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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.

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.

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.

Special Publications

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. 

CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference special publication

CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference special publication 2013

The ICIS special publication on North American polyurethanes covers market trends, legislative issues, and technical matters such as advances in blowing agents and flame retardants.

Prepared in association with the ACC’s Centre for Polyurethanes Industry (CPI), it features interviews with leading producers and association executives.

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.

ACC CPI interactive review

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ICIS has produced an online interactive review of the ACC’s CPI polyurethanes technical conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, on 24-26 September.

The electronic publication contains video interviews with leading industry executives, talking about the market outlook for PUs, the move to renewable feedstocks, innovation and the priorities for the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI).

NACD Interactive Review

NCAD review

ICIS has published the digital review for the 42nd Annual NACD Meeting, organised by the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) in Marco Island, Florida.
 
The publication features NACD news and interviews with chairman Roger Harris, as well as speakers at the event about the theme “Making the right decision, every time”.

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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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Archived Content

Market update: Which way next for US polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices?

Market update: Which way next for US PET prices?

Price direction in the US polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market heading into 2014 has become uncertain on the back of difficult-to-settle feedstock.

Market outlook: Bleak outlook for Asia ethanolamine

Market outlook: Bleak outlook for Asia ethanolamine

Weak regional demand has subdued Asia ethanolamine prices. An abundance of ethylene oxide (EO) production in China is keeping the market oversupplied. Some sources expect amines prices to fall further.

Transformations to spark M&A

Transformations to spark M&A

The global chemical mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market is set to get an extra kick in 2014 as chemical companies become more aggressive on transformations, shedding non-core assets to focus on key growth areas.

 



Chemical profile: US polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

Chemical profile: US polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

Weak downstream demand from the subdued construction sector continued during 2013, despite market hopes for a muted pick-up. Is the US PVC and vinyl derivatives market finally about to rebound in 2014? 

Market outlook: Asia fatty alcohols suffer from feedstock volatility

Market outlook: Asia fatty alcohols suffer from feedstock volatility

Uncertainty regarding upstream palm kernel oil (PKO) production in the typhoon hit Philippines is expected to impact the Asian fatty alcohols market for the first six months of 2014. PKO prices have continued to fluctuate.

Chemical profile: Europe propylene

Chemical profile: Europe propylene

The primary outlet for propylene is polypropylene (PP), which accounts for nearly two-thirds of global consumption. Other important derivatives include acrylonitrile (ACN), acrylic acid, oxo-alcohols, propylene oxide (PO), and cumene. Propylene is also used to make high-octane gasoline blendstocks and can also be blended into propane.

 



Chemical profile: Asia ethylene

Chemical profile: Asia ethylene

The Asia ethylene market has seen sluggish demand followed by tighter supply – prompted by a gas feedstock shortage and reduced operating rates. Low cost production in the Middle East and the US remains a key challenge. 

Market outlook: Price hikes expected for styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) resins

Market outlook: Price hikes expected for SAN resins

Rising feedstock costs have put upward price pressure on the styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) market.

ICIS polyethylene and polypropylene (PEPP) podcast

Listen to the ICIS (PEPP) podcast

Listen to the the Polyethylene and Polypropylene (PEPP) podcast produced by ICIS News to hear the latest developments in these key commodity markets.

 



Market outlook: Uncertainty for US solvents markets

Market outlook: Uncertainty for US solvents markets

US solvents market players are expecting mixed outcomes early 2014. Isopropanol alcohol (IPA) and methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) could see price increases due to higher raw materials costs whereas methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) prices could remain flat to soft. 

Market outlook: Asia caprolactam markets relying on downstream improvements

Market outlook: Asia capro markets relying on downstream improvements

Volatility characterised Asia's caprolactam (capro) spot market in 2013 with weak downstream performance as a key factor. For 2014, growth is dependent mainly on stronger downstream nylon markets.

Market outlook: Can European PET retain its value under difficult conditions?

Market outlook: Can European PET retain its value under difficult conditions?

