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Going Long on Coal Front-Year/Year+2 Spread Tends to Pay Off

Going Long on Coal Front-Year/Year+2 Spread Tends to Pay Off

Over the course of six out of the past eight years – including all of the past five – the Rotterdam coal front year has gained more (or lost less) than the year+2 contract.

In this infographic, ICIS market reporter, William Peck, shows movements in the spreads between the two contracts over this period, and looks ahead to determine whether the pattern will repeat this year.

DOWNLOAD NOW: Global Outlook for Plastics (2015-2030)

DOWNLOAD NOW: Global Outlook for Plastics (2015-2030)

As China’s outlook darkens, the competitive landscape is fast evolving for global plastics. Industry players must review their strategy and seek new sources of growth.

  • Which commodities offer the biggest growth potential?
  • How long will current global conditions of low costs and high volatility last?
  • What factors are driving new assets in polymers? Where will these be located?

This outlook piece will answer these questions and more, offering insights into market developments and the global outlook for 2015.

Energy markets in flux – Infographic

Energy markets in flux – Infographic

Get a retrospective outlook for key energy markets including Oil; Carbon, Coal, and Power.

Top 100 Chemical Companies - Regional Leaders 2014

Top 100 Chemical Companies - Regional Leaders 2014

The ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies list provides you with a further dissection and analysis of the Top 100 Chemical Companies. 

 It includes the Top 10 chemical companies in each region with detailed analysis and comprehensive commentary. This feature is published annually in ICIS Chemical Business.

ICIS Power Index (IPI)

ICIS Power Index (IPI)

The ICIS Power Index (IPI) gives homes and businesses an insight into price trends on the UK wholesale electricity market.

The IPI is published daily by ICIS, an independent authority on UK electricity market pricing, and is available at no charge.

New EPTR: Market developments and key trends for Europe’s power sector

New EPTR: Market developments and key trends for Europe’s power sector

The European Power Trading Report (EPTR) covers quarterly updates on key market insights for 14 different European countries.

Gain access to the widest range of established markets, but also developing European Power markets ,such as Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.

The Market Stability Reserve (MSR) – A White Paper for an optimised approach

The Market Stability Reserve (MSR) – A White Paper for an optimised approach

In this white paper we put forward our proposal for an optimised MSR that would enables the EU ETS to promote reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the most cost-effective and economically efficient manner.

We believe our proposed approach is able to handle a broad array of emission regimes (including high emissions scenarios) whilst preserving the integrity of the EU ETS carbon price signal.

New whitepaper discussing developments and opportunities in China’s growing LNG market

New whitepaper discussing developments and opportunities in China’s growing LNG market

The Chinese government has been offering firm support to aid the development of the LNG sector, bringing about an increase in investment opportunities throughout the country.

Download this free whitepaper to gain a better understanding of China’s LNG supply and demand, import capacity and construction of new terminals.  

US fertilizer outlook remains positive despite weakening demand: Mosaic

US Fertilizer Outlook

Mosaic’s long-term outlook for the fertilizer industry remains positive, despite declining fundamentals for crop nutrients, CEO James Prokopanko said.

ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies

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The ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies 2015 listing highlights the top players in the global chemical industry.

Most chemical companies found it difficult to generate top line and profit growth in 2015 following a strong performance in 2014. 

Chemicals

Easy access to a host of downloadable ICIS Chemical resources; including:

Energy

Easy access to a host of downloadable ICIS Energy resources; including:

Fertilizers

Easy access to a host of downloadable ICIS Fertilizer resources; including:

 

Featured Content

EU ETS Innovation Fund - an underrated carbon price determinant?

EU ETS Innovation Fund - an underrated carbon price determinant?

With the post-2020 EU ETS reform adopted, the implementation of legislations is increasingly under the spotlight.

In this white paper, Lead Carbon and Power Analyst Marcus Ferdinand, takes a look at three different timescales for monetising the 500m allowances reserved for funding innovation projects.

ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors 2018

ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors 2018

ICIS Chemical Business magazine is pleased to present its 9th annual ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors listing.

This comprehensive global listing includes a total of more than 250 companies.

