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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

Free World Olefins Outlook 2015-2030

World Olefins Outlook

As competing market forces send mixed signals about the global olefins situation and outlook, uncertainty and volatility present challenges to industry players. How will the Olefins market fare?

  • Will supply outstrip demand growth in the next 10 years?
  • Is coal-to-olefins (CTO) and methanol-to-olefins (MTO) production sustainable?
  • How will shifting feedstock trends impact olefins production?

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

ICIS Special Publication

ICIS Special Publication

Scenario Planning for 2016 and Beyond Special publication features whitepapers produced by the ICIS Consulting team covering:

  • Things to Consider: Principles of strategic scenario planning exercises
  • Regional Shifts: Dynamics affecting regional competitive positions in downstream sectors
  • Asian Giants: Factors impacting growth plans and strategies for China and India
  • Market Focus: Oil price volatility and impact on the Middle East

What's New from ICIS

US Natural Soda Ash Industry Seeks to Maintain Global Competitiveness

US Natural Soda Ash

The growing capacity of soda ash from China over the past few decades is a major challenge which has threatened the profitability of US soda ash miners, most of whom are located in the state of Wyoming.

Another challenge for the US soda ash market is new production from Turkey, which is expected to come online in August of 2017.

Learn how the US is facing these obstacles in the whitepaper below.

ICIS Whitepaper: Trump Uncertainties Cloud Chem M&A Outlook

Trump uncertainties cloud chem M&A outlook

For years, persistently slow growth has been the driving force behind chemical mergers and acquisitions. With growth at such a sluggish pace, chemical companies have relied on deal-making to achieve growth through synergies. The administration of Donald Trump could change that, given his proposals to lower taxes, reform regulations and spend more on infrastructure. In this whitepaper, Al Greenwood looks at how some of Trump's policies could affect the outlook for growth.

US Glycerine Market, Sticker Shock Amid Uncertain Times

US glycerine market

Talks for Q2 refined glycerine contracts are happening and the market seems to be seeing a unique mix of factors that could push prices higher. Uncertainty in the biodiesel sector in the first quarter of every year has been a constant for many years now, but this year the uncertainty level is even more pronounced.

Meanwhile, imported product from southeast Asia has pulled back as sharply higher palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel oil (PKO) prices eroded margins for fatty acids production since December. Large producers in southeast Asia have increased kosher vegetable glycerine prices at US ports, but still see current prices as too low to cover refining and logistics costs.

 



 

Whitepaper: Urea Prices Correct Downwards in February After Six Months of Gains

Urea prices correct downwards in february

The urea market has seen a downward correction in February with domestic demand slowing in key markets including China and the US. Real buying interest is yet to return and there is a lot of talk of whether prices are close to a bottom or if there is more pain ahead.

In this piece, ICIS editor Deepika Thapliyal looks at the key factors affecting the urea market.

Market highlight: NBP gas winter-summer spreads hold firm

Market highlight: NBP gas winter-summer spreads hold firm

The prices of British natural gas summer- and winter-delivery contracts have moved in line with each other in March, despite Centrica Storage’s decision not to offer any capacity at Britain’s only seasonal storage site Rough for 12 months starting from April.

In this market highlight, ICIS looks at what has driven the key NBP summer-winter spread recently, and at which months are shaping up to be the most risk-laden at the NBP next winter.

Market Insight: Iran re-enters base oils and petrochemical markets

Market Insight: Iran re-enters base oils and petrochemical markets

ICIS editors Veena Pathare, Jasmine Khoo and Muhamad Fadhil look at recent developments in sanctions against Iran and its implications for the petrochemicals markets and analyse the Iranian base oils industry

 



 

ICIS Market Insight: European MEG - An Atypical Start To 2017

ICIS Market Insight: European MEG - An Atypical Start To 2017

In the first two months of 2017, the European monoethylene glycol (MEG) market saw two consecutive triple-digit increases in the monthly contract price, and spot prices reached their highest level since June 2015.

Traditionally a quiet period for Europe MEG, early 2017 saw tight conditions and soaring price trends, despite typical lacklustre demand.

Market highlight: UK set for LNG glut as Asian demand falls

Market highlight: UK set for LNG glut as Asian demand falls

A drop in Asian demand has led to a sharp up-tick in LNG cargoes due into Britain in March, and traders expect the trend to continue into the start of the gas summer.

ICIS looks at the drivers behind dwindling Asian demand, the evolution of Britain-Asia price spreads, and how this has created arbitrage opportunities to divert cargoes to Europe.

