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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.

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.

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?

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

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.

Free webinar: The great transformation of Asian polyolefins

Free webinar: The great transformation of Asian polyolefins

What does China’s move towards self-sufficiency mean for Asia? Join ICIS as we tackle the latest developments and hot issues surrounding opportunities and challenges in China and other neighbouring Asian countries.

Register for our free webinar and gain insight on the current market situation and likely direction for Asian polyolefins over the next 12 months.

Infographic: What impact would 'Brexit' have on the petchems industry?

Infographic: What impact would 'Brexit' have on the petchems industry?

The referendum that will decide whether the UK will remain in the European Union will take place on 23 June, with the issue monopolising the political and economic agenda globally.

As the discussion over the referendum’s outcome becomes more heated, ICIS is trying to identify any possible impact the “Brexit” debate has had so far on the petrochemical industry.

View the latest ICIS infographic to gain an insight into what market participants are thinking and what consequences a “leave” vote would have on the industry.

 



 

Market outlook: global phenol and acetone markets under pressure from overcapacity

Market outlook: global phenol and acetone markets under pressure from overcapacity

Global phenol and acetone markets are suffering from overcapacity as new projects come on stream and demand growth remains tepid. As a result, phenol and acetone prices are becoming more competitive and global trade flows are changing.

Market outlook: June set for an erosion of PE and PP producers’ margins

Market outlook: June set for an erosion of PE and PP producers’ margins

As prices near settlement for European PE (Polyethylene) and PP (Polypropylene) in June, buyers remain confident that they will be able to make a dent in producers’ margins, despite price hikes for ethylene and propylene

Senior Editor Linda Naylor explores the market situation and outlook, to give you an insight into the likely direction of prices for June and July.

Free Infographic: Flow-based Market Coupling - one year on

Free Infographic: Flow-based Market Coupling - one year on

Flow-based market coupling was introduced to power markets in central western Europe on 21 May 2015. This infographic looks at whether the scheme has met its aim of maximising the use of cross-border capacity on a day-ahead basis, enabling greater price convergence.

 



 

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, strengthening prices, IPA and MIBK margins have drastically fallen, resulting in several plant shutdowns. How will this play out for industry players?

Join ICIS in this free webinar addressing this key market’s sentiment, together with an in-depth review and near-term outlook of where Asia solvents are headed, particularly for the IPA, MEK, MBIK and acetone markets.

2025: The Petrochemical Odyssey

2025: The Petrochemical Odyssey

During the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) 2016, ICIS presented a paper examining the past, present and future of the petrochemical industry over a period of nearly 50 years. We have made this presentation available for you to download.

  • The New (And Old) Supply/Demand Drivers
  • Shifting Fundamentals in the Basic Chemicals Industry
  • Energy, Refining and Petrochemical Feedstocks

HOT TOPIC: China LPG imports reached new heights with a 57% rise

HOT TOPIC: China LPG imports reached new heights with a 57% rise

ICIS recently produced an article featuring the sudden surge in the domestic Chinese LPG markets.

  • What is driving this surging demand behind Chinese LPG imports?
  • Has growth in domestic LPG feedstock demand played a role in this growth?
  • How long will this trend continue for?
  • How will this affect international market players?

 



 

Special report on Asian polyolefins and its great transformation

John Richardson's Video

For the 1st quarter of 2016, strong demand growth in Chinese polyethylene (PE) has been observed. Do we expect this to continue up to 2017? How about polypropylene (PP) - is it the same market situation or are we seeing the total opposite?

Watch this short video by John Richardson, Senior Consultant at ICIS, for a review of the first quarter and deeper insights into where both PP and PE markets in Asia are headed.

China Gas Demand Infographic

China Gas Demand Infographic

Is it a good time to enter the China gas market? China, one of Asia's largest energy consumer, continues to experience slower growth in natural gas. While it is not expected to return to double digits, market players can still look forward to an uptrend. This infographic provides a snapshot of overall demand growth, growing sectors and infrastructure developments.

Infographic: European gas summer supply

Infographic: European gas summer supply

Natural gas prices have dropped to record low levels so far this year and European markets are expected to be influenced by continued levels of high supply over the summer months.

This infographic shows exactly where the different sources of gas supply are expected to be coming from and how those volumes might compare to previous years.

 



 

French strikes infographic: what are the impacts on the petrochemical industry?

French strikes infographic: what are the impacts on the petrochemical industry?

Strikes in France have been ongoing since 18 May and were stepped up on 26 May as nuclear power workers joined the fray. As the action has intensified the impact on petrochemicals has grown. This ICIS infographic shows the effects on refinery output and particularly on the country’s olefins and polymers production capability.

Webinar: Do you know what’s happening in the Acrylate esters market in Europe?

Webinar: Do you know what’s happening in the Acrylate esters market in Europe?

Filmed originally as a presentation at the 4th ICIS European Oxo-alcohols Conference in Amsterdam in May, this Acrylate Esters webinar looksin detail at the recent record lows in pricing, and the subsequent gradual recovery in recent weeks, as well as the current dynamics and market outlook, all of which you need to know to make the right business decisions. 

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.