ICIS Chemical Profile: Middle East Polyols

ICIS Chemical Profile: Middle East Polyols

Read the latest chemical profile by ICIS markets editor, Izham Ahmad, which provides an overview of uses, technology, supply/demand and prices for Middle East polyols to help you make more informed business decisions in 2018.

 



 

ICIS live carbon webinar

ICIS live carbon webinar

Join our carbon and power experts Philip Ruf, Stefan Feuchtinger and Yann Andreassen on Thursday 26th April at 2pm BST, where they will be discussing:

  • Reasons for the carbon market bull-run
  • What role compliance players’ behaviour plays
  • Impact on equity investments
  • Impact on fuel switching
  • Changed supply-demand balance and price sensitivities
  • Forecast and outlook on the EUA market

White paper: What is the potential impact of the Trump administration on the US energy industry?

White paper: What is the potential impact of the Trump administration on the US energy industry?

ICIS takes a closer look at how key sectors within the US energy industry were shaped by the Obama administration and what the potential market impact could be under the helm of President Donald Trump.

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Trends in renewable energy support: is the Spanish case a forerunner for the rest of the EU?

Trends in renewable energy support: is the Spanish case a forerunner for the rest of the EU?

On 12th July 2018 our power and carbon experts, Matthew Jones and Anise Ganbold, presented a live webinar shedding light on the future direction of Spanish energy policy to 2030, putting developments into the wider context of the soon to be agreed EU clean energy package.

Download the webinar recording and slides to find out about European renewable targets for 2020 and 2030, the evolving support mechanisms for renewables, the outlook for subsidy-free solar and wind and the debate over coal and nuclear phase-out.

Impending arrival of new monoethylene glycol capacity

ICIS infographic examining the upcoming arrival of new capacity in the US

With the impending arrival of new monoethylene glycol (#MEG) capacity, there is a risk of oversupply from 2020 and beyond.

Download this ICIS infographic examining the upcoming arrival of new capacity in the US, Middle East and Malaysia and the likely impact on global trade flows in the next few years.

ICIS Webinar: Global MMA Outlook in an Uncertain Market

ICIS Webinar: Global MMA Outlook in an Uncertain Market

The global methyl methacrylate (MMA) market supply and demand balance has started to shift, after two years of tightness and historically high prices. Katherine Sale, Senior Editor at ICIS, will be hosting this live webinar to examine the expectations for the rest of the year.

Infographic: Australia’s sulphate of potash revolution

Infographic: Australia’s sulphate of potash revolution

In the barren depths of Western Australia’s outback, rival developers are racing to be firs to produce and market sulphate of potash fertilizer drawn from the region’s dry, brine-rich lakebeds.

This infographic explores the competing companies’ claims, transport links, offtake agreements, and logical challenges.

Find out more about Australia’s sulphate potash revolution by downloading the latest ICIS fertilizer infographic.

Infographic: ICIS Ammonia world cup 2018

Infographic: ICIS Ammonia world cup 2018

There is competition between the world’s leading exporting countries in the seaborne ammonia industry.

This infographic highlights which countries top the continental tables for January – May 2018 exports.

Download the latest fertilizer infographic to discover which countries top the continental tables as well as which country is the global champion by

Infographic: Implications of Ontario’s exit on WCI

Infographic: Implications of Ontario’s exit on WCI

Ontario Premier-Designate Doug Ford took the first steps to pull the Canadian province from the program on 15 June.

Download this infographic to learn more about the near- and long-term implications on the Western Climate Initiative.

Players bullish on US gas into Mexico despite uncertainty

Players bullish on US gas into Mexico despite uncertainty

Despite the uncertainty generated by delayed natural gas projects and polls consistently favouring Mexico’s left-leaning presidential candidate, participants in Mexico’s midstream sectors remain bullish on the future of US natural gas flows to Mexico.

Find out the latest on Mexico’s major natural gas contract developments and what midstream market participants are thinking about the potential impact of the 2018 elections.

ICIS Infographic: US melamine trade flow map 2016 and 2017

ICIS Infographic: US melamine trade flow map 2016 and 2017

US melamine exports fell by 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with key destinations like the United Kingdom, Canada, Romania and the Netherlands bearing the brunt of the drop in volume.

Cornerstone Chemical – the lone US melamine producer – was believed to be building inventories ahead of a plant turnaround in 2018.

