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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

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.

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

What's New from ICIS

Free Download: Asia MTBE Trade Flow (2015-2017)

Asia MTBE Trade Flow (2015-2017)

ICIS produced a free infographic providing a complete view of the key exporters and a comparative view of trade flows in the Asian MTBE markets from 2015-2017. Download this free resource now to get a glimpse of the likely direction for 2018.

Infographic: US butadiene: the potential for growing supply

Infographic: US butadiene: the potential for growing supply

In this ICIS infographic, ICIS takes a look at how much additional BD production is possible if all upcoming ethylene projects are built.

China Natural Gas Annual Report

China Natural Gas Annual Report

Identity and assess investment opportunities with the 2017-2018 version of the ICIS China Natural Gas Annual Report.

With the upcoming version of the ICIS China Natural Gas Annual Report, you are guaranteed the most accurate data and insights needed to identify and assess investment opportunities in China, by gaining access to a 2017 market overview, as well as a supply and demand forecast for 2018–2022.

 



 

Market Insight: Tight supply to continue for most fertilizer products in q4 as demand remains steady

Market Insight: Tight supply to continue for most fertilizer products in q4 as demand remains steady

In this market insight, the ICIS fertilizer team takes a look at the supply-demand scenario for the final three months of the year and the main developments that are expected to affect all products in the fourth quarter of 2017.

NEW LAUNCH - China Oil and Refinery Annual Reports

China Oil and Refinery Annual Reports

Keeping up with China’s fast-moving oil and refining sector, which has limited transparency, may remain challenging. Will the strong Chinese appetite for imported crude continue in the coming years and how will independent refineries adapt with the increasingly competitive Chinese refinery industry?

Gain a complete view of China’s oil and refining industry with the latest edition of our annual reports. Access unrivalled data and analysis for the world’s top crude oil importer, ensuring you have the information you need for your investment and commercial strategies.

European Energy Market Winter Outlook 2017

European Energy Market Winter Outlook 2017

While important lessons were learnt at the beginning of this year when unprecedented price spikes hit energy markets, some of the issues that allowed the price spikes to occur have cropped up again.

Will the European energy markets pull through this winter unscathed?

European energy traders face a mixed standpoint as described in the ICIS European Energy Market Winter Outlook 2017, download your copy to find out more.

 



 

Market Insight: Europe PE prices lower for November

Market Insight: Europe PE prices lower for November

European PE buyers have been able to achieve lower prices in November, despite higher upstream naphtha costs. As producers’ margins are compromised, can this trend continue?

Find out in the latest insight piece by ICIS senior editor Linda Naylor.

New Report-  ICIS Methanol Global Price Forecast Report

ICIS Methanol Global Price Forecast Report

ICIS has launched a global methanol price forecast report with a rolling 6-month price forecast and market outlook, covering trade balances, analysis and a review of trading activity. The report includes ex-tank and ex-works China, CFR China, southeast Asia and US contract prices to help you understand where the methanol markets are headed, and to know the best time to trade.

Market Insight: The Irish integrated single electricity market (I-SEM)

Market Insight: The Irish integrated single electricity market (I-SEM)

The new integrated single electricity market (I-SEM) – which is due to go live in May 2018 – will allow trading over a greatly increased number of delivery periods, including a balancing market, day-ahead and a forward market.

In this market insight, ICIS sheds light on the full redesign of the all-island Irish power market, which is taking place to ensure it adheres to EU legislation.

 



 

Rhine river transport challenges the petrochemical industry

Rhine river transport challenges the petrochemical industry

The Rhine waterways are a vital transport link for the petrochemical industry, with many companies situated near its banks. Periods of low water have occurred with increasing frequency in recent years, causing disruption and expense.

Is the Rhine going to become increasingly problematic to use for business in the coming years? Find out with this in depth ICIS insight into the future of the Rhine water levels and expectations for climate developments.

ICIS Infographic: Major Phosphates supply/demand dynamics in Asia-Pacific

ICIS Infographic: Major Phosphates supply/demand dynamics in Asia-Pacific

The phosphates market has grown in the Asia-Pacific region in 2017, with new plants coming onstream and exports rising out of major regions.

In this infographic, ICIS takes a look at the major producers in the region, hot spots of demand and new projects that will affect the market in the next three years.

Infographic: 4M power markets in central Europe see increased liquidity amid volatile prices

Infographic: 4M power markets

The Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania make up the 4M market coupling project. These nations have experienced an increase in traded volume over the last few months compared to last year. In Romania, however, a surge in January liquidity was followed by a sharp drop in traded volume.

This infographic shows the year-on-year changes in OTC traded volume across the 4M markets and the reasons for these movements.

 



 

Your EPCA 2017 Round-up

EPCA 2017 brochure

The 51st European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) in Berlin was bursting with optimism and excitement. Petrochemical producers in Europe are facing continuing pressures within the modern economy to keep up with demand however given the economic backdrop, competitiveness has increased.

