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ChE 326: Finding Prices

Finding Chemical Prices

Chemical prices can be difficult to determine as many previous sources for this information (e.g. trade publications listed below) no longer provide it on their publications, but rather send the information directly to subscribing individuals or corporations.

1. For current chemical prices, try suppliers’ website websites first. Please note that laboratory chemical prices do not scale to bulk chemical pricing. Therefore, you cannot just multiply by scale and expect to get realistic pricing for large bulk purchasing.

Selected major chemical suppliers:

2. Chemical prices can also be found in trade publications, but the prices may not be current:

Each weekly issue includes spot and contract prices for the following chemicals (in the “CW Price Report” column)

  • Acrylonitrile
  • Benzene
  • Butadiene
  • Butane (spot only)
  • Caustic Soda
  • Chlorine
  • EDC (spot only)
  • Ethane (spot only)
  • Ethylene
  • Ethylene Glycol
  • HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene)
  • LDPE(Low-Density Polyethylene)
  • LLDPE (Linear Low-Density Polyethylene)
  • Methanol
  • Mixed Xylenes
  • MTBE (spot only)
  • Naphtha (spot only)
  • Ortho-Xylene
  • Para-Xylene
  • PP (Polypropylene)
  • Propane (spot only)
  • Propylene
  • PS (Polystyrene)
  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
  • Soda Ash (contract only)
  • Styrene
  • Toluene (spot only)

These spot and contract bulk chemical prices appear in every weekly issue (in the "Market Trends & Data" column):

  • Ammonia
  • Benzene
  • Butadiene
  • Ethanol (contract price only)
  • Ethylene
  • Ethylene glycol (contract price only)
  • Methanol
  • MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) (spot price only)
  • Naphtha (spot price only)
  • Orthoxylene
  • Paraxylene
  • Phenol (spot price only)
  • Propylene
  • Styrene
  • Toluene
  • Xylene

Search for “key indicators” in article title to find weekly prices of the above chemicals.

The "Chemical Profile" column summarizes recent prices for a different chemical each week, including dozens of chemicals not already covered in the “Market Trends & Data” column.

3. Find chemical prices listed in ICIS from Business Source Elite database by using this search string:

( (SO (icis)) and (SU (prices)) ) AND TX (chemical name)

4. Find chemical prices from ABI/INFORM Collection database by using this search string:

CC(8640) and SU(prices) and (chemical name)