Download the latest ICIS trade flow map, to find out:

  • Where melamine was imported and exported
  • How much melamine was imported and exported in 2016 and 2017

Asian LNG companies look to NBP, TTF for price reference

Asian LNG companies look to NBP, TTF for price reference

Global LNG market supply has been tighter than expected, primarily due to high demand from Asia, as well as strong US deliveries to markets closer to the Americas.

ICIS deputy editor of LNG Europe, Alex Thackrah, discusses why Asian companies are looking to the Dutch TTF and the UK’s NBP for cargoes with flexible destinations.

Base oils and biodiesel markets - regulation and duty shake-ups

Base oils and biodiesel markets - regulation and duty shake-ups

European base oil and biodiesel players are faced with changes in specification and the removal of anti dumping-duties (ADDs) respectively which could stir up the future of the markets.

This market insight by Vicky Ellis and Samantha Wright discusses how players are taking steps to adapt to these changes, with ICIS analysis of what this means for both industries going forward.

Energy Demand by Temperature in France and the UK

Energy Demand by Temperature in France and the UK

ICIS analysis found that power and natural gas demand and prices are at their lowest when temperatures reach 17°C in the UK and France. Heating demand is also at its lowest on these days.

This infographic by ICIS market reporter, William Peck, reveals which temperatures have the lowest energy demand in the two countries, and the effect this has on pricing.

US withdrawal from Iran Nuclear deal adds more pressure to oil prices

US withdrawal from Iran Nuclear deal adds more pressure to oil prices

The withdrawal of the US from the Iranian #NuclearDeal will result in #sanctions that could disrupt fertilizer and petrochemical exports from Iran.

Download the market insight by Al Greenwood to find out more

Market Insight: US methanol boom in the billion-dollar plant phase

Market Insight: US methanol boom in the billion-dollar plant phase

The boom in US methanol plants that began seven years ago has reached a new peak - the most expensive, billion-dollar phase.

While the early phase of the boom brought units on stream, it's the pending startup of a new methanol plant in Texas, which is expected to cost $2bn that has everyone talking.

Download the latest market Insight by ICIS senior editor Lane Kelley to learn more about the rising cost of new methanol capacity in the US.

ICIS Webinar: How Ontario’s election can shape the future of WCI

ICIS Webinar: How Ontario’s election can shape the future of WCI

ICIS analysts Dan McGraw and Judith Schroeter and market expert Nicolas Girod will discuss:

  • How the Ontario election could impact the near- and long-term fundamental balance
  • Potential changes market participants could make to future procurement strategies based on the results
  • Why the election results could have long-term implications on the market

Market Insight: US MMA prices at all-time highs on tight supply, strong demand

Market Insight: US MMA prices at all-time highs on tight supply, strong demand

US methyl methacrylate (MMA) prices are at all-time highs, having risen in nine of the past 10 months in a supply-driven market.

Download the latest market insight by ICIS markets editor Adam Yanelli to find out more about the latest developments in the US MMA market.

ICIS Fertilizers Webinar: What happened and what to expect

ICIS Fertilizers Webinar: What happened and what to expect

The International fertilizer market has become increasingly difficult to predict, particularly over these past few months, owing to severe weather conditions, political unrest and the so-called trade war between China and the US.

In this pre-recorded webinar, the ICIS fertilizers team examines the current state of the market and how the latest developments are impacting key fertilizer markets.

Market Insight: US melamine peak demand confronted by tight supply

Market Insight: US melamine peak demand confronted by tight supply

Peak US melamine demand is coming at a time when global supply is still tight. As a result, US imports have dropped since the beginning of 2017, as have US exports. There are still questions that linger, such as: 

  • What have US melamine prices done so far in 2018?

  • What does the US melamine trade flow look like?

Find out the answers to these questions and more by downloading the latest Insight piece by ICIS senior editor David Love. 

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene trade flow map 2016 and 2017

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene trade flow map 2016 and 2017

US acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) imports from northeast Asia increased in 2017. This is unlike the previous year, where import prices were lower than domestic prices.

We can also see this trend in the US, where exports to many locations were higher in 2017 versus 2016, including the top two destinations, Mexico and Canada.

