60% of global ethylene demand comes from polyethylene

A global view of ethylene key markets in Europe, the US and Asia

Ethylene markets can react to change quickly. It’s crucial for buyers, sellers and producers to stay alert and aware of what’s happening, both in their region and internationally. Unplanned cracker outages at major facilities can have a strong impact on regional and global ethylene markets. And polyethylene – the largest downstream sector for ethylene – is particularly sensitive to packaging demand shifts.

We help you stay abreast of change as it’s happening. We keep you informed of the current price and market position, so you can make the most of opportunities to trade or secure a deal. Our experience in the sector means that our prices are the leading benchmark in Asia and Europe. They are frequently used in contracts secured by major producers, traders and end users. We provide the detail you can trust to support your decisions.




Our comprehensive news and pricing coverage of the global ethylene value chain is constantly updated by our international team of experts. We also offer robust petrochemical analytics tools, including a live disruptions tracker that tracks real-time capacity changes globally.

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Understand how trends influence markets of commodities through a unique combination of interactive analytic tools. Monitor competition beyond your region to maximise margin potential.

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A real-time view of global supply, including disruptions, to allow you to evaluate at a glance whether the market is long or short, mitigate risks and adjust pricing strategies accordingly.

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Assess future price movements, benchmark against competitors and set robust trading positions that protect your margins and sustain profitability. Enter negotiations with total confidence.

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Details of prices, margins, capacity, supply and demand for the next 18 months – all in a single report. Available across commodities, this simple format helps you understand the market quickly.

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Visualise individual cost elements (both fixed and variable), at plant level worldwide, the current regional price and calculated price floor or ceiling.

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