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.
Get a retrospective outlook for key energy markets including Oil; Carbon, Coal, and Power.
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 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 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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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?
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:
Scenario Planning for 2016 and Beyond Special publication features whitepapers produced by the ICIS Consulting team covering:
Read this ICIS market insight by markets reporter Ben Lake to examine the potential impacts and gain a deeper understanding of the changing face of etac in Europe.
Trading of forward natural gas contracts in Ukraine may be launched in 2017 when a new network code is introduced, the CEO of the Ukrainian Gas Exchange Valentyn Kovbasyuk told ICIS.
ICIS takes a look at the importance of these new products in a market which is becoming increasingly liberalised, and which stands at a crucial point in the natural gas network, sandwiched between the EU and Russia.
With 340,000 tonnes of MMA coming online next year in the Middle East existing trade flows could change, with the big question being what will happen to regional supply balances?
Read this ICIS market insight by Markets Editor Katherine Sweeney to see the potential impact, examine global production levels and understand the expectations for supply and demand from 2017 onwards.
With the Zeebrugge Day-ahead basis projected to head deep into negative territory this gas winter, a revised commodity charge levied by British operator National Grid should act as a price incentive to send gas from Belgium to Britain.
ICIS takes a look at the what this new tariff will mean for gas flow between Belgium, a key transit market for northwest European gas, and Britain.
ICIS hosted a webinar on 11 August, covering the current market situation for key oil products such as crude, gasoil and gasoline, and the likely market direction in the next couple of months.
With China’s oil demand being continually being pressured by slower economic growth, what does this mean for you and your business? What is the current sentiment of market players trading in this sector?
With a steady rise in demand and imports due to opportunities in the downstream agriculture and construction sectors in India, the country has emerged as a leading polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market globally.
ICIS recently produced a whitepaper that examines the key demand and supply trends in India. It also highlights the limitations of the currently established price benchmark model and explores alternatives that could help address the gap.
The hedging of LNG volumes at Britain’s natural gas market, the NBP, has pushed the gas far curve into backwardation, market experts told ICIS.
ICIS takes a look at the reasons why hedging of LNG volumes has increased, and why this has had a particularly keen impact on the British NBP gas hub.
This ICIS infographic reviews the year so far for Turkish polymers, including information on the PE and PP imports, which you can use to help better understand the Turkish markets.
As major refineries take on more expansion projects, China’s domestic refining capacity has increased in the last five years. With China becoming more self-sufficient, what are the potential opportunities in this newly emerging market? What does this mean for international players?
Examining the impending opportunities in the China oil and petroleum market, the ICIS China Petroleum Annual Report provides a detailed insight into the current market situation and latest developments, with a supply and demand outlook up to 2020, to map out the potential of this growing industry.
China’s stock market crash in January saw prices for crude oil tumble to a record low. This has greatly changed the dynamics in the domestic ABS market, with import volumes decreasing and total domestic capacity increasing.
As China’s emerging ABS market becomes more self-sufficient, how will international players adapt their sales strategies to stay on top of these developments?
The sulphur infographic has been created to show the flow of trade between major sulphur producing countries and where they are located, along with major importing countries.
Sulphur is recovered from natural gas and oil and the graphic shows how sulphur is used once burnt into sulphur dioxide and then converted to sulphuric acid.
Sulphuric acid is deemed one of the abundantly made industrial chemicals. It is used to make hundreds of different compounds needed across the chemical industry.
The largest being phosphoric acid which is used to produce phosphate fertilizers and accounts for 90% of sulphur produced or extracted.
China’s oil demand continues to be pressured by a slower economic growth. In view of lower domestic demand, Chinese refiners are seeking new outlets in overseas markets to balance domestic oversupply. What does this mean for you and your business? What is the current sentiment of market players trading in this sector?
ICIS will be hosting a webinar on 11 August, covering the current market situation for key oil products such as crude, gasoil and gasoline, and the likely market direction in the next couple of months.
China’s rubber demand accounts for one-third of global consumption, making it the largest styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and polybutadiene rubber (PBR) import market. For a global market player evaluating opportunities or looking to enter the Chinese market, what type of information should you gain access to?
To ensure you have the information you need, ICIS has updated its annual studies on the rubber market to provide you with valuable data and intelligence on:
This infographic shows the current state of conversions and closures of mercury cell chloralkali plants in Europe, in view of the phasing out deadline in December 2017.
