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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

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.

Free download: APIC presentation slides

APIC Presentation

During APIC 2017, ICIS delivered several presentations on hot topics in key petrochemical markets. We have made the following presentations slides available for you to download:

  • Accelerated changes: New scenarios for global refining and petrochemicals industries, and the role of China
  • “Trumped” or not “Trumped”? The coming US petrochemical export surge
  • Survival of the fittest – Are the non-traditional olefins and polyolefins routes sustainable in the low-oil, low-naphtha price environment?
  • The road ahead for Asia’s styrene and feedstocks
  • Asia vinyls market review and the revival of China as an export player
  • Gas or coal-to-olefins (CTO) – Will it ever work in the current low oil price environment?
  • Exploring the intertwining relationship between propylene oxide (PO) and polyether polyols

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

What's New from ICIS

Chemical Profile: Middle East Base Oils

Chemical Profile: Middle East Base Oils

The base oils market in the Middle East is increasingly of interest to market players globally. Upcoming capacity within the region has not only an impact on tradeflows across markets, but is also slated to impact prices in key regions.

Read the latest chemical profile by senior editor manager, Veena Pathare, which provides an overview of uses, technology, supply/demand and prices for Middle East base oils to help you make more informed business decisions.

ICIS market insight: UK plastics producers face critical Brexit challenges

ICIS market insight: UK plastics producers face critical Brexit challenges

UK polyethylene price volatility might have been expected post the Brexit referendum. The value of sterling plunged once the outcome was known. And the pound has been volatile since.

This insight piece put together by leading ICIS editors Nigel Davis and Linda Naylor, who presented at a British Plastics Federation (BPF) Brexit conference, discusses the recent differential between the UK and EU polymer prices, and highlights the areas of uncertainty facing the plastics industry before the divorce settlement with the EU is agreed.

Sulphuric acid prices spike in Q2, market expected to remain tight throughout 2017

Sulphuric acid prices spike in Q2, market expected to remain tight throughout 2017

Sulphuric acid supply is expected to remain globally short until the first quarter of 2018 because of a heavy fourth quarter smelter turnaround schedule. Spot prices have increased tightly during the second quarter as buyers turn to the typically more expensive burned sulphuric acid due to the lack of smelter sulphuric acid on the market. The increased reliance on burned sulphuric acid, which is largely being sourced from China, has had a knock-on effect on upstream sulphur prices.

 



 

Winter contracts slump hits NBP and TTF gas liquidity

Winter contracts slump hits NBP and TTF gas liquidity

Trade on the Dutch TTF and British NBP natural gas hubs dropped year on year in June for the third consecutive month, broker and exchange data collated by ICIS showed.

ICIS looks at the key fundamental reasons why liquidity at Europe’s two largest gas hubs declined, including low price volatility, issues at Britain’s Rough storage site and production caps at the Netherlands’s Groningen field.

Market Insight: Europe Styrene - From Volatility To Stability?

Market Insight: Europe Styrene

The European styrene market faced some dramatic price movements during the first quarter of this year, with a strong upward trend that started in November 2016. This was followed by sharp drops in April and May. After the sudden and severe price fluctuations during most of the first half of the year, styrene players are more optimistic and confident that the market might have entered a period of stability.

Read this market insight from markets editor Vasiliki Parapouli to understand what's happening in the European styrenics market.

European LNG send-out spikes amid global price convergence

European LNG send-out spikes amid global price convergence

A recent surge in LNG send-out into gas grids from European terminals has coincided with the greatest level of convergence among key global gas prices for at least six years, ICIS analysis shows.

ICIS looks at the key drivers behind this global price convergence, in the context of rising US LNG exports and a scarcity of European LNG reloads.

 



 

Market Insight: Chemicals production growing in Europe but Brexit uncertainties weigh heavy

Market Insight: Chemicals production growing in Europe but Brexit uncertainties weigh heavy

In this insight Nigel Davis, ICIS Insight editor, reviews Europe’s economic performance in spite of uncertainties surrounding how Britain will exit the European Union which weighs heavily on the markets.

Market insight: Middle East base oils outlook bearish on greater supply

Market insight: Middle East base oils outlook bearish on greater supply

The base oils market in UAE has remained firm since early this year, buoyed by tight supply fundamentals across Group I and Group II categories. However, the second half of the year is slated to see a reversal in this price trend, with prices expected to come under pressure from improved supply and other factors.

Read the latest insight from ICIS senior editor manager, Veena Pathare, who outlines the outlook for Middle Eastern base oils.

Asia MLLDPE: Concerns over Growing Supply as New Players Emerge

Asia MLLDPE whitepaper

As new entrants enter the Asian MLLDPE market, additional MLLDPE capacities are expected to come on board. As such, supply there is expected to be saturated, especially within China, southeast Asia and India.

Download this free White Paper, which provides a detailed market overview and what lies ahead for the Asian MLLDPE market.

