ICIS Digital Enhancements

Plant Cost Evaluator

What is the Plant Cost Evaluator?

The Plant Cost Evaluator visualises the production costs of individual plants and their relationship to the regional price floor/ceiling; arming you with critical data to act more decisively when  buying, selling, or negotiating.

How regularly is the Plant Cost Evaluator updated?

Weekly through  ICIS’s global network of market experts.

Which commodities are available?

Caustic Soda
Monoethylene Glycol
Polyvinyl Chloride

Which regions are available?

Plant Cost Evaluator is available for EMEA, APAC and Americas

EMEA covers: Europe, Middle East, Africa, Former USSR
APAC covers: NE Asia, S&SE Asia
Americas covers: North America, South & Central America

You can highlight plants in specific countries, or sites on the cost curve.

Is historical cost curve data and/or historical price window data available?

Historical data for cost curves is available back to 2016.

A time series of the price window is not currently available.

How can I download the plant cost evaluator data?

You can download the raw data as a CSV file.

The cost curve chart is downloadable as a PNG file.

How does Plant Cost Evaluator take volatility in prices into account?

Volatility is a factor when unexpected events happen in the market, so Plant Cost Evaluator reflects those changes. It uses spot prices as the basis of its short-term cost calculations, which are typically more responsive than contract prices to changing markets and more closely reflect the absolute price level of deals.


When is the pricing analysis available?

Pricing analysis  is available when there is a reported I.C.I.S price against which to compare. Therefore, in regions where there is no I.C.I.S reported price, there is no floor and ceiling.

These are:
Ethylene & Propylene: Middle East, Former USSR, Africa, South & Central America
HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE and PP: Africa
PE: No pricing windows because this is an aggregate of HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE

How do I get access to Plant Cost Evaluator?

Plant Cost Evaluator is an add-on to ICIS Insight or I.C.I.S Analyse

Chemical Data (CDI)

Where can I find the CDI reports on ICIS Digital?

On the Home page, select “View all” under Commodities for quick access to your reports.

You can also save favorite report links on Home page. Go to “Prices” and add the market.

You will see the report link under Commodities as soon as you login.

What else do I see on the CDI Commodity page?

On our CDI Commodity pages, you will find all the latest monthly report for each market is on the default Product Data tab, along with the latest news and an up-to-the-minute price chart.


In the interactive chart, use the scroll bar to customize your view of the latest price and historical price trends going back five years.

Instantly download an image of the chart or a spreadsheet of the chart’s data.

For select markets, you’ll also see one year of forecasts on the chart.

In the News tab, read timely insights about that specific market.  Use the “Search” box for keywords. For a specific timeframe, select the dates and hit “Apply”.

In the Archive tab, view previously published reports, monthly import and export data, and annual supplements.

Do I have access to CDI’s price history on ICIS Digital?

Yes.  You can view, chart, and download five years of CDI price history from your Commodity page interactive chart.

In addition, the ICIS Excel Plug-in also allows you to update worksheets in Excel instantly with CDI prices going back to 1979. Visit our Excel Plug-in guide to learn more about this feature.

Do I have access to previously published reports on ICIS Digital?

Yes. You can view previously published content from the Archive tab of your Commodity page

Where do I find the CDI publication schedule?

You can find it in on Home page, under Publishing Schedule.

Where is the MPA or MFA PDF?

You will find the latest MPA and MFA PDF, as well as a year’s worth of previously published PDFs, in the Archive tab of any of your subscribed Commodity pages.  Please note, we will discontinue the consolidated PDF from April 2022.

Where is the Prices Spreadsheet Excel file?

The latest price spreadsheet is available each month in the Archive tab, under the menu item called “CDI Petrochemical & Plastics Analysis Data.”

Where is the Economic Summary?

You will find the latest summary each month at the top of the “Editor’s Pick” box in the News tab of your commodity page.  Previously published PDFs of the Economic Summary are available in the Archive tab.

Where can I find the annual supplements for Capacity, Supply & Demand, and Manufacturing Economics

The latest annual supplements for each commodity are in the Archive tab.

Where are the monthly Imports and Exports PDFs?

The latest import and exports for each commodity are in the Archive tab under the menu items with the “Imports” and “Exports” labels. You’ll find previously published import and export PDFs there as well.

Can I receive notifications when the latest CDI report is published?

Yes. You can opt-in to receive ICIS Digital alerts on any Commodity page.

For email alerts, you’ll get a link within the email that will take you directly to that market’s report.

For mobile alerts, you’ll receive a push notification. When clicked, it will take you directly to that market’s report in the app.

Visit our alerts support page to set this up and learn more about this feature.

How will I be notified when prices are finalized?

There will be an announcement on the website and mobile app as soon as the price is final.


What CDI content can I find on the ICIS mobile app?

In addition to notifications, you can also access the latest CDI prices, reports and an up-to-the-minute News feed. Your Home page choices are synchronized from your desktop to your phone and vice versa.

How can I download the mobile app?

The app is available on Android and Apple iOS. Search for ICIS wherever you download apps.

Who do I call for support with the CDI or ICIS website?

Our global client success team can assist with queries as and when required available via Live Chat, email or phone.

Email: support@icis.com

  • Americas: +1 713 525 2613; +1 888 525 3255 (toll-free US & Canada)
  • Asia & Oceania: +65 6588 3955
  • China: +86 4007 200 222
  • Europe, Middle East & Africa: +44 20 8652 3335

To sign up for one-on-one training, visit  https://www.icis.com/support/contact/platform-training/

Will my CDI login work on ICIS Digital?

