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Efficiently source chemical raw materials

Confidently develop sourcing strategies and quantify suppliers cost positions.

In today’s environment of global oil market volatility and emerging market economic deceleration, understanding feedstock dynamics is critical to procurement excellence. On the one hand, you need to identify and locate cost-competitive raw materials as well as suppliers who will support your expansion and investment decisions. On the other, you must predict how future market changes will condition your ability to do so at the best price. To gain a competitive edge, you must be able to benchmark your suppliers costs against those of your competitors.

What IHS Markit can do for you:

  • Develop sourcing strategies and to find new raw material suppliers who can support business growth
  • Locate future raw material suppliers using credible data for chemical companies, products and manufacturing sites, with each chemical listed on a plant-by-plant basis
  • Validate supplier choices with current chemical production capacities and growth forecasts – backed by supply and demand driver analysis so you can grasp your purchasing power
  • Compare supplier costs and margins
  • Track near- and long-term commodity market trends and how changes in prices and availability will impact your business and the materials you buy
  • Talk to our experts for advice on your sourcing strategy
  • Balance what your suppliers say against our impartial data and expert market analysis

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Directory of Chemical Producers (DCP)

Searchable database of more than 14,000 chemical companies that collectively produce 21,500 chemical products in over 90 countries.

Customers may search the database by: current or former company name, product name, CAS number, product group, plant location (city, state, province, country), ownership.

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Consulting Services

Client-tailored solutions, including market research, process evaluations, feasibility services, competitive structures, macroeconomics, strategic planning, benchmarking and M&A due diligence.

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Competitive Cost & Margin Analytics (CCMA)

Cost and margin curves with production costs by plant and feedstock.

Customers receive a cost curve model of pro-forma plant costs and margin positions of individual chemical plants, both regionally and globally. Now includes additional scenarios for feedstock prices.

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World Analysis (WA)

Long term capacity, supply/demand, price forecasts and trade data.

Customers gain online access to historical and 10-year forecasts of chemical production capacity data, supply/demand balances, country-by-country trade grids, and 10-year price, cost and margin forecasts. Certain studies also provide production economics, production process and technology overviews as well as derivative capacity data and analysis, and summaries of the strategic issues, sensitivities to the forecasts and emerging trends impacting global and regional markets.

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Chemical Economics Handbook (CEH)

Product-specific analysis of global markets, producers, demand and applications.

Customers receive individual reports containing a summary of commercial manufacturing processes, 5-year market outlooks, as well as supply/demand, trade and price data (available for over 300 chemicals).

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