Chemical & Engineering News,
May 8, 1995

Copyright © 1995 by the American Chemical Society.

Chemical Sales, operating profits, assets, and profitablity rankings for Top 100 chemical producers

 
                                                    Chemical        Chemical
                                                    operating       operating         Identifiable       Return on
                               Chemical sales        profits       profit margin     chemical assets   chemical assets
                           ------------------    ---------------- ---------------  ------------------ ----------------
                                      Rank                Rank            Rank                Rank            Rank
                                    ---------           ---------       ---------           ---------       ---------
$ Millions                     1994 1994 1993      1994 1994 1993  1994 1994 1993      1994 1994 1993  1994 1994 1993 

Air Products               $3,150.3   20   18    $528.5   10    8 16.8%   16   11  $4,010.7   12   11 13.2%   41   26 
Akzo-Nobel                  2,989.0   22   26     249.9   27   23   8.4   67   37        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Albemarle                   1,080.9   54    -      94.0   54    -   8.7   64    -   1,139.2   33    -   8.3   61    - 
AlliedSignal                3,272.0   18   20     409.0   16   15  12.5   47   29   2,562.0   18   16  16.0   20   23 
Aluminum Co. of America       502.7   78   80        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Amoco                       4,662.0    9   12     684.0    7   14  14.7   25   42   4,375.0    9   10  15.6   23   43 
Arcadian Partners           1,101.5   51   63     144.1   41   43  13.1   40   41   1,048.7   40   34  13.7   37   51 
Arco Chemical               3,423.0   16   16     475.0   12    -  13.9   36    -   3,737.0   13    -  12.7   43    - 
Aristech                      945.4   59   65        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Ashland Oil                 2,885.0   23   22     125.0   45   36   4.3   76   64        na    -   37    na    -   27 
BASF                        4,285.0   11    9        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Betz Laboratories             708.3   66   69     117.5   48   38  16.6   18    9     555.5   55   48  21.2   10    7 
Borden Chemicals              657.8   70   84     190.4   32   67  28.9    2   66     542.9   56   49  35.1    5   56 
Cabot                       1,241.1   44   43     165.9   38   28  13.4   38   20   1,172.2   32   30  14.2   32   18 
Calgon Carbon                 274.2   95   94      25.0   74   57   9.1   62   23     343.5   66   55   7.3   65   35 
Cambrex Corp.                 241.6   97   99      20.9   76   67   8.7   64   45     360.5   64   64   5.8   70   33 
CBI Industries                907.3   61   62     127.6   42   33  14.1   30   15   1,238.9   30    -  10.3   55    - 
CF Industries               1,182.9   47   57     156.3   39   73  13.2   39    -   1,113.9   35   38  14.0   36    - 
Chevron                     3,065.0   21   21     322.0   22   21  10.5   55   46   2,403.0   19   17  13.4   40   38 
Ciba-Geigy                  2,751.0   25   23        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Crompton & Knowles            393.6   87   87      60.8   66   44  15.4   24    5     313.5   69   60  19.4   14    2 
Cytec                       1,101.3   52   50      68.5   62    -   6.2   73    -   1,199.4   31    -   5.7   71    - 
Degussa                       560.0   75    -        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Dow Chemical               14,055.0    2    2   1,797.0    2    2  12.8   46   53  13,288.0    2    2  13.5   39   53 
Dow Corning                 2,204.6   29   28     318.9   23   20  14.5   27   28   4,093.2   11   13   7.8   64   50 
DuPont                     16,845.0    1    1   2,703.0    1    3  16.0   23   59  14,060.0    1    1  19.2   15   54 
Eastman Chemical            4,329.0   10   10     636.0    8    7  14.7   25   24   4,375.0    9    8  14.5   29   28 
Elf Atochem                 1,600.0   35   35        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Engelhard                     978.5   56   55     168.9   35   31  17.3   11    8     885.1   47   39  19.1   16   12 
