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Use the independent price assessments and market coverage in our price reports to track the regional ethylene market.
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We offer the following regional Ethylene coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Asia Ethylene marketplace.
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Updated to Q1 2018
Spot import prices in northeast Asia fell for seven weeks from the first-half of January due to ample supply from producers in the Middle East and Asia, on the back of a series of downstream plant shutdowns. The market recovered in early March, in line with the start of the annual cracker turnaround season. However, production cuts at integrated polyethylene (PE) plants helped offset the impact of cracker shutdowns on the regional demand-supply balance.
Import demand in the key China market was initially strong due to pre-Lunar New Year restocking activities, the start-up of a new non-integrated downstream plant and generally healthy downstream margins. Buying interest waned after the holiday period following an influx of import cargoes, poorer-than-expected performance of downstream markets and derivative maintenance shutdowns.
ICIS provides comprehensive coverage of the ethylene market in Asia. In recent years the spotlight has been focused on Asia where rapidly growing economies such as China and India have fuelled strong demand for petrochemical products.
As such, the price movements for ethylene, a major feedstock for petrochemicals, are closely watched by the industry.
Therefore, we offer both daily and weekly coverage of the Asia market to meet the demand for news and information.
We also provide daily real-time price updates through our price alerts and news snapshots.
In the reports, we track the prices of ethylene imports into northeast Asia (NE Asia) and southeast Asia (SE Asia) through deals and discussions heard during the week.
We monitor cracker developments closely in the region and cover any turnarounds or outages that could have an impact on the market.
The ethylene weekly report has sections on freight rates and contract prices in addition to the spot information.
ICIS in Asia has reported on the ethylene market for close to 20 years and we have established a wide contact base of producers, buyers and traders in a market that is not openly transparent.
Our published prices are considered essential by our customers as they are used as key benchmarks for contract negotiations.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Ethylene. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS pricing plant performance data (PPD) reports track activities at ethylene plants and crude oil refineries globally. These monthly reports* record total or nameplate capacity, operating rates as well as shutdowns and other developments at individual production facilities. The reports are available in a paper wallchart format or are downloadable from the ICIS pricing website as a CSV or excel file.
Data for the report month is collected at the end of the previous month. Therefore information published is an estimate of plant activity in the report month. This may vary from actual operations at the facility due to subsequent unscheduled shutdowns or alterations in production plans. Information is collected through direct contact with the plant operator. If that is not possible data is sourced from third parties with detailed industry knowledge.
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ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Ethylene, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.