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US Specialty Chemicals: Roadmap to Win and Drive Customer Value

US Specialty Chemicals: Roadmap to Win and Drive Customer Value

Specialty Chemicals Market: Key Findings, United States, 2014
The US specialty chemicals market is expected to witness a modest growth rate of 􂀀% to 􂀀% between 2014 and 2016 due to the volatility of oil and gas prices.
The adhesives, paints, and coatings products generate the highest percentage of revenue compared to other types of products.
A ‘customer focus’ business model is applied for specialty chemicals in contrast to the ‘cost focus’ model used for basic chemicals.
There is end-user transition to batch-centric specialty production due to low volume and high margins.
A snapshot of the key specialty chemical projects indicates a push towards brownfield capacity expansions and only a handful of greenfield opportunities.
The average CAPEX spent on brownfield projects is between $􂀀and $􂀀 million.
In 2014, $􂀀 billion was the total CAPEX* spent on the chemicals industry.
% of the investments were focused on the US Gulf Coast owing to the proximity to low-cost feedstock and also because of its potential export scenario.
The top three growth strategies for key automation vendors include:
Leveraging expertise from System Integrators (Sis) for brownfield projects
Improving local presence and service capabilities through partnerships
Focusing on batch control and recipe management

About this report

This market insight provides a concise overview of the US specialty chemicals market along with key insights into greenfield and brownfield projects announced in the short term (2014–2016). The report covers the market size for US specialty chemicals and provides a snapshot of the regional CAPEX investments and varying dynamics between basic and specialty chemicals. It also features a list of projects with success factors and strategic recommendations for key automation vendors to ensure sustained growth.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Research Scope and Objectives
    • Research Scope and Objective
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
  • US Specialty Chemicals Market-Key Market Metrics and Trends
    • US Specialty Chemicals Market-Key Market Metrics by Product Type
    • Contrasting Dynamics between Basic and Specialty Chemicals Manufacturing
    • CAPEX Investments and Regional Focus for Specialty Chemicals
    • Capacity Additions and Aging Infrastructure in Specialty Chemical Plants
      • Table Specialty Chemicals Market: Sample Listing of Major Capacity Addition Projects, United States, 2014-2016
  • Short-term Opportunity Mapping-Snapshot of Key Greenfield and Brownfield Projects
    • US Specialty Chemicals-Project Mapping
      • Table Specialty Chemicals Market: Project Mapping, United States, 2014-2016
    • Summary of Project Activity-High Focus on Brownfield Capacity Expansion Projects
  • Top Three Growth Strategies for Automation Vendors
    • Key Growth Strategies to Ensure Sustainable Growth
    • Partnership Radar for US System Integrators
    • Alliances with Key Market Participants
    • Transformation of Specialty Chemical Plants to Highly Reliable Batch Management Processes

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