This month’s issue is dedicated to all things raw materials.

Our annual Raw Materials,Chemicals, Polymers and Additives Handbook includes description/use information for key products, as well as supplier details.* Product listings are divided into five major categories: Additives and Chemical Specialties; Oils and Fatty Acids; Resins and Base Polymers; Pigments and Dyes, Dry/Dispersions and Extenders; and Solvents.

The directory is set up with a description for each material, followed by the names of suppliers that provide the material. Products are listed alphabetically under each category and subcategory, and a material index can be found as well. Use this handy guide to find materials suppliers throughout the year, and be sure to keep in mind that the fully searchable handbook is available online at

While our staff made every effort to contact the entire community of materials suppliers to our industry, we may have inadvertently missed some. If you are a materials supplier and would like to be included, you can still be added to the online handbook. Please contact Stacey Hurley at (248) 786-1662 or for pricing and additional details.

In this issue, we also take a look at what’s trending in raw materials by posing several questions to thought leaders in the industry. Turn to our “2019 Raw Materials and Chemicals Roundtable” for more.

Do you have suggestions regarding how we can improve the Raw Materials, Chemicals, Polymers and Additives Handbook? We’d love to hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to contact me at (248) 786-1703 or to share your thoughts.

*Supplier listings indicate paid advertising. Contact Stacey Hurley at (248) 786-1662 or for pricing and additional details.