ICIS Chemical Business magazine is pleased to present its 7th annual ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors listing. This year’s global listing is ranked by 2015 sales.
This comprehensive listing of global chemical distributors includes not only the Top 100 companies by sales, but a total of over 240 distributors, making for an unparalleled directory of these critical links in the chemical supply chain.
In this webinar, Mark Victory, Senior Editor, Manager, ICIS, covers:
As competing market forces send mixed signals about the global olefins situation and outlook, uncertainty and volatility present challenges to industry players. How will the Olefins market fare?
China’s rubber demand accounts for one-third of global consumption, making it the largest styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and polybutadiene rubber (PBR) import market. For a global market player evaluating opportunities or looking to enter the Chinese market, what type of information should you gain access to?
To ensure you have the information you need, ICIS has updated its annual studies on the rubber market to provide you with valuable data and intelligence on:
This infographic shows the current state of conversions and closures of mercury cell chloralkali plants in Europe, in view of the phasing out deadline in December 2017.
China’s domestic styrene monomer (SM) capacity has increased from 7.54m tonnes in 2015 to 7.94m tonnes in 2016. This makes China the largest producer of SM globally. With China becoming more self-reliant, given the domestic styrene production, how will international market players cope with this changing dynamics?
Domestic production is likely to account for slightly more than 90% of China’s benzene supply in 2016. With the changing dynamics of the Chinese benzene market and the potential shift of being more self-reliant, what is the market sentiment of global players in this industry? How will their businesses be affected by this emerging market in China?
Egypt is set to re-emerge as a key supplier of polystyrene (PS) to markets in Europe and Africa with the restart of domestic production. The country has had to rely on costly imports of styrene feedstock since late 2014, rendering local PS production uneconomic. However, a new styrene supply deal and the promise of new styrene capacity will allow Egypt to raise its domestic PS output in the years ahead.
Base oil markets are undergoing a transition, driven by regulation, low oil prices and weak demand growth.
The 2016 ICIS Base Oils special publication examines the major trends in the market, with input from industry experts and ICIS editors.
Africa offers huge potential growth for plastics and the region has been attracting increasing interest from producers and traders in recent years. This outlook takes a look at Africa’s complex and challenging market made up of many economic and political differences, and how polymer consumption has fluctuated as a result.
There are always two sides to a story. While Asia solvents have reached their peak in production, IPA and MIBK margins have drastically fallen, resulting in several plant shutdowns. How will this play out for industry players?
ICIS recently hosted a webinar on 12 July 2016, covering an in-depth review covering prices, supply and demand fundamentals and a near-term outlook of where Asia solvents are headed, particularly for the IPA, MEK, MBIK and acetone markets. The presentation slides and recording are now available for download.
European ethanolamine players have been closely monitoring the political debate surrounding downstream glyphosate usage in the EU, which has intensified over recent months, amid concerns about possible health related risks and as approval was due to expire at the end of June.
While there has been a temporary extension to approval, the future for glyphosate is still uncertain and ethanolamine players are exploring the possible scenarios and counter-measures to be employed, were glyphosate to be banned in the EU or farther afield, post 2017.
The ICIS China PP and PE annual studies reflect China’s evolving market situation and outlook, with data and commentary direct from the region, as well as supply and demand forecasts up to 2020.
Providing in-depth insights into the key sectors, importers’ developments and factors driving the market, these studies offer unrivalled analysis of these complex markets for international market players buying, selling or trading in China.
China’s methanol-to-olefin (MTO) capacity totaled to 8.365m tonnes at the end of Q1 2016, with the capacity of methanol-to-propylene accounting for 5.54m tonnes and that of methanol-to-ethylene accounting for 2.825m tonnes. Operating rates of coal to olefins plants had been stable. In January – May 2016, the average operating rate of coal to olefins plants was at 85%, while there were maintenances and shutdowns.
ICIS hosted a webinar on 28 June, covering the latest developments and hot issues surrounding opportunities and challenges in China and other neighbouring Asian countries.
Access the webinar presentation to gain insight on the current market situation and likely direction for Asian polyolefins over the next 12 months.
This ICIS whitepaper looks at the impact that Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the EU could have on the petrochemicals market, including pricing, trade regulations, production levels and demand.
It also looks at the effect that the referendum has already had on the industry and the wider economy, such as interest and exchange rates and includes input from a selection of petrochemicals market participants, as well as insight from analysts, industry groups and trading bodies.
“As production capacities remain huge in Asia for acrylic acid and acrylate esters, there will be more spot liquidity for cargoes into net-importing countries such as India, as various Asian producers try to sell cargoes into these countries,” says Paul Lim, author of the Asia acrylic acid and acrylate ester report.
To complement its coverage of the India markets, ICIS has enhanced its Asian acrylic acid and pricing report by adding a butyl-acrylate CIF India (bulk) assessment.
ICIS has produced a special report highlighting the local buying sentiment in Asian PVC markets. At the height of the monsoon season, buyers are eager to find out how prices will be affected, especially in the India market. Watch this video to find out where prices are heading and what plans are in place for the coming months.
Global phenol and acetone markets are suffering from overcapacity as new projects come on stream and demand growth remains tepid. As a result, phenol and acetone prices are becoming more competitive and global trade flows are changing.
This infographic provides an at-a-glance reference view of the key drivers and subsequent developments in the ethylene market throughout the course of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Polyurethane editors Heidi Finch and Stefan Naidu discuss market fundamentals and price trends in the European polyurethane market.
In this webinar, Mark Victory, Senior Editor, Manager, ICIS, covers:
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.
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.