South Korean imports, squeezed margins and plant closures continue to put pressure on the European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market. Erratic feedstock values may also impact PET price stability.

 



Market outlook: Asia caustic soda

Market outlook: A stable start to 2014 for Asia caustic soda

Tight availability of Asia liquid caustic soda cargoes should keep spot prices stable for Q1 say market players. Chlor-alkali facilities in the region are carefully monitoring operating rates. Ethylene feedstock prices remain high. Chlorine-derivative prices are weak.

Mixed results for Middle East and Africa producers

Mixed results for Middle East and Africa producers

The Top 10 Middle East regional leaders list provides you with a further dissection and analysis of the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies.

Lower levels of import demand from Asia has pressured Middle East petrochemical producers.

The US shale gas boom, outlook and implications for global chemicals

The US shale gas boom, outlook and implications for global chemicals

The capacity for US ethylene and derivatives will increase substantially between now and 2020, boosting the global footprint. The level of US plastics exports is expected to increase in line with capacity.

US producers will benefit from a cost advantage and relatively high margins until about 2017 when the flood of capacity comes on.

 



A look into Asian synthetic butadiene rubber (SBR)

A look into Asian synthetic butadiene rubber (SBR)

Rubber prices in Asia may come under pressure because of weak demand due to the continuing economic slowdown in China market.

Will we be seeing a repeat of 2013 where SBR producers will also be running their plants at reduced rate due to low prices? Download this free market outlook article to gain a better understanding of the various challenges and growing opportunities within Asia and the domestic rubber industry in China, India and southeast Asia.

Shale gas: The US boom and the impact on global petrochemicals

Download the webinar slides:  Shale gas, the US project boom, and the impact on global petrochemicals

Joe Chang, Global Editor of ICIS Chemical Business, leads a free ICIS webinar on Shale Gas, the US Project Boom and Impact on Global Petrochemicals.

Download the webinar slides if you missed the webinar.

Market insight: Chemical industry focused on green targets

Market insight: Chemical industry focused on green targets

The chemical industry has been dealing with EU legislation in recent years aimed at making the world a safer and healthier place to live and work in. More than 130 separate environmental targets and objectives have to be met in Europe between 2010 and 2050 in a drive to cut energy use, pollution, and waste generation.

Market outlook: China and India to lead Asia methanol growth

Market outlook: China and India to lead Asia methanol growth

Methanol prices in Asia are set to increase in 2014 as demand and shipping costs go up. Traditional demand sources expect growth to match GDP, however non-traditional sectors are growing at a faster pace.

AFPM Interactive

AFPM Interactive

ICIS brings you news and photo coverage from the AFPM International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, with video interviews with leading AFPM and industry executives, including Peter Huntsman, Lynne Lachemyer of ExxonMobil and Grant Thornton of NOVA Chemicals. They discuss shale gas, industry trends and issues and AFPM regulatory concerns.

Asian polypropylene key trends

Asian Polypropylene key trends

Read about Asian polypropylene trends for March 2014. Drawing on expertise from ICIS and discussions with industry players, this article covers some of the major trends in the PP Asian market.

We recommend reading this article if you are making short to mid-term future commercial decisions in this market.

Market Outlook - US and Latin American Plastics

Market Outlook - US and Latin American Plastics

The presentation includes information and analysis for polyethylene and polypropylene trade flows, price drivers, feedstocks and recent price trends in the US and Latin America.

Read additional insight into the US shale gas boom, why it matters, its impact on the industry, the significance in global competitiveness, the challenges ahead and other implications for chemical buyers, sellers and traders.

Mexichem surges among Latin America leaders

Mexichem surges among Latin America leaders

The Top 10 Latin America regional leaders list provides you with a further dissection and analysis of the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies.

The rankings remain the same, but Mexichem is making a surge with acquisitions.

Adhesive & Sealant Convention 2013 Publication

ASC 2013

ICIS and the US Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) have produced a special publication for the ASC’s 2013 Spring Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, US.