China’s domestic styrene monomer (SM) capacity has increased from 7.54m tonnes in 2015 to 7.94m tonnes in 2016. This makes China the largest producer of SM globally. With China becoming more self-reliant, given the domestic styrene production, how will international market players cope with this changing dynamics?
Egypt is set to re-emerge as a key supplier of polystyrene (PS) to markets in Europe and Africa with the restart of domestic production. The country has had to rely on costly imports of styrene feedstock since late 2014, rendering local PS production uneconomic. However, a new styrene supply deal and the promise of new styrene capacity will allow Egypt to raise its domestic PS output in the years ahead.
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.
The China Base Oils/Lubes Annual Report analyses the base oils and lubricants market by combining local insight with a global perspective to support international market participants’ strategic planning work and sheds light on key growth sub-sectors where international suppliers have a competitive edge.
Following the March 2011 Japanese Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany committed to phasing out nuclear power from its own electricity generation mix by the end of 2022. This graphic timeline shows the various legal steps Germany has been taking along the road to a reformed electricity sector.
European ethanolamine players have been closely monitoring the political debate surrounding downstream glyphosate usage in the EU, which has intensified over recent months, amid concerns about possible health related risks and as approval was due to expire at the end of June.
While there has been a temporary extension to approval, the future for glyphosate is still uncertain and ethanolamine players are exploring the possible scenarios and counter-measures to be employed, were glyphosate to be banned in the EU or farther afield, post 2017.
The British wholesale gas market will remain a key trading venue in Europe, despite the vote by the UK public to leave the EU, analysts have told ICIS. Plus, a relaxation of financial regulation could offer an opportunity for Britain’s NBP hub to emerge as a key speculative trading venue.
Feedstock developments are dominating ethylene prices in Europe, adding to volatility in the region against the backdrop of strikes in France and political uncertainty in the UK. In our latest whitepaper, ICIS Senior Editor Nel Weddle takes a look at the market sentiment and factors driving these prices in Europe, putting market developments in context and giving you first-mover advantage.
There are always two sides to a story. While Asia solvents have reached their peak in production, IPA and MIBK margins have drastically fallen, resulting in several plant shutdowns. How will this play out for industry players?
ICIS recently hosted a webinar on 12 July 2016, covering an in-depth review covering prices, supply and demand fundamentals and a near-term outlook of where Asia solvents are headed, particularly for the IPA, MEK, MBIK and acetone markets. The presentation slides and recording are now available for download.
The ICIS China PP and PE annual studies reflect China’s evolving market situation and outlook, with data and commentary direct from the region, as well as supply and demand forecasts up to 2020.
Providing in-depth insights into the key sectors, importers’ developments and factors driving the market, these studies offer unrivalled analysis of these complex markets for international market players buying, selling or trading in China.
Natural gas supply from mainland Europe and LNG cargoes from north America are expected to fill any shortfall in supply for the 2016/17 winter that develops due to a 42-day shutdown at Britain’s largest storage site Rough.
China’s methanol-to-olefin (MTO) capacity totaled to 8.365m tonnes at the end of Q1 2016, with the capacity of methanol-to-propylene accounting for 5.54m tonnes and that of methanol-to-ethylene accounting for 2.825m tonnes. Operating rates of coal to olefins plants had been stable. In January – May 2016, the average operating rate of coal to olefins plants was at 85%, while there were maintenances and shutdowns.
2016 has been a defining year for the Balkan power markets which are finally on track to develop their trading potential and lay the foundations for future integration with the rest of Europe. While Hungary remains the star of the show with the most liquid and developed market in the SEE region, countries such as Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia seem determined to make up for the lack of market progress over the past few years.
As the result of the UK referendum settles across Europe, polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) buyers are waiting with bated breath to see how plunging exchange rates will impact prices in July.
ICIS hosted a webinar on 28 June, covering the latest developments and hot issues surrounding opportunities and challenges in China and other neighbouring Asian countries.
Access the webinar presentation to gain insight on the current market situation and likely direction for Asian polyolefins over the next 12 months.
Natural gas market participants across Europe are questioning a congestion management tool that forces shippers to surrender booked but unused cross-border capacity.
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.