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US-based Dow Chemical has been named the ICIS Company of the Year

US-based Dow Chemical has been named the ICIS Company of the Year

US-based Dow Chemical has been named the ICIS Company of the Year, based on financial metrics, by weekly global publication ICIS Chemical Business.  The selection takes into account year-on-year growth in profits at the operating and net levels, as well as margins in 2015.

Webinar: Recent trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials

Webinar: Recent trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials

In this webinar, Mark Victory, Senior Editor, Manager, ICIS, covers:

  • Recent and future trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials
  • ICIS Basket of Automotive Petrochemicals; its construction, uses and importance, along with recent trends in the basket
  • The difficulties in pricing petrochemical raw material costs for automotives from upstream and feedstock costs
  • Forecasts for supply and demand changes to 2020 and what that will mean for the market,
  • Future trends for the automotive industry itself

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?

 



 

Latest Chemical Information

China’s methanol-to-olefins - The driving force of the domestic methanol market

China’s methanol-to-olefins - The driving force of the domestic methanol market

China’s methanol-to-olefins projects have fueled the demand for domestic methanol, causing an estimated consumption capacity of 22.6m tons in 2016. With this new sector now driving China’s methanol growth, how will international market players change their strategies to stay on top of this new development?

The ICIS China Methanol Annual Study is a comprehensive guide that analyses China’s dynamic methanol markets, with a focus on the influential role of the methanol-to-olefins sector to help you understand this new market dynamic.

Whitepaper: Europe jockeys for top benzene position

Whitepaper: Europe jockeys for top benzene position

Readjustments to global benzene pricing earlier this year saw Europe become the most expensive region for the first time since 2011.

In his latest whitepaper, ICIS Consultant, Rob Peacock, reviews the first half of 2016 and explains what caused the market changes. He then goes on to explain the factors which will affect the market heading into 2017, including new aromatics capacity coming on stream and the restart of some idled facilities in southeast Asia.

Styrene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

Styrene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

While the US remains the key source of styrene  imports arriving into the EU, H1 2016 saw an overall drop in volumes  moving into the region despite some planned production closures. The  restart of the 550,000 tonne/year ELLBA unit at Moerdijk in January 2016  helped rebalance some of the tightness in Europe, and a stronger Asian  market earlier in 2016 also diverted US material away from Europe. This  also led to more styrene exports leaving the EU in H1 2016, with the  opening of the eastbound arbitrage window.

 



 

Benzene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

Benzene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

EU benzene imports continued the growth trend of recent years and were up again in H1 2016 compared to the same period last year, with strong prices earlier in 2016 helping pull volumes from other regions. More capacity coming online in Saudi Arabia and India should also see additional volumes making their way into the EU by 2017. Meanwhile, EU benzene exports saw a considerable drop in H1 2016 compared to the previous year, with reduced extraction capacity in Europe and the firmer domestic prices limiting opportunities to move material out of the region.

Whitepaper - Automotive 2020 EU car emissions

Whitepaper - Automotive 2020 EU car emissions

The 'death of diesel' has once again come into the spotlight and new EU emissions testing regimes make it an unlikely route to achieving 2020/2021 CO2 targets. In this white paper ICIS discusses how and why this will lead to a significant increase in European plastics demand.

Ethylene mid-year trade flow review infographic

Ethylene mid-year trade flow review infographic

Europe’s ethylene landscape has been more fluid and dynamic over the past two years than ever before. The advent of low oil prices in Q4 2014 led to record cracker margins, strong demand, and increased operating rates, which in turn was considered a factor in the unprecedented number of production problems in 2015.

This mid-year trade flow review infographic using data from Eurostat demonstrates how Europe has managed the rollercoaster environment.

 



 

Introducing the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies of 2016

ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies 2016

The ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies is a ranking of the world’s largest chemical producers by sales. The listing includes both public and private companies, as well as additional metrics on operating profit, net income, capital expenditures, R&D spending, as well as total assets and employees.

