The US specialty chemicals market volume grew in November 2020, following a revised 1.5 percent gain in October, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Specialty chemicals differ from commodity chemicals because they typically have only one or two uses and can be individual molecules or mixtures of molecules called formulations. The ACC monitors 28 specialty chemical segments, and in November, 17 of those segments expanded, down from 25 in October. Out of the 17 segments that expanded, six of them expanded 1 percent or more — catalysts, lubricant additives, mining chemicals, oilfield chemicals, paper additives, and plasticizers. During November, overall specialty chemicals were off 5.8 percent on a year-over-year basis, an improvement from October. In comparison to 2012, volumes registered 105.3 percent of their average 2012 levels in October. ACC, Washington, DC, is an industry group that represents companies in the chemistry business.