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With demand for benzene and styrene expected
to grow in line with GDP forecasts in 2019,
and a series of planned turnarounds slated
for the spring, the key subject when looking
ahead in the aromatics sector is supply.
In this video, Chris Barker talks to
Helena Strathearn to find out more about what
is expected in the European benzene and
styrene markets in 2019.
Trends in the caustic soda market in 2018
were complex, as both spot and contract prices
re-aligned towards historical norms after
spiking in 2017 and early in the year.
Towards the end of the year domestic availability
began to contract, whilst conversely import
availability remained very healthy and
export prices continued to fall.
Senior Editor Chris Barker talks to
Helena Strathearn about these developments
and the mixed expectations for
caustic soda in 2019.
The European methyl methacrylate (MMA) market
remains cautious for 2019, with the supply constraints
in recent years still fresh in buyers’ minds.
Melissa Hurley interviews MMA senior editor manager
Katherine Sale on expectations for the year.
Markets editor Pavle Popovic interviews senior editor
Heidi Finch on the market expectations for the
European mono propylene glycol (MPG)
market in 2019.
They discuss the possible supply challenges and
trade considerations for MPG this year and the
economic, seasonal and cost factors which
are also likely to have a bearing on
market activity and price developments.
The oleochemicals markets are being plagued
by economic uncertainty, while players
await the final decision on biodiesel
European oleochemicals editor Samantha Wright
talks markets editor Eashani Chavda through
the impact this could have on the
market in 2019.
On January 1 2020, sulphur content in shipping fuels
will be capped globally at 0.5%. This will mean fuel
prices and freight rate contracts will have to
be renegotiated, placing profit
margins in the balance.
Even as this happens, the chemical tanker
industry plans fleeting and ship building
decisions for the longer term, as an increasing
number of ships come to the end of
life in a long market.
Markets reporter for chemical tanker shipping
Clare Pennington talks about the
implications for the shipping market in 2019
with markets editor Sam Wright.
Slower growth in China, a tightening monetary supply
in the US and higher risk of economic downturn,
along with a resilient Middle East geopolitical risk will be
the key drivers of the oil market in 2019.
Global crude oil editor Sophie Udubasceanu reviews
the current outlook with ICIS crude oil expert
Julien Mathonniere to identify and discuss some of the
biggest risks for the coming year.
The EU’s ban on single-use plastics that comes into
force in 2021, and INEOS’s conversion of a polystyrene
line at the Wingles site in France is expected to
weigh on polystyrene (PS) market dynamics for 2019.
European polystyrene editor Ciaran Tyler discusses
how fundamentals and prices in the market
could be impacted by changing
conditions with markets reporter Morgan Condon.
As talks to determine February contract reference
prices get under way, what challenges will
Europe’s ethylene, and propylene players
be facing as the year progresses? Senior editor
Nel Weddle’s talks about the drivers that will
be at play with markets editor Melissa Hurley.