Download the latest ICIS trade flow map, to find out:

  • Where ABS was imported and exported
  • How much ABS was imported and exported in 2016 and 2017

High PP prices and the effect of future investment for Europe

High PP prices and the effect of future investment for Europe

Polypropylene (PP) prices have been subject to high volatility in the early months of the year, especially due to the high swings in crude oil quotations.

ICIS consultants detail what future investment in new #propylene and PP capacity within Europe indicates for imports of European processors.

Chlor-alkali production in the post mercury world

Chlor-alkali production in the post mercury world

Producing caustic soda and chlorine using mercury cells was declared outside BAT in 2013, with the legal deadline for the phasing out of capacity in Europe set for December 2017.

ICIS editor Chris Barker displays the capacity expansions in and around Europe from 2018 onwards. Will this be enough to replace the capacity that has already closed?

Planned electricity interconnector projects in the Nordic region

Planned electricity interconnector projects in the Nordic region

The Nordic countries have initiated a number of electricity interconnector projects, with many to be commissioned in the next four years. The new links will increase opportunities for cross-border trade between Scandinavia, the northwest European markets and the UK.

Our new infographic by ICIS deputy news editor, Chris Somers, presents all of the upcoming Nordic interconnector projects, their capacities and commissioning dates.

Insight: Pine chemicals industry concerned over hydrocarbon resin market share

Insight: Pine chemicals industry concerned over hydrocarbon resin market share

China’s move to a net importer and the loss of market share to hydrocarbon are just a few of the latest developments in the global pine chemical markets.

Download the latest Insight piece by senior editor manager Leela Landress Perez to find out more about the pine chemicals market and how you may be affected.

Bringing transparency to Mexico’s power market: Summarizing the results from the first year of ICIS power price surveys

Bringing transparency to Mexico’s power market: Summarizing the results from the first year of ICIS power price surveys

In this bilingual webinar, ICIS Mexico energy experts James Fowler and Claudia Espinosa review:

  • The results of the first year of ICIS power price surveys
  • How responses evolved with changing market circumstances
  • The mid-term auction results and 2017 potencia balancing market

Increase in volume of traded natural gas across European hubs boots liquidity

Increase in volume of traded natural gas across European hubs boots liquidity

The volume of natural gas traded during the first quarter of 2018 increased in the major European markets compared with the same period a year before, with a rise in curve activity boosting liquidity.

The April 2018 issue of the European Gas Hub Report gives you an update on the European landscape, with in-depth coverage of prices, liquidity data, trade volumes and developments across 22 gas hubs. Download the summary.

New Polyethylene (PE) Capacities to have Widespread Impact

New Polyethylene (PE) Capacities to have Widespread Impact

As new PE capacities come on stream globally, the impact on the global supply & demand balances will be far reaching.

Download the infographic by Linda Naylor & Katherine Sale to see how this will impact the tariffs on the US material to China.

Global Fertilizer Trade Flow Map 2018

Global Fertilizer Trade Flow Map 2018

ICIS is excited to announce the launch and production of the 2018 Global Fertilizer Trade Flow Map in partnership with the International Fertilizer Association (IFA).

The map provides a geographical picture of the trade flows of fertilizer products between the major producing and importing countries in the world, as well as production and consumption data.

The 2018 Fertilizer Trade Flow Map provides:

  • The world's major producing countries of fertilizers and raw materials
  • The main fertilizer consuming countries
  • Trends in prices for ammonia, diammonium phosphate (DAP), muriate of potash (MOP), urea, sulphur, sulphuric acid and natural gas

ICIS Top 100 chemical companies 2017

ICIS Top 100 chemical companies 2017

ICIS is pleased to present the top 100 chemical companies of 2017. Based on 2016 sales, the list highlights the largest and most influential companies on earth.

ICIS at NPE 2018

ICIS at NPE 2018

ICIS will be exhibiting at NPE 2018, 7-11 May, in Orlando Florida.

Stop by booth #S16037 to discover how we can help you navigate through the continued changes in the plastics markets.

