Chemicals | Business Research & Market Intelligence Solutions

Capability Overview

Over the last five years, Aranca has executed nearly 250 research assignments across all the major segments of the chemicals sector. Through dedicated teams or one-off projects, we support a a broad range of research needs of business development, strategy & market intelligence teams relating to emerging market opportunity assessments, competition analysis, price trends / forecasts, benchmarking, end-user industry analysis, maintaining industry databases and support for acquisitions / joint ventures.

Aranca's global experience includes researching the chemicals market in several countries including USA, Canada, EU27 countries, India, China, Egypt, Brazil, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa and Malaysia among others. 

Aranca: Products Studied in The Chemicals Sector (Indicative List)

  • Olefins
    (Ethylene, Propylene... )
  • Aromatics
    (Benzene, Toluene... )
  • Intermediates
    (MEG, PAN, LAB, VAM...)
  • Synthetics
    (Nylon, PSF / PFY...)
  • Commodity Polymers
    (PE, PVC, PET...)
  • Synthetic rubber
    (SBR, PBR...)
  • Alkalies & Chlorine
    (caustic soda, potassium carbonate, soda ash ...)
  • Industrial Gases
    (Argon, acetylene, nitrous oxide, CO2,...)
  • Inorganic Pigments
    (Zinc oxide, ferric oxide, chrome based pigments...)
  • Others
    (Al chloride, bleach, calcium carbide, tin salts, rare earth salts, sodium borates ...)
  • Methanol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Acetic acid
  • Phenol
  • Acetone
  • MEK
  • ONCB
  • PNCB
  • Citric acid
  • Isobutyl alcohol
  • Chloromethane...
  • Enzymes
  • Flavors & Fragrances
  • Oil-field chemicals
  • Paint additives
  • Surfactants
  • Polymer additives
  • API
  • Printing Inks
  • Oil & Water Paints
  • Polycarbonate
  • ABS...
  • Nitrogenous, phosphatic,...
  • potassic, complex...
  • Pesticides
  • Insecticides
  • Direct, Acid, Reactive
  • Intermediates ...

Assignment Examples

Aranca has studied more than hundred products in the chemical industry for clients ranging from large global leaders to midsized companies, start-ups and consulting / research firms. Illustrative examples of recent work that we have completed include:


  • Analysis of impact of recession on petrochemical companies - relative financial performance and planned short term initiatives
  • Market study on ethylene production and capacity addition in Asia
  • Identifying investment opportunities in UAE’s downstream petrochemical sector
  • Market study on use of stationary environment catalysts in global petrochemical industry
  • Petrochemicals sector report covering sixteen countries in Asia and South America
  • Profiling and ‘fit’ assessment of companies manufacturing PVC pipes in emerging markets from strategic alliance / JV perspective


  • Market, technical and financial due diligence for chlor-alkali project in Middle East region
  • Market study on salt chemicals in Saudi Arabia
  • Sector report on chlor-alkali industry in India, Egypt and Brazil
  • Market study on industrial gases in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand
  • Analysis of operating costs of chlor-alkali chemical manufacturers in India, China and Europe


  • Global market study on ONCB / PNCB with in-depth analysis of top ten manufacturers of this product
  • Acetone industry outlook for seven countries in Asia Pacific region
  • Market study on Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) in Romania, South Africa, Taiwan and Brazil
  • Global market study on glacial acetic acid

Fertilizers & Agrochemicals

  • Assessing growth opportunities (inorganic and organic) in the global phosphatic fertilizers value chain
  • Market study on nitrogenous fertilizers in BRIC and CIVETS
  • In-depth profiles of pesticide manufacturers in India

Fine & Speciality Chemicals

  • Market study on Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in Western Europe
  • Opportunity assessment for manufacturing specialty chemicals in GCC region
  • Pre-feasibility evaluation for polymer additives manufacturing plant in Middle East region
  • Market study on fragrance & flavors in India
  • Global market study on artificial sweeteners

Engineering Plastics

  • Database of customers in Europe using bio-plastic materials with details on product specs and annual purchase volumes
  • Potential for ABS - polycarbonate blends in automotive applications
  • Global market for engineering plastics used in white goods
  • Market study on engineering plastics in South Africa

Paints, Inks & Dyes

  • Market study on paints and coatings in Central & Eastern Europe
  • Market opportunity assessment for setting up a printing ink factory in UAE
  • Global trends analysis of migration from oil-based paints to water based paints
  • Market study on textile pigments and dyes in India and China

Case Studies

Identifying investment opportunities in UAE’s downstream petrochemical sector

A large PE firm in the region engaged Aranca to identify potential downstream petrochemical projects that could be set up in UAE

Opportunity assessment for manufacturing specialty chemicals in GCC region

Large, diversified Group in the region engaged Aranca to study the specialty chemicals opportunity in Middle Eastern markets and recommend project ideas for local manufacturing

Market, technical and financial due diligence for chlor alkali project in Middle East

A GCC based investment bank engaged Aranca to conduct a market, technical and financial due diligence study for a proposed chlor alkali project in the region

Profiling and short-listing suitable acquisition candidates in the chemicals sector

Leading US chemical manufacturer was interested in identifying acquisition opportunities in specific segments like engineering polymers, acetates, acids, emulsions, additives and carbon fibers