Market highlight: EU pipeline supply up on 2016 despite hitting five-month low

Market highlight: EU pipeline supply up on 2016 despite hitting five-month low

European natural gas pipeline supply fell to a five-month low of 26.2 billion cubic metres in February 2017, according to grid operator data collated by ICIS.

Despite month-on-month reductions, aggregate European pipeline imports rose by 9% or 2.1bcm compared to February 2016. This was driven by increased Russian and Algerian gas supply, which offset a drop in imports from Norway and Libya.

 



 

Market insight: European PET vs R-PET for 2017

Market insight: European PET vs R-PET for 2017

European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices have been rising in late 2016 and early 2017. Upstream price increases and a lack of competitive imports have caused PET prices to rise and this has led to some buyers reviewing their options.

Do higher PET prices make recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) an attractive alternative for buyers? Is switching from PET to R-PET a viable alternative? What impact are rising PET prices having on the R-PET market?

Infographic: European Ethylene Review 2016

Infographic: European Ethylene Review 2016

The ICIS European Ethylene Review of 2016 provides an at-a-glance reference view of the key features of the ethylene market including cracker output, supply and margins, pricing and international trade. The infographic also includes a European map of scheduled cracker turnarounds for 2017.

Market highlight: Traders question French nuclear availability forecasts for 2017

Market highlight: Traders question French nuclear availability forecasts for 2017

European power traders have no confidence that French nuclear availability will be close to RTE’s current outlook in the second half of 2017, given the potential for more probes into the French nuclear fleet to take capacity offline.

In this market highlight, ICIS takes a look at the key drivers behind European power and gas and how these drivers have led to prices spiking to record levels in 2016.

 



 

Market Insight: Unexpectedly bullish start for base oils

Market Insight: Unexpectedly bullish start for base oils

The European Group I base oils market has got off to an unexpectedly  bullish start in 2017 amid tight supply of SN150 and SN500 brought about  by production issues at a number of refineries. Despite this,  brightstock supply is surprisingly healthy – but how long will this  continue? Furthermore, what impact will rising Group I prices have on  the Group III market?

Download and read the market insight from ICIS editors Vicky Ellis and Sarah Trinder.

Market highlight: New Rough outage makes seasonal Interconnector gas flow swings more likely

Market highlight: New Rough outage makes seasonal Interconnector gas flow swings more likely

Greater seasonal gas flow swings via the bidirectional Interconnector pipe, which connects the British and Belgian gas markets, appear more likely in 2017/18, based on adjustments to Belgium-Britain price differentials in mid-February.

ICIS looks at the why flow patterns this year could be especially volatile, and examines the relationship between the key Zeebrugge/NBP price differential – known as the basis - and Interconnector flow.

Market highlight: Algerian gas flow surge to Italy eats into northern imports

Market highlight: Algerian gas flow surge to Italy eats into northern imports

Multiple market sources said they expect the amount of gas coming from north Europe via Switzerland into Italy to be lower for the rest of 2017 compared to 2016, if gas coming from Algeria remains high.

ICIS looks at the impact of the high Algerian imports on the Italian market and its impact on the Italian PSV-Dutch TTF price spread.

 



 

Americas Chemicals Market Outlook 2017

Americas Chemicals Market Outlook 2017

How will the major developments that pose uncertainty to the global petrochemicals market influence price and market movements in 2017?

ICIS answers these questions and more through the Americas chemicals outlook magazine and a series of short videos which provide a detailed market review of 2016 and analysis of the likely market outlook for 2017.

Middle East Chemicals Market Outlook 2017

Middle East Chemicals Market Outlook 2017

Currency fluctuations, slow downstream demand, new supply from China, ‘Brexit’ and a Trump Presidency are some of the major factors likely to affect key Middle Eastern commodity markets in 2017.

Download our exclusive Middle East Market Outlook magazine for a more detailed and extended review of key commodity markets

Market highlight: Brexit may impact UK-EU gas tariffs, premiums - sources

Market highlight: Brexit may impact UK-EU gas tariffs, premiums - sources

Changes to the way gas transmission tariffs are set as a result of Britain’s exit from the EU, as well as continued currency volatility, could impact the price differential between the British NBP and the Dutch TTF market, although market sources are mixed about the extent of this.

ICIS looks at the motivations behind imposing these tariffs, and the impact they may have on gas prices both sides of the English channel.

 



 

Market highlight: NBP options trading hints at weakening market sentiment

Market highlight: NBP options trading hints at weakening market sentiment

In the latest market highlight from ICIS, we take a look at how recent options trading at the British NBP may suggest a weakening in market sentiment ahead of the summer-delivery period.

