Chemicals, Coatings & Plastics Business Trends Analysis

¹ Video Tip For our brief video introduction to the Chemicals industry, see www.plunkettresearch.com/video/chemicals.   The businesses of chemicals, coatings and plastics are closely linked, and those sectors, in turn, are closely linked to the oil and gas industry. Plastics comprise a branch of petrochemicals—that is, chemicals refined from petroleum and natural gas. (Although a small amount of bioplastics is now being produced from plants such as corn.) Coatings, which include paints, are chemical concoctions. Other everyday chemicals products include pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, dyes, fibers, packaging, adhesives and explosives, among many, many others. Among the more visible end products are PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe for plumbing…


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