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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 other content like the ICIS Chemical Business profiles are available in various full-text databases, with limitations (recent issues not available, missing tables/charts, etc.).

  Current Online Access Print Access

ICIS Chemical Business

Weekly profiles of various chemicals (US, Asia, Europe, Latin America). Each Chemical Profile includes uses, supply/demand, prices, technology and outlook. 

Best Online Access: Materials Science & Engineering Database, or ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry 

Currently our only PDF access to the magazine. Search within the publication for your chemical, then sort by date to find the most recent profile(s).  If you browse an issue, the profiles are usually at the end. Latest issue is from October 2020; has been reported to ProQuest.

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Print issues ceased in 2016

(formerly Chemical Market Reporter)

Chemical Engineering

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. How the CEPCI is calculated

Best Online Access: Materials Science & Engineering Database

Select this option from the UC-eLinks menu. This is our only PDF access to the magazine. The CEPCI and other indicators are on a page called Economic Indicators or Current Trends, usually found at the end of the issue.

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​Latest issues - Geisel 2 West

C&EN Global Enterprise (AKA Chemical & Engineering News)

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

Best online access: ACS Publications (1923-present)

ACS still maintains the original C&EN website, which has more of a news magazine feel. However. some issues require an ACS membership to access.

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No print after 2013

Chemical Week

Covers chemical industry, but no indicators or chemical profiles.

Best online access: Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis-Nexis).

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

Chemical Engineering Progress

Trade magazine for AIChE

Best online access: Materials Science & Engineering Database or ABI/Inform Trade & Industry 


Hydrocarbon Processing

Some oil and gas industry metrics, including US gas production and world liquid fuel supply and demand.

Best online access: Materials Science & Engineering Database, and ABI/Inform Trade & Industry


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Latest issues - Geisel 2 West

ENR: Engineering News Record

Construction economics section, with various indicators, including total construction (private vs public, residential vs nonresidential, construction cost indices for 20 cites (not San Diego); and material prices for pvc pipe, plywood, aluminum sheeting, and cement. Many of the appear every 2-4 issues. 

Best online access: Business Source Complete and Academic Search Complete.

Select one of these from the UC-eLinks menu. The Construction Economic section is available, usually somewhere in the middle of the issue.


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Latest issues - Geisel 2 West

Chemistry World

Trade magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Best online access: Royal Society of Chemistry

Online only