Over the course of APIC 2017, ICIS experts presented on several hot topics, challenges and opportunities facing petrochemical market players. We have made these presentation slides available for you to download, including:
Examine the past, present and future of the petrochemical industry amid changing trading patterns, economic and political developments, among others. Presentation during Day 1 of APIC 2017, ICIS market experts covered all of the following:
Naphtha crackers are back in favour again. It is seen as a more risk-averse investment as it has more output streams to mitigate a single-product cyclical behaviour. With the global market moving towards more gas and renewable-based energy, naphtha is also seen as a more appropriate long-term petrochemical feedstock.
Most coal-to-olefins (CTO), methanol-to-olefins (MTO) and propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant investments were justified during the high-oil price scenario, which would no longer be the case. In fact, some market views are that oil is unlikely to hit even $80/bbl.
Demand for coal, on the other hand, has also surged due to Conference of the Parties 21 (COP21); petrochemicals will be the likely usage outlet. Prospects for renewables remain favourable in light of the growing awareness of the impact of global warming.
Should one continue to invest in such non-traditional routes in making olefins? Players in the Middle East, notably Iranians, are certainly trying; but Chinese players are eager to keep CTO alive.Download the presentation slides »
In the past few years, China went from being a huge importer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to a net exporter. However, in late 2016, China unexpectedly shifted back to become a net importer. What caused this change and will this continue in 2017?
The presentation will also take a closer look at the repercussions of the renewed Chinese import demand on India – currently the largest global consumer – and on global trade flows.
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