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Chemical profile: Middle East polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

Chemical profile: Middle East polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

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

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 Top Chemical M&A 2017

ICIS Top Chemical M&A 2017

We present the ICIS Top Mergers & Acquisitions, comprising a listing of the top global deals competed in 2016, along with extensive coverage of the M&A market outlook. The three listings are by closing date (starting from most recent in 2016), by price and by sales of the target business. Investment bankers expect a robust M&A market going forward as demand for assets remains high. 2017 is poised to break records in deal-making.

 



 

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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.

ICIS special publication: ASC Interactive - Optimism for US adhesives

This ICIS interactive contains video interviews with industry executives and speakers at the recent Adhesive and Sealant Council conference in Miami, Florida.

This ICIS interactive contains video interviews with industry executives and speakers at the recent Adhesive and Sealant Council conference in Miami, Florida.

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?

 



 

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.

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.

ICIS Special Publication: AFPM Print - A wider view of the world

ICIS Special Publication: AFPM Print - A wider view of the world

AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference this year took a wider view of the petrochemical industry, as analysed in this special publication from ICIS produced in association with AFPM. Interviews with leading executives and articles on feedstocks, logistics, and further shale-driven investments are included.

 



 

ICIS Interactive: ASC print - Economy underpins adhesives growth

ICIS Interactive: ASC print - Economy underpins adhesives growth

The North American adhesives and sealants market is performing well as the US and global economies expand and innovation drives use in new markets. This special publication from ICIS in association with the US Adhesive and Sealant Council explores the market and looks at regulatory issues and disruptive technologies.

ICIS Special Publication: AFPM Interactive - US petrochemicals set to compete

ICIS Special Publication: AFPM Interactive - US petrochemicals set to compete

The latest ICIS interactive brings you news and video interview from the AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio at the end of March. The meeting found the industry in bullish mood in terms of feedstock supply, investment and markets, but worried about the prospects of tariff wars.  

Timeline of top chemicals news driving Indian chemicals market

Timeline of top chemicals news driving Indian chemicals market

In this infographic, we take a look back at major news stories in the first quarter of 2018 that are driving the changing dynamics of India’s chemicals market.

 



 

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 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 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.

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.

 



 

Special Publication: GPCA - Circular economy and innovation

Special Publication: GPCA - Circular economy and innovation

The latest issue of the GPCA Insight quarterly newsletter, produced by ICIS for GPCA, looks in depth at the circular economy, digitalisation and innovation strategy, as well as reporting on GPCA news and activities

ICIS Interactive: Base oils - Markets pause as growth resumes

ICIS Interactive: Base oils - Markets pause as growth resumes

Video interviews from the recent London ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants conference feature in this online publication, the first issue of ICIS interactive for the year. Hear what speakers from ExxonMobil, Fuchs Petrolub, Neste and DYM Resources have to say, plus market updates from ICIS editors in Europe and Asia.

Special Publication: NACD - US economic growth boost distribution

Special Publication: NACD - US economic growth boost distribution

The latest edition of NACD’s Chemical Distributor, produced by ICIS, looks at regulatory, business and economic topics affecting the US chemical distribution sector, and has reports on e-commerce and Millennial recruitment and talent.

 



 

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.

 



 

Middle East market insight: The race to dominate the emerging LAB markets

Middle East market insight: The race to dominate the emerging LAB markets

Two world-scale plants will soon be on stream in the Gulf Cooperation Council region. In this market insight, ICIS takes a look at how the added capacity in this region is expected to put downward pressure on markets, even though linear alkyl benzene prices are firming due to increasing oil and benzene prices.

ICIS Special publication: Base oils take a pause

ICIS Special publication: Base oils take a pause

ICIS takes a close look at industry and market trends in the base oils and lubricants sector in its annual base oils special report.

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.

 



 

The global biodiesel market’s shifting ADD landscape

The global biodiesel market’s shifting ADD landscape

The global biodiesel market has seen a reshuffle of its anti dumping landscape in 2017-18, with several worldwide changes in anti-dumping duties (ADDs) leaving the global biodiesel market in uncertain waters.

Download this insight to find out what this means for the European biodiesel market in 2018 and beyond.

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.

 



 

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.

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.

 



 

Asia PP and PE Forecast Webinar

Asia PP and PE Forecast Webinar

Join ICIS in this free webinar which provides 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.

