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ICIS Asia and Middle East PET Webinar

New China Metallocene Polyolefins Annual Study from ICIS

Increased volatility in feedstock purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and monoethylene glycol (MEG) price has led both Asian and Middle Eastern PET prices to fluctuate for the first two quarters of 2014. As a result, PET producers have either reduced their production rate or increased their offers to cope with the high production costs.

ICIS hosted a free webinar covering the PET markets in Asia and the Middle East. The webinar was specifically designed to assess the information you need when faced with volatile price movements in both regions.

Turkey's PE and PP market challenges

Turkey's PE and PP market challenges

This ICIS special report will focus on the growing polypropylene and polyethylene markets in Turkey. 

Helena Strathearn interviews Matt Tudball, the editor of the ICIS polye and polyp reports, and he provides an in-depth look at the markets.

Market outlook: Can European PET retain its value under difficult conditions?

Market outlook: Can European PET retain its value under difficult conditions?

South Korean imports, squeezed margins and plant closures continue to put pressure on the European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market. Erratic feedstock values may also impact PET price stability.

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Asia Polyester Chain: Market Challenges and Outlook

Asia Polyester Chain: Market Challenges and Outlook

Gain a better understanding of the Asian polyester chain – what happened over the last 3 years, insight into the changes and the outlook for the rest of the year.

Download this presentation by an ICIS editor at the 2014 Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Thailand.

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.

Chemical profile: US polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

Chemical profile: US polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

Weak downstream demand from the subdued construction sector continued during 2013, despite market hopes for a muted pick-up. Is the US PVC and vinyl derivatives market finally about to rebound in 2014? 

 



Outlook 2014: US styrene expected to be more tied to market conditions

OUTLOOK 2014: US styrene expected to be more tied to market conditions

The outlook for US styrene in 2014 look very different from a year ago. Moderate growth is expected, although supply will remain tight due to production issues. Participants expect more contracts to be tied to market conditions.

Market outlook: Improved oil growth in 2014 says IEA forecast

Market outlook: Improved oil growth in 2014 says IEA forecast

Global oil demand growth forecasts have been revised upwards by The International Energy Agency (IEA), despite the US and China markets facing uncertainty. Global demand growth of around 1.1m bbl/day is forecast for 2014 due to an improved macroeconomic climate. 

Market update: Which way next for US polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices?

Market update: Which way next for US PET prices?

Price direction in the US polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market heading into 2014 has become uncertain on the back of difficult-to-settle feedstock.

Data

The monthly global ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX)

IPEX

Published at the beginning of each month, the global IPEX provides a capacity-weighted measure of the average change in petrochemical prices over time.

The monthly ICIS Latin America Polymers Index

02/12/2014

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

02/12/2014

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.

The monthly Asian ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX)

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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.

The monthly European ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX)

ICIS European IPEX

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.

The monthly US ICIS Petrochemical Index (IPEX)

02/12/2014

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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.

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.

     

Special Publications

ICIS ASC Interactive 2014

ICIS ASC Interactive 2014

ICIS’s latest interactive online publication brings you news and interviews for the Adhesive and Sealant Council’s Spring Convention in Orlando, Florida. Learn about its new Long Range Plan, as well as the views of Dwight Tozer of ExxonMobil Chemical’s adhesion business and Jeff Dietrich of ITR Economics.

The ACC CPI PU 2013 Interactive

The ACC CPI PU 2013 interactive

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. 

CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference special publication

CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference special publication 2013

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.

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Archived Content

Europe chemicals in a global context – challenges and opportunities

Europe chemicals in a global context – challenges and opportunities

Download ICIS deputy editor Will Beacham's presentation given at the second ICIS PET conference in Amsterdam in March 2014 - he covers the challenges and opportunities in the European chemicals in a global context. 

Expert insights: Development of a robust polyethylene swaps market in Asia

Expert insights: Development of a robust polyethylene swaps market in Asia

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.

