Ethylene Prices, markets & analysis
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Ethylene China Transcript
The ICIS China ethylene monthly report provides information on the prices, and supply-demand balance for this important chemical in China The report includes cost and freight (CFR) ethylene price assessments for southeast and northeast Asia, as well as free on board (FOB) prices from South Korea and southeast Asia.
Upstream markets from crude to naphtha and downstream markets: polyethylene, styrene monomer, monoethylene glycol (MEG) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are also included in the coverage. This helps to provide a complete picture of the ethylene value chain.
Production is tracked in Asia with a particular focus on China. This information, combined with access to import and export details, and operating rates of derivative plants in China, provides important insights into the supply-demand balance.
Subscribers value the report because it gives a clear overview across the market in China, and helps them to make business decisions.
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Asian ethylene prices were at $1,450-1,490/tonne CFR (cost & freight) northeast (NE) Asia at the end of June, compared with $1,430-1,445/tonne CFR NE Asia three months earlier. The market was bolstered by tight regional supply, increased spot demand and strong feedstock naphtha costs.
Prices were relatively stable in the low-to-mid $1,400s/tonne CFR NE Asia during April to the first half of June, as limited supply caused by cracker turnarounds in Japan was offset by the generally weak performance of the downstream markets.
However, restocking activity in China and tightening supply in Taiwan on the back of limited spot volumes from northeast Asian producers led prices to increase to up to $1,490/tonne CFR NE Asia at the end of June.
Chinese spot demand for second-half July and early-August arrival cargoes was driven by reduced domestic production amid insufficient feedstock naphtha and cracker turnarounds. In Taiwan, some buyers are expected to seek import cargoes in August and September to make up for the lower supply from domestic producer Formosa Petrochemical Corp (FPCC), which is shutting its 1.2m tonne/year cracker from mid-August. The possible permanent closure of Taiwan’s CPC Corp’s 500,000 tonne/year No 5 cracker in July added to the supply uncertainty.
Updated to Q2 2014
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China Olefins Annual Study
The ICIS China Olefins Annual Study provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the country’s olefins industry, broken down by key products – ethylene, propylene and butadiene (BD) – with a one-year supply/demand data forecast.
Key information in this study includes:
- Comprehensive overview of China’s olefins industry, broken down into key markets – ethylene, propylene, BD
- In-depth supply/demand analysis of the China olefins market and forecast data up to a year ahead
- Accurate data mapping China’s market share of olefins, based on the different production processes
- Analysis of price, import capacity, government policies and latest development trends, including consumption volumes
- Detailed interaction between the olefins and derivative/downstream markets
China Coal-to-olefins Annual Study
The ICIS China Coal-to-Olefins (CTO) Competitiveness Report enables you to gain a detailed understanding of China’s fast-emerging CTO-based production. The report analyses the competitiveness and cost differences of coal-based production, and takes a look at other production processes based on different feedstocks such as propane, methanol, shale and naphtha.
Key information in the report includes:
- Comprehensive analysis of the economy, investment cost, competitive advantage and sustainability of olefins, based on different feedstocks
- Comparison between olefins production technologies with different feedstocks and their commercial applications
- Commentary on the influence of CTO developments on China’s olefins industry
- Analysis of macroeconomic policies and government regulations, and their impact on the CTO industry
- Evaluation of challenges, risks and the overall acceptance of China’s CTO industry
China ethylene supply and demand data
The ICIS Supply and Demand Database provides a single, highly searchable source of detailed historical data as far back as 1978 and forecast data up until 2030 for ethylene in China. The service combines fully reconciled supply/demand, trade, capacity and ownership data to give you multiple views of the market from a global, regional or country specific perspective.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Ethylene. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enable you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS pricing plant performance data (PPD) reports track activities at ethylene plants and crude oil refineries globally. These monthly reports* record total or nameplate capacity, operating rates as well as shutdowns and other developments at individual production facilities. The reports are available in a paper wallchart format or are downloadable from the ICIS pricing website as a CSV or excel file.
Data for the report month is collected at the end of the previous month. Therefore information published is an estimate of plant activity in the report month. This may vary from actual operations at the facility due to subsequent unscheduled shutdowns or alterations in production plans. Information is collected through direct contact with the plant operator. If that is not possible data is sourced from third parties with detailed industry knowledge.
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