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Up-coming webinar: The impact on global markets of China’s increased phenol-acetone production

Up-coming webinar: The impact on global markets of China’s increased phenol-acetone production

With three new phenol plants in China up and running, this new found self-sufficiency is causing a stir amongst European and US market participants who are forecasting seismic shifts in global trade patterns.

Join us in this free webinar on 3rd June 2015 as we discuss this topic in depth and look at the huge impact it will have on global markets.

VIDEO: ICIS Consulting discusses 2015 benzene price expectations

VIDEO: ICIS Consulting discusses 2015 benzene price expectations

Following a hike in global benzene prices in May, further price increases are forecast over the summer. Rob Peacock, consultant and author of the ICIS European benzene and styrene price forecast report, discusses his expectations for 2015.

China Olefins Studies: Preview an abstract on the development of China’s olefins market

China Olefins Studies: Preview an abstract on the development of China’s olefins market

Traditionally, China has been heavily reliant on olefins imports. However, with the rapid development of the coal-to-olefins (CTO) industry, the country is now gradually able to produce its own supply.

ICIS recently launched two detailed reports providing expert analyses of the changing landscape of the Chinese olefins industry. A preview of the reports, featuring an extract from the chapter on the status of China’s olefins industry development, has been made available for you to view.

Latest Chemical Information

Gain greater visibility on China’s polyolefins markets

China polyolefins market

Watch this exclusive video and gain access to the latest prices, development and market trends within China’s polyolefins markets.

In this video, ICIS addresses all of the following:

  • A review of the changes and developments shaping China’s polyolefins markets
  • Insights into price drivers such as supply, demand, production news and trade activities, and how they affect current prices
  • The near-term outlook of where both PP and PE markets are headed

VIDEO: Asian MEG prices on an uptrend

MEG prices on trend

What are the current prices of MEG and how significant are the price increases?          What is causing the tight supply of MEG?

         How are downstream markets coping with the increase of MEG prices?

     What is the near-term outlook of prices?

Access the ICIS market review and outlook slides during APIC 2015

Access   the ICIS market review and outlook slides during APIC 2015

ICIS presented its latest analysis of the Asian petrochemicals sector at the recent APIC Conference held in Seoul, South Korea, and would like to invite you to access the presentations covering aromatics, olefins, polyolefins, rubber and more.

 

Download the presentation slides and gain an in-depth review of recent developments in Asia, as well as an outlook of where the industry is headed in 2015.

 



 

On-demand webinar: ICIS Supply and Demand database

On-demand webinar: ICIS Supply and Demand database

Watch this special insight into the products and recent developments of the Supply and Demand data services and the benefits for your business. View the process flows behind the preparation of the data, which is testimony to its robustness.

APIC examines oil price impacts

APIC examines oil price impacts

ICIS and Japan’s Chemical Daily analyse the Asian petrochemical markets in a 76-page special publication produced jointly for the APIC 2015 Annual Meeting in Seoul, South Korea. M&A activity, logistics, company strategies and investments are all examined in depth.

European distributors look further afield

European distributors look further afield

ICIS and Europe’s chemical distribution association Fecc have just published their annual survey of the state of the sector, in time for Fecc’s annual congress in Athens on 5-6 May. It takes a look at M&A, currency impacts, regulation and sustainability.

 



 

US adhesives to ride GPD growth

ICIS Interactive 2015

The latest ICIS interactive for 2015 brings you video interviews with key executives in the North American adhesives sector, looking at the development of the US market, recent industry surveys and the impact of the oil price drop.

Adhesives in focus

Adhesives in focus

Adhesives and sealants are the focus of the latest special publication from ICIS, published this week in time for the ASC’s Adhesives and Sealants Conference and EXPO in Nashville, Tennessee. Oil price impacts, the outlook for M&A activity in the sector and for the US economy, and technical advances in construction and sustainability are highlighted in the publication.

ICIS AFPM Interactive 2015

ICIS AFPM Interactive 2015

Industry leaders attending the AFPM International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio are interviewed in the latest ICIS interactive publication. They comment on the changing landscape for the chemicals industry, the effects of low oil prices and provide an update on some of the projects being built in the US.

 



 

IPEX shows petchem and plastics markets reacting to crude swings

IPEX shows petchem and plastics markets reacting to crude swings

Petrochemical markets in Asia have reacted swiftly to recent rising crude oil and naphtha prices, while the European and US markets are still feeding through the sharp crude price downturn of the past six months.

Special focus on Asian base oils

Special focus on Asian base oils

A shift in the Asian base oils market can now be observed, driven by increasing Group II base oils supply. How does this affect the overall Asian market and how can ICIS help you gain further transparency on base oils prices?

Watch an exclusive video prepared by ICIS, explaining the additional prices now covered in the ICIS Asia Base Oils Price Report. The video also gives market insights covering recent developments in the Asian region.

Featured Article: Volatile crude to weigh on Saudi polymer trades throughout 2015

Featured Article: Volatile crude to weigh on Saudi polymer trades throughout 2015

ICIS Middle East Correspondent, Fadhil Muhammad, was recently in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and has written an article on the volatility of crude prices and its impact on polymer prices in the country.

Get an exclusive look at the article which includes commentary from key market players on the latest developments in the Saudi polymers market.

 



 

Outlooks

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.

Market outlook: US PS and EPS markets react to benzene price volatility

Market outlook: US PS and EPS markets react to benzene price volatility

Benzene has driven polystyrene (PS) and expandable polystyrene (EPS) prices for two years and reached a record high settlement in January. Volatile benzene pricing will continue to be the major price driver in 2014. Only slight growth is anticipated.

Market outlook: Ample supply in Middle East isocyanates markets

Market outlook: Ample supply in Middle East isocyanates markets

2014 began with ample supply of toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) and polymeric methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (PMDI) from sellers in Asia and Europe. The outlook in the Middle East is not bullish. TDI and PMDI sellers are hopeful restocking activity will boost prices.

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.

Rules of the game

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

 

VIDEO: ICIS Consulting discusses 2015 benzene price expectations

VIDEO: ICIS Consulting discusses 2015 benzene price expectations

Following a hike in global benzene prices in May, further price increases are forecast over the summer. Rob Peacock, consultant and author of the ICIS European benzene and styrene price forecast report, discusses his expectations for 2015.

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.