October 1-4 2016

“Survival and profit in today’s chaotic petrochemicals markets”

Following the success of the ICIS seminar at EPCA, we would like to give you the opportunity to watch the full presentation given by ICIS consultants.

The presentation covers the following:

  • The main factors impacting the European petrochemicals markets today
  • The Economic SuperCycle and how it has shaped the olefins and aromatics value chains
  • The chaotic conditions in feedstock and product supply and demand and how will they impact your business and investments in the next ten years

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ICIS videos at EPCA

Interview with Nigel Davis on the outlook for European producers going into EPCA

‘ICIS Insight Editor Nigel Davis talks about the long-term outlook for European producers and their major topics of discussion for the EPCA.’


Interview with Ben Lake on the ETAC market/EPCA issues

‘Markets Editor Chris Barker interviews Markets Reporter Ben Lake about the challenges facing the ETAC market ahead of EPCA 2016.’


Interview with Rob Peacock on issues in the Benzene market/what consulting are doing at EPCA

‘ICIS consultant Rob Peacock talks about Consulting and Analytics' program for EPCA 2016 and the impact of new capacities in the benzene market.’


Belarus Jan-July PE production down 51% year on year

...would not be fully reconstructed this year. Polymir (part of Naftan) is Belarus’ largest petrochemical company, producing a wide range of chemical products,... Fri, 18 Aug 2017

Commentary: Business backlash to Trump leaves key US reforms in doubt

...Chinese imports into the US. China has threatened retaliation. This becomes ever more important to the US petrochemical sector as it starts to ramp up... Thu, 17 Aug 2017

INTERACTIVE: China homopolymer PP imports from India may shrink further

...buyers in China which could not easily switch to using domestic material. Chinese domestic traders such as Zhejiang Future Petrochemical, Xiamen Xiangyu... Thu, 17 Aug 2017

Benzene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

Benzene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

EU benzene imports continued the growth trend of recent years and were up again in H1 2016 compared to the same period last year, with strong prices earlier in 2016 helping pull volumes from other regions. More capacity coming online in Saudi Arabia and India should also see additional volumes making their way into the EU by 2017. Meanwhile, EU benzene exports saw a considerable drop in H1 2016 compared to the previous year, with reduced extraction capacity in Europe and the firmer domestic prices limiting opportunities to move material out of the region.

Styrene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

Styrene mid-year trade flow review - infographic

While the US remains the key source of styrene  imports arriving into the EU, H1 2016 saw an overall drop in volumes  moving into the region despite some planned production closures. The  restart of the 550,000 tonne/year ELLBA unit at Moerdijk in January 2016  helped rebalance some of the tightness in Europe, and a stronger Asian  market earlier in 2016 also diverted US material away from Europe. This  also led to more styrene exports leaving the EU in H1 2016, with the  opening of the eastbound arbitrage window.

Butadiene mid-year trade flow review infographic

Butadiene mid-year trade flow review infographic

Europe strengthened its position as a net exporter in 2015 due to new butadiene (BD) capacities, but global trading conditions were subdued. This year, healthier demand has returned, allowing the full impact of capacity increases to be seen across Mexico, the US and South Korea.

To give you the complete picture, ICIS has created a mid-year trade flow infographic, highlighting import and export volumes and destinations using data from Eurostat.



Polyolefins Trade Flow 2016 Infographic

Worldwide product flow - Polyolefins

Having a view of the future supply-demand scenario is crucial in shaping your forecast planning and business strategies. Download the ICIS Polyolefins Trade Flow infographic now to:

  • View the forecast import-export volumes and flows between regions for polyolefins in 2016-2017
  • Identify supply-demand imbalances and trading patterns

Ethylene mid-year trade flow review infographic

Ethylene mid-year trade flow review infographic

Europe’s ethylene landscape has been more fluid and dynamic over the past two years than ever before. The advent of low oil prices in Q4 2014 led to record cracker margins, strong demand, and increased operating rates, which in turn was considered a factor in the unprecedented number of production problems in 2015.

This mid-year trade flow review infographic using data from Eurostat demonstrates how Europe has managed the rollercoaster environment.

Ethylene glycol mid-year trade flow review infographic

Ethylene glycol mid-year trade flow review infographic

This summer saw bearish market conditions for ethylene glycol (EG), as high import levels and the subsequent excess spot availability placed downward pressure on prices. Conditions improved in September, but recent developments may affect 2017 negotiations as they get underway on the sidelines of EPCA. 

In light of this market uncertainty, ICIS has created a mid-year trade flow infographic, highlighting import and export volumes and destinations using data from Eurostat.