ICIS at the 51st EPCA Annual Meeting

1-3 October 2017, Berlin

Join the ICIS Networking Discussion at EPCA

Aromatics and refining investments: are they aligned with the developing oil and petrochemical demand scenario?

Date: Sunday 1 October 2017
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: Tiergarten III, Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin

ICIS is pleased to host a networking discussion outlining the most important and engaging developments affecting the petrochemicals industry. Join ICIS senior consultants as they provide an in-depth overview of the impact and associated risks concerning government regulation, consumer choice on electric vehicle penetration and the expected surge in integrated paraxylene investment in China.

Drinks and canapés will be served in the ICIS Hospitality Suite, Tiergarten III, following the discussion. We look forward to seeing you there!

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During the EPCA conference, the ICIS Hospitality Suite will be open for you to meet with our senior consultants, editors and product experts. We will be pleased to meet you in our hospitality suite Tiergarten III, Intercontinental Hotel to share the latest news on the petrochemicals industry and answer any questions you might have about the market.

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Infographic: Europe Ethylene, Propylene H1 2017 Review

Infographic: Europe Ethylene, Propylene H1 2017 Review

Pricing volatility looks set to continue as new ethane-based cracker and derivatives capacity comes on line in the US from the second half of 2017. This can be challenging for Europe’s olefins as they become more susceptible to global market developments.

This ICIS infographic reviews key developments in the European olefins landscape during the first half of 2017, as well as production and trade data for ethylene, and polymer grade propylene (PGP) spot price evolution.

Infographic: Europe butadiene H1 2017 review – volatility returns to the global market

Infographic: Europe butadiene H1 2017 review – volatility returns to the global market

The first half of 2017 was characterised by three digit swings in the monthly contract reference price with a record adjustment in February when it was agreed up by 49%. Asian demand had strengthened partly on the back of demand from the Chinese auto industry in particular because of expiring tax incentives.

This and the realisation that the concentration of planned cracker and BD unit turnarounds in Europe would likely heavily constrain Europe's supply, sent prices soaring.

Infographic: New Middle East MMA capacity approaches after lengthy global supply shortage

Infographic: New Middle East MMA capacity approaches after lengthy global supply shortage

New methyl methacrylate (MMA) capacity in the Middle East is approaching, and with it comes the potential turning point in the global MMA market, after a prolonged supply shortage.

This ICIS infographic examines the new capacity in the Middle East, the impact on trade flows, and what further challenges the market may face in 2017.



Infographic: Asia methanol imports soar in 2016 as US and Europe slide

Infographic: Asia methanol imports soar in 2016 as US and Europe slide

The world’s methanol market is shifting, with the growth of methanol-to-olefins in Asia dramatically impacting global dynamics.

Pricing dynamics are increasingly influenced by Asia and especially China. The growing amount of Chinese methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plants consume large quantities of methanol, as long as the price is right.

Infographic: Looking back at a challenging year for PO derivatives

Infographic: Looking back at a challenging year for PO derivatives

The European propylene oxide (PO) market has experienced continued tightness this year, which has seen a spike in the price of downstream derivatives such as propylene glycol ethers and monopropylene glycol prices (MPG).

This ICIS infographic reviews the underlying causes of tightness in PO and explores the supply challenges that could lie ahead, despite new capacity coming onstream.

ICIS European Chemicals Mid-Year Outlooks and Videos

ICIS European Chemicals Mid-Year Outlooks and Videos

It has been a challenging start to the year for a number of key petrochemical products. Some markets have moved from volatility to stability over the last six months, and players are questioning what the rest of 2017 may bring. ICIS has published a series of outlooks, examining supply and demand expectations for the third quarter.

View the latest video interviews and read the market outlooks in which the olefins, aromatics, polyolefins and titanium dioxide (TiO2) editors provide an insight into what to expect in the coming months.

PODCAST: ICIS Europe Chemical update - oxo-alcohols, glycol ethers and butac

...PODCAST: ICIS Europe Chemical update - oxo-alcohols, glycol ethers and butac. Staff Reporter. LONDON (ICIS)--European glycol ethers editor Melissa Hurley... Thu, 21 Sep 2017

Europe PE logistics threatening 'collapse' on rail, truck issues

...Europe PE logistics threatening 'collapse' on rail, truck issues. Katherine Sale. LONDON (ICIS)--European polyolefin logistics are threatening to ‘collapse’... Wed, 20 Sep 2017

INEOS Automotive launches, aims to produce 25,000 units/year by 2021

...a UK national who is passionate about bringing back manufacturing activity to the country, said however that a number of countries in Europe have approached... Tue, 19 Sep 2017

BASF to acquire Solvay’s global polyamide business for €1.6bn

...Performance Materials and Monomers divisions. “The transaction covers Solvay's upstream and downstream polyamides business in Europe, North America and... Tue, 19 Sep 2017

Europe ethylene cracker margins fall on rise in naphtha, LPG costs

...Europe ethylene cracker margins fall on rise in naphtha, LPG costs. Nel Weddle. LONDON (ICIS)--European cracker margins have fallen week on week on the... Mon, 18 Sep 2017