Updated to Q3 2015

The PE market outlook in Asia Pacific looks set to stabilise in Q3 2015. Ethylene prices have fallen in July and the PE supply tightness in Asia Pacific is expected to ease due to increased supply from Middle East and Asian producers. Market players also expect overall demand to strengthen and stabilise towards the end of Q3.

Middle East prices are expected to ease off slightly in Q3 as the production situation improves after Ramadan. Softening ethylene values in Asia and Europe are also seen as a bearish factor. Europe’s PE supply in July has begun to ease, but some PE grades are still tight. PE supply is expected to ease in August as the monomer becomes more available. Prices are expected to go down, but market participants are divided on the extent of the fall. The economic and political uncertainty seen in Turkey caused an uncertain demand situation and market outlook for the PE market in the near future. Market players will continue to monitor Asian PE prices to get a clearer indication of Turkish prices.

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VIDEO: Europe Special Report: the changing market balance for polyolefins

Europe Special Report video

ICIS senior editor Linda Naylor, talks to ICIS markets editor  Pavle Popovic about the 6th annual ICIS World Polyolefins Conference,  the implications of new global capacity for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) and other future issues facing the market.

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Trading and benchmarks

Support your day-to-day trading activities with immediate access to spot and contract price assessments for the global PE markets. You can also use  ICIS benchmarks to negotiate with your suppliers and develop your own internal price formulas.

Methodology

Access and download the polyethylene methodology and consultations documents.

Polyethylene methodology

Free ICIS seminars at Chinaplas 2017

Free ICIS seminars at Chinaplas 2017

ICIS invites you to attend our free market seminar, offering a deeper look into current prices, recent developments and the market outlook for Asian and Chinese PP/PE markets. This will be held on 18 May during Chinaplas 2017 in Guangzhou.

Data & Analytics

Supply and Demand

An expert view of supply and demand data for the global polyolefins market is available via our online supply and demand database.

ICIS publishes information on global and regional trade flows, production capacity and demand from 1978-2030.

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Keep updated on price movements with ICIS Chemical Business magazine.

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Working closely with you to understand your strategies, challenges and ambitions, the ICIS consulting team deliver tailored advice and solutions to suit your unique requirements.

With many years' experience of guiding business leadership teams, we show you how market conditions can make a positive or negative impact on your long-term plans.

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Free download: APIC presentation slides

APIC Presentation

During APIC 2017, ICIS delivered several presentations on hot topics in key petrochemical markets. We have made the following presentations slides available for you to download:

  • Accelerated changes: New scenarios for global refining and petrochemicals industries, and the role of China
  • “Trumped” or not “Trumped”? The coming US petrochemical export surge
  • Survival of the fittest – Are the non-traditional olefins and polyolefins routes sustainable in the low-oil, low-naphtha price environment?
  • The road ahead for Asia’s styrene and feedstocks
  • Asia vinyls market review and the revival of China as an export player
  • Gas or coal-to-olefins (CTO) – Will it ever work in the current low oil price environment?
  • Exploring the intertwining relationship between propylene oxide (PO) and polyether polyols

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What is Polyethylene?

The three main types of polyethylene (PE) are low density PE (LDPE), linear low density PE (LLDPE) and high density PE (HDPE).

HDPE is a thermoplastic white solid whose molecular chains are comparatively straight and closely aligned. It is resistant to most chemicals, insoluble in organic solvents and has high impact and tensile strength.

LLDPE is a thermoplastic, translucent white solid whose chains are comparatively straight and closely aligned, and has a lower density than HDPE.

LDPE is a thermoplastic white solid which has highly branched and widely spaced molecular chains.

End uses of HDPE include blow-moulding applications such as bottles, packaging containers, drums, fuel tanks for automobiles, toys and house wares. Injection-moulded articles made from HDPE include crates, pallets, packaging containers and caps, paint cans, house wares and toys.

LLDPE’s short chain branching gives it higher tensile strength, puncture and anti-tear properties, making it particularly suitable for high strength film applications.

LDPE is used mainly in film applications for both packaging and non-packaging uses. Other markets include extrusion coatings, sheathing in cables and injection moulding applications.

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