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American Chemistry Council

CHEMTREC was founded in 1971 as a public service of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to assist emergency responders in the event of a hazardous materials incident. 



The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is America’s oldest trade association of its kind, representing more than 170 companies engaged in the business of chemistry—an innovative, economic growth engine that is helping to solve the biggest challenges facing our country and the world.

Our members are the leading companies engaged in all aspects of the $768 billion business of chemistry, from the largest corporations to the smallest, and everything in between. They are the people and companies creating the groundbreaking products that are improving the world all around us by making it healthier, safer, more sustainable and more productive. More than 96 percent of all manufactured goods are touched directly through the business of chemistry. From life-saving medical devices to air bags and solar cells, from child safety seats to clean drinking water, chemistry is at the heart of our economy.


American chemistry:

  • Supports nearly 26 percent of the U.S. GDP
  • Accounts for 14 percent of U.S. exports—more than any other industry
  • Provides nearly 15 percent of the world’s chemicals
  • Provides 811,000 skilled, good-paying American jobs and supports over six million more throughout the country


We believe that if America is to remain a country that innovates and competes globally, it must do so with a thriving American chemical industry. Protecting that unique role and promoting our industry’s interests drives everything we do.

Our member-driven philosophy makes ACC the leading, collective voice of the business of chemistry, driving a pro-growth, common sense and science-based public policy agenda that brings forth innovation, creates jobs and economic expansion and enhances public and environmental health and safety. 



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