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Specialty Chemicals

8:13 AM MDT | June 4, 2010 | Kerri Walsh

Specialty chemicals have been traditionally defined as higher-margin, lower-volume products sold on the value they provide in use. Some sectors within the market have taken on characteristics of basic chemicals as margins eroded, selling prices dropped, and overcapacity set in. Have specialty chemical producers learned their lesson to avoid commoditization of their product lines, and how to reenergize those markets? Several sectors within specialty chemicals became commoditized during the 1990s and early 2000s as producers did poor jobs managing some product...

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