No. Only the login credentials you set up at registration work on ICIS Digital.

What will happen to the CDI Dashboard?

Since March 2021, ICIS has provided CDI content on ICIS Digital. This creates even greater value for our broad range of customers to aid decision-making and mitigate risk.

Your CDI Dashboard login will remain active until April 2022, while we migrate customers from the CDI website to the ICIS Digital experience.

Can I still call my CDI contact directly with market questions?

Yes. Access to market experts is a key aspect of the CDI service and customers can continue to contact the CDI team to get the information they require

Whom do I call with questions about my CDI subscription?

We are committed to providing our customers with the quality data and insight they expect and deserve. Your ICIS account manager will work with you to ensure that you have access to the best products to suit your unique needs.

Is CDI data subject to the same validation process/methodology as ICIS?

The methodology approach is similar and based on the same market survey approach. Over time, we will align ICIS and CDI methodologies and price series where applicable.

Will the CDI brand change?

CDI has strong brand equity in the US. As part of our integration, we will continue reviewing our combined brand and how the CDI offering is positioned alongside the ICIS portfolio.


Are the Commodities FAQ’s available in other languages?

Yes! Questions relating to the ICIS Digital enhancements and the new commodities pages are available in x10 languages.

Select a language below.

Arabic Dutch German Italian Japanese
Korean Mandarin Russian Spanish Portuguese

What is the best way to access my reports?

You’ll be able to access your reports via the dedicated Commodity Page, these are accessible via the home page.

You can also configure your email alerts to receive notification whenever a new report is published – a link within the email will direct you to the website from where you can access your chosen report.

Where can I find my weekly and daily reports?

For Petrochemical commodities, the weekly publications can be found in the Pricing & Insight tab on the commodity pages.

If a commodity page has an associated daily report, it will be found in the Daily Pricing tab. As this will be the most frequently updated page, this is the first page a user will see when opening the commodity page.

For Gas and Power, the daily report is found in Pricing and Insight tab.

If unsure, the date of publication can be seen on the top left of the pages.

How do I download a report?

Easy! Just go to the relevant Commodity Page(s) from where you can conveniently export or download your chosen reports.


Will there be an archive of reports available within ICIS.com?

Yes, the access to historic reports for the last three months will be available within the Commodity Pages. If you need access to earlier publications, you can always contact our Client Support team


I have access to a lot of commodities, how can I set favourites?

You can easily configure the ICIS.com home page to set favourites / view favourite commodities and at-a-glance pricing – simply look for the cog icon as highlighted in the screenshot below to set these up and configure the page as you wish.

Selecting View all will take you to a commodity summary page listing all the commodities available as part of your subscription. This will replace the Reports Channel within ICIS.com.


Will I be able to search for a commodity using abbreviations i.e. PE / Polye?

Yes! Using the search bar on the ICIS.com Home page and throughout the website, which you can use to search for a given commodity – the search function will support most common abbreviations such as ‘PE’ or Polye.

How do I check for the latest prices on the commodities page?

Within each commodity page, there is a secondary navigation menu (as highlighted in the image below). If you select ‘Pricing & Insight’ from this menu, this displays the report, within here clicking on prices in the report you will navigate to latest published price table.

How do I find out about the very latest market activity and developments?

You can stay up to date with real-time breaking news and analysis from around the globe, for each commodity.

Access this via the secondary navigation News also via the right panel to view related commodity news.

News FAQ’s

How can I find the latest production changes and disruptions?

You may wish to try the Live Disruption Tracker, a powerful data visualisation which provides an up-to-date view of the global supply scenario for a given commodity (including disruptions). Available for a range of commodities, the tracker enables you to quickly evaluate whether a market is long or short, mitigate risks to supply availability and adjust pricing strategies – using a customisable, interactive interface.

Analytics FAQ’s

Will I be able to view the Commodity Pages on my mobile?

Yes, the new Commodity pages as well as the Homepage and News Channel are fully responsive, so you can access all of your content from any device. If you mainly access ICIS content from your mobile phone, we recommend to use our mobile app.

What changes should I expect with emailed report delivery?

In order to reduce and simplify the volume of emails you receive from ICIS, we will now be providing your market reports as links taking you directly to the relevant commodities page on ICIS.com.  

You will receive an email, at the regular time with a consolidated list of links that have been published within a similar timeframe 

Will the email address change?

Yes email alerts will be dispatched from a new email address: alerts@email.icis.com  

We recommend you whitelist our address by adding us to your safe senders list to ensure you receive our emails 

What are the Price Driver Analytics Tools?

At-a glance Price Driver analytics help you monitor competition beyond your country and region in order to maximise your margin potential and optimise sales opportunities – featuring analysis and actionable commentary, they are available across a range of commodities and include widgets you can use to analyse Import parity, Arbitrage/ Netbacks, Substitution, Feedstock & Downstream trends.


What are the Margin Analytics Tools?

Margins Analytics are a powerful, at-a-glance analytics tool available for a range of commodities – they visualises the latest variable cost and margin data by feedstock and location.

What is the Price Optimisation Tool?

Price Optimisation is a digital tool intended to save you precious time gathering information – use it to immediately identify where and at what price level to buy or sell a given commodity. Available for a range of commodities, the tool visualises net price differences between regions and countries through an interactive, global map – helping you to prioritise your sales, source opportunities, justify your pricing strategies and assess competitive threats.

What are Supply & Demand Outlooks?

Supply & Demand Outlooks are available for a range of commodities providing a global, quarterly overview of market conditions for the previous three months plus ICIS expectations for the current quarter across key value chains.