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Chemical Prices, Companies, and Industry Information: Trade Magazines

Trade magazines are great sources for news about the chemical industry, and you may find the price information you need. But they can be tricky to search. Some content like the Chemical Engineering price indexes are only available in the print issues, while the Chemical Profiles in ICIS Chemical Business are in Lexis Nexis and the other databases listed, but not as easy to find as they are through the publisher's site.

Chemical and Engineering Trade Magazines (and how to access them):

  Special Content, Beyond Chemical Industry News Current Online Access Print Access (Call number)
Weekly profiles of various chemicals (US, Asia, Europe). Each Chemical Profile includes uses, supply/demand, prices, technology and outlook. The Chemistry Library at UT Austin maintains an index of the Chemical Profiles and issues.

Best online access: from publisher website, July 2007-present (site is password protected; this page has the magazine URL, username, and password). Full access to issues, including Chemical Profiles, which are also listed separately. 

Alternative access: from publisher, June 2012-present.Includes the Chemical Profiles, but site is less user-friendly.

Also in Business Insights: Global, Lexis Nexis, Business Source Complete, and Factiva. But the Chemical Profiles are harder to locate and don't include the tables or charts. Recent issues may also be embargoed.

Indicative Chemical Prices, 2006-2008.

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Print issues ceased in 2016


The Chemical Engineering Plant Cost Index (CEPCI), published monthly. The CEPCI is a composite index assembled from four sub-indexes: Equipment; Construction Labor; Buildings; and Engineering & Supervision. In the print issues only.

How the CEPCI is calculated

Online access via Business Insights: Global and Lexis-Nexis, but neither one is great. The CEPCI isn't included, and both are are several months behind. TN1 .C519
​Latest issues - Geisel 2 West

AKA Chemical & Engineering News.

Annual features include: World Chemical Outlook, Employment and Salary Survey, Global Top 50.

Online access via American Chemical Society, 1923-present

ACS still maintains the original C&EN website, but access to some issues requires that you have an ACS membership.

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No print after 2013

CW Price Report (prices for ~20 major chemicals), which ceased in mid-2010.

Product Focus - profiles similar to what's in ICIS Chemical Business. Ceased in mid-2009.

Best online access: Lexis-Nexis, 1975-present. You cannot browse the issues, but you can use the Advanced Search to retrieve articles from Chemical Week within a specific date range.

Online access via Academic Search Complete, up to September 2010. May be easier to search for the old Price Report and Product Focus articles here.

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Latest issues - Geisel 2 West
  Online access via Royal Society of Chemistry, 2004-present. Online only
Some oil and gas industry metrics. Online access: Academic Search Complete, 1995-present. The industry metrics are included, but the online issues are one month behind. TP1 .H995
​Latest issues - Geisel 2 West
Construction Economics - 20-city average cost indexes, wages, and material prices. Prices and indexes rotate over 4 weeks. Best online access: Business Source Complete, 2001-present. Includes the Construction Economics data. Also Lexis Nexis, but with a delay and no Construction Economics tables. TA1 .E572 
Latest issues - Geisel 2 West