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Definition of Fine Chemicals (as opposed to Commodities and Specialties)
Fine chemicals are complex, single, pure chemical substances, produced in limited quantities in multipurpose plants by multistep batch chemical or biotechnological processes. They are described by exacting specifications, used for further processing within the chemical industry and sold for more than $10/kg (see the comparison of fine chemicals, commodities and specialties). The class of fine chemicals is subdivided either on the basis of the added value (building blocks, advanced intermediates or active ingredients), or the type of business transaction, namely standard or exclusive products.
Fine chemicals are produced in limited volumes (< 1000 tons/year) and at relatively high prices (> $10/kg) according to exacting specifications, mainly by traditional organic synthesis in multipurpose chemical plantsBiotechnical processes are gaining ground. The global production value is about $85 billion. Fine chemicals are used as starting materials for specialty chemicals, particularly pharmaceuticalsbiopharmaceuticals and agrochemicalsCustom manufacturing for the life science industry plays a big role; however, a significant portion of the fine chemicals total production volume is manufactured in house by large users. The industry is fragmented and extends from small, privately owned companies to divisions of big, diversified chemical enterprises. The term "fine chemicals" is used in distinction to "heavy chemicals", which are produced and handled in large lots and are often in a crude state.

Speciality chemicals (also called specialties or effect chemicals) are particular chemical products which provide a wide variety of effects on which many other industry sectors rely. Some of the categories of speciality chemicals are adhesives, agrichemicals, cleaning materials, colors, cosmetic additives, construction chemicals, elastomers, flavors, food additives, fragrances, industrial gases, lubricants, paints, polymers, surfactants, and textile auxiliaries. Other industrial sectors such as automotive, aerospace, food, cosmetics, agriculture, manufacturing, and textiles are highly dependent on such products.[1]
Speciality chemicals are materials used on the basis of their performance or function. Consequently, in addition to "effect" chemicals they are sometimes referred to as "performance" chemicals or "formulation" chemicals. They can be unique moleculesor mixtures of molecules known as formulations. The physical and chemical characteristics of the single molecules or the formulated mixtures of molecules and the composition of the mixtures influences the performance end product. In commercial applications the companies providing these products more often than not provide targeted customer service to innovative individual technical solutions for their customers.[2] This is a differentiating component of the service provided by speciality chemical producers when they are compared to the other sub-sectors of the chemical industry such as fine chemicals, commodity chemicals, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals.
In the USA the speciality chemical manufacturers are members of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA). In the United Kingdom such companies are members of the British Association for Chemical Specialties (BACS).[3] SOCMA state that “Specialty chemicals differ from commodity chemicals in that each one may have only one or two uses, while commodities may have dozens of different applications for each chemical. While commodity chemicals make up most of the production volume (by weight) in the global marketplace, specialty chemicals make up most of the diversity (number of different chemicals) in commerce at any given time.”

The different forms of emulsifierlecithin – powder, two different concentration liquids, granular and powder lecithin

Leading with Quality, Performance and Cost
Our partners, the Parchem ,  is a global leader for Fine and Specialty Chemicals sourcing, importing and exporting with the highest quality products available.

Founded in 1999, Parchem began distributing industrial chemicals and has since established itself as a strategic, reliable, and dominant link in the nutritional, personal care, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical supply chains.
Parchem does not limit itself; we are also experts in providing raw materials to the adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, agricultural chemicals, excipients, and flavor and fragrance markets.
Parchem are headquartered in New Rochelle, NY in the original J.A. Mahlstedt Lumber and Coal building. Parchem partner with companies across the world to establish and maintain strong relationships that allow us to source the highest quality chemical and nature products available.

At the forefront of technological innovation within the chemical industry is where we flourish. Parchem applies cutting-edge sourcing strategies to your supply chain as an extension of your business.
Whether your raw material needs are for commodities or rare specialties, Parchem will be able to provide you with the best possible solution.
We believe in doing things the right way – this means operating by the Standards of numerous federal and international regulatory agencies. Parchem prioritizes quality, safety, and responsibility for people and the environment. Parchem are ISO 9001, USDA Organic and Kosher certified. We are a member of the NACD, American Coatings Association, SOCMA, and DCAT, and we are TTB, DEA, and FDA compliant. 

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