October 1-4 2016

“Survival and profit in today’s chaotic petrochemicals markets”

a free seminar being presented by ICIS before the 50th EPCA Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, 2 October 2016
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Venue: Ballrooms, Marriott Hotel, Budapest

ICIS is pleased to offer a pre-seminar covering the biggest factors impacting European petrochemicals markets today.

ICIS consultants will offer their views on how the chaotic conditions in feedstock and product supply and demand are likely to impact your business and investments in the next ten years.

Referencing data from the ICIS Global Supply and Demand database, they will provide you with a road map through today’s challenges and a clear vision of the new opportunities emerging for future growth and profit.

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ICIS speakers

Stefano Zehnder

Stefano Zehnder

Senior Consultant Global Refining & Petrochemical Feedstocks

Stefano manages the Energy and Refining practice of the company with global responsibility. He has over 20 years of experience and is recognised as an international expert in his field.

He leads the development and maintenance of global databases covering production capacity, supply/demand balances and trade movements.

He can be reached at: Stefano.Zehnder@icis.com

John Richardson

John Richardson

Senior Consultant, Asia

John is a highly experienced trainer and chemicals industry journalist, who has been working in the industry for 16 years.

He has deep knowledge of the companies and people who have transformed Asia into the world’s major production and consumption region. He provides insightful, factually based analysis of the key issues facing the industry.

He can be reached at: John.Richarson@icis.com

Guest panellist

Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges

Chairman of International eChem

Paul is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. He is a co-author of the ICIS Scenario study, produced by ICIS and International eChem. He is a guest panellist at the ICIS pre-seminar at EPCA. He can be reached at: phodges@iec.eu.com

ICIS Hospitality suite Bellevue 3, October 1-4

During the EPCA conference, the ICIS Hospitality Suite will be open for you to meet with ICIS market experts. We look forward to welcoming you in Bellevue 3 in the Sofitel Hotel, Budapest.

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ICIS videos at EPCA

Interview with Nigel Davis on the outlook for European producers going into EPCA

‘ICIS Insight Editor Nigel Davis talks about the long-term outlook for European producers and their major topics of discussion for the EPCA.’


Interview with Ben Lake on the ETAC market/EPCA issues

‘Markets Editor Chris Barker interviews Markets Reporter Ben Lake about the challenges facing the ETAC market ahead of EPCA 2016.’


Interview with Rob Peacock on issues in the Benzene market/what consulting are doing at EPCA

‘ICIS consultant Rob Peacock talks about Consulting and Analytics' program for EPCA 2016 and the impact of new capacities in the benzene market.’


Europe propylene chems chain confidence mostly up in September - CMCI

...profitability remained modest. The newly established ICIS Europe CMCI aggregates sentiment from hundreds of petrochemical market players actively involved... Fri, 30 Sep 2016

Europe fibres and clothing chems sector confidence down in September - CMCI

...The newly established ICIS Europe CMCI aggregates sentiment from hundreds of petrochemical market players actively involved in price negotiations across... Fri, 30 Sep 2016

Future confidence for Europe intermediates dips - Sept CMCI

...expectations and current profitability remained modest. The newly established ICIS Europe CMCI aggregates sentiment from hundreds of petrochemical market... Fri, 30 Sep 2016

Benzene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

Benzene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

EU benzene imports continued the growth trend of recent years and were up again in H1 2016 compared to the same period last year, with strong prices earlier in 2016 helping pull volumes from other regions. More capacity coming online in Saudi Arabia and India should also see additional volumes making their way into the EU by 2017. Meanwhile, EU benzene exports saw a considerable drop in H1 2016 compared to the previous year, with reduced extraction capacity in Europe and the firmer domestic prices limiting opportunities to move material out of the region.

Styrene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

Styrene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

While the US remains the key source of styrene  imports arriving into the EU, H1 2016 saw an overall drop in volumes  moving into the region despite some planned production closures. The  restart of the 550,000 tonne/year ELLBA unit at Moerdijk in January 2016  helped rebalance some of the tightness in Europe, and a stronger Asian  market earlier in 2016 also diverted US material away from Europe. This  also led to more styrene exports leaving the EU in H1 2016, with the  opening of the eastbound arbitrage window.

UK petchems in spotlight

Latest infographic on Brexit

The vote in favour of the UK leaving the European Union delivered a blow to business and to an industrial sector overwhelmingly supportive of the ‘Remain’ camp. The data from ICIS Consulting shows what proportion of the EU’s major petrochemical assets are in the UK.

They also illustrate the latest trade flows for the major olefins, aromatics, 12 major polymers and 21 intermediates.



Polyolefins Trade Flow 2016 Infographic

Worldwide product flow - Polyolefins

Having a view of the future supply-demand scenario is crucial in shaping your forecast planning and business strategies. Download the ICIS Polyolefins Trade Flow infographic now to:

  • View the forecast import-export volumes and flows between regions for polyolefins in 2016-2017
  • Identify supply-demand imbalances and trading patterns

Ethylene mid-year trade flow review infographic

Ethylene mid-year trade flow review infographic

Europe’s ethylene landscape has been more fluid and dynamic over the past two years than ever before. The advent of low oil prices in Q4 2014 led to record cracker margins, strong demand, and increased operating rates, which in turn was considered a factor in the unprecedented number of production problems in 2015.

This mid-year trade flow review infographic using data from Eurostat demonstrates how Europe has managed the rollercoaster environment.

Market outlook: Africa’s Polymer Potential

Market outlook: Africa’s Polymer Potential

Africa offers huge potential growth for plastics and the region has been attracting increasing interest from producers and traders in recent years. This outlook takes a look at Africa’s complex and challenging market made up of many economic and political differences, and how polymer consumption has fluctuated as a result.