Our insight editor Nigel Davis reports on the event in this summary.

Insight: Europe PP and PE buyers facing hikes

Insight: Europe PP and PE buyers facing hikes

This latest insight piece, by ICIS Senior Editor Linda Naylor, looks at how Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) buyers in Europe are facing higher prices for October, as new capacity comes on stream in North America.

Free download: Polyurethane Presentation Slides

Polyurethane Presentation Slides

There has been much concern over polyurethane supply within the Asian markets as Sadara announced their plant capacity expansions. How will this affect global trade flows for the polyurethane chain?

ICIS presented a paper on impact of these recent developments and changes in commodities within the polyurethane chain, with a short-term outlook for Q4 2017.

 



 

Free download: Polyolefins Presentation Slides

Polyolefins Presentation Slides

The Asian polyolefins sector is expected to experience lengthened supply due to additional global capacities for both polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets. Furthermore, the industry has also seen changes in government policies, which might change trading dynamics due to capacity expansions in the near future.

Download the ICIS presentation that analyses the impact of increasing polyolefins capacities in China, southeast Asia and Turkey, along with a short-term outlook for Q4 2017.

Aromatics head into calmer waters

Aromatics head into calmer waters

The global aromatics market has been through a turbulent 2017, with supply disruptions, inventory fluctuations and unusual trade patterns. This article gives an outlook for 2018, and details why the authors expect calmer waters ahead.

ICIS Webinar: Mexico’s new gas market: A recap of the first three months of operation and outlook for 2018

ICIS Webinar: Mexico’s new gas market: A recap of the first three months of operation and outlook for 2018

In October, Mexico’s gas market will begin its second full quarter of operation since the launch of market liberalization under the new capacity reservation contract model on 1 July. James Fowler, editor of the ICIS Mexico Energy Report, will recap learnings from the first three months of market operation in this webinar, and look into the emerging pricing environment in the country, focusing in particular on the factors which could lead to regional price indices developing as demand increases.

 



 

Download: Insights on Chinese oil supply and demand

Insights on Chinese oil supply and demand

China has overtaken the US as the world’s top crude importer. At the same time, as more independent refiners are starting up in China, there is now a supply glut in distillates, resulting in China now exporting.

Access a presentation covering insights on the impact of China’s rising oil demand and surplus on international market players.

Chemical Profile: Middle East MDI - better understand the technology, uses and price trends

Chemical Profile: Middle East MDI - better understand the technology, uses and price trends

It has been a rollercoaster year for prices of polymeric methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) and more can be expected before the year ends.

This Chemical Profile for Middle East MDI provides some details on the technology and uses of MDI, and also touches on price trends and some of the factors behind recent price moves.

ICIS Carbon Markets Almanac 2017

ICIS Carbon Markets Almanac 2017

The ICIS Carbon Markets Almanac provides a top-level view of global efforts to combat climate change with cap-and-trade systems. For each of the different schemes worldwide, it highlights key design characteristics and includes spotlight articles discussing specific system features.

Our overarching breakout articles for 2017 include an analysis of the post-2020 carbon world and how we will get there, a discussion of President Trump’s impact on carbon trading, as well as a study on the Brexit and its effect on EU carbon and power markets.

 



 

Market Insight: Examining major factors driving the US benzene market

US benzene market

This Market Insight will examine some of the key factors for benzene demand in the US. The outlook for exports of styrene, a key benzene derivative, will be examined along with shifting patterns of international trade. The paper will also examine areas where derivative capacity may grow, while also touching on the economics of on-purpose benzene production.

ICIS Webinar: What does the 2016 review changes mean for the RGGI market?

ICIS Webinar: What does the 2016 review changes mean for the RGGI market?

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) released a draft of potential program changes stemming from the 2016 review process at the end of August 2017. This webinar will dive into what the supply-side dynamics might look like in the future before discussing how these changes could impact market participant behavior. Finally, we will explain how post-2020 structure could influence the price of allowances.

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.

Market Insight: Asian Polyurethane

Market Insight: Winds of Change in the Polyurethane Industry

With new Sadara start-ups, unexpected plant disruptions and an influx of downstream flexible slabstock grade of polyols in Asia’s polyurethane markets, the trading dynamics in southeast Asia and South Korea have become more volatile.

Download the free White Paper explaining how these developments in Asia have impacted on the southeast Asian and South Korean markets.

China Gas and LNG Webinar

China Gas and LNG Webinar

ICIS will be hosting a webinar to address China’s role in the broader LNG market as well as examining the opaque link between China’s LNG imports and pricing in the domestic market. In addition, the session will provide an insight into how LNG and gas pipeline infrastructure is developing and which companies are becoming more important in this growing market.

 



 

Market insight by Izham Ahmad: Sadara Chemical enters a crowded global polyols market

Market insight by Izham Ahmad: Sadara Chemical enters a crowded global polyols market

Saudi Arabia’s Sadara Chemical Co announced its long-awaited entry into the polyether polyols supply chain recently in a relatively low-key affair. In this paper, ICIS studies the impact of the debutant in the Middle East polyols industry on prices since the official announcement, highlighting the limited impact seen so far in what is widely considered to be a well-supplied segment.

