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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.

Base Oils 2015 Interactive Publication

Base Oils 2015 Interactive Publication

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.

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.

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.

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?

Free Whitepaper: Outlook for Global Aromatics Feedstocks

World Petrochemical Feedstocks- Aromatics Outlook 2015-2030

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:

  • Will feedstock availability keep up with growing demand from aromatics?
  • How will different regions access and produce aromatics feedstocks?
  • Where do the opportunities and challenges lie in the global aromatics market?

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

Free download: APIC presentation slides

20125: The Petrochemical Odyssey

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:

  • 2025: The Petrochemical Odyssey
  • Asia olefins & aromatics markets – a turning of the tide?
  • Changing flows in the world synthetic elastomers market
  • The ‘new normal’ in the polyester and PET value chain
  • Survival strategies of producers in the Asia PU chain

Download LNG Infographic

Download LNG Infographic

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.

Free whitepaper: Behavioural drivers of German power prices

Whitepaper: Behavioural drivers of German power prices

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.

 



 

Market Outlook - 'Asia polyethylene: the calm before the storm?'

Market Outlook - 'Asia polyethylene: the calm before the storm?'

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.

Market Outlook - 'Some relief for Asia aromatics' by Senior ICIS Consultant, Sashi Madgula

Market Outlook - 'Some relief for Asia aromatics' by Senior ICIS Consultant, Sashi Madgula

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?

Free Download: ICIS Asia and Middle East Polyolefins Presentations

Free Download: ICIS Asia and Middle East Polyolefins Presentations

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:

 



 

Free Download: Asia Styrenics Webinar Presentation

Asia Styrenics Market Webinar

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.

Free Whitepaper: South East Europe Energy Trading European region

Free Whitepaper: South East Europe Energy Trading European region

Electricity trading in South East Europe is developing fast, with activity rising in new trading centres, and established markets continuing to strengthen.

Whitepaper - Turkey: Weathering political and economic turmoil

Turkey: Weathering political and economic turmoil

In a comprehensive white paper, the first of its kind for ICIS, a team of four market specialists looks at the impact of the latest dynamics on the energy, petrochemicals, base oils and fertilizer sectors, investigating the changes and offering an outlook for these crucial markets.  

 



 

New whitepaper on how the Middle East is impacting global PE/PP markets

New whitepaper on how the Middle East impacting global PE/PP markets

The scale-up of new polymer plants in the Middle East will have a huge impact on global polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets. These will include in particular PP from Borouge 3 in Abu Dhabi and PE from Sadara in Saudi Arabia.

Another factor set to significantly impact global polymer markets is the lifting of sanctions in Iran, which will speed-up polymer investments in the country.

Download the white paper to read about the historical and forecast evolution of polyolefin supply and demand in the Middle East

Animated infographic: Europe PO/MPG spring plant turnarounds tighten supply and push up prices for MPG

Animated infographic: Europe PO/MPG spring plant turnarounds tighten supply and push up prices for MPG

Prices for propylene oxide (PO) derivatives, monopropylene glycol (MPG) and di-propylene glycol (DPG), have increased in April, as a series of plant turnarounds have impacted PO supply. The largest hikes were seen for DPG for structural supply-related reasons.

This animated infographic illustrates the spate of PO/MPG plant maintenance turnarounds for a number of suppliers during the spring as well as other PO-related news.

Market Highlight: Talks on upping Czech natural gas cross-border capacity to start

Market Highlight: Talks on upping Czech natural gas cross-border capacity to start

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is expected to flow gas directly from Russia to Germany by 2019, potentially leading to a drop in the volume of Russian gas transported through Ukraine. ICIS spoke to the CEO of NET4GAS about how the Czech transmission system operator is planning to adapt to the changes.

This ICIS market highlight looks at whether the pipeline would likely alter the dominant direction of gas flow in central Europe.

 



 

Whitepaper: Shifting tides in the global MMA and PMMA markets

Whitepaper: Shifting tides in the global MMA and PMMA markets

The MMA market has reached a potential turning point, with the first signs of upward pressure in the markets for some time.  Read our latest whitepaper on ‘Shifting tides in the global MMA and PMMA markets’ to learn more about the impact of firming prices in Asia on the European MMA and downstream polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) markets.  

Free trial: 15 min Intra-day Forecast, German Power

Free trial: 15 min Intra-day Forecast, German Power

The ICIS intra-day forecast is extremely accurate and even simple hypothetical trading strategies enabled high trading profits last year.

See the benefits for yourself with a free, two-month trial to the ICIS intra-day auction forecast and access three daily forecast runs.

Free Infographic: How EU states support green energy?

Free Infographic: How EU states support green energy?

The EU aims to establish more market-based and harmonised renewable energy subsidy systems across Europe without jeopardising the growth of green power capacities towards the targets member states have agreed on. This infographic gives an overview of how European countries are progressing towards achieving this aim.

 



 

HDPE imports high as Europe moves to net importer

HDPE imports high as Europe moves to net importer

This whitepaper written by senior Editor Linda Naylor explains the impact that HDPE plant closures will have on European Buyers.

Whitepaper: Has benzene's price floor been reached?

Whitepaper: Has benzene's price floor been reached?

ICIS Consulting believes a price floor has been reached for benzene after contracts increased for the first time this year in all three regions. Stronger crude oil and feedstock prices as well as healthy demand from downstream styrene markets will support higher prices in the second quarter of 2016.

Market highlight: Netherlands A Net H-Gas Importer Through Winter ‘15

Market highlight: Netherlands A Net H-Gas Importer Through Winter ‘15

The Netherlands was a net winter importer of high-calorific natural gas for the first time in at least four years in the season just passed, as Dutch fundamentals continued to adapt to the new scenario of reduced low-calorific gas production from the Groningen field.

ICIS looks ahead to how this trend is set to develop over the coming months and what impact it could have on summer flows.

 



 

Free Infographic: New Balkan power exchanges bring greater transparency to the Southeast European region

Free Infographic: New Balkan power exchanges bring greater transparency to the Southeast European region

The liberalisation process of energy markets in Southeast Europe has been moving forward since the beginning of this year, with three Balkan countries recently introducing day-ahead power exchanges.

News story of the week: Taiwan’s FPC raises PVC offers, others likely to follow suit

Focus story of the week

“Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Corp (FPC) announced its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) May-lifting offers to India, China, southeast Asia and other regions at $30/tonne firmer, a move likely to be followed by other producers, market sources said on Tuesday.”

Full article available in the link below.

Europe PE suppliers target more margin in April

Europe PE Suppliers

Polyethylene (PE) buyers are again under pressure to pay more in April,  and sellers are looking to improve margin, despite the spread between  ethylene and polyethylene already being very high- more than double what  it was at the end of 2014. Supply has tightened and the overhang from  2015 supply issues hangs in the air.

 



 

Asia Styrenics Webinar: Hindsight, insight and foresight

Asia Styrenics Webinar: Hindsight, insight and foresight

ICIS will be hosting a webinar that looks into 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.

Europe spot benzene moves higher with oil and US gains

Europe Benzene Whitepaper

European benzene spot prices moved lower following the April contract  settlement. However, upward momentum on crude oil and some production  issues in the US last week could reverse this trend.

Market highlight: French Storengy looks to tap into LNG with flexible tools

Market highlight: French Storengy looks to tap into LNG with flexible tools

As Europe prepares to absorb more LNG from around the globe and traditional natural gas storage charges, based on the summer-winter spread, provide less of an incentive to hold volume back in reserve for high-demand period, operators are increasingly looking at new ways to reach a wider customer-base.