China Polyolefins Annual Studies

In-depth analysis and forecasts for China’s polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets (2013-2017)

Major changes in China’s polyolefins market have occurred as domestic polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) production significantly increased. For instance, China used to be heavily dependent on polyolefins imports, but its import demand growth has been slowing down in recent years because of domestic capacity additions. The development of China’s coal-to-olefins industry is also widely seen as a game changer. With further polyolefins capacity expansions planned in China during 2014-2017, the competitive landscape is expected to change further and that will create major challenges for international exporters.

How will China’s polyolefins capacity impact global suppliers?

ICIS has produced two detailed annual studies covering the current state of China’s PE and PP markets and providing expert forecasts up until 2017. Subscribers will gain greater understanding of the threats each market faces, the potential impact and the opportunities available with the emerging polyolefins capacity in China.

The ICIS China 2013-2017 PE and PP Annual Studies are compiled by ICIS polyolefins local experts and include the expertise of a global analytical team based in key hubs in the US, Singapore and Europe. These studies provide the most up-to-date and accurate market data and insights available as well as deliver reliable evidence to support and validate your business development strategies for China.

China PP Annual Study
China PE Annual Study
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How will the ICIS China Polyolefins Annual Studies benefit you?

The annual studies provide the market intelligence and insight you need when operating within the China markets:

  • International PE and PP producers will gain clearer understanding of China’s changing polymers markets and find out which markets to target to secure ongoing business development in the country
  • Global producers operating in China can use the data to enhance their understanding of local customers and formulate a robust production and investment strategy for the longer term
  • PE and PP buyers benefit from greater insight into China’s market dynamics and the future impact on stock levels, product availability and prices
  • Upstream feedstock producers operating in or trading with China can plan their olefins production and make investment decisions with confidence.

Subscribers can choose from either a PE or a PP study. Each report covers the following:

  • Existing and new capacities, output analysis and forecasts from 2013-2017
  • Cost analysis of coal-olefin production versus other methods
  • Analysis of demand trends and emerging demand sectors
  • Price trends and the domestic versus imported price gap until 2013
  • Comprehensive supply and demand data
  • Top 10 polyolefins importers (trading companies)
  • Top 10 polyolefins consumers and consumption volumes by specific downstream segments
  • Commentary on the government’s direction and political support for more plants
  • Analysis by regions within China

Chemical profile: US Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)

Chemical profile: US Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)

Demand for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports waned during 2013 as US prices were undercut by other regions. An uptake in construction and landscaping is expected to boost domestic demand. Operating rates should remain above 90% for the next few years.

The monthly global ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX)


Published at the beginning of each month, the global IPEX provides a capacity-weighted measure of the average change in petrochemical prices over time.

A webinar on China’s economic transformation

A webinar on China’s economic transformation

China has driven growth in the chemical industry since 2008, however this was due to an explosion of credit. Now the country is facing the consequences of its $10 trillion surge and China’s new leaders recognise that an economic revolution is needed to solve this problem.

As part of the ICIS series of free market information, we hosted a webinar on 23 April 2014.  A  recording of the webinar and presentation slides is available for you to download.