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Welcome to the Newsletter of Interesting Web Sites Serving the Chemical, Petrochemical, Agrochemical, Biochemical, Pharmaceutical, Plastics, and related industries. For past editions, please visit our newsletter archive. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter in the future, please scroll to the bottom of this message and follow the instructions.
 Chemical e-Commerce Resources

This issue of the's newsletter highlights selected chemical e-marketplaces and e-commerce portals that survived the dot com shakeout and could be considered "industry leaders" as of March 2003. A detailed list of chemical e-marketplaces is available in's category: Chemical e-marketplaces & sourcing. If you are familiar with other "must" sources for chemical e-business and would like to bring them to the awareness of our subscribers, please drop a line to Your suggestions for future topics of this newsletter are also welcome.

This issue is sponsored by Xiameter.
Xiameter, from Dow Corning, is a web-enabled business model offering the lowest base price for commonly used silicones through transparent and unprecedented pricing and transaction simplicity.

Broad marketplaces

ChemConnect was founded in 1995 as a bulletin board site, and was re-launched in 2000 as one of the first natural exchanges for chemicals. The M&E with Envera (2001) and CheMatch (2002) helped in positioning the company as the largest independent marketplace. According to the company, it has signed up more than 9,000 member companies from 150 countries; 2002 commerce volume exceeds $8.8 billion with over 16,000 transactions.

Established in late 2000 by 22 of the biggest chemical companies in the world, Elemica is a leading e-hub for the global chemical industry. Offering includes a "one-stop" experience through browser-based and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) connectivity. Elemica claims the number of companies with ERP connections to the its hub will increase from 50 in March to 150 by the end of Q2 2003.

The merger of cc-markets and chemplorer (2001) created CC-Chemplorer, the leading European catalog e-marketplace for chemicals, services and MRO goods. According to the company 15,000 transactions are conducted in its marketplace each week.

Chemcross is Asia's most prominent chemical online exchange, established in 2000 as a consortium of more than 60 major chemical companies in Asia. ChemCross provides online transaction services whereby buyers and sellers of chemical products can make dynamic purchasing and sales deals. According to the company it has 3,000 registered users who have traded more than $850 million dollar worth of chemical products so far.

Established in January of 2000, is the leading natural exchange for chemicals in Latin America. According to the company it has 1400 registered companies from 81 countries.

ChemX is's chemical portal. ChemX provides on-line catalogue, auction services, and procurement for both direct and indirect goods and services for the chemical industry in the Asia Pacific region.

ChemPoint is an "e-distributor" of chemical products and services, with a focus on specialty and fine chemicals. Founded in May of 1999, this business is fully funded by the parent company - Univar N.V. (Rotterdam, The Netherlands).

Plastics and polymers

Founded in 2000 by BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Ticona, the Omnexus eMarketplace currently offers plastics materials and related services from more than 20 global suppliers, and has grown its member base to more than 22,000 plastics professionals worldwide.
Real-time spot marketplace for anonymously buying and selling prime and wide-spec commodity grade plastic resins in truckloads and railcars. Web site includes five years pricing charts for more than 20 most common polymers.


Launched in July 2000 as a joint initiative by 15 of the world's leading energy and petrochemical companies, Trade-Ranger is an independent electronic hub that enables e-procurement for its member companies and provides catalogue services (standards, creation, trading, invoicing).

Surplus chemicals

Launced in Feb. 2000, Chemdeals is designed for chemical industry manufacturers, distributors, processors, and other buyers and sellers so they may transact surplus and obsolete chemicals.

Fine chemicals and additives
A web based sourcing service by the Korean Corporation SK. According to the company, it provides over 10,000 commercially available chemicals from their network of over 3,000 of dedicated fine chemical manufacturers, located primarily in East Asia.
Founded in October 2000 by Albemarle, Cytec, and GE Specialty Chemicals. Later in 2000 Atofina and Akzo Nobel joined the site as suppliers. says it offers 260 products and has over 2000 registered users.
SpecialChem is a Knowledge and Solution Provider focusing on specialty chemicals. Company offers two web based sourcing platforms at: SpecialChem4Polymers and SpecialChem4Adhesives.

Life science chemicals
e-commerce enabled Buyer's guide for life scientists provides detailed information and links directly to vendor product pages.

Major suppliers' e-commerce portals

Dow Corning - Xiameter

Dow Chemical


Eastman Chemical

GE Plastics

GE PolymerLand

GE Silicones


Univar (Van Waters and Rogers)

Sigma Aldrich

Fisher Scientific

Selected bulletin boards chemicals - Hong-Kong

Chemsilicon - India

e-commerce portal and e-newsletter provided by Chemical Week Associates.
News, events and insights about the global chemical e-business. Internet portal and e-newsletter.
CIDX is a trade association and standards body focused on realizing transactional efficiency throughout the global chemical industry supply chain.

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