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The SOCMA Story

SOCMA, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, Inc., is the only U.S. based trade association dedicated solely to the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. From its office in Washington, DC, SOCMA advocates for U.S. laws and regulations that affect our members' competitiveness and bottom line.

SOCMA is, first and foremost, its members.  Since 1921, we have represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies, making us the leading authority on this sector.  Our member companies are located around the world and encompass every segment of the industry.  They play an indispensable role in the global chemical industry by producing intermediates, specialty chemicals and ingredients used to develop a wide range of commercial and consumer products.  These products are essential to the life, health and well-being of people everywhere.

SOCMA supports the industry with programs that maximize commercial and networking opportunities, increase public confidence and influence the passage of rational laws and regulations.   In 1977, SOCMA's Association Management Services  (AMS) was founded to address advocacy, regulatory, testing, stewardship or technical issues specific to particular chemicals or industry sectors.   In 1984, SOCMA launched the Informex® trade show, which it later sold in 2005.  That same year, the association established ChemStewards®, an environmental, health, safety and security program designed for our unique sector to help facilities optimize performance, save money and enhance their roles as good corporate citizens.

Prior to 2009, SOCMA was known as the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association, and was dedicated exclusively to the needs of the organic specialty chemical sector. SOCMA’s current name formally expands the scope of the association’s activities while making it more inclusive of inorganic producers and biotechnology companies. SOCMA firmly believes that the inorganic and biotech sectors will benefit from the same programs and services that have served the organic sector effectively over the years.

Today, SOCMA member companies encompass every segment of the industry and manufacture tens of thousands products annually that are valued at $24 billion. The industry’s impact on U.S. GDP is upwards of $2.9 trillion.

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What Members Are Saying…

“Right off the bat, SOCMA’s ChemStewards provides you with a template that shows you good practices that should be implemented across-the-board.  And the dialogue with other members and SOCMA staff is very valuable.  You would have to pay a lot of money to bring in that kind of expertise, but with SOCMA, it’s all a benefit of membership.”

Dave Hurder
Vice President
McGean Inc.