ICIS publishes pricing information which you can use in settlements and contracts in order to optimise your deals and negotiations.
Use the independent price assessments and market coverage in our price reports to track the regional ethylene market.
Updated to Q4 2018
Prices fell in the fourth quarter to levels last seen in September 2015, as year-end destocking activity by producers, shutdowns at several regional and Middle East downstream plants, as well as weak downstream conditions led to a supply glut. Bearish crude oil futures due to a slowing global economy added to the bearish undertone.
Demand in the leading China market was bolstered by reduced domestic supply, downstream capacity expansion and healthy ethylene oxide (EO) margins. Several Chinese producers cut output at their methanol-to-olefins (MTO) units due to poor margins on the back of high feedstock methanol costs and following large declines in regional ethylene prices, which made imports a more attractive option.
We offer the following regional Ethylene coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Asia Ethylene marketplace.
News & analysis
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Produced by the ICIS Consulting team, these reports give a robust rolling 12-month price forecast, trade balances and in-depth analysis into where markets are heading – providing a valuable tool to support your short- to medium-term plans.
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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.
Ethylene is a colourless, odourless, extremely flammable compressed gas. It is slightly soluble in water and soluble in liquid hydrocarbons. It reacts with strong oxidants causing fire and is anexplosion hazard..
Ethylene Asia Margin Report Methodology
This document is intended to provide methodology support for customers receiving the ICIS Weekly Margin – Ethylene Asia report.
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.
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