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ACC Publishes 2022 Guide to the Business of Chemistry

Jennifer Scott

WASHINGTON (August 4, 2022) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has published the 2022 edition of the Guide to the Business of Chemistry, a comprehensive profile of the U.S. chemistry industry and its contributions to the domestic and global economies.

American chemistry is the world’s second-largest producer, providing 11% of its chemicals and over 10% of all U.S. goods exports. It is one of America’s largest manufacturing industries, a $517 billion enterprise providing 537,000 skilled, high-paying jobs. For every chemistry industry job, more than seven jobs are generated elsewhere in the economy, totaling more than 4.1 million chemistry-dependent jobs. Industries that rely on chemistry include building and construction, automotive, computers and electronics, medical equipment and supplies, furniture, household appliances, agriculture, and many more.

Martha Moore, Chief Economist at ACC
In addition to providing materials used to fight COVID-19, the U.S. chemical industry is a leader in capital investment, with more than $30 billion in new capital spending in 2021. This investment includes projects to expand capacity and to support sustainability and circularity in industry operations. Innovation into materials, applications and processes is key to advances in human development, and the U.S. chemical industry invested more than $11 billion in R&D activities last year.

Prepared annually by ACC’s Economics and Statistics Department, the Guide to the Business of Chemistry divides the U.S. chemical industry into more than 30 categories of production, ranging from inorganic chemicals to plastic resins, adhesives and sealants to oilfield chemicals, and fertilizers to consumer products. Within each segment, the report highlights distinct characteristics including growth dynamics, markets, new developments, and other issues affecting each sector.

Individual sections of the guide cover a variety of topics in detail. These include financial performance; U.S. and global trade; innovation; capital investment; employment; environmental, health and safety statistics; energy; and distribution. Charts and graphs illustrate data and provide comparisons with the past several years.

The 2022 Guide to the Business of Chemistry is available on ACC’s website. The Guide along with comprehensive data tables dating back to 1990 may be purchased through the ACC Store. The Guide and data are available to ACC members at no cost through ACC’s MemberExchange.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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