The 24-page publication has interviews with leading industry and association executives as well as key speakers at the event. Technical advances, regulatory developments and market trends are all covered in depth, as well as environmental issues

 



Restructure plants to boost margins

Restructure plants to boost margins

With increasing supplies of gas-based petrochemical feedstocks coming on stream in the Middle East, now is a good time to consider reconfiguring refineries to boost production of chemicals for export to Asia.

Chemical profile: US Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)

Chemical profile: US Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)

Demand for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports waned during 2013 as US prices were undercut by other regions. An uptake in construction and landscaping is expected to boost domestic demand. Operating rates should remain above 90% for the next few years.

What’s influencing PP prices and trade in the Middle East?

What’s influencing PP prices and trade in the Middle East?

ICIS has produced this short video to provide you with the latest updates on the Middle Eastern PP industry. It discusses the current market situation and the different factors influencing prices, supply and demand in the region.

The video also offers a report on the trading activity changes, with deals now being concluded in a DEL (delivered) Dubai basis rather than CFR (cost & freight) Dubai.

 



Asia’s polyolefins market: Changing dynamics and feedstock impact

Asia’s polyolefins market: Changing dynamics and feedstock impact

Download this presentation for a better understanding of Asia’s polyolefins markets. It includes a review of 2012-13 polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets, as well as a look forward at the changes in dynamics for the rest of 2013. 

Market outlook: Benzene rise threatens European phenol market

Market outlook: Benzene rise threatens European phenol market

Low cost imports and difficult trading conditions are cited by INEOS as the reason for closure of their 300,000 tonne/year vinyl acetate momomer (VAM) plant in Hull, UK. Celanese may also be closing their Spanish plant. This represents a combined loss of 50% capacity in Europe. 

 



North American leaders to see improved 2013

North American leaders to see improved 2013

The Top 10 North America regional leaders list provides you with a further dissection and analysis of the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies.

After a challenging 2012, the North American Top 10 should see higher profits in 2013.

ICIS Top 50 Chemical Third-party Logistics Providers (3PLs)

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The annual ICIS Top 50 listing of the world’s major Chemical Third-party Logistics Providers (3PLs) provides you with an insight into the largest companies in the 3PL sector and the services that they provide.

Emerging Frontiers - Oleochemicals in Latin America

Emerging Frontiers - Oleochemicals in Latin America

This presentation provides a snapshot of the oleochemical industry in Latin America, focusing on the larger producers within the personal care and cosmetic sectors.

Most countries in the region are net importers of fatty acids and refined glycerine and import product from the US Gulf and southeast Asia, levels of which are directly linked to GDP.

 



Identify opportunities in the Middle East

Identify opportunities in the Middle East

For a regular source of comprehensive and trusted information on the chemical, energy and fertilizer markets in the Middle East, ICIS is your ideal market intelligence partner. Wherever you are based, and whether you are buying, selling or trading – you can trust ICIS to keep you informed on import/export prices and market dynamics in the Middle East.

Market Focus: To sleep, and then recycle?

Market Focus: To sleep, and then recycle?

Mattresses are a very visible and voluminous source of polyurethane (PU) waste, but efforts are under way to boost recycling initiatives at federal level acrossthe US.

Methanol: Questions & Answers

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Methanol is a globally traded commodity and its profitability depends on upstream costs and downstream demand. Ross Yeo is ICIS’s expert on the European methanol market. We asked Ross about what is happening in the market.

 



Phenol and bisphenol-A (BPA) producers hope for higher margins

Phenol Margins

European producers in the phenol chain expect solid demand in 2012 but concerns remain about poor margins.

Caprolactam: Questions & Answers

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Caprolactam producers are being squeezed between high prices from suppliers and low demand downstream. Mark Victory is ICIS’s expert on caprolactam in Europe. We talk to him about the prospects for this important intermediate in the polyamide chain.

Middle East PET makers may cut output further on global oversupply

Mideast PET makers may cut output further on global oversupply

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) producers in the Middle East may be forced to reduce operating rates in 2013 to stave off margin pressures from rising feedstock costs amid a glut in global supply, industry sources said.

