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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Mosaic’s long-term outlook for the fertilizer industry remains positive, despite declining fundamentals for crop nutrients, CEO James Prokopanko said.
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.
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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:
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Over-the-counter traded volume at Belgium’s virtual hub, the ZTP, soared to 4.7TWh in December, up twelve-fold year-on-year, driven by a surge in transit flow through Belgium.
In our latest market highlight, ICIS looks at which ZTP contracts saw the most activity in December, and how liquidity compares with Belgium’s primary Zeebrugge hub, as well as with other illiquid European hubs.
Pipeline natural gas supply to Europe rose by a little more than 10% on year in 2016 to a record 298 billion cubic metres, according to grid operator data collated by ICIS.
ICIS looks at the drivers behind these high imports, in context of decade-low oil prices at the start of 2016, and an outage at Britain’s largest storage site, Rough.
As we begin the New Year, we look back at the key developments and how they shaped the Asian chemical markets in 2016 – and look forward to what to expect in the coming year. ICIS is hosting a series of free webinars to ensure you are equipped with the knowledge needed to navigate the markets in such volatile times.
Liquidity at the Dutch TTF and British NBP hubs decreased in December, as gas trading was disrupted by the festive break.
Over the calendar year 2016, the Dutch TTF hub surpassed the British NBP as the most liquid natural gas hub in Europe, while there was a marked shift towards greater trade on exchange platforms.
This whitepaper reviews the polypropylene plants that companies are considering in North America and explains the reasons why these plants could be built, going over margins for the polymer and comparing them with other parts of the world.
The continent could get at least six such plants. The whitepaper names the companies behind the projects and provides their level of progress. It also explains whether North America will have enough propylene to supply these and other derivative plants that are being proposed.
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Africa will be the focus of 2017 and beyond with new phosphates capacity coming on stream and new players entering the market. As the phosphates market starts 2017 under pressure, with prices edging downwards globally and subdued demand, Africa emerges as an active demand outlet.
ICIS takes a look at the major companies that are going to play a big role in the next five years on the continent, and the main developments that are likely to shape the market by 2022.
Germany’s natural gas imports that are mostly bound in long-term delivery contracts rose to at least a two-year high during October.
ICIS looks at the price interrelationship between German OTC hub-indexed gas and gas imported via long-term supply contracts, which are mostly oil-indexed, in the context of the recent recover oil price recovery, which has seen the Brent crude price approach $50.00/bbl.
In our latest market highlight, ICIS looks at why Dutch natural gas production has been declining, and what the ramifications could be for European gas markets. These impacts include the rise of high-calorific gas conversion and greater usage of the Norg L-gas storage facility, as well as changes in Dutch cross-border flow patterns.
In this article addressing the US phosphate market, ICIS fertilizer market editor Mark Milam takes a look at how a sinkhole, which developed at a manufacturing operation earlier this year in Florida, has challenged producer Mosaic and brought the environmental hurdles and public scrutiny faced by the industry, back into the spotlight.
A sulphur facility set to kick off construction by the end of the year could shift Western Canada market logistics beginning in late 2017.
The Heartland Project, a planned forming facility between Inter-Chem and a Petrosul subsidiary, would add options into the mix for suppliers to get solid sulphur out of Vancouver for international export, as well as liquid loading for movement into the US by rail.
Mexico’s energy market liberalisation has taken a step forward, with the first transparency on forward energy pricing published by ICIS.
Market participant EKTRIA, a subsidiary of Fisterra Energy, chose the ICIS Mexico Energy Report to publish the first power swap contract offers for Mexico’s power market.
The offers provide Mexican and foreign energy companies with the first transparency on energy price valuations for forward delivery – a key factor in building liquidity and creating strong investment signals as the energy markets liberalise.
In this white paper ICIS editor Linda Naylor discusses the difficult choices available to PP contract buyers in Europe next year, and how the shortages of 2015 are still having an impact on the market.
Should they bite the bullet and accept higher prices to ensure security of supply next year? Or, as some are doing, reject what they consider to be unreasonable price hikes but risk not having the volume if supply is interrupted?
The monthly ICIS Macroeconomic November News bulletin examines if and how the continuous rise of populism will bring greater uncertainty to the European economy. Amid Brexit, the December referendum in Italy and concern over the upcoming French elections, the ICIS Macroeconomic Newsletter looks at how the aromatics industry may respond to the seeming trend towards isolationism and how this could impact the market’s liquidity.
In our latest market highlight, ICIS takes a look at why recent volatility in the energy markets has piqued the interest of speculative players, and what the future holds for financial institutions looking to operate in these markets.