Fertilizer Industry Starts 2017 Amid Political, Economic Uncertainty

Fertilizer Industry Starts 2017 Amid Political, Economic Uncertainty

Like other commodities, fertilizers face an uncertain 2017 due to political and economic uncertainty on both sides of the Atlantic, with consolidation expected by players looking to follow in the footsteps of Canadian giants PotashCorp and Agrium – who should receive regulatory approval for their mega-merger in the summer.

Geopolitical uncertainty increases risks for polyolefins

Populism turning world upside down

No one knows what the next 12 months may hold for global petrochemical markets. Will OPEC stick to their production cuts? How will the Trump presidency impact global trade relations? Polyolefins players need to be ready for uncertainty and build strategies to cope with a variety of scenarios. John Richardson looks at what the year ahead may bring for the Asian polyolefins markets in a world turned upside down.

 



 

What's the outlook for European chemical markets in 2017?

What's the outlook for European chemical markets in 2017?

'Brexit', a Trump presidency, EU policy changes – these are just some of the major developments that pose uncertainty to the global petrochemicals market.

ICIS analyses the key price and market movements in 2016 and what to expect in 2017 in a series of short videos and through the European outlook magazine.

Market highlight: EU gas balancing network code update: Spain

Market highlight: EU gas balancing network code update: Spain

In this market highlight, ICIS looks at how the balancing regime has performed since its implementation, in terms of liquidity and how often Enagas GTS - which is responsible for balancing the grid - has had to intervene in the market.

Special feature: Global Chemicals 2017 Outlook Series

Global Chemicals 2017 Outlook Series

Following the success of the annual Global Chemicals Outlook series, ICIS has launched the 2017 version of the global magazines which is now available to download. Get the latest rundown of the key market developments and conditions in 2016, together with a short-term outlook of what to look out for in 2017.

 



 

Market highlight: Belgian ZTP gas liquidity rockets to record in December

Market highlight: Belgian ZTP gas liquidity rockets to record in December

Over-the-counter traded volume at Belgium’s virtual hub, the ZTP, soared to 4.7TWh in December, up twelve-fold year-on-year, driven by a surge in transit flow through Belgium.

In our latest market highlight, ICIS looks at which ZTP contracts saw the most activity in December, and how liquidity compares with Belgium’s primary Zeebrugge hub, as well as with other illiquid European hubs.

ICIS market highlight: Pipeline gas supply to Europe rises 10% year on year in 2016

ICIS market highlight: Pipeline gas supply to Europe rises 10% year on year in 2016

Pipeline natural gas supply to Europe rose by a little more than 10% on year in 2016 to a record 298 billion cubic metres, according to grid operator data collated by ICIS.

ICIS looks at the drivers behind these high imports, in context of decade-low oil prices at the start of 2016, and an outage at Britain’s largest storage site, Rough.

Special feature: Asia Chemicals Outlook 2017 Webinar Series

Asia Chemicals Outlook 2017 Webinar Series

As we begin the New Year, we look back at the key developments and how they shaped the Asian chemical markets in 2016 – and look forward to what to expect in the coming year.  ICIS is hosting a series of free webinars to ensure you are equipped with the knowledge needed to navigate the markets in such volatile times.

 



 

Market highlight: TTF, NBP activity flags as far-curve trade dips in December

Market highlight: TTF, NBP activity flags as far-curve trade dips in December

Liquidity at the Dutch TTF and British NBP hubs decreased in December, as gas trading was disrupted by the festive break.

Over the calendar year 2016, the Dutch TTF hub surpassed the British NBP as the most liquid natural gas hub in Europe, while there was a marked shift towards greater trade on exchange platforms.

Whitepaper: North America's looking at six polypropylene plants

Whitepaper: North America's looking at six polypropylene plants

This whitepaper reviews the polypropylene plants that companies are considering in North America and explains the reasons why these plants could be built, going over margins for the polymer and comparing them with other parts of the world.

The continent could get at least six such plants. The whitepaper names the companies behind the projects and provides their level of progress. It also explains whether North America will have enough propylene to supply these and other derivative plants that are being proposed.

Whitepaper: World Class Purchasing

World Class Purchasing

Senior Consultant James Ray discusses the preliminary steps necessary to achieve World Class
purchasing skills. Learn how to make the most beneficial deals for your company and avoid making costly mistakes that you end up paying for year after year.

 



 

Phosphates developments in Africa by 2022

Phosphates developments in Africa by 2022

Africa will be the focus of 2017 and beyond with new phosphates capacity coming on stream and new players entering the market. As the phosphates market starts 2017 under pressure, with prices edging downwards globally and subdued demand, Africa emerges as an active demand outlet.

ICIS takes a look at the major companies that are going to play a big role in the next five years on the continent, and the main developments that are likely to shape the market by 2022.