Ethyl                       1,019.0   55   29     167.7   36   27  16.5   19   40   1,030.4   43   21  16.3   19   40 
Exxon                      10,963.0    3    3   1,262.0    3    5  11.5   52   51   8,778.0    3    3  14.4   30   48 
Farmland Industries         1,172.9   48   59     126.0   44   52  10.7   54   54     357.2   65   56  35.3    4   15 
Ferro                         483.9   80   82      13.7   78   62   2.8   77   56     278.2   71   62   4.9   72   33 
Fina                          888.7   62   64     171.2   34   47  19.3    8   49     420.9   61   52  40.7    3   16 
First Mississippi             325.0   92   93      55.1   67   55  17.0   12   17     177.5   73   63  31.0    6    4 
FMC                         1,927.3   33   32     273.3   26   22  14.2   29   30   1,638.2   24   24  16.7   18   19 
Freeport-McMoRan              730.4   64   70     123.8   46   74  16.9   15    -   1,083.4   37   29  11.4   51    - 
Fuller                      1,097.4   53   51      65.9   64   49   6.0   74   54     742.6   50   46   8.9   58   36 
GenCorp                       569.0   74   75      51.0   69   54   9.0   63   33     321.0   68    -  15.9   22    - 
General Electric            5,681.0    6    6     967.0    4    1  17.0   12    6   8,628.0    4    4  11.2   52   32 
Geon                        1,208.6   45   52     102.1   52   62   8.4   67   69     791.7   48   41  12.9   42   58 
Georgia Gulf                  955.3   57   66     230.2   28   34  24.1    4   10     508.4   57   51  45.3    1    1 
Georgia-Pacific               334.0   91   95        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
BF Goodrich                 1,148.9   49   61     110.8   51   50   9.6   60   51     908.6   46   44  12.2   46   46 
W.R. Grace                  3,218.2   19   19     338.0   20   10  10.5   55   16   2,364.0   20   18  14.3   31    8 
Great Lakes Chemical        2,065.0   31   34     435.9   14    9  21.1    7    2   2,111.5   21   22  20.6   11    5 
Hanson                      2,697.7   27   54     346.9   18    -  12.9   44    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Harris Chemical               198.3   99    -        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Henkel                      1,120.9   50   49        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Hercules                    2,026.0   32   31     345.0   19   19  17.0   12   14   1,495.0   25   25  23.1    8 10 
Hoechst Celanese            7,027.0    4    4     692.0    6    6   9.8   59   37        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Huls America                  552.0   76   79        na    -    - na    -    -        na    -    - na    -    - 
Huntsman Chemical           3,400.0   17   30        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
ICI Americas                4,004.0   14   13        na    -   25    na    -   56        na    -    -    na    -    - 
IMC Global                  1,441.5   38   58     167.3   37   66  11.6   50   71  $2,778.3   17   19  6.0%   69   62 
International Flavors       1,315.2   42   44        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Intl. Specialty Products      600.0   72   74      99.2   53   45  16.5   19   27   1,251.0   29    -   7.9   63    - 
Kerr-McGee                    639.0   71   73      92.0   55   42  14.4   28   19     735.0   51   40  12.5   45   36 
Loctite                       703.6   67   71     113.9   50    -  16.2   22    -     669.1   52    -  17.0   17    - 
Lonza                         440.0   82   86        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Lubrizol                    1,598.9   36   36     223.2   30   24  14.0   34   20   1,394.4   26   32  16.0   20   11 
Lyondell Petrochemical      1,783.0   34   39     413.0   15   48  23.2    5   63     925.0   45   43  44.6    2   40 
Mallinckrodt                  436.9   83   88      61.7   65    -  14.1   30    -     574.9   54    -  10.7   54    - 
Merck                         422.2   84   78        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Mississippi Chemical          309.4   93   92      26.9   72   64   8.7   64   48     298.4   70   58   9.0   57   45 
