ICIS releases the World Petrochemical Industry Olefins Annual Study 2015

04 November 2015


ICIS, a leading provider of market intelligence for global petrochemicals, has released its 2015 version of the World Petrochemical Industry Olefins Annual Study.

The olefins industry presents a mixed picture in 2015, with differing signals creating uncertainty about the strength and direction of key markets worldwide. As Asia and North America continue to increase capacity, concerns about underlying demand growth are ever-present, while the volatile political and economic climates threaten the overall recovery of petrochemicals.

The ICIS World Petrochemical Industry Olefins Annual Study provides a comprehensive analysis of the past and future developments of ethylene, propylene and butadiene (C4s) and their respective derivatives. The study draws upon data from the ICIS Supply and Demand Database, as well as insights from ICIS’s global team of analysts. In doing so, they enable subscribers to understand market developments, identify trends and opportunities, and mitigate risk.

‘Competing market forces are sending mixed signals about the state of the global olefins industry, with regional imbalances making it difficult for market participants to define their strategy for the medium- to long-term. In these volatile times, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of both global and regional dynamics. The ICIS annual studies provide detailed coverage and analysis of the industry and its direction,’ said Kieran Cosgrove, Senior Consultant, Global Olefins & Derivatives, ICIS Consulting.

The World Petrochemical Industry Olefins Annual Study from ICIS offers an holistic view of global olefins in 2015, with far-reaching data and historical analysis from 2005 through forecasts out to 2030. The outlook and forecasts are derived by ICIS Consultants using a ‘bottom-up’ approach – reconciling demand with supply, local capacity and net trade, and validating analyses against general economic indicators. The study covers eight regions, to assess world trade and illustrate how new producers will impact on established exporting and importing areas. It includes:

  • Historical data and forecasts (2005-2030)
  • Demand trends and future growth for olefins
  • World production, trends and capacity developments
  • Interregional trade in monomers and derivatives
  • Monomer surpluses and deficits
  • Olefins trade flows – volumes per region and product
  • Olefins production economics and pricing trends
Read more about the World Petrochemical Industry Olefins Annual Study
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World Olefins Industry Outlook 2015-2030

World Olefins Outlook

With high margins, steady demand growth and growing concerns of oversupply, olefins present a mixed picture in 2015, creating uncertainty for industry players.

This ICIS white paper,looks into analysis of recent events and the outlook for olefins, for key products and regions up to 2030.

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  • Is coal-to-olefins (CTO) and methanol-to-olefins (MTO) production sustainable?
  • How will shifting feedstock trends impact olefins production?
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