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Demand for improved consumer products drives growth of key family of chemical ingredients
Chemical & Engineering News
From running shoes to automobiles with improved fuel efficiency, the demand for consumer products with better quality and performance is boosting demand for dyes, adhesives, rust inhibitors, and other so-called specialty chemicals, according to an article [http://pubs.acs.org/cen/coverstory/86/8616cover.html ] scheduled for the April 21 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS weekly newsmagazine. The article presents a snapshot of this important yet often little-publicized sector of the chemical industry.
Written by Senior Editor Rick Mullin, C&ENs cover story notes that specialty chemical-based additives enhance paint, soap, electronics, sneakers and hundreds of other consumer products to make them perform better and last longer. The development of innovative new specialty chemicals has evolved into a robust independent industry, whereas in the past it was a hidden component in the overall manufacture of other products.
Mullin presents the perspective of various industry leaders who comment on this diverse, profitable, and ever-expanding market for chemicals produced in smaller volume than bulk chemicals, such as petrochemicals made from petroleum. Green chemistry is one major force behind the growth of the specialty che
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