The Dutch TTF’s discount to German contracts for delivery this winter has plummeted since the start of September, reducing the incentive for shippers to send gas from the Netherlands to Germany.
ICIS looks at the impact of low Groningen gas field production, an outage at Britain’s largest storage site, and increased flows via the OPAL pipeline, on the relationship between the key Dutch and German gas markets.
2016 styrene production levels have been strong in Europe and the US, but now the US styrene market is tightening on supply outages and impacting the availability of material for export to the rest of the world.
Read the latest market commentary from ICIS Senior Analyst Rhian O'Connor to get a clearer picture of the uncertainties in the styrenics market and how they are impacting PS prices.
French utility EDF’s 3.2GW Hinkley Point C (HPC) will be Britain’s first nuclear plant in decades when built and will assist in the country’s bid to improve energy security.
Once complete the plant will fill about 7% of the country’s electricity needs but the project has persistently faced delays since its inception.
ICIS takes a look at some of the more important developments so far.
Read the latest market outlook for European polymethyl methacrylate from ICIS editor Katherine Sale to learn about the key areas of interest for 2017 and the influences on European supply and demand dynamics.
The fourth quarter of 2016 brought with it the first rise in the Tampa sulphur contract in 15 months, which was a surprise to the market that was widely expecting a rollover.
Wildfires and flooding in Canada this year have led to short supply in Canada and the US West Coast, and added demand from a new acid facility in Cuba has added to the tightness.
The market is anticipating a new large forming facility in Canada near oil sands, which should break ground on construction in November and is expected to be completed in summer of 2017.
Since Britain voted to leave the EU on 23 June, system operator National Grid has continued to implement changes under EU directives to remain compliant with EU law. The fallout from Brexit and its impact on European energy markets will be a major talking point for the foreseeable future.
Mexican oil production has been falling for years, causing declines in the nation's ethane supply, the sole feedstock for its crackers. In this white paper, ICIS deputy news editor, Al Greenwood, explains how the drop in ethane has affected the production of ethylene and its derivatives. It also explores the likelihood of Mexico reversing these declines and the consequences of continued falls in oil and ethane production.
The coatings sector has boasted stellar earnings growth in the past several years, but a major shift could be in the works as growth slows and forward guidance weakens. What are the latest developments and what could be behind the growth slowdown? Is the recent weakness in Q3 earnings from the major coatings companies a temporary blip, or has the coatings group lost its shine?
ICIS Chemical Business Global Editor Joseph Chang explores the issues.
Please join us for a free webinar to discuss the petrochemical market post-US election. We will discuss the effect not only on the US, but also Latin America, with a focus on Mexico.
What will be the trade impact on the polymer market? What effect will taxes, minimum wages, and duties have?
Since the 2014 crude oil price crash opened a huge spread between gasoline prices and fuel ethanol, ethanol blending has looked economically unattractive, more driven by government mandates.
Fast-forward to 2016 and a rollercoaster ride for European fuel ethanol prices has meant a difficult time for the industry. Capacity is changing and softer demand is also playing a role. This is set against a backdrop of lack of clarity in EU policy, which is seen as roadblock to the market’s future growth.
Some are asking the question, is Europe’s ethanol industry in trouble?
The election of Donald Trump as president of the world’s largest economy has major implications for global trade.
ICIS has followed the US Presidential election and is providing up-to-date coverage including news, insight and analysis since the result was announced.
A rare window of opportunity that had opened up this year for spot LNG trading in Turkey is now closing, raising questions about the future of private LNG imports into the country next year.
Turkey is in the process of bringing in its first floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) this winter, and 50% of its capacity can be booked by private companies, according to watchdog EPDK.
Global aromatics markets have experienced mixed fortunes in 2016. US benzene markets have struggled with oversupply contrasted with a lack of liquidity in Europe. The future of the styrene market meanwhile seems to be looking up, following years of low growth and oversupply.
Ahead of the 15th World Aromatics and Derivatives Conference in Vienna this month, ICIS consultants Rob Peacock and Rhian O'Connor examine the markets and discuss key trends for the aromatics chains for the year ahead.
ICIS consultants were at the 2016 K Fair in Dusseldorf, talking to plastics producers, consumers, processors and distributors from all over the world.
Read this round up of the key topics for the European polyolefins and styrenics markets.
China imported 3.5m tonnes of mixed aromatics from southeast Asia from January-August 2016, according to China Customs, exceeding the full-year import volume from southeast Asia in 2015 by 487,000 tonnes. With China becoming a key player in the mixed aromatics landscape in Asia, how can global players keep up with China’s growing demand?