  • Collect your free copy of our newly published trade flow maps
  • Discover our new analytics solutions
  • Find out more about our worldwide consulting services
  • And so much more

ICIS IPI 2017 Q4 / 2018 Q1 Analysis: UK wholesale energy price rise puts pressure on household bills

ICIS IPI 2017 Q4 / 2018 Q1 Analysis: UK wholesale energy price rise puts pressure on household bills

UK wholesale energy prices hit four-year highs on the forward products most regularly traded by energy companies during the winter, the ICIS Power Index reveals, as number of supply problems combined with the ‘Beast from the East’, increasing fundamental risk in the traded markets

ICIS Webinar: The EU ETS Post-2020 reform and its impacts untangled, 11th December at 14

ICIS Webinar: The EU ETS Post-2020 reform and its impacts untangled, 11th December at 14

In this webinar, our senior analysts Marcus Ferdinand and Stefan Feuchtinger will explain how the agreed revision will change the fundamental structure of the carbon market and explain why carbon prices will gain importance for the wider energy complex.

Market Insight: Mexico’s mid-term power auctions predict rising 2018 capacity prices despite disappointing results

ICIS Special Publication: Benzene – Will the US find enough?

Mexico’s first mid-term auction closed in early March, just days after the announcement of the final capacity (potencia) balancing market price was revealed for 2017.

While the results of the auction were disappointing given the lack of deals, the one transaction which cleared the auction implied rising price expectations for potencia contracts through 2018 compared to the previous year.

ICIS Special Publication: Benzene – Will the US find enough?

ICIS Special Publication: Benzene – Will the US find enough?

China has become the largest benzene importing country in the world, overtaking the US. In addition, the US is having to compete for benzene imports from global markets, as China increases its domestic demand.

With these major developments, the question now is: Will the US manage to find enough benzene-and if not, what effects could that have on the US benzene market?

Find out by downloading the latest ICIS special publication produced by our ICIS Consulting and Analytics team.

Plastic Resin Producers' Move to Circular Economy is Just the Start

Plastic Resin Producers' Move to Circular Economy is Just the Start

Public opinion and political power heightened pressure on the petrochemical industry in the past year to adapt to circular economy and recycling needs. However, plastic resin producers began their moves towards these goals prior to 2017 by buying new capacities, redesigning packaging and bringing out new products.

Were these steps sufficient to achieve the sustainability targets set out by the European Commission in its Plastic Strategy launch?

Download this market insight by Pavle Popovic to find out more.

Market insight: Global toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) supply tightness boosts price hike

Market insight: Global toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) supply tightness boosts price hike

Production issues have continued to plague the toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) global supply chain at a time when many markets are facing tightness domestically.

This market insight takes a look at how TDI prices in the Middle East region have been pushing toward the record highs of late 2017.

Market Insight: Mining investors dig Nutrien; ICL UK plans potash parting

Market Insight: Mining investors dig Nutrien; ICL UK plans potash parting

What impact could the slow decline of Israel Chemicals’ Boulby operation in the UK, and the rise of Canadian agricultural giant Nutrien, have on the global muriate of potash (MOP) industry?

Find out by downloading the latest ICIS Fertilizer market insight, by markets editor Andy Hemphill.

Britain’s Gas Tariff Overhaul

Britain’s Gas Tariff Overhaul

The British wholesale natural gas market is undergoing an overhaul of the tariff system which governs the cost of bringing gas into and out of the network. These changes will influence competition between supply, the efficiency of network investment, cross-border trade and security of supply.

ICIS discusses the current charging process, the reasons why the industry have proposed an overhaul, and how the changes could potentially impact supply patterns across Europe.

US Polypropylene Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

US Polypropylene Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

Capacity changes in the global market and changes in demand have resulted in shifts in import and export trade flows for the US polypropylene market.

Download the latest ICIS trade flow map for information on US polypropylene imports and exports for 2016 and 2017.

US Propylene Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

US Propylene Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

Capacity changes in the global market and changes in demand have resulted in shifts in import and export trade flows for the US Propylene market.

Download the latest ICIS trade flow map for information on US propylene imports and exports for 2016 and 2017.

US Ethylene Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

US Ethylene Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

Capacity changes in the global market and changes in demand have resulted in shifts in import and export trade flows for the US ethylene market.

Download the latest ICIS trade flow map for information on US ethylene imports and exports for 2016 and 2017.

US Polyvinyl Chloride Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

US Polyvinyl Chloride Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

Capacity changes in the global market and changes in demand have resulted in shifts in import and export trade flows for the US polyvinyl chloride market.