 



 

Hungarian OTC gas deals boosted as new entrants test market

Hungarian OTC gas deals boosted as new entrants test market

There were 26 over-the-counter (OTC) natural gas trades on the Hungarian MGP market submitted to ICIS in May, the first time any have been reported since April 2016, with new entrants reportedly testing the market.

ICIS looks at the reasons behind this spike in trading activity and whether this will be a sign of things to come for the Hungarian gas market.

August injections could be key to tackling Dutch shortfall

August injections could be key to tackling Dutch shortfall

The current year-on-year gas storage deficit in the Netherlands may not be significantly reduced until the third quarter and could even increase in June, according to an ICIS analysis based on near-curve price signals.

ICIS looks at what a late effort to fill Dutch storage sites could mean for the market. The Netherlands is Europe’s most liquid gas hub and plays a key role in influencing prices at other European gas hubs.

Free download: Asia Oleochemicals Markets Webinar

Asia Oleochemicals Markets Webinar

ICIS recently hosted a webinar highlighting the implications of falling consumption demand and decrease in manufacturing activities on the Asian oleochemicals market and what to expect in the near-term.

 



 

Insight: How have the recent polyethylene and polypropylene price drops affected your business decisions?

Insight: How have the recent polyethylene and polypropylene price drops affected your business decisions?

Polyethylene and polypropylene prices have been falling in recent weeks, with some PE grades facing tough competition from imports and oversupply in the domestic market.

Read the latest updates on PP and PE from ICIS senior editor manager Katherine Sale.

German market comfortable with storage situation

German market comfortable with storage situation

The rate of natural gas injections into German storage facilities hit a four-year high at the start of June, but stock levels remain low. Despite this, market participants canvassed by ICIS predicted sites will be full by the winter.

Storage behaviour has come under the spotlight recently as a cold winter meant storage sites across Europe entered the gas summer emptier than usual. Plus, an outage at Britain’s largest storage site has reshaped gas flow through northwest Europe.

ICIS market insight: ‘Pragmatic Brexit' a step closer after UK election result

ICIS market insight: ‘Pragmatic Brexit' a step closer after UK election result

With the recent general election in the UK stoking uncertainty about negotiations between the UK and the EU, Steve Elliott, CEO of the UK’s Chemical Industries Association (CIA), discusses the need for a “pragmatic Brexit” with ICIS’s Jonathan Lopez and considers the options for Brexit and what it means for the UK’s petrochemical industry.

 



 

New US PE plants will start up before crackers

New US PE plants will start up before crackers

Many of the new US polyethylene (PE) plants will start up before their corresponding upstream crackers can supply them with ethylene.

Read ICIS Deputy news editor Al Greenwood’s market insight to find out more about polyethylene in the US.

An inside look into the challenges within Taiwan’s rubber industry

Taiwan’s rubber whitepaper

Download this whitepaper to have deeper insights into how the latest developments in China will influence the rubber sector in Taiwan. Get a complete picture of the following:

  • The correlation between natural rubber (NR) and synthetic rubber (SR)
  • Outlook of feedstock butadiene and its impact on SR prices
  • China’s automotive industry slowdown and the impact on Taiwanese rubber
  • Impact of China’s credit restrictions on the SR trade in Taiwan
  • Will deep-sea cargoes threaten SR trade in Taiwan?

Rising Opportunities Within China’s LNG Import Market

LNG and Gas market whitepaper

China’s LNG imports are expected to reach 30m tonnes in 2017 due to robust demand for natural gas, reduced piped gas imports and healthy LNG import margins.

Download this free White Paper for a comprehensive review of China’s LNG import market and the challenges and opportunities that arose with this industry development.

 



 

Market highlight: Chinese crude and independent refining industry

Crude Oil and Refining Industry whitepaper

China’s top energy regulator recently put a brake on independent refiners’ crude import accreditation, after nearly three years’ “member initiation” for qualified refineries.

What does this mean to you and your business? Download this free White Paper for the latest developments and a list of Chinese refineries permitted to refine imported crude.

German market insight: German chemical majors share great expectations

German market insight: German chemical majors share great expectations

Chemical producers in Germany share a renewed sense of optimism after a strong first quarter. With a surge in sales, improved profits and robust demand, the consensus is that their strategies are clearly paying dividends. Custom Publishing editor at ICIS, Andy Brice, looks at their performance during the first three months of the 2017 and the expectations moving forward.

EU ETS White Paper: Brexit risks for the European carbon market

EU ETS White Paper: Brexit risks for the European carbon market

This White Paper, provides a scenario-based assessment analysing the impact of Britain’s exit on the EU ETS market balance and as well as our mid-term outlook for EU Allowance (EUA) prices. We found that the most bearish EUA price risk is associated with a scenario where the lead time between the announcement of Brexit and the actual end of compliance obligations for UK installations is reduced to a minimum, and when Brexit takes place before the end of phase three in 2020.

