ICIS Releases the World Plastics Annual Study 2015 

14 October 2015 


LONDON, ICIS - ICIS, a leading authority on global petrochemical markets, has published the latest version of the World Plastics Annual Study.

The plastics industry has experienced steady, progressive growth since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, driven by Asian consumption and, more recently, higher margins following the crude oil price crash. Whilst the global outlook is positive, growth will be stronger in certain regions and commodities, and dependent on the fragile recovery of key markets.

Offering in-depth analyses of plastics and their direction, the annual studies harness data from the ICIS Supply and Demand Database, accompanied by expert insights from ICIS analysts. Designed to give you a clear picture of the current market situation and outlook, the studies can help you understand the impact of recent developments on your business, and develop a robust strategy for the future.

‘For many years, the growth of plastics markets was driven by consumption in Asia - particularly China. However, as the Chinese economy falters, it’s crucial for industry players to take stock of the markets, understand the evolving competitive landscape and identify emerging regions to target. The ICIS Annual Studies dig deep into key commodities and markets, enabling you to stay one step ahead.’ said Fabrizio Galiè, ICIS Consultant, Polymers.

The new World Plastics Annual Study from ICIS offers an extensive review of global plastics in the recent year, analysing data and trends since 2000, as well as the market outlook, with forecasts up to 2030. Providing insights into commodities, consumption, production, capacity and regional dynamics, it is designed to give you a well-rounded view of the industry:

  • Supply and demand historical and forecast volumes (2000-2030)
  • Capacity and production data, existing and upcoming (2000-2030)
  • Consumption forecasts per product and region (up to 2030)
  • Trade analysis – forecast trade flows, supply-demand balances
  • Historical prices and margins (starting from 2000)

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Free Resource

World Plastics Outlook 2015-2030

World Plastics Outlook

As China’s outlook darkens, the competitive landscape is fast evolving for global plastics. Industry players must review their strategy and seek new sources of growth.

  • Which commodities offer the biggest growth potential?
  • How long will current global conditions of low costs and high volatility last?
  • What factors are driving new assets in polymers? Where will these be located?
    This outlook piece will answer these questions and more.
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This is the data behind World Plastics and China Annual Studies. Access to this online database enables you to fully gain end-to-end perspective across the global plastics supply chain and make sense of the potential future scenario better. Data include import and export volumes, consumptions, plant capacities, production, and product trade flows – from 1978 up to 2030 – by product, country and region.

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