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The Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing industry plays an important role in the UK chemical sector, producing a number of intermediate products used as basic chemicals in either industrial processes or manufacturing products. Such products include colloidal precious metals (e.g. silver nitrate), chlor-alkali products, sodium cyanide, caustic soda and soda ash.Industry growth rates have reflected the cyclical and global nature of the chemical sector over the past years through 2017-18. The economic downturn resulted in a decline in industry revenue prior to the beginning of the period, but the industry has performed much better over recent years due to higher domestic demand...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£2.1bn
Annual Growth 14-19
1.2%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
5,307
Businesses
97
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The weak value of the pound has significantly affected revenue over the past five years
  • Growth in downstream manufacturing industries has aided revenue in the latter half of the period
  • Potential trade barriers with the European Union could hinder demand for industry services
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    Market share concentration in the industry is low. Most companies in the industry are privately owned businesses with insignificant market power. The market share of the top two players is expected to be 14.2% in 2017-18, with the largest player accounting for 11.2% of revenue. The industry has become more concentrated over recent years as operators have consolidated. Although industry revenue has been declining over the past five years, the number of firms operating in the industry has declined at a faster rate.IBISWorld expects that the concentration level will slightly increase over the current year, and is likely to continue increasing over the next five years. The recent joint venture between INEOS and Solvay is indicative of this. Com...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Having links with suppliers
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real effective exchange rate and Downstream demand from manufacturing in the Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing Industry?

    Companies in the industry manufacture a wide range of inorganic basic chemicals. These are often produced in bulk and involve the large-scale conversion of simple raw materials into feedstock. These are then used as intermediate inputs by other manufacturing industries, including other components of the chemical sector. The industry excludes the production of titanium dioxide, nitric acid and ammonia and its derivatives.

    Industry Products
  • Hypochlorites, calcium hypochlorite, chlorites and hypobromites
  • Silicon
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Colloidal precious metals
  • Silver nitrate
  • Calcium and other carbonates
  • Chlorine and other inorganic basic chemicals
  • Industry Activities
  • chemical elements
  • inorganic acids
  • alkalis, lye and other inorganic bases
  • Roasting of iron pyrites
  • other inorganic compounds
  • distilled water
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Industrial production index
  • Industrial electricity prices
  • Demand from chemical product manufacturing

  • Current Performance
  • International trade
  • Downstream demand
  • Profit pressure
  • Other variables
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Trade agreements
  • Regulatory restraints
  • Profit growth
  • Table: Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Basic Pharmaceutical Product Manufacturing
  • Flat Glass Manufacturing
  • Ceramic Household & Ornamental Article Manufacturing
  • Water Collection, Treatment & Supply

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Mining and Quarrying

  • Products & Services
  • Chlorine and other inorganic basic chemicals
  • Colloidal precious metals
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Calcium and other carbonates
  • Silicon
  • Hypochlorites, calcium hypochlorite, chlorites and hypobromites
  • Silver nitrate
  • Chart: Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Glass manufacturers
  • Health-related industries
  • Manufacturing and other industrial users
  • Paper manufacturers
  • Water treatment companies
  • Human and animal food processors
  • Construction firms
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesUtilitiesDepreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    INOVYN ChlorVinyls Ltd,
  • Table: INOVYN ChlorVinyls Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Colloid
  • A mixture in which one substance of insoluble particles is suspended throughout another substance.
  • Inorganic Basic Chemicals
  • Chemicals that are of mineral (oxides and sulphides) rather than of biological origin.
  • Oxide
  • A chemical compound that contains at least one oxygen atom.
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