India’s vibrant MEK market

MEK Asia Pacific

With the onset of the monsoon season, India’s consumption of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) has decreased drastically. MEK producers are now exporting to neighbouring countries in southeast Asia, which has led to the recent price hikes. How will this price increase affect the global MEK landscape?

To keep up with the changing trade dynamic, ICIS has enhanced its coverage of the Asia MEK market with a newly added CFR (cost & freight) India quote. This new quote will analyse import and export flows from southeast Asian producers to the India markets, with greater visibility on the demand factors driving price movements in the India MEK market.

Newly upgraded pricing coverage for China Polyolefins

Polyethylene China

With more stronghold markets in southeast Asia coming onboard, China faces tight competition in terms of polyolefins exports. Market players now need a precise and comparative view of the domestic markets well as the regional import markets.

The ICIS China Polyolefins Weekly Reports have now been updated to reflect a more strategic and granular look at China’s polyolefins market, with data and insights on price trends, production capacities by grades for each demand sub-category, and supply and demand balances, in order to help industry players prioritise key market segments and maximise opportunistic returns

 



 

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

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.

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.

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.

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’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?

 



 

Presenting the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors 2016

Presenting the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors 2016

ICIS Chemical Business magazine is pleased to present its 7th annual ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors listing. This year’s global listing is ranked by 2015 sales. 

This comprehensive listing of global chemical distributors includes not only the Top 100 companies by sales, but a total of over 240 distributors, making for an unparalleled directory of these critical links in the chemical supply chain.

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

 



 

Outlooks

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: 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.

ICIS European Ethylene Review of 2015

ICIS European Ethylene Review of 2015

This infographic provides an at-a-glance reference view of the key drivers and subsequent developments in the ethylene market throughout the course of the year.

 



 

View a preview of the import analysis section of the China PBR Annual Study

View a preview of the import analysis section of the China PBR Annual Study

ICIS has recently launched the latest version of the China PBR Annual Study, an in-depth report of the year’s developments and hot topics with supply/demand outlook for 2015. To give you a glimpse of the type of valuable information provided in the annual study, we have made a section available for you to view.

Phenol: Asia’s rising capacity and changing trade flow

Phenol: Asia’s rising capacity and changing trade flow

Download this free market outlook presentation by ICIS for a better understanding of the latest phenol developments.

Find out what's happened over the last 3 years, insight into the changes and the outlook for the rest of the year.

North American Polyethylene (PE) Market Outlook

North American Polyethylene (PE) Market Outlook

Read about North American Polyethylene (PE) Market Outlook for 2014 and 2015.

Drawing on expertise from ICIS Consulting and discussions with industry players, we recommend reading this article if you are making short- to mid-term commercial decisions in the US PE market.

 



 

Market outlook: No price hikes for North America TiO2

Market outlook: No price hikes for North America TiO2

The TiO2 market in North America saw some failed price increase attempts at the end of 2013. Supply is strong and no problems are currently expected. Buyers are predicting steady growth in 2014 as new home construction is on the increase.

Market outlook: Weak demand flattens European styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) market

Market outlook: Weak demand flattens European SBR market

Tyre sales are expected to stay flat as consumers continue to hold back on new vehicles or replacement tyres. 70% of styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) output is consumed by the tyre industry so the European market is expecting lack-lustre performance in 2014.

Market outlook: Declining US phenol impacts acetone supply

Market outlook: Declining US phenol impacts acetone supplyMarket outlook: Declining US phenol impacts acetone supply

Phenol production is averaging at 65-70% due to poor demand. US acetone is therefore expected to be balanced to tight into 2014. Estimated volume growth year on year is estimated at 3%.

Market outlook: Spot price recovery for Asia VAM expected

Market outlook: Spot price recovery for Asia VAM expected

Having followed a downward trend in 2013 as a result of oversupply, Asia's vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) spot prices are set for recovery in 2014 say industry sources.

Data

The monthly ICIS Latin America Polymers Index

02/04/2015

Latin America Polymers Index

Published each month, the monthly ICIS Latin America Polymers Index provides a measure of the average change in domestic Latin American polymer prices over time. The index dates back to January 2002.