Download the latest ICIS trade flow map for information on US pvc imports and exports for 2016 and 2017.

Market Insight: Will laws protect Mexico’s energy reforms after 2018 elections?

Market Insight: Will laws protect Mexico’s energy reforms after 2018 elections?

Mexican presidential aspirants have begun gearing up for the 2018 campaign season. The question yet to be answered: how will Mexico’s 2018 elections impact the progress already made in liberalizing the country’s energy markets?

Find out whether Mexico’s laws are sufficiently robust to protect the country’s energy reforms and the related gas and power investments.

Liquidity Development at Balkan Day-Ahead Power Exchanges

Liquidity Development at Balkan Day-Ahead Power Exchanges

While the electricity markets in the Balkans have been developing in recent years, day-ahead volumes traded through the local exchanges are still relatively low, with most of the liquidity remaining with the benchmark HUPX.

In this infographic, ICIS tracks the changes in liquidity of Balkan day-ahead power exchanges from 2016 to 2017, and indicates countries yet to launch an exchange.

US Butadiene Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

US Butadiene Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

Capacity changes in the global market and changes in demand have resulted in shifts in import and export trade flows for the US butadiene market.

Download the latest ICIS trade flow map for information on US butadiene imports and exports for 2016 and 2017.

Polymer Sustainability Challenges

Polymer Sustainability Challenges

Would our lives be really that much worse if we had to buy a re-usable cup and remember to take it with us every time we visit an espresso bar? Will sustainability replace globalisation as the biggest value driver for the polymers industry?

Download this insight by ICIS Consultant John Richardson to find out about the challenges faced by the new EU Plastics Strategy.

US Polyethylene Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

US Polyethylene Trade Flows 2016 and 2017

Capacity changes in the global market and changes in demand have resulted in shifts in import and export trade flows for the US polyethylene market.

Download the latest ICIS trade flow map for information on US polyethylene imports and exports for 2016 and 2017.

Plastic Packaging and the Circular Economy

Plastic Packaging and the Circular Economy

The world won’t do without plastics but producers, converters, retailers and consumers are being prodded into doing more with less.

Download this insight by Nigel Davis, reporting on the increased global use of plastic packaging, as this topic is more closely scrutinised.

US benzene trade flow map 2016 and 2017

Tightness in US benzene supply may ease in q1

Expanding capacity in the global market and changes in demand have resulted in shifts in import and export trade flows for the US benzene market.

Download the latest ICIS infographic, to find out where and how much benzene in the US was imported and exported in 2016 and 2017.

Infographic: Will European base oil prices see support from refinery outages in 2018?

Infographic: Will European base oil prices see support from refinery outages in 2018?

Last year base oil prices in Europe saw support from refinery outages. With scheduled maintenance expected this year, will the uptrend continue this year?

This infographic by ICIS experts Vicky Ellis and Sarah Trinder looks at the correlation between refinery maintenance season, plant outages and price increases to identify trends. Download a copy and understand how these changes affect the base oils market.

Market Insight: Messy US glycerine market and tightening supply

Market Insight: Messy US glycerine market and tightening supply

Whether you’re a buyer concerned about prices, a trader wanting to stay informed on changing trade flows and market dynamics, or a seller wanting to understand import and supply issues, this Market Insight on the US glycerine unexpected fight for market share is a must-read.

Download this insight piece by senior editor-manager Leela Landress Perez.

Weak UK Renewable Heat Policy Keeps Gas Demand Buoyant

Weak UK Renewable Heat Policy Keeps Gas Demand Buoyant

The UK’s approach to renewable heat targets means gas is likely to remain the cornerstone of residential and commercial heating demand for the next decade and beyond.

This market insight by senior reporter, Henry Evans, explores how the government’s attempts to meet EU targets for renewal electricity has overshadowed renewable and transport targets.

European Polyolefins Outlook 2018

European Polyolefins Outlook 2018

Linda Naylor explores the challenges , threats and opportunities that lie ahead for the polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets for 2018. In particular, potential impact of the new North American capacities on the European PE market.

Going Long on Coal Front-Year/Year+2 Spread Tends to Pay Off

Going Long on Coal Front-Year/Year+2 Spread Tends to Pay Off

Over the course of six out of the past eight years – including all of the past five – the Rotterdam coal front year has gained more (or lost less) than the year+2 contract.