Market highlight: German gas imports rise to two-year high in October

Market highlight: German gas imports rise to two-year high in October

Germany’s natural gas imports that are mostly bound in long-term delivery contracts rose to at least a two-year high during October.

ICIS looks at the price interrelationship between German OTC hub-indexed gas and gas imported via long-term supply contracts, which are mostly oil-indexed, in the context of the recent recover oil price recovery, which has seen the Brent crude price approach $50.00/bbl.

Groningen flex replaced by storage and H-gas conversion

Groningen flex replaced by storage and H-gas conversion

In our latest market highlight, ICIS looks at why Dutch natural gas production has been declining, and what the ramifications could be for European gas markets. These impacts include the rise of high-calorific gas conversion and greater usage of the Norg L-gas storage facility, as well as changes in Dutch cross-border flow patterns.

 



 

Florida Sinkhole Places Spotlight on Phosphate Industry

Florida Sinkhole Places Spotlight on Phosphate Industry

In this article addressing the US phosphate market, ICIS fertilizer market editor Mark Milam takes a look at how a sinkhole, which developed at a manufacturing operation earlier this year in Florida, has challenged producer Mosaic and brought the environmental hurdles and public scrutiny faced by the industry, back into the spotlight.

ICIS Heartland Infographic

ICIS Heartland Infographic

A sulphur facility set to kick off construction by the end of the year could shift Western Canada market logistics beginning in late 2017.

The Heartland Project, a planned forming facility between Inter-Chem and a Petrosul subsidiary, would add options into the mix for suppliers to get solid sulphur out of Vancouver for international export, as well as liquid loading for movement into the US by rail.

ICIS publishes first Mexico energy price transparency

ICIS publishes first Mexico energy price transparency

Mexico’s energy market liberalisation has taken a step forward, with the first transparency on forward energy pricing published by ICIS.

Market participant EKTRIA, a subsidiary of Fisterra Energy, chose the ICIS Mexico Energy Report to publish the first power swap contract offers for Mexico’s power market.

The offers provide Mexican and foreign energy companies with the first transparency on energy price valuations for forward delivery – a key factor in building liquidity and creating strong investment signals as the energy markets liberalise.

 



 

PP shortages in 2015 impact 2017 sentiment

PP shortages in 2015 impact 2017 sentiment

In this white paper ICIS editor Linda Naylor discusses the difficult choices available to PP contract buyers in Europe next year, and how the shortages of 2015 are still having an impact on the market.

Should they bite the bullet and accept higher prices to ensure security of supply next year? Or, as some are doing, reject what they consider to be unreasonable price hikes but risk not having the volume if supply is interrupted?

What does Donald Trump’s victory mean for the European economy?

What does Donald Trump’s victory mean for the European economy?

The monthly ICIS Macroeconomic November News bulletin examines if and how the continuous rise of populism will bring greater uncertainty to the European economy. Amid Brexit, the December referendum in Italy and concern over the upcoming French elections, the ICIS Macroeconomic Newsletter looks at how the aromatics industry may respond to the seeming trend towards isolationism and how this could impact the market’s liquidity.

Volatility sparks funds’ energy markets return, but banks stay away

Volatility sparks funds’ energy markets return, but banks stay away

In our latest market highlight, ICIS takes a look at why recent volatility in the energy markets has piqued the interest of speculative players, and what the future holds for financial institutions looking to operate in these markets.

 



 

Cheap German gas prices cut Dutch import incentive

Cheap German gas prices cut Dutch import incentive

The Dutch TTF’s discount to German contracts for delivery this winter has plummeted since the start of September, reducing the incentive for shippers to send gas from the Netherlands to Germany.

ICIS looks at the impact of low Groningen gas field production, an outage at Britain’s largest storage site, and increased flows via the OPAL pipeline, on the relationship between the key Dutch and German gas markets.

Market commentary: How will uncertainty for styrenics impact polystyrene?

Market commentary: How will uncertainty for styrenics impact polystyrene?

2016 styrene production levels have been strong in Europe and the US, but now the US styrene market is tightening on supply outages and impacting the availability of material for export to the rest of the world.

Read the latest market commentary from ICIS Senior Analyst Rhian O'Connor to get a clearer picture of the uncertainties in the styrenics market and how they are impacting PS prices.

Infographic: Hinkley Point C - The story so far

Infographic: Hinkley Point C - The story so far

French utility EDF’s 3.2GW Hinkley Point C (HPC) will be Britain’s first nuclear plant in decades when built and will assist in the country’s bid to improve energy security.

Once complete the plant will fill about 7% of the country’s electricity needs but the project has persistently faced delays since its inception.

ICIS takes a look at some of the more important developments so far.