Mid-Year Chemical Outlooks 2019

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European Mid Year Outlook Videos


Aromatics: European benzene, styrene outlook long
for H2 2019European benzene and styrene availability
in Europe will most likely be
long in 2019 and 2020,
primarily on the back of increased
Asian capacity.

Watch aromatics editor Helena Strathearn
discuss the outlook for Europe with
Markets Editor Pavle Popovic.

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Nylon/Capro: Nylon and capro demand to suffer from
automotive sector weakness until 2020European nylon and caprolactam markets
are under pressure from weak demand
in the automotive sector.

ICIS market reporter Anne Sophie Briant
interviews markets reporter Stephanie Wix
on the outlook for nylon
and caprolactam and the knock
on effects of lower downstream demand.

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R-Pet: Annual post-consumer PET collection rate
growth needs to more than double to hit 2025 targetsRecycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET)
food-grade pellet (FGP) prices have reached
a record-high spread with virgin polyethylene
terephthalate (PET) and colourless R-PET flake
values have reached sustained parity with
virgin PET for the first time in 2019.

With increased volatility and regionality
plaguing the market, ICIS senior editor
for recycling Mark Victory talks with
ICIS analyst Helen McGeough about
the outlook for the second half of 2019,
how realistic FMCG targets are,
the collection rate growth needed
to reach those targets and the potential
impact of mounting recessionary pressures.

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MMA: Europe MMA market pessimisticfor H2 on
supply length, soft demand

Pavle Popovic interviews European methyl
methacrylate (MMA) editor Katherine Sale
on the drivers for the second half of the year.

Supply length is expected to continue, despite
the drop in global operating rates, economic,
seasonal and cost factors which and
demand remains soft.

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Base oils: Base oils face atypical year

Weakness in the European base oils market
could continue in the second half,
driven by low demand and growing capacity.

European Group I supply remains healthy while
global base oils capacity expands,
with more focus on Group II and III.

Base oils experts Sarah Trinder and
Vicky Ellis discuss the year so far
and the key drivers for the remainder of 2019.

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Ethanol: EU-Mercosur deal cracks open trade
flows for Europe ethanol, petrochemicals

A free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU
and Mercosur, the South American bloc, will
have repercussions for numerous biofuels and
chemicals, as well as enticing
end user markets such as
the automotive sector.

Markets editor Clare Pennington takes
senior editor Vicky Ellis through
the key issues at stake in the deal,
which is still to be finalised.

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