Making sense of market events: Coronavirus and oil price slumps

Markets are in turmoil impacted by day-to-day developments and changing conditions. The Coronavirus, the slump in oil prices and the effect on global chemical prices are putting enormous economic pressure on global chemical markets.

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Covid-19 & the Chemicals market

An analysis the impact of the year’s volatility on chemical markets and bring together the latest updates from ICIS.

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Coronavirus impact on energy markets

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Coronavirus industry forums

The coronavirus pandemic has been disrupting chemicals and energy supply chains, changing demand patterns and causing a significant impact on feedstock prices.

To help the industry navigate these turbulent times, we have launched a webinar series that explores how different markets can best get through the crisis.

Packaging Polymers forum APAC

Date: 28 September 2020, Monday
Time: 8:30AM – 9:30AM BST

Topic: Polystyrene and PET – the outlook for H2 2020
After experiencing a sharp correction in H1, polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices have recovered. But can this momentum be sustained? PS producers have been enjoying robust margins but this could be at risk if high prices prompt substitution of PS in some applications. Meanwhile, packaging demand is stabilizing. What impact will this have on PET in H2? Polystyrene: Can high producer margins be sustained?

Jimmy Zhang, ICIS
Susan Mair, ICIS
Moderator: Malini Hariharan, ICIS

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ICIS European Pharma Forum

Date: 30 September 2020, Wednesday
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM BST

Life Sciences business in Corona times: risks and opportunities

  • Uncertainties on the markets: what lies ahead
  • Supply and demand: turmoil on chemicals markets

Wohlers, Michael (ICIS)

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Can emerging Asian LNG markets come to the rescue?

Date: 30 September 2020, Wednesday
Time: 7:00AM – 8:00AM BST

Join us on 30 September at 2pm SGT (6am GMT) for an AskICIS Energy Forum where Global LNG Editor Ed Cox and LNG analysts Alex Siow and Joachim Moxon will present their outlook for LNG pricing, supply and demand in Asia. The webinar will draw on ICIS LNG and gas demand forecasts, and will focus on whether India and other emerging markets in south and southeast Asia will be in a position to contribute to balancing the market over the coming winter.


Cox, Ed (ICIS)
Siow, Alex (ICIS)
Moxon, Joachim (ICIS)

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Fundamental vs Market – the key risk/opportunities of PPAs in Germany

Date: 2 October 2020, Friday
Time: 10:00AM-11:00AM BST

In this webinar Pexapark and ICIS will discuss the key opportunities and risks associated with PPAs for new build renewables in Germany from the market and the fundamental perspective. We will look at the current market offering in terms of products, pricing, liquidity and discuss key challenges and trends. We will then compare the fair value to the potential fundamental dynamics of the market regarding capacity developments (thermal and renewable), fuel price expectations and weather developments. This will allow market participants to gain insights and form opinions on the potential opportunities in the German PPA market from both a market and fundamental perspective.

The market view
The fundamental view

Luca Pedretti,COO & Co-Founder of Pexapark
Jones, Matthew (ICIS)

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ICIS Pharmaceutical Forum

Date: 8 October 2020, Thursday
Time: 8:30am-9:30am BST/3:30pm-4:30pm Singapore time (60 minutes)

After an eventful H1, solvent markets continue to see divergent trends that raises many questions on how the rest of the year will pan out. Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) prices corrected sharply after hitting historic highs in May. But rising raw material costs could well reverse the trend. Acetone prices have been firming up but buyer resistance has also been building. Methanol prices have rebounded to their highest level since the start of the pandemic supported by supply side developments rather than demand.

Hariharan, Malini (RBI)
Chong, Kite (ICIS)

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Daniel Fletcher-Manuel

Head of Financial Market Development

James Fowler

Market Development Manager Energy Americas

John Richardson

Market Development Director Asian polymers

Jeremy Pafford

Market Development Director North America

Malini Hariharan

Market Development Director APAC

Ben Wetherall

Market Development Director Energy

Joseph Chang

Global Editor

Helen Xu

Market Development Director China

Ann-Kathrin Kotte

Global Market Development Director

A thank you to the chemical industry

ICIS Packaging Forum – North America focus

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