What are Specialty Chemicals?

What are Specialty Chemicals?

Specialty chemicals are just as their name suggests: special.

This type of categorization refers to the mixing of at least two different chemicals to create a substance with a unique structure. Chemists formulate this new substance for a certain purpose, unlike commodity chemicals that buyers use for a variety of reasons rather than a specialized one. Commodity substances are also single and pure substances that suppliers sell in bulk, which doesn’t tend to be a characteristic of specialty chemicals. These mixtures aren’t as easy to replicate due to their unique structure and therefore are not as readily available to buy as commodity substances.

Here’s an overview of the characteristics of specialty chemicals:

  • Combination of at least two chemicals
  • Specially formulated
  • Pricing varies
  • Sizing varies
  • Bought for performance capabilities
  • Difficult to replicate

What Are Specialty Chemicals Used for?

Various industry sectors around the world use specialty mixtures to provide their service or sell their product. Since chemists formulate the mixture for a unique purpose, manufacturers will buy a specifically formulated mixture for a unique purpose. This normally means they’ll use the mixture to help their product perform a certain task to the best of its ability. Here’s a list of a few of the most popular products on the market that require this kind of careful formulation:

  • Fragrances
  • Cleaning materials
  • Surfactants
  • Polymers
  • Pesticides
  • Textiles
  • Automotive lubricants
  • Ink
  • Adhesives
  • & much more

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