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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

Market insight: Europe etac market poised for change as INEOS expands production

Market insight: Europe etac market poised for change as INEOS expands productio

Read this ICIS market insight by markets reporter Ben Lake to examine the potential impacts and gain a deeper understanding of the changing face of etac in Europe.

MMA Insight - Impacts of new capacity from 2017

MMA Insight - Impacts of new capacity from 2017

With 340,000 tonnes of MMA coming online next year in the Middle East existing trade flows could change, with the big question being what will happen to regional supply balances?

Read this ICIS market insight by Markets Editor Katherine Sweeney to see the potential impact, examine global production levels and understand the expectations for supply and demand from 2017 onwards.

China Oil Webinar: An industry in the re-making

China Oil Webinar: An industry in the re-making

ICIS hosted a webinar on 11 August, covering the current market situation for key oil products such as crude, gasoil and gasoline, and the likely market direction in the next couple of months.

With China’s oil demand being continually being pressured by slower economic growth, what does this mean for you and your business? What is the current sentiment of market players trading in this sector?

 



 

India: The forefront of the global PVC sector

The Indian PVC Industry: Need for a benchmark

With a steady rise in demand and imports due to opportunities in the downstream agriculture and construction sectors in India, the country has emerged as a leading polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market globally.

ICIS recently produced a whitepaper that examines the key demand and supply trends in India. It also highlights the limitations of the currently established price benchmark model and explores alternatives that could help address the gap.

Infographic: Turkey’s mid-year review – PP & PE

Infographic: Turkey’s mid-year review – PP & PE

This ICIS infographic reviews the year so far for Turkish polymers,  including information on the PE and PP imports, which you can use to  help better understand the Turkish markets. 

China’s increasing ABS self-sufficiency - A boon or bane?

ICIS China ABS annual Study

China’s stock market crash in January saw prices for crude oil tumble to a record low. This has greatly changed the dynamics in the domestic ABS market, with import volumes decreasing and total domestic capacity increasing.

As China’s emerging ABS market becomes more self-sufficient, how will international players adapt their sales strategies to stay on top of these developments?

 



 

Polyolefins Trade Flow 2016 Infographic

Worldwide product flow - Polyolefins

Having a view of the future supply-demand scenario is crucial in shaping your forecast planning and business strategies. Download the ICIS Polyolefins Trade Flow infographic now to:

  • View the forecast import-export volumes and flows between regions for polyolefins in 2016-2017
  • Identify supply-demand imbalances and trading patterns

China Oil Webinar: An industry in the re-making

China

China’s oil demand continues to be pressured by a slower economic growth. In view of lower domestic demand, Chinese refiners are seeking new outlets in overseas markets to balance domestic oversupply. What does this mean for you and your business? What is the current sentiment of market players trading in this sector?

ICIS will be hosting a webinar on 11 August, covering the current market situation for key oil products such as crude, gasoil and gasoline, and the likely market direction in the next couple of months.

China’s growing appetite for SBR and PBR

China SBR and PBR annual report

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:

  • A comprehensive review of China’s SBR and PBR markets in 2016
  • Analyses of current supply/demand, with a one-year forecast
  • Pricing data and margins, as well as the price drivers
  • Commentary on the long-term impact of China’s rubber markets on international players
  • Insight into the driving factors for 2017 – feedstock, imports/exports and more

 



 

Free infographic: Mercury chlorine cell closures

Free infographic: Mercury chlorine cell closures

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 leads the global styrene markets

ICIS China Styrene Monomer Annual Report 2016/2017

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?

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. 

Outlooks

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.

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.

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.