The ICIS China Mixed Aromatics Annual Report covers a comprehensive review of the country’s domestic market, outlining the latest market developments and government policies that impact this industry, together with a supply and demand forecast of up to 2021.
The use of quality conversion capacity in the Netherlands has stepped up significantly at the start of the winter period to support low-calorific natural gas (L-gas) supply in northwest Europe and meet rising demand, data from grid operator GTS shows.
Much of the northwest European gas network is designed to run on L-gas, but with production from the Netherlands’ giant Groningen field dwindling, the capacity to convert L-gas to H-gas should play an increasingly important role in the European gas supply mix in the coming years.
The European landscape of electricity capacity mechanisms and reserves is being extended and re-developed, but while some level of uniformity is emerging, no regional approach is in sight.
ICIS takes an overview of the efforts by governments to tackle market failures and shore up security of supply by paying capacity providers for availability.
Deliveries from Britain’s South Hook LNG site dropped by 88% year on year in the first half of October, amid strong demand in South Korea for Qatari gas over the period.
Shippers turned to gas storage facilities to cover the shortfall in supply, leaving sites even more depleted going into the winter months.
ICIS looks at why send-out from Britain’s most influential LNG terminal has fallen so sharply, in the context of an outage at Britain’s largest storage site – a time when high LNG send-out would have been a boon for the British market.
European titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract prices changed direction during the second and third quarters of 2016, following the substantial price erosion seen during Q4 2014 and early 2016. The improved market sentiment in Q2-Q3 2016 was helped by a widely acknowledged need for producers to restore lost profitability, amid some supply restrictions and better-than-expected demand in the first half of 2016.
Check out the updated ICIS infographic to see the most recent cost-cutting measures in 2016 and the impact on supply and demand.
Natural gas flow via the bidirectional Interconnector pipe linking Britain and Belgium was less responsive to the premium of the Zeebrugge Day-ahead contract over its NBP counterpart – known as the basis – during gas year 2015, ICIS analysis shows.
ICIS looks at why one of the most price-sensitive pipes in Europe became less so in gas year 2015, and analyses net British exports via the pipe as well as basis volatility.
Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) buyers in Europe are facing further price increases for 2017, particularly those with contracts linked to upstream ethylene and propylene, and discussions are expected be tough.
ICIS has created an infographic showing the current polyethylene (PE) situation in Europe, including spreads, production and current trends.
With China being the largest importer of benzene in Asia, there is greater demand for imported benzene because of downstream expansions which would require more feedstock. At the same time, the buyers in China want the domestic market fundamentals to be reflected in the price of the cargoes they import on a CFR China basis. How will this affect international market players dealing in the Asian benzene market? ICIS recently produced a whitepaper addressing the impact of China’s influential role, coupled with an in-depth review and outlook of the Asian benzene market.
Global demand levels, market liquidity and increasing global supply were just a few of the talking points at the 50th EPCA meeting in Budapest this month. Chemical industry players from Europe and across the world gathered to discuss what lies ahead for their markets.
Our ICIS consultants give their views on what were the hot topics in the benzene, styrenics and polyolefins markets.
With benzene prices steady at the start of Q4 2016, European players at the 50th European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting in Budapest, Hungary this year were anxious to discuss the various factors that will drive the market in 2017.
Read this latest market outlook from Senior ICIS Editor, Truong Mellor.
The Dutch TTF overtook the British NBP to become Europe’s biggest natural gas hub by total traded volume for the first time in the 2015 gas year, recording a combined 20,238TWh of over-the-counter (OTC) and exchange trade.
ICIS takes a look at how and why the TTF surpassed the NBP to become Europe’s most liquid gas hub, analysing which contracts drove the liquidity surge and how volume was shared out between OTC and exchange platforms.
Trade on the Belgian Zeebrugge - British NBP Day-ahead basis will drop when the premium that the Belgian hub holds to the British market rises above 2.0p/th, as flows down the bi-directional Interconnector pipeline hit nameplate capacity, according to ICIS data.
ICIS analysis demonstrates that although the NBP Day-ahead was trading at a significant discount to its Zeebrugge counterpart, there was not, as may have been expected, a surge in interest from shippers taking advantage of the lower priced contract. This is because British export capacity had reached its limit.
Low-calorific natural gas (L-gas) production in the northeastern Dutch province of Groningen has been a key concern for European gas market participants for the best part of two years. Mounting civil unrest around earth tremors associated with Groningen production has forced the government to overhaul its production strategy.
In this white paper, ICIS examines the detail of the new plan and how the Netherlands and the rest of northwest Europe will cope with reduced production of the unique L-gas that Groningen yields.