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Specialty Chemicals

These chemicals are used for special customer needs and for different types of technical service. They include adhesives, sealants, plastics, additives, catalysts, paints, sealants, etc. These chemicals are used in a variety of industries such as textiles, paper, etc., and for direct consumer use such as in paints, varnishes, sealants, etc. An EPA report of chemical companies producing chemicals in the United States showed that in 2012 there were 1677 companies reporting from 4785 different sites on their production of about 7700 different chemicals. Further, in the document there is a discussion about the use of 82,000 different chemicals worldwide. The latter is a worldwide estimation of chemicals produced, while the former is a survey of a group of companies responding to the survey above a certain level of production of a given chemical in the United States. As can be seen, the numbers vary considerably based on the source.

The special chemicals industry has several very difficult problems to resolve. These include stringent safety and compliance mandates from governmental agencies: high cost of energy and feedstock; the aging of equipment and plants; and the global market. The industry keeps growing, which increases the risk of storing, processing, and using a variety of hazardous or toxic materials. It is necessary to manage very closely a variety of physical properties while keeping the process working on a continuous basis to avoid causing damage to sensitive equipment. This requires the proper type and numbers of experienced professionals to oversee the operation.

 
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