Updated to Q3 2015

The PE market outlook in Asia Pacific looks set to stabilise in Q3 2015. Ethylene prices have fallen in July and the PE supply tightness in Asia Pacific is expected to ease due to increased supply from Middle East and Asian producers. Market players also expect overall demand to strengthen and stabilise towards the end of Q3.

Middle East prices are expected to ease off slightly in Q3 as the production situation improves after Ramadan. Softening ethylene values in Asia and Europe are also seen as a bearish factor. Europe’s PE supply in July has begun to ease, but some PE grades are still tight. PE supply is expected to ease in August as the monomer becomes more available. Prices are expected to go down, but market participants are divided on the extent of the fall. The economic and political uncertainty seen in Turkey caused an uncertain demand situation and market outlook for the PE market in the near future. Market players will continue to monitor Asian PE prices to get a clearer indication of Turkish prices.

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The 5th ICIS World Polyolefins Conference

The 5th ICIS World Polyolefins Conference

Optimising security of supply in a fluctuating market–Analysing trade dynamics & market outlook for 2016 & beyond

12 - 13 April 2016
Le Meridien, Vienna, Austria

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Support your day-to-day trading activities with immediate access to spot and contract price assessments for the global PE markets. You can also use  ICIS benchmarks to negotiate with your suppliers and develop your own internal price formulas.

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Access and download the polyethylene methodology and consultations documents.

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Special Feature: Global Chemicals Outlook

Chemicals Outlook 2016

Our feature publications give you free access to an in-depth review of key market movements in global petrochemicals, their impact on prices and what we can expect in the first quarter of 2016.

Broken down by region and commodity, these must-have resources will guide you through planning and business strategies as you start the year.

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Supply and Demand

An expert view of supply and demand data for the global polyolefins market is available via our online supply and demand database.

ICIS publishes information on global and regional trade flows, production capacity and demand from 1978-2030.

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ICB Magazine

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Working closely with you to understand your strategies, challenges and ambitions, the ICIS consulting team deliver tailored advice and solutions to suit your unique requirements.

With many years' experience of guiding business leadership teams, we show you how market conditions can make a positive or negative impact on your long-term plans.

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Infographic: The lifting of Iranian Sanctions

Lifting of Iran's sanctions

On 16 January, world powers lifted the sanctions after the UN confirmed that Tehran has curbed its nuclear programme. With the lifting of sanctions, Iran can now participate in global trades.

ICIS has produced an infographic showing the possible impact of the lifting of the sanctions on the world of petrochemicals.

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What is Polyethylene?

The three main types of polyethylene (PE) are low density PE (LDPE), linear low density PE (LLDPE) and high density PE (HDPE).

HDPE is a thermoplastic white solid whose molecular chains are comparatively straight and closely aligned. It is resistant to most chemicals, insoluble in organic solvents and has high impact and tensile strength.

LLDPE is a thermoplastic, translucent white solid whose chains are comparatively straight and closely aligned, and has a lower density than HDPE.

LDPE is a thermoplastic white solid which has highly branched and widely spaced molecular chains.

End uses of HDPE include blow-moulding applications such as bottles, packaging containers, drums, fuel tanks for automobiles, toys and house wares. Injection-moulded articles made from HDPE include crates, pallets, packaging containers and caps, paint cans, house wares and toys.

LLDPE’s short chain branching gives it higher tensile strength, puncture and anti-tear properties, making it particularly suitable for high strength film applications.

LDPE is used mainly in film applications for both packaging and non-packaging uses. Other markets include extrusion coatings, sheathing in cables and injection moulding applications.

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