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DOWNLOAD NOW: Global Outlook for Plastics (2015-2030)

DOWNLOAD NOW: Global Outlook for Plastics (2015-2030)

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, offering insights into market developments and the global outlook for 2015.

Energy markets in flux – Infographic

Energy markets in flux – Infographic

Get a retrospective outlook for key energy markets including Oil; Carbon, Coal, and Power.

ICIS Power Index (IPI)

ICIS Power Index (IPI)

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.

New EPTR: Market developments and key trends for Europe’s power sector

New EPTR: Market developments and key trends for Europe’s power sector

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.

Top 100 Chemical Companies - Regional Leaders 2014

Top 100 Chemical Companies - Regional Leaders 2014

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.

New whitepaper discussing developments and opportunities in China’s growing LNG market

New whitepaper discussing developments and opportunities in China’s growing LNG market

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.  

The Market Stability Reserve (MSR) – A White Paper for an optimised approach

The Market Stability Reserve (MSR) – A White Paper for an optimised approach

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.

ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies

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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. 

US fertilizer outlook remains positive despite weakening demand: Mosaic

US Fertilizer Outlook

Mosaic’s long-term outlook for the fertilizer industry remains positive, despite declining fundamentals for crop nutrients, CEO James Prokopanko said.

Chemicals

Easy access to a host of downloadable ICIS Chemical resources; including:

Energy

Easy access to a host of downloadable ICIS Energy resources; including:

Fertilizers

Easy access to a host of downloadable ICIS Fertilizer resources; including:

 

Featured Content

Free World Olefins Outlook 2015-2030

World Olefins Outlook

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?

  • Will supply outstrip demand growth in the next 10 years?
  • Is coal-to-olefins (CTO) and methanol-to-olefins (MTO) production sustainable?
  • How will shifting feedstock trends impact olefins production?

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

ICIS Special Publication

ICIS Special Publication

Scenario Planning for 2016 and Beyond Special publication features whitepapers produced by the ICIS Consulting team covering:

  • Things to Consider: Principles of strategic scenario planning exercises
  • Regional Shifts: Dynamics affecting regional competitive positions in downstream sectors
  • Asian Giants: Factors impacting growth plans and strategies for China and India
  • Market Focus: Oil price volatility and impact on the Middle East

What's New from ICIS

Market insight: Europe etac market poised for change as INEOS expands productio

Market insight: Europe etac market poised for change as INEOS expands productio

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.

Market highlight: Forward gas trading to start on Ukrainian Bourse in 2017

Market highlight: Forward gas trading to start on Ukrainian Bourse in 2017

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.

MMA Insight - Impacts of new capacity from 2017

MMA Insight - Impacts of new capacity from 2017

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.

 



 

Market Highlight: New tariff to boost Belgium’s winter IUK gas exports

Market Highlight: New tariff to boost Belgium’s winter IUK gas exports

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.

China Oil Webinar: An industry in the re-making

China Oil Webinar: An industry in the re-making

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?

India: The forefront of the global PVC sector

The Indian PVC Industry: Need for a benchmark

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.

 



 

Market highlight: LNG Hedging Returns NBP Far-Curve to Backwardation

Market highlight: LNG Hedging Returns NBP Far-Curve to Backwardation

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.

Infographic: Turkey’s mid-year review – PP & PE

Infographic: Turkey’s mid-year review – PP & PE

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. 

China: The next big trading hub for petroleum

China Petroleum Annual Study

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 increasing ABS self-sufficiency - A boon or bane?

ICIS China ABS annual Study

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?

ICIS Infographic: Sulphur Production, Consumption and Uses

ICIS Infographic: Sulphur Production, Consumption and Uses

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 Oil Webinar: An industry in the re-making

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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 growing appetite for SBR and PBR

China SBR and PBR annual report

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:

  • A comprehensive review of China’s SBR and PBR markets in 2016
  • Analyses of current supply/demand, with a one-year forecast
  • Pricing data and margins, as well as the price drivers
  • Commentary on the long-term impact of China’s rubber markets on international players
  • Insight into the driving factors for 2017 – feedstock, imports/exports and more

Free infographic: Mercury chlorine cell closures

Free infographic: Mercury chlorine cell closures

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 leads the global styrene markets

ICIS China Styrene Monomer Annual Report 2016/2017

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?

 



 

Market Outlook: Egyptian styrenics reboot in progress

Market Outlook: Egyptian styrenics reboot in progress

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.

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. 

Updated: ICIS China Base Oils/Lubes Annual Report

Updated: ICIS China Base Oils/Lubes Annual Report

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.

 



 

Free infographic: How is Germany designing its power market for a post-nuclear age?

Free infographic: How is Germany designing its power market for a post-nuclear age?

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.

Short-term effect on DEA unlikely on reprieve for glyphosate, but future remains uncertain

Short-term effect on DEA unlikely on reprieve for glyphosate, but future remains uncertain

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.

Brexit: How will it impact NBP liquidity?

Brexit: How will it impact NBP liquidity?

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.

 



 

Whitepaper: What’s driving ethylene prices in Europe?

Whitepaper: What’s driving ethylene prices in Europe?

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.

Asia Solvents: Taking the bad with the good

Asia Solvents: Taking the bad with the good

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.

Gain deeper insight on China’s PP and PE markets

Gain deeper insight on China’s PP and PE markets

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.

 



 

Market highlight: Mainland Europe and LNG to fill gap left by Rough outage

Market highlight: Mainland Europe and LNG to fill gap left by Rough outage

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.

A look into China’s unique coal-to-olefins production

A look into China’s unique coal-to-olefins production

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.

ICIS Webinar: Price and liquidity trends in Southeast European power markets

ICIS Webinar: Price and liquidity trends in Southeast European power markets

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.

 



 

Whitepaper: PP and PE buyers watch post-brexit forex to gauge July prices

Whitepaper: PP and PE buyers watch post-brexit forex to gauge July prices

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.

Free access: Webinar presentation on Asia Polyolefins: The Great Transformation

Free access: Webinar presentation on Asia Polyolefins: The Great Transformation

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.

Market Highlight: European Gas Congestion Management Laws

Market Highlight: European Gas Congestion Management Laws

Natural gas market participants across Europe are questioning a congestion management tool that forces shippers to surrender booked but unused cross-border capacity.

 



 

Whitepaper: Opinions split over Brexit effect on the petrochemicals market

Whitepaper: Opinions split over Brexit effect on the petrochemicals market

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.

Butyl acrylate, the next market mover of Indian acrylate esters

Butyl acrylate, the next market mover of Indian acrylate esters

“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 Special Report: Is Asia’s PVC market in a limbo?

ICIS Special Report: Is Asia’s PVC market in a limbo?

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.