Free Infographics: China’s benzene and toluene capacities

Free Infographics: China’s benzene and toluene capacities

China has gained a strong foothold in the Asian aromatics markets, particularly for benzene and toluene, through increasing plant capacities. ICIS has produced an infographic detailing the plant capacities of the key producing companies in the country. Download the infographic now to get a clearer picture of China’s involvement in the Asian aromatics markets and anticipate the implications of this in H2 2017.

ICB Special Edition - Market Insights & Expertise

ICB Special Edition - Market Insights & Expertise

We are proud to present this special issue of ICIS Chemical Business containing a selection of new and updated ICIS white papers and infographics. These articles showcase some of best of ICIS editorial expertise from all geographic regions and cover many of the most important chemical value chains.

We describe and analyze short, medium and long-term market trends with the help of static and interactive maps, graphs and diagrams.

 



 

Market insight: European PE, PP buyers face upward pressure on eve of new capacity start-ups

European PE, PP Market

Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) buyers in Europe are expecting to have more choice in product supply in the coming months, as new capacities come on stream in North America, India and China. There is still some upward pricing pressure in August, however, and much of the market is expecting sellers to attempt to push prices higher in September. The strong euro means more imports, but higher prices in Asia are attracting product eastwards.

Find out more about upcoming new capacity in senior editor Linda Naylor’s latest insight article.

Gas market highlight: Zeebrugge-NBP basis gas trade recovers after barren July

Gas market highlight: Zeebrugge-NBP basis gas trade recovers after barren July

Trading of the spread between Belgian Zeebrugge and British NBP Day-ahead natural gas contracts - known as the basis - has shown signs of recovery at the start of August after being at historic lows during July, data shows.

ICIS market reporter, Alex Thackrah, looks at the key pricing and fundamental factors which have shaped trading of the basis in the past few weeks, and analyses why this summer’s trading patterns are so different to previous years.

ICIS White Paper: Supply conditions still drive Americas base oils

ICIS White Paper: Supply conditions still drive Americas base oils

This base oil White Paper addresses the first half of 2017. It discusses the background that set the market on edge with tight supply, mainly in the Americas and in Europe. Base oil global production is ample, making tight supply a surprise in 2017. ICIS senior editor Judith Taylor sets out the events that led to the tight supply situation – still lingering in the second half of 2017 – and the price changes that took place.

 



 

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.

Market insight: 'Europe TiO2 rollercoaster ride continues, with price spikes, supply challenges'

Market insight: 'Europe TiO2 rollercoaster ride continues, with price spikes, supply challenges'

The European titanium dioxide (TiO2) market has seen extreme swings in price and supply over some years now.

Due to the price pressure and recent European Chemical Agency (ECHA) recommendation to classify TiO2 as a category 2 carcinogen, when inhaled, there is an underlying drive for buyers to reduce their TiO2 content and explore substitution possibilities. However, while this may be an option, technical limitations apply and there is an underlying need for a period of stability where economic sustainability is supported through the chain for the sake of the whole industry.

ICIS white paper: German natural gas hub unification

ICIS white paper: German natural gas hub unification

ICIS sheds light on plans to merge Germany’s two natural gas hubs – NCG and GASPOOL - within five years and the issues that will dominate the market ahead of unification. Parallels to France where a full merger is also taking place are likely to be a useful guide on how smooth the transition could be, although a number of German-specific developments are likely to impact both the process and outcome of the hub unification.

 



 

Market highlight: Rough surplus boosts Dutch H-gas exports to Germany

Market highlight: Rough surplus boosts Dutch H-gas exports to Germany

Dutch high-calorific natural gas (H-gas) exports to Germany are on course to hit a more than a two-year high in July and forward prices suggest strong flows will persist through August as well.

In the latest market highlight, ICIS looks at the key structural drivers behind this change in flow patterns and the likelihood of whether the trend will continue.

China Oil & Refining H1 Market Review 2017

China remains one of the most influential players across the globe; changes in supply, demand and prices have a substantial impact on regional and global markets. What are the factors driving the Chinese oil and refining and are we expecting this trend to continue in second half of the year?

Download this free White Paper for an in-depth analysis of prices, supply, demand and production in the country, as well as a snapshot of where the industry is headed in the second half of the year.

Special feature: China LNG & Gas H1 Market Review 2017

China Gas and LNG H1 Market Review 2017

China remains one of the most influential players across the globe; changes in supply, demand and prices have a substantial impact on regional and global markets. What are the factors driving the Chinese gas and LNG markets and are we expecting this trend to continue in second half of the year?

Download this free White Paper for an in-depth analysis of prices, supply, demand and production in the country, as well as a snapshot of where the industry is headed in the second half of the year.