 



APIC 2012 – Megatrends: Shaping the future of the petrochemical industry

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ICIS and Japan’s The Chemical Daily have just produced the official publication for APIC 2012, in association with the organiser, the Malaysian Petrochemical Association.

Read about the pressures on olefins, polyester and polymer markets as China’s economy slows.

2012 CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference publication

IPEX

This special publication from ICIS focuses on the global polyurethanes industry, looking at market developments, sustainability, recycling and its use in automotives and construction. Includes an in-depth interview with ACC CEO Cal Dooley, who talks about the resurgence of the US chemical industry and ongoing regulatory issues.

ICIS GCPA Publication 2012

GCPA

ICIS has published the official publication for the 7th Annual GPCA Forum, organised by the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) in Dubai on 27-29 November.

The publication features GPCA news, interviews with senior industry personnel and articles on the broad theme of sustainability and competitiveness in a rapidly changing world, including polymer trade issues, port infrastructure, project financing and talent nurturing.

 



Europe chemicals suffer torrid markets

Europe chemicals suffer torrid markets

The Top 10 Europe regional leaders list provides you with a further dissection and analysis of the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies.

2012 was a tough one for Europe based chemical companies struggling to maintain sales and profitability in the midst of the eurozone crisis and stalling growth in Asia, particularly China.

ICIS reveals Top 40 Power Players

Top 40

ICIS Chemical Business magazine has revealed the ICIS Top 40 Power Players – the leaders changing the face of the global chemical sector through investments, acquisitions, restructurings and innovative ways to do business.

“It’s been an eventful 2013 with major shifts in the global chemical landscape taking place, including impacts from the US shale gas boom,” said Joseph Chang, Global Editor of ICIS Chemical Business.

ICIS reader survey: sustainability and green chemicals

Genomatica

ICIS has just published the findings of its latest reader survey, carried out in association with Genomatica, on attitudes and company activity in the area of sustainability and green chemicals.

Findings show sustainability is really deeply embedded in the industry now, and customers and suppliers are working along the supply chain to improve their products; sustainability.

 



ICIS GCPA Interactive 2012

GCPA

ICIS brings you news and interviews from the recent Annual Forum of the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) in Dubai on 27-29 November.

The online publication features video interviews with GPCA chairman Mohamed Al-Mady, and the CEOs of Sipchem, Orpic and Tasnee, as well as key speakers at the event, including Chad Holliday of Bank of America, Randy Woelfel of Nova Chemicals and Neil Chapman of ExxonMobil Chemical. All discuss the broad theme of sustainability and competitiveness in a rapidly changing world.

Top 100 Chemical Companies - Regional Leaders 2013

Top 100 Chemical Companies - Regional Leaders

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.

The art and science of forecasting webinar slides

The art and science of forecasting webinar slides

US polypropylene (PP) markets remain volatile, creating continued uncertainty regarding future prices and market performance.

The presentation slides from a forecasting webinar recently held by James Ray, an ICIS expert consultant, are now available for you to download.

 



Chemical profile: US Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)

Chemical profile: US Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)

Demand for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports waned during 2013 as US prices were undercut by other regions. An uptake in construction and landscaping is expected to boost domestic demand. Operating rates should remain above 90% for the next few years.

INSIGHT: Europe polyurethane demand continues its decline in 2013

INSIGHT: Europe polyurethane demand continues its decline in 2013

European polyurethane (PU) demand has fallen by 5-20% year on year in 2013 depending on application and is 20-40% lower than before the 2008 downturn and ensuing recession, polyurethane industry sources say. 

Market outlook: Benzene rise threatens European phenol market

Market outlook: Benzene rise threatens European phenol market

Low cost imports and difficult trading conditions are cited by INEOS as the reason for closure of their 300,000 tonne/year vinyl acetate momomer (VAM) plant in Hull, UK. Celanese may also be closing their Spanish plant. This represents a combined loss of 50% capacity in Europe.