The monthly ICIS Middle East Polymers Index

02/04/2015

Middle East Polymers Index

Published each month, the monthly ICIS Middle East Polymers Index provides a measure of the average change in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) polymer prices over time. The index dates back to January 2000. 

What does the oil price crash mean for the petrochemical industry?

What does the oil price crash mean for the petrochemical industry?

ICIS experts further analyse recent developments surrounding the downtrend in oil prices and have produced a white paper, which covers every angle of this market development and its impact on downstream petrochemical markets.

Blogs

Asian Chemical Connections

John Richardson and Malini Hariharan's Asian Chemicals Connections looks at Asian and global commodity chemicals and polymer pricing trends, supply and demand, macroeconomics, energy and environmental issues.

Chemicals and the Economy

Paul Hodges looks behind today's headlines and studies key influencers shaping the chemical industry over the next 12-18 months. He takes a closer look at oil prices, economic growth and the environment among other things, along with some light-hearted commentary along the way.

Energy Connections

This blog will write about the introduction of financial-style regulation on the European energy sector from REMIT to MiFID and onto criminal sanctions of market abuse, showing how their impact is really yet to be felt, and explain what it means for the everyday working practices of different parts of the industry.

     
 



 

Listen

 

ICIS Europe Chemical update: Methyl Ethyl Ketone

ICIS Europe Chemical update: Methyl Ethyl Ketone 11 August 2014

Listen to the latest podcast from ICIS and learn about current Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) market conditions, pricing, supply and demand, and news.

Europe PO derivative markets still affected by Moerdijk explosion

Europe PO derivative markets still affected by Moerdijk explosion

Jo Pitches interviews Stefan Naidu about how an explosion that destroyed one of Shell's propylene oxide (PO) production units in Moerdijk, Netherlands on June 3 continues to affect European PO derivative markets such as monopropylene glycol (MPG) and polyols.

ICIS Europe Chemical Update: ABS and SAN

ICIS Europe Chemical Update: ABS and SAN

Rob Miles interviews ABS and SAN editor Matt Tudball on the impact of feedstocks and Asian imports on the European markets.

 



 

View a preview of the demand analysis section of the China Styrene Annual Study

View a preview of the demand analysis section of the China Styrene Annual Study

ICIS has recently launched the latest version of the China Styrene Annual Study, an in-depth report of the year’s developments and hot topics with supply/demand outlook for 2015. To give you a glimpse of the type of valuable information provided in the annual study, we have made a section available for you to view.

ICIS Europe Chemical Update: Polyurethanes - 24 March 2014

ICIS Europe Chemical Update: Polyurethanes - 24 March 2014

Polyurethane editors Heidi Finch and Stefan Naidu discuss market fundamentals and price trends in the European polyurethane market.

 



 

Watch

 

Webinar: Recent trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials

Webinar: Recent trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials

In this webinar, Mark Victory, Senior Editor, Manager, ICIS, covers:

  • Recent and future trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials
  • ICIS Basket of Automotive Petrochemicals; its construction, uses and importance, along with recent trends in the basket
  • The difficulties in pricing petrochemical raw material costs for automotives from upstream and feedstock costs
  • Forecasts for supply and demand changes to 2020 and what that will mean for the market,
  • Future trends for the automotive industry itself

Special report on Asia Methanol and Acetic Acid Markets

Special report on Asia Methanol and Acetic Acid Markets

Join ICIS as we take a closer look into Asian methanol and downstream acetic acid markets. In this special report, ICIS experts give key insights into price drivers, how supply and demand fundamentals have been affecting the marketplace, and most importantly, what the outlook is for the rest of the year.

Special Report: Asian Surfactants

Special Report: Asian Surfactants

ICIS experts closely following natural and synthetic-based surfactants in Asia have produced a video covering key insights into the current market situation and price drivers, with a near-term outlook of key surfactants commodities such as linear alkylbenzene (LAB), linear alkylbenzene sulphonate (LAS) and alcohol ethoxylates.