View this free infographic now to view the olefins trade flows between regions for 2013 and 2014.
All data used were taken from the ICIS Supply and Demand database. The 2013 olefins trade flows between regions show historical data, whilst 2014 is a forecast.
Views on possible demand for European butanediol (BDO) in 2014 are varied as the Europe economy continues to give mixed signals. BDO downstream construction and automotive sectors are not yet strong and output remains modest.
As part of the ICIS series of free market information, we are hosting a free webinar on the Asia and Middle East PET markets, which also covers both virgin PET and R-PET.
Join this webinar for a better understanding of the current situation in the region and a look at what’s in store for the future. Our expert editors will discuss price, margin and trade flow movements within these markets as well as provide an outlook on how market developments may influence price movements over the next six months.
Increased volatility in feedstock purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and monoethylene glycol (MEG) price has led both Asian and Middle Eastern PET prices to fluctuate for the first two quarters of 2014. As a result, PET producers have either reduced their production rate or increased their offers to cope with the high production costs.
ICIS hosted a free webinar covering the PET markets in Asia and the Middle East. The webinar was specifically designed to assess the information you need when faced with volatile price movements in both regions.
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.
This market paper will give you deeper insights into the current olefins and aromatics developments as well as the factors that will shape the markets for the rest of 2014.
A list of new plant capacities coming on stream up to 2018 is also covered in the presentation.
Gain a better understanding of the Asian polyester chain – what happened over the last 3 years, insight into the changes and the outlook for the rest of the year.
Download this presentation by an ICIS editor at the 2014 Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Thailand.
ICIS brings you its annual European chemical distribution special issue, in association with Fecc.
It looks at M&A activity, legislation and the work of Fecc, cloud computing and social media, as well as the future shape of chemical distribution in Europe.
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.
As part of the ICIS series of free market information, we hosted a webinar discussing China's economic transformation on 23 April 2014.
A recording of the webinar and presentation slides is available for you to download.
Download ICIS deputy editor Will Beacham's presentation given at the second ICIS PET conference in Amsterdam in March 2014 - he covers the challenges and opportunities in the European chemicals in a global context.
The outlook for US styrene in 2014 look very different from a year ago. Moderate growth is expected, although supply will remain tight due to production issues. Participants expect more contracts to be tied to market conditions.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
The end of 2013 saw some growth in the European polyolefins market but industry sources remain aware of the weak fundamentals. Low cost production in the Middle East and North America continues to threaten European naptha-based players.
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.
Continuing economic uncertainty is expected to keep chemical shipping demand subdued for most of the coming year say market sources. Near-term profitability remains under threat.
Published at the beginning of each month, the global IPEX provides a capacity-weighted measure of the average change in petrochemical prices over time.
Published at the beginning of each month, the Asian IPEX is the Asian component of the global ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX), which provides a capacity-weighted measure of the average change in petrochemical prices over time.
Published at the beginning of each month, the European IPEX is the European component of the global ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX), which provides a capacity-weighted measure of the average change in petrochemical prices over time.
Published at the beginning of each month, the US IPEX is the US component of the global ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX), which provides a capacity-weighted measure of the average change in petrochemical prices over time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The versatility of polyurethane, a new awareness campaign and the winner of the Polyurethane Innovation Award all feature in a new special digital interactive magazine, produced by ICIS editors in association with the American Chemistry Council
The versatility of polyurethanes is highlighted by ICIS in a special publication prepared for the ACC’s CPI Polyurethanes 2014 Technical Conference in Dallas, Texas.
ICIS editors look at the prospects for growth, global market trends, sustainability and product stewardship, and developments in construction and footwear end uses.
This year’s event, with its theme of “Transformation. A map redrawn”, will allow participants to learn about how best to adapt and evolve within this changing landscape.
All this and more will be discussed by delegates as part of a comprehensive programme, including seminars, keynote speeches and committee meetings.
ICIS’s latest interactive online publication brings you news and interviews for the Adhesive and Sealant Council’s Spring Convention in Orlando, Florida. Learn about its new Long Range Plan, as well as the views of Dwight Tozer of ExxonMobil Chemical’s adhesion business and Jeff Dietrich of ITR Economics.
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry’s annual technical conference took place in Phoenix, Arizona this year. ICIS recorded video interviews with leading association and industry personnel, as well as CPI 2013 Award winners.
SIBUR has established itself as the leading gas processor and producer in Russia, CIS and central and eastern Europe. As part of its business strategy, the company is investing heavily in its portfolio and infrastructure despite the economic slowdown.
This special publication highlights SIBUR’s plans and several landmark projects in PP, PVC and LPG that will help it access new markets and strengthen its position.
Listen to the latest podcast from ICIS and learn about current Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) market conditions, pricing, supply and demand, and news.
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.
Rob Miles interviews ABS and SAN editor Matt Tudball on the impact of feedstocks and Asian imports on the European markets.
William Lemos interviews Helena Strathearn on peak season demand levels in the European acrylates sector.
Polyurethane editors Heidi Finch and Stefan Naidu discuss market fundamentals and price trends in the European polyurethane market.
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.