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.
This outlook piece will answer these questions and more, offering insights into market developments and the global outlook for 2015.
Speakers from the ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants conference in London are interviewed in the latest ICIS interactive publication.
They comment on the outlook for base oils and lubricants, the future for brightstock and re-refined oils, and how lube producers have seen margins increase over the last decade as they moved to higher quality.
Get a retrospective outlook for key energy markets including Oil; Carbon, Coal, and Power.
The European Power Trading Report (EPTR) covers quarterly updates on key market insights for 14 different European countries.
Gain access to the widest range of established markets, but also developing European Power markets ,such as Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.
The ICIS Power Index (IPI) gives homes and businesses an insight into price trends on the UK wholesale electricity market.
The IPI is published daily by ICIS, an independent authority on UK electricity market pricing, and is available at no charge.
The ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies list provides you with a further dissection and analysis of the Top 100 Chemical Companies.
It includes the Top 10 chemical companies in each region with detailed analysis and comprehensive commentary. This feature is published annually in ICIS Chemical Business.
The Chinese government has been offering firm support to aid the development of the LNG sector, bringing about an increase in investment opportunities throughout the country.
Download this free whitepaper to gain a better understanding of China’s LNG supply and demand, import capacity and construction of new terminals.
In this white paper we put forward our proposal for an optimised MSR that would enables the EU ETS to promote reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the most cost-effective and economically efficient manner.
We believe our proposed approach is able to handle a broad array of emission regimes (including high emissions scenarios) whilst preserving the integrity of the EU ETS carbon price signal.
The ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies 2015 listing highlights the top players in the global chemical industry.
Most chemical companies found it difficult to generate top line and profit growth in 2015 following a strong performance in 2014.
Mosaic’s long-term outlook for the fertilizer industry remains positive, despite declining fundamentals for crop nutrients, CEO James Prokopanko said.
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Easy access to a host of downloadable ICIS Fertilizer resources; including:
As competing market forces send mixed signals about the global olefins situation and outlook, uncertainty and volatility present challenges to industry players. How will the Olefins market fare?
With global aromatics growth expected to outstrip GDP and pressure on pygas supply increases, industry players will need new solutions to the challenges they face. ICIS’ Global Aromatics Feedstocks Outlook provides insights to these and more:
Scenario Planning for 2016 and Beyond Special publication features whitepapers produced by the ICIS Consulting team covering:
This ICIS whitepaper looks at the impact that Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the EU could have on the petrochemicals market, including pricing, trade regulations, production levels and demand.
It also looks at the effect that the referendum has already had on the industry and the wider economy, such as interest and exchange rates and includes input from a selection of petrochemicals market participants, as well as insight from analysts, industry groups and trading bodies.
“As production capacities remain huge in Asia for acrylic acid and acrylate esters, there will be more spot liquidity for cargoes into net-importing countries such as India, as various Asian producers try to sell cargoes into these countries,” says Paul Lim, author of the Asia acrylic acid and acrylate ester report.
To complement its coverage of the India markets, ICIS has enhanced its Asian acrylic acid and pricing report by adding a butyl-acrylate CIF India (bulk) assessment.
ICIS has produced a special report highlighting the local buying sentiment in Asian PVC markets. At the height of the monsoon season, buyers are eager to find out how prices will be affected, especially in the India market. Watch this video to find out where prices are heading and what plans are in place for the coming months.
What does China’s move towards self-sufficiency mean for Asia? Join ICIS as we tackle the latest developments and hot issues surrounding opportunities and challenges in China and other neighbouring Asian countries.
Register for our free webinar and gain insight on the current market situation and likely direction for Asian polyolefins over the next 12 months.
The referendum that will decide whether the UK will remain in the European Union will take place on 23 June, with the issue monopolising the political and economic agenda globally.
As the discussion over the referendum’s outcome becomes more heated, ICIS is trying to identify any possible impact the “Brexit” debate has had so far on the petrochemical industry.
View the latest ICIS infographic to gain an insight into what market participants are thinking and what consequences a “leave” vote would have on the industry.
Global phenol and acetone markets are suffering from overcapacity as new projects come on stream and demand growth remains tepid. As a result, phenol and acetone prices are becoming more competitive and global trade flows are changing.
