Stay on top of market developments and changes within volatile olefins markets with ICIS pricing and market intelligence.
ICIS price assessments for key olefin commodities – butadiene/C4s, ethylene, propylene and raffinate 1&2 – are widely used by market players globally in contracts and trade deals. Our reports provide spot and contract prices for key grades, as well as feedstock prices and trends drawn by our global network market experts.
If you’re looking for a 360° perspective of global olefin markets, our short-to-long term solutions – from pricing data, news, market analysis, to supply and demand forecasts – power decision-making by bringing clarity through data and ensuring you are able to evaluate the olefins industry from every angle.
Whether you buy, sell, trade or analyse olefins, our short-to-long term solutions – from pricing data, news, market analysis, to supply and demand forecasts – power decision-making by bringing clarity through data and ensuring you are able to evaluate the olefins industry from every angle.
Price alerts and market updates: Shifts in prices, latest news, market developments and changes to regulations and demand trends
Plant data: Production and capacity, plant maintenance and shutdowns
Feedstock: Prices and market updates for feedstocks – crude, naphtha, LPG and methanol-to-olefins for northeast Asia
Downstream: Prices and market updates for polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polybutadiene rubber (PBR), styrene butadiene rubber (SBR), methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) for European raffinates downstream
Historical prices: Download and/or chart pricing from as far back as the start of ICIS coverage
Weekly market outlook: Overview and outlook for the overall regional olefins market, including a brief commentary on the other regional markets
Supply and demand: Analysis of domestic and international supply and demand
Regional coverage: Asia-Pacific, China, Europe and the US for ethylene, propylene and butadiene/C4s. Europe coverage for raffinate 1+2.
ICIS publishes weekly pricing reports for key olefins commodities. We offer timely and in-depth market data, including price assessments, trade activity, feedstock supply and analysis of each region’s current and upcoming export availability.
Due to Asia’s active ethylene and propylene trading, daily reports are available for our Asian coverage.
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Stay on top of global olefins markets and other related commodities such as feedstock and downstream polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE) and more.
Gain a long-term view of the market with ICIS Supply and Demand data (1978-2040)
ICIS Supply and Demand data offers end-to-end perspectives across the global olefins supply chain. Gain quick access to data on import and export volumes, plant capacities, production, trade flows, companies and routes. With historical data from 1978 and forecast available up to 2040, this powerful data and analytics service from ICIS helps senior management, strategists, business planners, analysts and risk managers to:
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Olefins, also called alkenes, are unsaturated organic compounds that contain at least one carbon-to-carbon double bond. They can be used in many reactions which occur by opening up the double bond.
Olefins are used as building block chemicals for making other petrochemicals and polymers. The commercially most important olefins are ethylene, propylene and butadiene (BD). Other olefins used in the production of petrochemicals and polymers include butene, isobutene (or isobutylene), hexene and octene.
Ethylene is the largest volume olefin used in the manufacture of polymers such as polyethylene (PE), polyester, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polystyrene (PS). The main intermediate chemicals produced from ethylene include ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol, ethylene dichloride (EDC) and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), ethylbenzene and styrene, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM), alpha olefins and industrial ethanol. These products are used in a wide variety of industrial and consumer markets such as the packaging, transportation, electronic, textile and construction industries.
Propylene consumption is dominated by polypropylene (PP), which accounts for 60% of global consumption. Injection moulding is the largest PP market but it can also be made into fibres, film and sheet and extruded into pipe and conduit. Other important derivatives of propylene are acrylonitrile (ACN), oxo-alcohols, propylene oxide, cumene and acrylic acid. Propylene has been the fastest growing of the three main olefins, mainly due to the strong demand for PP.
BD is a versatile raw material used in the production of a wide variety of synthetic rubbers/elastomers and polymer resins as well as a few chemical intermediates. The largest uses for BD are the production of styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) and polybutadiene rubber (PBR), which are used mainly in tyres and other automotive products. BD is one of the components used in the manufacture of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), styrene-butadiene (SB) copolymer latex, styrene-butadiene block copolymers and nitrile rubbers.
Olefins are manufactured primarily by the steam cracking of petroleum-based products such as naphtha, gasoil, ethane, propane and butane. Propylene can also be sourced from fluid catalytic crackers in refineries and by on-purpose technologies such as propane dehydrogenation and metathesis. Methanol-based processes to make ethylene and propylene are being developed.
How can we best navigate the volatile butadiene industry despite forecasting difficulties, price unpredictability and numerous other factors when caution seems to be dominating theme for 2019?
With a significant slowdown in Asia caused mainly by tensions between China and the US, as well as overall drop in SBR and ABS demand, what will this mean for the European market going forward along with its position within the global market?
Join us at the 8th ICIS European Butadiene & Derivatives Conference (11 – 12 September, Vienna, Austria) to ensure that you get the most relevant information, including regional updates, a new focus on rubber recycling as well as supply and demand trends from industry leaders plus ample networking time during this turbulent time.