What Are Commodity Chemicals Used For?

What Are Commodity Chemicals Used For?

Commodity chemicals are a broad category of basic chemicals that are produced in bulk quantities to satisfy large markets. Also called bulk chemicals, a high volume of manufacturers in large factories are always producing them. Producing any wholesale chemical is very cost-effective, so the products are relatively inexpensive.  

Commodities are always extremely consistent throughout, meaning that there is little to no product variation between batches and between different manufacturers—chemical composition is a well-articulated recipe.  

These basic chemicals makeup one division of the chemical industry and are differentiated from others by the bulk capacities in which they are produced. Other divisions of this industry include, but are not limited to: 

  • Specialty chemicals 
  • Petrochemicals 
  • BIC and BOC
    Fine chemicals

Types of Commodity Chemicals  

Compounds are separated into two categories: organic and inorganic. Some common organic commodities are: 

  • acetone 
  • benzene 
  • ethanol 
  • methanol 
  • urea 

Typical inorganic commodities include: 

  • ammonia 
  • carbon black 
  • chlorine 
  • hydrogen peroxide 
  • oxygen 

Most of these are probably things that you recognize from your daily life. That’s because commodity chemicals are so common in so many products that apply to many aspects of life. 

What Are They Used For? 

Commodity chemicals have a variety of applications across many different industries. One of the main purposes of these chemicals is in the production of more specific chemicals. Since they are so basic, they are used as the building blocks for certain specialty chemicals, which are produced on much smaller scales and on a more as-needed basis. Several commodities may be mixed together, forming a more complex compound. A few concoctions that started as commodities that you have probably used are: 

  • paints 
  • lacquers 
  • detergents 
  • soaps  
  • medications 
  • cosmetics 
  • fertilizers 
  • pesticides  

On the other hand, some commodities are simply used as-is. For example, acetone is a very readily available chemical that most people likely have in their homes. Ammonia is used as a cleaning agent and can be bought at most hardware stores. Urea is sold in some plant nurseries as a source of nitrogen for ailing plants. Hydrogen peroxide, chlorine, carbon black, and countless other commodity chemicals are available with ease. 

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