Of the 28 specialty chemical segments monitored, 18 expanded in September while seven markets declined and three remained stable. Markets showing largest gains included cosmetic chemicals, electronic chemicals, and flavors and fragrances. Muting the overall index, large declines were observed in the catalysts, lubricants and plastic compounding markets.
The overall specialty chemicals volume index is up 4.1 percent on a year-over-year (Y/Y) 3MMA basis. This report is released by the The American Chemistry Council (ACC).