ICIS Global Chemicals Outlook 2018 Series

Expert analysis on trends that influenced the petrochemicals 
industry in 2017, and what to expect in 2018

It comes as no surprise that petrochemicals markets were in disarray in 2017. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the US but had a global effect on the markets. With the dawn of a new year, it’s important to understand what happened in the markets in 2017 and get a glimpse of what to expect in 2018. 

ICIS is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 global chemical outlook magazines. These publications provide a detailed overview of 2017 and the outlook for the next 12 months for the key chemical markets listed below.


  • Alcohols
  • Aromatics
  • Base Oils
  • Chlor-Alkali
  • Intermediates
  • Oleochemicals & Surfactants
  • Olefins
  • Plastic/Polymers
  • And so much more...

Spotlight on the Americas and Europe markets

Americas market outlook videos

 

US Acrylonitrile Outlook 2018: Markets Reporter Lucas Hall and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US acrylonitrile market.

 

US Paints and Coatings Chemicals Outlook 2018: Senior Editor Larry Terry and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 US market outlook for paints and coatings chemicals such as titanium dioxide (TiO2), oxo-alcohols and acrylates.

 

US PET-PX: Outlook 2018: Markets Reporter Mandy Hay and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and paraxylene (PX) markets.

 

US Feedstocks and Refined Products Outlook 2018: Markets Reporter Steven McGinn and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US feedstocks and refined products sectors.

 

US Polyols and Isocyanates Outlook 2018: Deputy Managing Editor Zachary Moore and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US polyols and isocyanates markets.

 

Americas Base Oils Outlook 2018: Senior Editor Manager Judith Taylor and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the Americas base oils markets.

 

US Ethylene and Propylene Outlook 2018: Markets Editor Jessie Waldheim and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US ethylene and propylene markets.

 

US Epoxy Resins Outlook 2018: Senior Editor Tarun Raizada and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US epoxy resins market.

 

US MEG Outlook 2018: Senior Editor Tarun Raizada and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US monoethylene glycol (MEG) market.

 

US Methanol Outlook 2018: Senior Editor Lane Kelley and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US markets in the methanol chain.

 

US Fatty Alcohols Outlook 2018: Senior Editor Manager Judith Taylor and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US fatty alcohols market.

 

US Aromatics 2018: Markets Reporter Lucas Hall and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US toluene and xylenes markets.

 

US Butadiene and SBR Outlook 2018: Senior Editor John Dietrich and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US butadiene (BD) and styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) markets.

 

US Phenol Chain Outlook 2018: Senior Editor John Dietrich and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US markets in the phenol chain.

 

US Polyethylene and Polypropylene Outlook 2018: Senior Editor Manager Zachary Moore and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets.

 

US Chlor-Alkali Outlook 2018: Senior Editor Manager Bill Bowen and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 US market outlook for chlor-alkali chain products such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and caustic soda.

 

LatAm Chlor-Alkali Outlook 2018: Senior Editor Ron Coifman and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 Latin America market outlook for chlor-alkali chain products such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and caustic soda.


Europe market outlook videos

 

Europe aromatics Outlook 2018:
ICIS senior editor, manager Katherine Sale interviews senior editor Vasiliki Parapouli on the main outlook ideas for the European benzene and styrene markets in 2018.

 

Europe MMA Outlook 2018:
Eashani Chavda interviews Katherine Sale, senior editor, manager and editor of the Europe MMA report, on expectations for supply and demand for the year to come.

They discuss the areas of growth, and also areas of concern in a market plagued by tightness since mid-2016.

 

Turkish polyolefins Outlook 2018
ICIS senior editor Chris Barker interviews markets editor Ben Lake about the troubled Turkish polymers market in 2017 and what the outlook is for the upcoming year.

Following numerous political issues in 2017, prices remained static for large periods of the year and demand was subdued. Turkish market participants are hoping for a more positive 2018.

 

Europe TiO2 Outlook 2018
Markets reporter Ciaran Tyler interviews senior editor Heidi Finch on expectations in the European titanium dioxide (TiO2) market for 2018.

Players are likely to keep a close eye on supply conditions, following the pronounced tightness seen in Europe last year and some uncertainty surrounding import availability from China.

 

Europe biodiesel Outlook 2018
ICIS markets reporter Lucy Raitano interviews fellow reporter Samantha Wright on what lies ahead for Europe’s biodiesel market, after recent change in US and EU trade regulations threw the industry into uncertain waters for 2018.

Podcast: Asia Special Report - Middle East Base Oils

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