Katherine Sale reports on the MMA Outlook for 2018

Katherine Sale reports on the MMA Outlook for 2018

The global methyl methacrylate (MMA) market is bracing itself for further disruptions in 2018 after 2017 left prices soaring, amid higher demand worldwide and production problems.

Read the Market Outlook to see the areas of opportunity and growth for MMA in 2018.

Tightness in US benzene supply may ease in q1

Tightness in US benzene supply may ease in q1

US benzene supply concerns may see some easing in the first quarter of 2018, following a strong rise in prices during the fourth quarter of 2017, driven by the prompt supply shortages.

Zachary Moore, deputy managing editor, details in this ICIS outlook articles what to expect from the US benzene market in 2018.

 



 

US PVC bullish in new year on rising demand

US PVC bullish in new year on rising demand

The US polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market anticipates a strong year in 2018, on the rising demand to repair and rebuild the damages from the three Category 4 hurricanes that made landfall in the US in 2017 and a series of wildfires that have consumed nearly 10,000 homes and other structures in California.

In this ICIS outlook article, senior editor Bill Bowen discusses the factors that will contribute to the PVC demand in the US.

Outlook: Increasing US BD supply putting pressure on sellers

Outlook: Increasing US BD supply putting pressure on sellers

Domestic supply of butadiene (BD) in 2018 is expected to increase on the start-up of several new crackers, putting pressure on domestic BD producers to increase their market share.

In this ICIS outlook article, senior editor John Dietrich examines the effects of the increased US domestic supply on the global BD market.

Outlook: US fatty alcohols could see supply pinch

Outlook: US fatty alcohols could see supply pinch

The US fatty alcohol market in 2018 could see supply pose as much a driver as feedstocks, a shift from the upstream feedstock volatility that dominated 2017.

Download the outlook article by senior editor Judith Taylor as she discusses what else is in store for the US fatty alcohols market.

 



 

Outlook: America’s base oil industry moves into increasing Group III use

Outlook: America’s base oil industry moves into increasing Group III use

The Americas base oil industry is moving strongly into Group III base stock use in 2018 as new vehicle engines will require more of the light viscosity oils.

Based upon this growing need for light viscosity base oils, 2018 will see additional Group III enter the Americas base oil market in both production and commercial presence.

Senior editor, Judith Taylor provides a glimpse of what is expected in the Americas base oils market in this latest outlook piece.

US isocyanate buyers are hoping to see improved supply conditions in 2018

US isocyanate buyers are hoping to see improved supply conditions in 2018

US isocyanate buyers are hoping to see improved supply conditions in 2018, after both methyl di-p-phenylene and toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) markets saw significant price increases over the course of 2017, driven by persistent supply tightness.

In this ICIS outlook article, editor Zachary Moore discusses supply conditions in the isocyanates market and what to expect in 2018.

Special supplement: NPE print publication - Innovation drives plastics investment

Special supplement: NPE print publication - Innovation drives plastics investment

Innovation and capacity expansions in North American plastics are explored in this special publication produced by ICIS in association with the Plastics Industry Association, organiser of next year’s NPE2018 plastics convention. Also featured are plastics in automotives, biopolymers, plastics recycling and 3D printing.

 



 

Special supplement: ICIS Interactive GPCA - GCC industry must transform

Special supplement: ICIS Interactive GPCA - GCC industry must transform

Video interviews with senior chemical industry executives at this year’s Annual GPCA Forum are featured in this latest ICIS interactive. Listen to views on industry transformation, sustainability and digitalisation and learn about the GPCA’s Legacy Initiative to recognise pioneers of the Arabian Gulf chemical industry.

ICIS top 40 power players of 2017

ICIS top 40 power players of 2017

ICIS is pleased to announce the top 40 power players of 2017. This is a list of the most influential executives in the global chemical industry.

European polymers calmer at year-end but PE imports promise disruption

European polymers calmer at year-end but PE imports promise disruption

European polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) players are set to close 2017 in calmer waters, after nervous sentiment caused by cracker shutdowns at the beginning of the year.

But will this sentiment be short-lived?

Linda Naylor reports on the strength of the economy for PP and PE markets.

 



 

Winds of change in the polyolefins market

Winds of change in the polyolefins market

Significant changes can be expected in the global polyolefins market in 2018.

In North America, all eyes are on the long-term impact of Hurricane Harvey on supplies, while in Asia, the success or otherwise of Chi­na’s economic reforms will have a huge bearing on consumption. In Europe, supply and demand are driving the market, which is expected to remain healthy into 2018.

