Commodity Chemicals vs. Specialty Chemicals

Commodity Chemicals vs. Specialty Chemicals

Scientists categorize chemicals in a variety of ways: by toxicity, their chemical structure, if they’re a VOC, and much more. But one of the universal categories that suppliers and manufacturers fit their products into are commodity chemicals and specialty chemicals. This article will explain the similarities and differences of these two categories, and where you can find products for your business that fall into each one.

Commodity Chemicals

As the name suggests, commodity chemicals are substances that are available in large quantities and are consistent in quality. Two different suppliers can produce the same chemical and get the same outcome due to their simple chemical structure. These easy-to-replicate substances are what suppliers tend to sell in bulk availability to companies who need them to operate.

Examples of Commodity Substances:

Organic Compounds:

  • Oxygen
  • Ammonia
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Chlorine

Inorganic Compounds:

  • Ethanol
  • Acetone
  • Propylene
  • Butane
  • Phenol

Specialty Chemicals

Specialty chemicals are also true to their name. These chemical substances are not as common as commodity ones and involve a combination of chemical substances to create a brand new mixture. Chemists specially formulate these mixtures for specific needs and goals of the buyer, and they are not as easily replicable as a substance with a single structure. These mixtures are unique and tend to cost more due to their specialized nature.

You Can Find Specialty Chemicals in the Following Products:

  • Pesticides
  • Surfactants
  • Industrial cleaners
  • Fragrances
  • Inks

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