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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.

Polyolefins market outlook 2017

Polyolefins market outlook 2017

The exceptional situation in 2015 for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) markets plus a series of planned maintenance closures this year are affecting decision making for buyers. 

As we begin the new year, ICIS analyses the key topics and what to expect in 2017.

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.

 



 

Latest Chemical Information

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.

ICIS special supplement: ICIS interactive - Polyurethane review

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

This ICIS interactive reports from the ACC’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) annual technical conference, including video interviews with key industry and association executives and winners of the CPI innovation awards

ICIS special supplement: Chemical Distributor – chemicals on the move

ICIS special supplement: Chemical Distributor – chemicals on the move

The latest edition of NACD’s Chemical Distributor, produced by ICIS, looks at regulatory, business and environmental issues, and previews the key speakers at the NACD annual meeting in San Antonio in November.

 



 

ICIS special supplement: ICIS Interactive – APLA - Voices from Latin America

ICIS special supplement: ICIS Interactive –APLA -Voices from Latin America

Watch video interviews with leading Latin American industry executives and consultants, in this report from the APLA petrochemicals meeting in November in Rio de Janeiro.

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.

 



 

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.

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 special supplement: EPCA - European Petrochemicals 2017

ICIS special supplement: EPCA - European Petrochemicals 2017

European petrochemicals come under the spotlight in the ICIS special publication produced in association with EPCA for its Annual Meeting in Berlin.

ICS special supplement: Strategic vision drives INEOS

ICS special supplement: Strategic vision drives INEOS

This special supplement from ICIS looks at INEOS' ambitious growth strategy with continued expansion in Europe, Asia and the US, as well as its ambitious plans to enter the automotive sector.

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.

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 Special Publication: Polyurethanes in the spotlight

ICIS Special Publication: GCC Fertilizers in Focus

The versatility of these widely used polymers feature prominently in a new special publication from ICIS, produced in association with Dow Chemical.

 



 

ICIS Special Publication: GCC Fertilizers in Focus

ICIS Special Publication: GCC Fertilizers in Focus

The latest issue of GPCA Insight, produced by ICIS, carries news and interviews on fertilizers in the GCC region and globally.

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.

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.

 



 

What’s the impact of the German election on the “Energiewende”?

What’s the impact of the German election on the “Energiewende”?

With Germany’s parliamentary election approaching, what impact will it have on the share of renewables and EU carbon?

ICIS Company of the Year 2017

ICIS Company of the Year 2017top100chemcompyr17_large

ICIS has awarded its Company of the Year accolade to Germany-headquartered polycarbonate and polyurethanes maker Covestro, based on its exceptional financial performance in 2016.

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.

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.

ICIS Chemical Profile: Latin America HDPE

ICIS Chemical Profile: Latin America HDPE

ICIS Chemical Business are proud to present our first ever Latin America chemical profile for HDPE, which takes a look at uses, technology, pricing and supply and demand for this commodity.

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.

 



 

Polyolefins Trade Flow 2016-2018 infographic

Worldwide Product Flow- Polyolefins

Having a view of the future supply-demand scenario is crucial in shaping your business strategies. Download this free infographic of polyolefins trade flow to get a quick look into the import-export volume outlook for 2017 and 2018.

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 focus article: US cracker boom prompts Resin Technology deal with Emeraude

ICIS focus article: US cracker boom prompts Resin Technology deal with Emeraude

The wave of new ethylene production arriving in the US market rippling through the downstream markets has facilitated a deal between Resin Technology and Emeraude. The article examines what the worst- and best-case scenarios could be during the negotiations.

Download the Focus article written by ICIS senior editor manager Bill Bowen to find out more about the emerging deal.

Asia Mid-year Review 2017

Asia Mid-year Review and Outlook 2017

Download this featured content for an in-depth analysis of prices, supply, demand and production in the Asian chemicals market.

 



 

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.