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Global Olefins Trade Flows (2013 and 2014)

Global Olefins Trade Flows (2013 and 2014)

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.

Market outlook: Mixed opinions on Europe butanediol 2014 outlook

Market outlook: Mixed opinions on Europe butanediol 2014 outlook

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. 

Register for the free market outlook webinar on Asia and Middle East PET

Register for the free market outlook webinar on Asia and Middle East PET

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.

Latest Chemical Information

ICIS Asia and Middle East PET Webinar

New China Metallocene Polyolefins Annual Study from ICIS

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.

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.

Market Review and Outlook: Asia Olefins and Aromatics

Market Review and Outlook: Asia Olefins and Aromatics

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. 

 



Asia Polyester Chain: Market Challenges and Outlook

Asia Polyester Chain: Market Challenges and Outlook

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.

Fecc Annual Congress 2014

Fecc Annual Congress 2014

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.

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.

 



A webinar on China’s economic transformation

A webinar on China’s economic transformation

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. 

Europe chemicals in a global context – challenges and opportunities

Europe chemicals in a global context – challenges and opportunities

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. 

 



Outlooks

Outlook 2014: US styrene expected to be more tied to market conditions

OUTLOOK 2014: US styrene expected to be more tied to market conditions

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.

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: Weak outlook for European PP and PE

Market outlook: Weak outlook for European PP and PE

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. 

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.

Market outlook: Chemical shipping to remain sluggish in Middle East and Asia

Market outlook: Chemical shipping to remain sluggish in Middle East and Asia

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.

Data

The monthly global ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX)

IPEX

Published at the beginning of each month, the global IPEX provides a capacity-weighted measure of the average change in petrochemical prices over time.

The monthly Asian ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX)

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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.

The monthly European ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX)

ICIS European IPEX

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.

The monthly US ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX)

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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.

The monthly ICIS Latin America Polymers Index

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

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.

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.

     

Special Publications

CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference digital magazine

CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference digital magazine

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

ACC's CPI Polyurethanes 2014 Technical Conference Publication

ACC's CPI Polyurethanes 2014 Technical Conference Publication

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.

APIC 2014 Publication

APIC 2014 Publication

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 ASC Interactive 2014

ICIS ASC Interactive 2014

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 ACC CPI PU 2013 Interactive

The ACC CPI PU 2013 interactive

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 Special Supplement

Market Outlook: High SM costs to affect PS demand in Mideast

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

 

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.

 



ICIS Europe Chemical Update: Acrylates - 1 May 2014

ICIS Europe Chemical Update: Acrylates - 1 May 2014

William Lemos interviews Helena Strathearn on peak season demand levels in the European acrylates sector.

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.

 



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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.