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Presenting the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors 2016

Presenting the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors 2016

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.

Webinar: Recent trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials

Webinar: Recent trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials

In this webinar, Mark Victory, Senior Editor, Manager, ICIS, covers:

  • Recent and future trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials
  • ICIS Basket of Automotive Petrochemicals; its construction, uses and importance, along with recent trends in the basket
  • The difficulties in pricing petrochemical raw material costs for automotives from upstream and feedstock costs
  • Forecasts for supply and demand changes to 2020 and what that will mean for the market,
  • Future trends for the automotive industry itself

Free World Olefins Outlook 2015-2030

World Olefins Outlook

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?

  • Will supply outstrip demand growth in the next 10 years?
  • Is coal-to-olefins (CTO) and methanol-to-olefins (MTO) production sustainable?
  • How will shifting feedstock trends impact olefins production?

 



 

Latest Chemical Information

China’s rising benzene market

ICIS China Benzene Annual Study 2016/2017

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?

Market Outlook: Egyptian styrenics reboot in progress

Market Outlook: Egyptian styrenics reboot in progress

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 oils enter period of transition

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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.

 



 

Market outlook: Africa’s Polymer Potential

Market outlook: Africa’s Polymer Potential

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. 

Asia Solvents: Taking the bad with the good

Asia Solvents: Taking the bad with the good

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.

Short-term effect on DEA unlikely on reprieve for glyphosate, but future remains uncertain

Short-term effect on DEA unlikely on reprieve for glyphosate, but future remains uncertain

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.

 



 

Gain deeper insight on China’s PP and PE markets

Gain deeper insight on China’s PP and PE markets

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.

A look into China’s unique coal-to-olefins production

A look into China’s unique coal-to-olefins production

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.

Free access: Webinar presentation on Asia Polyolefins: The Great Transformation

Free access: Webinar presentation on Asia Polyolefins: The Great Transformation

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.

 



 

Whitepaper: Opinions split over Brexit effect on the petrochemicals market

Whitepaper: Opinions split over Brexit effect on the petrochemicals market

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.

Butyl acrylate, the next market mover of Indian acrylate esters

Butyl acrylate, the next market mover of Indian acrylate esters

“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 Special Report: Is Asia’s PVC market in a limbo?

ICIS Special Report: Is Asia’s PVC market in a limbo?

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.

 



 

Infographic: What impact would 'Brexit' have on the petchems industry?

Infographic: What impact would 'Brexit' have on the petchems industry?

The referendum that will decide whether the UK will remain in the European Union will take place on 23 June, with the issue monopolising the political and economic agenda globally.

As the discussion over the referendum’s outcome becomes more heated, ICIS is trying to identify any possible impact the “Brexit” debate has had so far on the petrochemical industry.

View the latest ICIS infographic to gain an insight into what market participants are thinking and what consequences a “leave” vote would have on the industry.

Market outlook: global phenol and acetone markets under pressure from overcapacity

Market outlook: global phenol and acetone markets under pressure from overcapacity

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.

Market outlook: June set for an erosion of PE and PP producers’ margins

Market outlook: June set for an erosion of PE and PP producers’ margins

As prices near settlement for European PE (Polyethylene) and PP (Polypropylene) in June, buyers remain confident that they will be able to make a dent in producers’ margins, despite price hikes for ethylene and propylene

Senior Editor Linda Naylor explores the market situation and outlook, to give you an insight into the likely direction of prices for June and July.

Outlooks

ICIS European Ethylene Review of 2015

ICIS European Ethylene Review of 2015

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.

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.

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.

Energy Connections

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

 

Webinar: Recent trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials

Webinar: Recent trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials

In this webinar, Mark Victory, Senior Editor, Manager, ICIS, covers:

  • Recent and future trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials
  • ICIS Basket of Automotive Petrochemicals; its construction, uses and importance, along with recent trends in the basket
  • The difficulties in pricing petrochemical raw material costs for automotives from upstream and feedstock costs
  • Forecasts for supply and demand changes to 2020 and what that will mean for the market,
  • Future trends for the automotive industry itself

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.