 



 

Polymer competition in Latin America: Blessing or curse?

US May acrylates fall, face further pressure despite tight supply

The upcoming polymer production increase in North America is expected to generate increased competition for market share in Latin America, where current market conditions are mixed.

The new US production can have a profound impact on the region and/or be a non-starter in some countries.

Click the link below to access the complete market insight.

Low European gas stocks offer LNG import opportunity

Low European gas stocks offer LNG import opportunity

A deficit in European natural gas stocks and falling LNG demand in Asia has pushed the Dutch TTF market and Asian LNG prices closer together, offering some opportunities for LNG cargoes to fill the storage gap in Europe.

Pipeline imports from Norway and Russia typically supply the majority of Europe’s gas demand requirements, but LNG deliveries can also play a prominent role.

US May acrylates fall, face further pressure despite tight supply

US May acrylates fall, face further pressure despite tight supply

US May acrylic acid and acrylate esters free-market prices were assessed broadly lower on Wednesday on reduced costs in upstream propylene, and that downward pressure could continue in June despite ongoing supply constraints.

Click the link below to access the complete market insight. 

 



 

Arrival of new production could shift dynamics within US urea market

US Urea whitepaper

In this whitepaper on the urea capacity additions in the US, ICIS Market Editor Mark Milam takes a look at how new production facilities by Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFCo) and Canadian producer Agrium in Iowa and Texas have added to the fertilizer manufacturing uptick in North America, and could reduce the degree of domestic reliance on yearly imports from foreign producers.

2016 Ammonia Loadings for African Nations

2016 Ammonia Loadings for African Nations

Africa is a leading importer of ammonia for use in downstream phosphates and nitrates production, as well as operations in the chemicals and mining sectors. While Algeria, Egypt and Libya all boast ammonia plants, not much material is exported from those countries to elsewhere on the continent, as this Infographic shows.

Fertilizer Trends

Fertilizer Trends

Fertilizer trends, past and present, showing key benchmark prices and some of the major sea changing events that have happened across the fertilizer sector from IFA Sydney 2014 to IFA Marrakesh 2017.

 



 

FREE webinar: Asia Oleochemicals Market Review and Outlook

Asia Oleochemicals Market Review and Outlook

Given recent developments such as El Nino, chronic overcapacity and global economic slowdown, palm oil prices have surged to record highs in the last five years.

Join this free webinar session as we delve into the impact of surging oil prices on the Asian oleochemicals market and what to expect in the short-term.

ICIS Whitepaper: US government encourages China on long-term LNG exports

ICIS Whitepaper: US government encourages China on long-term LNG exports

The US Department of Commerce has announced measures to encourage US LNG exports to China following a meeting between the presidents of the United States and China in April. The announcement has been welcomed by the LNG industry as a way to boost long-term contractual discussions between the two countries.

Download the whitepaper to learn more from ICIS China’s gas experts on China’s growing appetite for natural gas and LNG. ICIS China also provides insight on the developments of domestic gas market participants and a forecast for gas consumption through 2021.

Market highlight: Market makers boost Belgian ZTP gas liquidity to record level

Market highlight: Market makers boost Belgian ZTP gas liquidity to record level

Belgium’s secondary natural gas hub – the ZTP – saw its largest over-the-counter traded volume on record in April, with liquidity boosted by the introduction of four new market makers at the start of the month.

ICIS looks at which contracts at the ZTP have seen particularly sharp jumps in traded volume, and how liquidity at the hub has changed since its inception in 2012 as an alternative to the sterling-denominated Zeebrugge Beach.

 



 

VIDEO: Europe Special Report: the changing market balance for polyolefins

Europe Special Report video

ICIS senior editor Linda Naylor, talks to ICIS markets editor  Pavle Popovic about the 6th annual ICIS World Polyolefins Conference,  the implications of new global capacity for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) and other future issues facing the market.

Butadiene: chemical profile and value chain package

Butadiene: chemical profile and value chain package

The global butadiene (BD) market can be the most volatile among major petrochemicals. View the key dynamics of the European BD market including uses, supply/demand, pricing, technology and outlook from ICIS Chemical Business’ (ICB) latest chemical profile. Plus, see how the BD chain works on a global basis with analysis and forecasts on supply/demand factors across the entire value chain.

Market highlight: Pipeline, LNG supply to Europe up in April as gas injections soar

Market highlight: Pipeline, LNG supply to Europe up in April as gas injections soar

Pipeline gas supply to Europe rose by 5% year on year in April 2017 to 26.1 billion cubic metres, according to grid operator data collated by ICIS. This marked the seventh consecutive month of annual growth in piped imports, although the total was down by 4% compared to the month before.

ICIS looks at the key drivers behind the rising pipeline imports, and the changing trends observed in the key producers of Russia, Norway and North Africa. ICIS also examines how LNG supply to Europe has changed during a month which has seen a flurry of vessels berth at northwest European terminals.