In this infographic, ICIS market reporter, William Peck, shows movements in the spreads between the two contracts over this period, and looks ahead to determine whether the pattern will repeat this year.

Fertilizer Global Outlook: What to expect from the fertilizer markets in 2018

Fertilizer Global Outlook: What to expect from the fertilizer markets in 2018

Price volatility was evident throughout 2017 in most fertilizer markets, but with the new year upon us there are many questions that linger.

What do the next 12 months have in store for producers, traders and buyers?

How will each segment absorb new capacity or satisfy additional demand?

Find out by downloading this year’s Global Fertilizer Market Outlook.

Mexico Energy Outlook 2018

Mexico Energy Outlook 2018

Mexico’s energy reform has entered into its sixth and most decisive year yet, as the country gears up for a presidential election in July 2018, against the backdrop of ongoing renegotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the US and Canada.

As the leading information provider for the Mexican gas and power markets, ICIS is pleased to provide you with the Mexico Energy Outlook covering the most important milestones and development stages for both sectors through 2018.

ICIS Global Chemicals Outlook 2018 Series

ICIS Global Chemicals Outlook 2018 Series

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.

EU’s plastics policies and impact on petrochemicals markets

EU’s plastics policies and impact on petrochemicals markets

Proposals for the first ever Europe wide strategy on plastic waste* were launched in January, aiming to commit to total plastic packaging recyclability or reusability by 2030.

ICIS news has been following this developing story closely, reporting on how the proposed strategy will affect the demand of primary plastics as well as what possible opportunities there may be to develop new products and feedstock streams.

European Natural Gas Outlook 2018

European Natural Gas Outlook 2018

Download the outlook for an insight into several large natural gas projects, including two market mergers, which could reshape the current trading landscape, as well as the resumption of supply from Russia to Ukraine, which has the potential to shake the market in central Europe and reshape the trading landscape.

Free Download: Asia PP & PE Forecast Webinar

Free Download: Asia PP & PE Forecast Webinar

ICIS hosted a webinar, providing an overview of the trading activities for Asian polyolefins, a forecast of how the Asia markets will evolve in terms of pricing and margins, as well as a supply and demand outlook in 2018.

Further enhancements to ICIS’ styrenic resins coverage

Further enhancements to ICIS’ styrenic resins coverage

With China being the main buyer of both Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and Polystyrene (PS), as well as a net exporter of Expandable Polystyrene (EPS), shifts in domestic supply, demand and especially prices have significant impact on global markets.

To reflect current market activity, ICIS has enhanced its pricing coverage of Asian styrenic resins to include DEL (delivered) East China prices. Together with the spot prices and commentary on drivers such as feedstock, bids, offers and production news, the newly enhanced report ensures you have the data you need to make your commercial decisions.

European Power Outlook 2018

European Power Outlook 2018

Electricity markets are likely to be shaken up by various country-specific policies as well as EU-wide projects.

Download the European Power Outlook 2018 for an understanding of the crucial supply, demand and regulation changes which could impact power prices and market liquidity at a country-by-country level.

New Petrochemicals Plant Capacity and Expansions in Europe

New Petrochemicals Plant Capacity and Expansions in Europe

For the last five years, the European chemicals industry has faced uncertainty, with some financiers referring to the European economy as ‘structurally damaged’. Yet, despite previous announcements of closures of European petrochemicals plants, for many companies, 2017 was better-than-expected.

This infographic and market insight piece by European News Editor, Jonathan Lopez, represents the new plant capacity and expansions for the European petrochemicals market in years to come.

Going, Going, Groningen...

Going, Going, Groningen...

Production from Europe’s largest onshore gas field – Groningen – was thrust into the spotlight in early January following a major gas extraction-related earthquake.

Download this market insight by senior market reporter, Alex Thackrah, to understand what the impact of the reduced Groningen output could be for the Dutch TTF hub - Europe’s most liquid gas market.

Blockchain's Impact on Energy Trading

Blockchain's Impact on Energy Trading

The blockchain hype train arrived in the traded commodity space in a big way during 2017, with its potential for disruption jumped on by some of the biggest wholesale traders.

Download this market insight by our ICIS editors to understand just how realistic is it to expect a major disruption in the short term for energy trading.