customers.

  • JEBSEN & JESSEN PTE. LTD. - Jebsen & Jessen Pte. Ltd. is a family-owned chemical distribution company. It operates through five business segments including cable technology, life science, ingredients, technology, and packaging. The company has a presence in 9 countries with 24 offices along with 15 warehouses located all across the globe. Major industries catered by the company include coating & resins, plastic & rubber, agribusiness, food and beverages, pharmaceutical, and personal & home care.

  • QUIMIDROGA - The company has 7,000 products in its portfolio to serve its customers of various diverse industries. It has seven distribution centers located all across Europe. Products offered by the company are used in many industries such as construction, water treatment & paper, cosmetics, agrochemicals and fertilizer, plastic, rubber & films, solvents, intermediates, monomers, inorganics, refinery, lubricants, automotive and gas, polyurethanes, paints, and adhesives. 

Value chain-based sizing & forecasting

Supply Side Estimates

  • Company revenue estimation via referring to annual reports, investor presentations, and Hoover’s.

  • Segment revenue determination via variable analysis and penetration modeling.

  • Competitive benchmarking to identify market leaders and their collective revenue shares.

  • Forecasting via analyzing commercialization rates, pipelines, market initiatives, distribution networks, etc.

Demand side estimates

  • Identifying parent markets and ancillary markets

  • Segment penetration analysis to obtain pertinent

  • revenue/volume

  • Heuristic forecasting with the help of subject matter experts

  • Forecasting via variable analysis

Chemical Distribution Market Report Objectives:

  • Understanding market dynamics (in terms of drivers, restraints, & opportunities) in the countries.

  • Understanding trends & variables in the individual countries & their impact on growth and using analytical tools to provide high-level insights into the market dynamics and the associated growth pattern.

  • Understanding market estimates and forecasts (with the base year as 2023, historic information from 2018 to 2022, and forecast from 2024 to 2030). Regional estimates & forecasts for each category are available and are summed up to form the global market estimates.

Chemical Distribution Market Report Assumptions:

  • The report provides market value for the base year 2023 and a yearly forecast till 2030 in terms of revenue/volume or both. The market for each of the segment outlooks has been provided on region & country basis for the above-mentioned forecast period.

  • The key industry dynamics, major technological trends, and application markets are evaluated to understand their impact on the demand for the forecast period. The growth rates were estimated using correlation, regression, and time-series analysis.

  • We have used the bottom-up approach for market sizing, analyzing key regional markets, dynamics, & trends for various products and end-users. The total market has been estimated by integrating the country markets.

  • All market estimates and forecasts have been validated through primary interviews with the key industry participants.

  • Inflation has not been accounted for to estimate and forecast the market.

  • Numbers may not add up due to rounding off.

  • Europe consists of EU-8, Central & Eastern Europe, along with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

  • Asia Pacific includes South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania (Australia & New Zealand).

  • Latin America includes Central American countries and the South American continent

  • Middle East includes Western Asia (as assigned by the UN Statistics Division) and the African continent.

Primary Research

GVR strives to procure the latest and unique information for reports directly from industry experts, which gives it a competitive edge. Quality is of utmost importance to us, therefore every year we focus on increasing our experts’ panel. Primary interviews are one of the critical steps in identifying recent market trends and scenarios. This process enables us to justify and validate our market estimates and forecasts to our clients. With more than 8,000 reports in our database, we have connected with some key opinion leaders across various domains, including healthcare, technology, consumer goods, and the chemical sector. Our process starts with identifying the right platform for a particular type of report, i.e., emails, LinkedIn, seminars, or telephonic conversation, as every report is unique and requires a differentiated approach.

We send out questionnaires to different experts from various regions/ countries, which is dependent on the following factors:

  • Report/Market scope: If the market study is global, we send questionnaires to industry experts across various regions, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and MEA.

  • Market Penetration: If the market is driven by technological advancements, population density, disease prevalence, or other factors, we identify experts and send out questionnaires based on region or country dominance.

The time to start receiving responses from industry experts varies based on how niche or well-penetrated the market is. Our reports include a detailed chapter on the KoL opinion section, which helps our clients understand the perspective of experts already in the market space.

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