"Demand for polymers has been growing at quite different paces from region to region. The different regions will continue to perform, with Asia leading the growth, says the World Plastics Report.
"The global polymer industry grew by 37m tonnes to 194m tonnes, corresponding to an average annual consumption growth of around 3%"
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.
Listen to the the Polyethylene and Polypropylene (PEPP) podcast produced by ICIS News to hear the latest developments in these key commodity markets.
ICIS interviews leading APLA executives and Latin American industry leaders in the latest ICIS interactive, produced at the APLA annual meeting in Cartagena, Colombia.
ICIS interviews leading GPCA board members and Middle East industry leaders in the latest ICIS interactive, produced at the Annual GPCA Forum in Dubai, UAE.
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.
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.
Price risk is inherent in the Asian polyethylene (PE) industry because of the preponderance of spot transactions in the regional market and the greater volatility that implies, as compared with predominantly contract-based markets for many other petrochemicals.
See a collection of featured plastics content including articles, videos, podcasts and much more at our dedicated plastics page.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Chemical producers in China are forging ahead with ethylene project plans. Many of the largest are still in the planning stage. If they come to fruition there may be less demand for imports, impacting heavily on the global industry which relies on exports to China.
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.
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.
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 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.
European producers in the phenol chain expect solid demand in 2012 but concerns remain about poor margins.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Published at the beginning of each month, the global IPEX provides a capacity-weighted measure of the average change in petrochemical prices over time.
US polypropylene (PP) markets remain volatile, creating continued uncertainty regarding future prices and market performance. This has led to a greater need for reliable forecasting models that could decrease unexpected impact on cost, cash flow, working capital and profitability.
The presentation slides from a forecasting webinar recently held by James Ray, an ICIS expert consultant, are now available for you to download.
Download this free market paper for a better understanding of how The Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee (more commonly referred to as ‘The November Plenum’) will shape China’s economy over the next decade.
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.