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China Olefins Studies: Preview an abstract on the development of China’s olefins market

China Olefins Studies: Preview an abstract on the development of China’s olefins market

Traditionally, China has been heavily reliant on olefins imports. However, with the rapid development of the coal-to-olefins (CTO) industry, the country is now gradually able to produce its own supply.

ICIS recently launched two detailed reports providing expert analyses of the changing landscape of the Chinese olefins industry. A preview of the reports, featuring an extract from the chapter on the status of China’s olefins industry development, has been made available for you to view.

Base Oils 2015 Interactive Publication

Base Oils 2015 Interactive Publication

Speakers from the ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants conference in London are interviewed in the latest ICIS interactive publication.

They comment on the outlook for base oils and lubricants, the future for brightstock and re-refined oils, and how lube producers have seen margins increase over the last decade as they moved to higher quality.

China’s shifting olefins industry –what you need to know

China’s shifting olefins industry –what you need to know

Traditionally, China has been heavily reliant on olefin imports. However, the country’s unique coal-to-olefins (CTO) production has altered the competitive landscape for international market players exporting to China.

ICIS offers two detailed reports which give you a comprehensive look into China’s unique olefins industry:

  1. China Olefins Annual Study
  2. China Coal-to-Olefins Competitiveness Report

Latest Chemical Information

Adhesives in focus

Adhesives in focus

Adhesives and sealants are the focus of the latest special publication from ICIS, published this week in time for the ASC’s Adhesives and Sealants Conference and EXPO in Nashville, Tennessee. Oil price impacts, the outlook for M&A activity in the sector and for the US economy, and technical advances in construction and sustainability are highlighted in the publication.

ICIS in Seoul for APIC and KICHEM 2015

APIC 2015

If you are attending the Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) and Korea International Chemical Industry Expo (KICHEM) in Seoul this May, we would like to invite you to:

  • Visit us the ICIS Exhibition Stand
  • Attend the ICIS Drinks Reception
  • Join us at the free ICIS Asia Chemicals Market Seminar

ICIS AFPM Interactive 2015

ICIS AFPM Interactive 2015

Industry leaders attending the AFPM International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio are interviewed in the latest ICIS interactive publication. They comment on the changing landscape for the chemicals industry, the effects of low oil prices and provide an update on some of the projects being built in the US.

 



 

Featured Article: Oman boosts refining capacity to beef up oil products exports

Oman boosts refining capacity to beef up oil products exports

ICIS Middle East Correspondent, Muhamad Fadhil, was recently in Sohar, Oman and has written an article on Oman's latest refinery upgrade that will push Oman's refining capacity to 312 000 bbl/day in the next 4 years. Get an exclusive look at the article which includes commentary from key market players on the latest developments in the Middle East crude oil and refinery markets.

IPEX shows petchem and plastics markets reacting to crude swings

IPEX shows petchem and plastics markets reacting to crude swings

Petrochemical markets in Asia have reacted swiftly to recent rising crude oil and naphtha prices, while the European and US markets are still feeding through the sharp crude price downturn of the past six months.

Special Feature: Asia chemicals outlook

Special feature: Asia chemicals outlook

Overall, the Asian chemicals markets experienced sweeping changes in 2014 – oversupply, feedstock diversification, changing trade flows, volatility in crude prices and new leadership in key Asian markets.

What will happen next? Download this free whitepaper for a market review of 2014 and short-term outlook for 2015, broken down by commodity. 

 



 

Special focus on Asian base oils

Special focus on Asian base oils

A shift in the Asian base oils market can now be observed, driven by increasing Group II base oils supply. How does this affect the overall Asian market and how can ICIS help you gain further transparency on base oils prices?

Watch an exclusive video prepared by ICIS, explaining the additional prices now covered in the ICIS Asia Base Oils Price Report. The video also gives market insights covering recent developments in the Asian region.

Featured Article: Volatile crude to weigh on Saudi polymer trades throughout 2015

Featured Article: Volatile crude to weigh on Saudi polymer trades throughout 2015

ICIS Middle East Correspondent, Fadhil Muhammad, was recently in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and has written an article on the volatility of crude prices and its impact on polymer prices in the country.

Get an exclusive look at the article which includes commentary from key market players on the latest developments in the Saudi polymers market.

Asia MTBE price report: Daily spot prices now available

Asia MTBE price report: Daily spot prices now available

Asia is a dominant force in international MTBE markets, accounting for the majority of global demand and expanding at a rapid pace.

By converting its current weekly pricing intelligence into daily reports, ICIS has further enhanced its extensive reporting to allow you to gain leverage in contract negotiations. 

 



 

NPE 2015 Special Publication

NPE 2015 Special Publication

As polymer producers, processors and users ready themselves for the NPE2015 plastics event in Orlando, Florida, in March, ICIS - in association with organiser SPI - takes a look at industry developments and what will be on show at the meeting. 

ICIS Special Report – Asia: Crude oil and naphtha markets

ICIS Special Report – Asia: Crude oil and naphtha markets

As part of our series of free resources, ICIS  experts have recently produced a short video covering crude oil and naphtha markets. The video gives you unrivalled insight into current trends, prices and a near-term outlook of where the market is headed. 

GPCA Forum News Daily

GPCA Forum News Daily

The Middle East will continue to be a dominant force in the production of petrochemicals but recent developments could pose a serious challenge to the region and may impact its competitive advantages.

 



 

Outlooks

View a preview of the import analysis section of the China PBR Annual Study

View a preview of the import analysis section of the China PBR Annual Study

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.

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.

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.

 



 

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: 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.

Data

The monthly ICIS Latin America Polymers Index

02/04/2015

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

02/04/2015

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. 

What does the oil price crash mean for the petrochemical industry?

What does the oil price crash mean for the petrochemical industry?

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.

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.

     
 



 

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.

 



 

View a preview of the demand analysis section of the China Styrene Annual Study

View a preview of the demand analysis section of the China Styrene Annual Study

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.

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.

 



 

Watch

 

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.

Special Report: Asian Surfactants

Special Report: Asian Surfactants

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.