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Bulk Chemical Prices

Finding prices for bulk chemicals has always been a challenge. Prices for bulk chemicals (e.g., 1 metric ton) are significantly different from finding laboratory chemical prices (i.e., one cannot just multiply 1 kg price found in a catalog by 1,000 and obtain a realistic price for a metric ton). In many cases, you may not be able to find a bulk chemical price for the chemical you want. With that said, there are a few places to search for bulk chemical pricing.

Adjusting Older Chemical Prices Using a PPI

Current bulk chemical prices can be estimated by adjusting older chemical prices to current levels using a Producer Price Index (PPI).  The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis lists a number of Producer Price Indices for Chemicals and Allied Products.                                           

Updated Price = Older Price x [(Cost Index at Newer Date) / (Cost Index at Older Date)]