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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

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.

Podcast: European melamine market

Europe Melamine Podcast

As the European melamine market gears itself up for the second-quarter contract negotiations, listen to Markets Reporter Melissa Hurley interview Melamine Editor Katherine Sweeney on the current expectations in the market.

 



 

Special video from ICIS: Asian Base Oils

Special video from ICIS: Asian Base Oils

In March 2016, Asian base oils prices have finally snapped out of a continued downtrend that began since the third quarter of 2015.

Watch this video, produced by ICIS, to gain further insights into key developments that have driven price and market movements in the region, as well as what you can expect in the near term.

Europe and Asia polymer outlook article

Europe and Asia polymer outlook

European polymer markets look set to remain tight over the next quarter  as outages impact supply and keep prices and margins strong. But high  prices could attract imports and impact profitability for European  sellers. In Asia meanwhile, margins remain strong for now, but an  explosion of new global capacity over the next couple of years,  especially for PE, along with lower oil prices and slow Chinese demand  are likely to reduce profitability.

US PE, PP - poles apart

PE, PP poles apart

While US polypropylene (PP) markets tighten, global polyethylene (PE)  expansions have left US producers wondering where they should send their  product. US PP prices are set to rise, but sellers need to keep an eye  on their global price competitiveness. PE producers meanwhile need to  brace themselves for cost-cutting and rationalisation in the market

 



 

Free infographic: Introduction to the oxo-alcohols market in Europe

Free infographic: Introduction to the oxo-alcohols market in Europe

The ICIS oxo-alcohols infographic offers an introduction to the market in Europe. This includes information on how the different oxo-alcohols are produced, as well as the sizes of the markets and the main end uses. The infographic also includes graphs outlining the supply/demand balance and trade flows for all three markets. Those have been provided by the ICIS Consulting team.

Special supplement: Shale projects face macro challenge

Special supplement: Shale projects face macro challenge

ICIS examines developments in US petrochemicals in a special publication produced in association with AFPM for its annual conference in Dallas. Cracker projects, the search for talent and diversity and the AFPM’s work on regulations are discussed in detail

Free market highlight: German gas storage operator expects withdrawal rate increase

German Gas Storage Operator

A mild winter and low demand for domestic heating has left German gas storage facilities unusually full as we go into spring.

Most market players believe stocks will remain high for the rest of  the year, driving down the value of summer contracts. But price  fluctuations could create opportunities to withdraw gas in the near  future.

ICIS looks at what could happen to storage levels in the last weeks  of the gas winter and how this could affect gas prices in Germany later  on in 2016.

 



 

Free download: Post-Iran sanctions - What this means for Middle East Polymers

Post Iran Sanctions

ICIS hosted a webinar which delves into the impact of the Iran sanctions being lifted on the Middle East polymers market.

With Iran now back in the picture, the webinar will explore the changes in price, capacity and supply and demand, as well as the near-term outlook of the polymers market in Middle East.

Italian Q2 Sparks Reassessed Lower As Hydro Improves

Italian Q2 Sparks Reassessed Lower As Hydro Improves

The recently improved hydro situation in Italy, along with falling wholesale prices, have impacted profit margins for gas-fired power plant operators. In its latest market highlight ICIS looks at how this profit margin has turned negative for the coming quarter as gas stocks have improved and imports from the south and north have increased.

ICIS Bioamber Special Supplement

ICIS Bioamber Special Supplement

Bio-based materials specialist BioAmber has brought its new 30,000 tonne/year bio-succinic acid plant on stream in Sarnia, Canada. In a special publication ICIS looks at the prospects for the company and market potential for bio-based products using the output.

 



 

Free European Power Trading Report

European Power Trading Report

The free, new European Power  Trading Report (EPTR) showcases market developments and trends in  trading over the last year  for 14 established and emerging markets, an  executive summary on the  European power markets, and an outlook with  what to expect in 2016

Preparing for Spain’s new gas market - infographic

Preparing for Spain’s new gas market - infographic

This ICIS infographic looks at the regulatory highlights of a transition it is hoped will finally grant Spain – and ultimately Iberia – the openly traded gas market that has long been promised but so far never achieved.

The Three Problems that Plague the Petrochain - webinar

The Three Problems that Plague the Petrochain - webinar

Join Senior Editor of Refined Oil Products, Cuckoo James, as she discusses the three significant problems that plague the oil markets – including the foreign exchange factor, the myth of demand growth and the return of Iran into the global oil landscape. She briefly touches on the downstream petrochemical chain.