Special supplement: GPCA Insight - Chemical industry in transformation

Special supplement: GPCA Insight - Chemical industry in transformation

The fourth 2017 quarterly newsletter from GPCA, produced by ICIS for GPCA, looks at the challenges facing the Middle East chemical industry, with interviews and features on a wide range of topics.

Special supplement: ICIS interactive NACD - Upbeat mood for US chemical distributors

Special supplement: ICS interactive NACD - Upbeat mood for US chemical distributors

The latest ICIS interactive brings you news and interviews from the November annual meeting of the National Association of Chemical Distributors in San Antonio, Texas, which saw delegates in positive mood in terms of business and regulatory issues.

 



 

ICIS special supplement: APLA - Latin America returns to growth - Global – Chemicals – November 2017

ICIS special supplement

ICIS, in association with APLA, reviews the Latin American petrochemicals scene and the economic and political landscape across the region, in this special publication for APLA’s annual meeting in Rio de Janeiro

ICIS Special supplement: Strathcona - Invest in Canada

ICIS Special supplement: Strathcona - Invest in Canada

This 8-page special ICIS publication looks at developments in Strathcona County, Alberta, Canada, and how it is gearing up to attract downstream petrochemical investment to add to it oil, gas and refinery activities.

ICIS special supplement: Innovation Awards 2017 - Innovation recognised and rewarded

ICIS special supplement: Innovation Awards 2017 - Innovation recognised and rewarded

ICIS reveals the winners of its Innovation Awards 2017 competition, with articles on the winners and sponsors, and views from the judging panel. Read about AkzoNobel, Genomatica, Enerkem and Dow Chemical’s outstanding innovations.

Outlooks

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.

Special publication: CPI Polyurethanes 2016

Special publication: CPI Polyurethanes 2016

Polyurethanes come into sharp focus in the latest special publication from ICIS, prepared in association with the American Chemistry Council on the occasion of its annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference, in Baltimore, US. Markets, innovation, recycling and sustainability as well as end use markets such as construction and automotive are all featured in a series of indepth articles.

Polyolefins, polystyrene, benzene and styrene market outlook for 2017

Polyolefins, polystyrene, benzene and styrene market outlook for 2017

It’s time to look ahead to next year. Uncertainty over crude oil prices, market volatility and large-scale increases in global supply, all in the context of a hesitant economic recovery in Europe, are just some of the challenges likely to face European petrochemical markets. ICIS consultants give their views on what the future may hold for polyolefins, benzene, styrene and polystyrene markets in Europe next year.

 



 

Market Outlook: Egyptian styrenics reboot in progress

Market Outlook: Egyptian styrenics reboot in progress

Egypt is set to re-emerge as a key supplier of polystyrene (PS) to markets in Europe and Africa with the restart of domestic production. The country has had to rely on costly imports of styrene feedstock since late 2014, rendering local PS production uneconomic. However, a new styrene supply deal and the promise of new styrene capacity will allow Egypt to raise its domestic PS output in the years ahead.

Market outlook: global phenol and acetone markets under pressure from overcapacity

Market outlook: global phenol and acetone markets under pressure from overcapacity

Global phenol and acetone markets are suffering from overcapacity as new projects come on stream and demand growth remains tepid. As a result, phenol and acetone prices are becoming more competitive and global trade flows are changing.

View a preview of the import analysis section of the China PBR Annual Study

View a preview of the import analysis section of the China PBR Annual Study

ICIS has recently launched the latest version of the China PBR Annual Study, an in-depth report of the year’s developments and hot topics with supply/demand outlook for 2015. To give you a glimpse of the type of valuable information provided in the annual study, we have made a section available for you to view.

 



 

Phenol: Asia’s rising capacity and changing trade flow

Phenol: Asia’s rising capacity and changing trade flow

Download this free market outlook presentation by ICIS for a better understanding of the latest phenol developments.

Find out what's happened over the last 3 years, insight into the changes and the outlook for the rest of the year.

North American Polyethylene (PE) Market Outlook

North American Polyethylene (PE) Market Outlook

Read about North American Polyethylene (PE) Market Outlook for 2014 and 2015.

Drawing on expertise from ICIS Consulting and discussions with industry players, we recommend reading this article if you are making short- to mid-term commercial decisions in the US PE market.