As prices near settlement for European PE (Polyethylene) and PP (Polypropylene) in June, buyers remain confident that they will be able to make a dent in producers’ margins, despite price hikes for ethylene and propylene
Senior Editor Linda Naylor explores the market situation and outlook, to give you an insight into the likely direction of prices for June and July.
Flow-based market coupling was introduced to power markets in central western Europe on 21 May 2015. This infographic looks at whether the scheme has met its aim of maximising the use of cross-border capacity on a day-ahead basis, enabling greater price convergence.
There are always two sides to a story. While Asia solvents have reached their peak in production, strengthening prices, IPA and MIBK margins have drastically fallen, resulting in several plant shutdowns. How will this play out for industry players?
Join ICIS in this free webinar addressing this key market’s sentiment, together with an in-depth review and near-term outlook of where Asia solvents are headed, particularly for the IPA, MEK, MBIK and acetone markets.
During the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) 2016, ICIS presented a paper examining the past, present and future of the petrochemical industry over a period of nearly 50 years. We have made this presentation available for you to download.
ICIS recently produced an article featuring the sudden surge in the domestic Chinese LPG markets.
For the 1st quarter of 2016, strong demand growth in Chinese polyethylene (PE) has been observed. Do we expect this to continue up to 2017? How about polypropylene (PP) - is it the same market situation or are we seeing the total opposite?
Watch this short video by John Richardson, Senior Consultant at ICIS, for a review of the first quarter and deeper insights into where both PP and PE markets in Asia are headed.
Is it a good time to enter the China gas market? China, one of Asia's largest energy consumer, continues to experience slower growth in natural gas. While it is not expected to return to double digits, market players can still look forward to an uptrend. This infographic provides a snapshot of overall demand growth, growing sectors and infrastructure developments.
Natural gas prices have dropped to record low levels so far this year and European markets are expected to be influenced by continued levels of high supply over the summer months.
This infographic shows exactly where the different sources of gas supply are expected to be coming from and how those volumes might compare to previous years.
Strikes in France have been ongoing since 18 May and were stepped up on 26 May as nuclear power workers joined the fray. As the action has intensified the impact on petrochemicals has grown. This ICIS infographic shows the effects on refinery output and particularly on the country’s olefins and polymers production capability.
Filmed originally as a presentation at the 4th ICIS European Oxo-alcohols Conference in Amsterdam in May, this Acrylate Esters webinar looksin detail at the recent record lows in pricing, and the subsequent gradual recovery in recent weeks, as well as the current dynamics and market outlook, all of which you need to know to make the right business decisions.
During APIC 2016, ICIS delivered several presentations on hot topics in key petrochemical markets. We have made these presentations slides available for you to download, covering:
The US started exporting LNG from the Lower 48 states for the first time this year with trading in the Atlantic Basin expected to increase with the start of US LNG exports as result. This infographic provides a snapshot of emerging LNG trade routes with shipping netbacks for 7 key potential importers.
Besides fundamental drivers, behavioural drivers such as hedging behaviour influence power prices and particularly the price shape of the forward curve. While it is relatively well known that power producers, and particularly the operators of lignite-fired power stations, have been forced to hedge their production later, this whitepaper analyses the hedging behaviour on the buy side.
China consumption of polyethylene (PE) grew strongly in 2015 and into 2016 as China boosted availability of consumer credit, but if China should fall too deeply into debt, GDP growth would slow – and with it, PE and polypropylene (PP) consumption.
Oversupply has put a lot of pressure on the Asian aromatics sector during 2015 and 2016. However, lower oil and naphtha prices are now providing some relief and bolstering margins. But how long can this last, given that new benzene capacity is expected onstream in the second half of the year and the demand outlook is sluggish amid the economic slowdown in China?
ICIS recently hosted an Asian polyolefins market seminar and had several presentations covering key developments, price movements and an outlook into both Asian and Middle East polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) markets. If you wish to access any of the presentation slides from the event, simply click on the links below:
ICIS recently hosted a webinar on May 10, examining the market situation of the Asia styrenics chain – styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS and EPS. Analysing supply and demand fundamentals and the near-term outlook of where the market is headed, this webinar helps identify potential opportunities and challenges in the Asian styrene markets.
Electricity trading in South East Europe is developing fast, with activity rising in new trading centres, and established markets continuing to strengthen.