Market Outlook - US and Latin American Plastics

Market Outlook - US and Latin American Plastics

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.

Market insight: Chemical industry focused on green targets

Market insight: Chemical industry focused on green targets

The chemical industry has been dealing with EU legislation in recent years aimed at making the world a safer and healthier place to live and work in. More than 130 separate environmental targets and objectives have to be met in Europe between 2010 and 2050 in a drive to cut energy use, pollution, and waste generation.

Listen to the ICIS polyethylene / polypropylene (PEPP) podcast

Listen to the ICIS (PEPP) podcast

Why have the African PE and PP markets recently been in a ‘wait and see’ mode? ICIS editor, Helena Strathearn interviews ICIS Africa polymers editor Jo Pitches to find out.

The US shale gas boom, outlook and implications for global chemicals

The US shale gas boom, outlook and implications for global chemicals

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.

Market Outlook - US and Latin American Plastics

Market Outlook - US and Latin American Plastics

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.

AFPM Interactive

AFPM Interactive

ICIS brings you news and photo coverage from the AFPM International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, with video interviews with leading AFPM and industry executives, including Peter Huntsman, Lynne Lachemyer of ExxonMobil and Grant Thornton of NOVA Chemicals. They discuss shale gas, industry trends and issues and AFPM regulatory concerns.

North American leaders to see improved 2013

North American leaders to see improved 2013

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.

Market Outlook: High styrene costs to affect polystyrene demand in Middle East

Market Outlook: High SM costs to affect PS demand in Mideast

The 2013 outlook for polystyrene (PS) in the Middle East is said to be bearish because feedstock styrene monomer (SM) costs are expected to remain high and affect the downstream demand.

Mexichem surges among Latin America leaders

Mexichem surges among Latin America leaders

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.

ICIS Top 50 Chemical Third-party Logistics Providers (3PLs)

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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.

Asia’s polyolefins market: Changing dynamics and feedstock impact

Asia’s polyolefins market: Changing dynamics and feedstock impact

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. 

Emerging Frontiers - Oleochemicals in Latin America

Emerging Frontiers - Oleochemicals in Latin America

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.

Market Focus: To sleep, and then recycle?

Market Focus: To sleep, and then recycle?

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: Questions & Answers

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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.

Phenol and bisphenol-A (BPA) producers hope for higher margins

Phenol Margins

European producers in the phenol chain expect solid demand in 2012 but concerns remain about poor margins.

Caprolactam: Questions & Answers

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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.

Middle East PET makers may cut output further on global oversupply

Mideast PET makers may cut output further on global oversupply

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.

APIC 2012 – Megatrends: Shaping the future of the petrochemical industry

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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.

2012 CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference publication

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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 GCPA Publication 2012

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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.

Europe chemicals suffer torrid markets

Europe chemicals suffer torrid markets

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 reveals Top 40 Power Players

Top 40

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.

ICIS reader survey: sustainability and green chemicals

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ICIS has just published the findings of its latest reader survey, carried out in association with Genomatica, on attitudes and company activity in the area of sustainability and green chemicals.

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 GCPA Interactive 2012

GCPA

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.

Top 100 Chemical Companies - Regional Leaders 2014

Top 100 Chemical Companies - Regional Leaders 2014

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.

The art and science of forecasting webinar slides

The art and science of forecasting webinar slides

US polypropylene (PP) markets remain volatile, creating continued uncertainty regarding future prices and market performance.

The presentation slides from a forecasting webinar recently held by James Ray, an ICIS expert consultant, are now available for you to download.

What’s influencing PP prices and trade in the Middle East?

What’s influencing PP prices and trade in the Middle East?

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.

Chemical profile: US Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)

Chemical profile: US Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)

Demand for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) exports waned during 2013 as US prices were undercut by other regions. An uptake in construction and landscaping is expected to boost domestic demand. Operating rates should remain above 90% for the next few years.

INSIGHT: Europe polyurethane demand continues its decline in 2013

INSIGHT: Europe polyurethane demand continues its decline in 2013

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.