Market outlook: No price hikes for North America TiO2

Market outlook: No price hikes for North America TiO2

The TiO2 market in North America saw some failed price increase attempts at the end of 2013. Supply is strong and no problems are currently expected. Buyers are predicting steady growth in 2014 as new home construction is on the increase.

Data

The monthly ICIS Latin America Polymers Index

02/04/2015

Latin America Polymers Index

Published each month, the monthly ICIS Latin America Polymers Index provides a measure of the average change in domestic Latin American polymer prices over time. The index dates back to January 2002.

The monthly ICIS Middle East Polymers Index

02/04/2015

Middle East Polymers Index

Published each month, the monthly ICIS Middle East Polymers Index provides a measure of the average change in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) polymer prices over time. The index dates back to January 2000. 

What does the oil price crash mean for the petrochemical industry?

What does the oil price crash mean for the petrochemical industry?

ICIS experts further analyse recent developments surrounding the downtrend in oil prices and have produced a white paper, which covers every angle of this market development and its impact on downstream petrochemical markets.

Blogs

Asian Chemical Connections

John Richardson and Malini Hariharan's Asian Chemicals Connections looks at Asian and global commodity chemicals and polymer pricing trends, supply and demand, macroeconomics, energy and environmental issues.

Chemicals and the Economy

Paul Hodges looks behind today's headlines and studies key influencers shaping the chemical industry over the next 12-18 months. He takes a closer look at oil prices, economic growth and the environment among other things, along with some light-hearted commentary along the way.

Energy Connections

ICIS energy editors post their expert opinions on the major topics facing participants in the European gas, electricity, LNG and oil markets. This blog will look behind the headlines and critically analyse the impact of market developments on the industry, with some more light-hearted posts thrown in for good humour.

     
 



 

Listen

 

ICIS Europe Chemical update: Methyl Ethyl Ketone

ICIS Europe Chemical update: Methyl Ethyl Ketone 11 August 2014

Listen to the latest podcast from ICIS and learn about current Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) market conditions, pricing, supply and demand, and news.

Europe PO derivative markets still affected by Moerdijk explosion

Europe PO derivative markets still affected by Moerdijk explosion

Jo Pitches interviews Stefan Naidu about how an explosion that destroyed one of Shell's propylene oxide (PO) production units in Moerdijk, Netherlands on June 3 continues to affect European PO derivative markets such as monopropylene glycol (MPG) and polyols.

ICIS Europe Chemical Update: ABS and SAN

ICIS Europe Chemical Update: ABS and SAN

Rob Miles interviews ABS and SAN editor Matt Tudball on the impact of feedstocks and Asian imports on the European markets.

 



 

View a preview of the demand analysis section of the China Styrene Annual Study

View a preview of the demand analysis section of the China Styrene Annual Study

ICIS has recently launched the latest version of the China Styrene Annual Study, an in-depth report of the year’s developments and hot topics with supply/demand outlook for 2015. To give you a glimpse of the type of valuable information provided in the annual study, we have made a section available for you to view.

ICIS Europe Chemical Update: Polyurethanes - 24 March 2014

ICIS Europe Chemical Update: Polyurethanes - 24 March 2014

Polyurethane editors Heidi Finch and Stefan Naidu discuss market fundamentals and price trends in the European polyurethane market.

 



 

Watch

 

Webinar: Recent trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials

Webinar: Recent trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials

In this webinar, Mark Victory, Senior Editor, Manager, ICIS, covers:

  • Recent and future trends in automotive petrochemical raw materials
  • ICIS Basket of Automotive Petrochemicals; its construction, uses and importance, along with recent trends in the basket
  • The difficulties in pricing petrochemical raw material costs for automotives from upstream and feedstock costs
  • Forecasts for supply and demand changes to 2020 and what that will mean for the market,
  • Future trends for the automotive industry itself

Special report on Asia Methanol and Acetic Acid Markets

Special report on Asia Methanol and Acetic Acid Markets

Join ICIS as we take a closer look into Asian methanol and downstream acetic acid markets. In this special report, ICIS experts give key insights into price drivers, how supply and demand fundamentals have been affecting the marketplace, and most importantly, what the outlook is for the rest of the year.

Special Report: Asian Surfactants

Special Report: Asian Surfactants

ICIS experts closely following natural and synthetic-based surfactants in Asia have produced a video covering key insights into the current market situation and price drivers, with a near-term outlook of key surfactants commodities such as linear alkylbenzene (LAB), linear alkylbenzene sulphonate (LAS) and alcohol ethoxylates.