Mobil                       4,195.0   12   14      82.0   58   61   2.0   78   72   3,672.0   14   12   2.2   73   63 
Monsanto                    5,939.0    5    5     780.0    5    4  13.1   40   18   5,535.0    6    6  14.1   33   17 
Morton International        1,369.6   39   40     193.6   31   32  14.1   30   31   1,370.2   27   26  14.1   33   29 
Nalco Chemical              1,345.6   40   38     174.7   33   18  13.0   42    4   1,282.2   28   28  13.6   38    6 
National Starch             2,100.0   30   33     295.8   25   16  14.1   30    7   2,029.0   23   23  14.6   28   13 
NL Industries                 770.1   63   68      80.5   60   56  10.5   55   58     950.2   44   36   8.5   60   57 
Nova                          249.3   96   98        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Occidental Petroleum        4,681.0    8    8     368.0   17   26   7.9   69   61   5,935.0    5    5   6.2   68   60 
Olin                        1,195.0   46   46        na    -    -    na    -    -   1,037.0   42    -    na    -    - 
OSi Specialties               400.7   86    -      51.8   68    -  12.9   44    -     423.0   60    -  12.2   46    - 
Petrolite                     344.8   90   91      26.2   73   58   7.6   70   36     260.9   72   61  10.0   56   24 
Phillips Petroleum          2,793.0   24   25     323.0   21   39  11.6   50   64   2,071.0   22   20  15.6   23   55 
PPG Industries              1,296.0   43   45     227.0   29   30  17.5   10   26   1,117.0   34   31  20.3   12   21 
Praxair                     2,711.0   26   24     447.0   13   12  16.5   19   13   3,520.0   15   14  12.7   43   30 
Quaker Chemical               194.7  100  100      19.5   77   67  10.0   58   42     127.2   75   65  15.3   26   22 
Rexene                        537.9   77   85      75.1   61   71  14.0   34   67     506.9   58   50  14.8   27   58 
Rhone-Poulenc               2,300.0   28   27        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Rohm and Haas               3,534.0   15   15     487.0   11   17  13.8   37   47   3,461.0   16   15  14.1   33   40 
Sequa                         240.2   98    -      43.3   71    -  18.0    9    -     149.4   74    -  29.0    7    - 
Shell Oil                   4,075.0   13   11     303.0   24   13   7.4   71   42   4,520.0    8    9   6.7   67   47 
Sigma-Aldrich                 686.3   69   71     149.4   40   28  21.8    6    1     746.9   49   45  20.0   13    3 
Solvay America              1,450.0   37   42        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Stepan                        443.9   81   83      22.5   75   65   5.1   75   61     324.9   67   57   6.9   66   52 
Sterling Chemical             700.8   68   75      47.8   70   71   6.8   72   68     575.1   53   47   8.3   61   61 
Sun Co.                       379.0   88   89        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Terra Industries              366.8   89   97      91.0   56   59  24.8    3   20   1,060.4   38    -   8.6   59    - 
Terra Nitrogen                300.3   94   96      87.6   57   50  29.2    1    3        na    -   59    na    -    8 
Union Camp                    575.9   73   75      67.2   63   52  11.7   49   32     437.7   59   54  15.4   25   20 
Union Carbide               4,865.0    7    7     551.0    9   11  11.3   53   49   4,809.0    7    7  11.5   49   44 
Uniroyal Chemical             946.5   58   56     114.8   49   35  12.1   48   25   1,056.0   39   27  10.9   53   39 
Unocal                        484.0   79   81      81.0   59   45  16.7   17   12     372.0   63   53  21.8    9   14 
Vista Chemicals               725.4   65   67        na    -    -    na    -    -        na    -    -    na    -    - 
Vulcan Materials              410.5   85   90        na    -   67    na    -   60     389.5   62    -    na    -    - 
Wellman                       936.1   60   60     121.7   47   41  13.0   42   33   1,040.6   41   34  11.7   48   49 
Witco                       1,338.1   41   41     127.0   43   36   9.5   61   37   1,101.5   36   33  11.5   49   31

Note: There are 78 companies ranked for operating profit, 78 for operating 
profit margins, 75 for chemical assets, and 73 for return on chemical assets.
na = not available. 

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