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IHS Chemical Strategic Reports deliver critical and comprehensive analysis of high-profile topics in areas of key interest to the chemical industry, such as petrochemical feedstock, China's coal-fed chemical chains, renewable and sustainable chemistry, and revolutionary processes and technologies. Our wide selections of chemical industry reports offer independent, unbiased analysis and valuable longer term views on the market that are most important for your planning, investment and production decisions. Our Strategic Reports provide our clients with actionable intelligence on major issues that impact their markets resources with single-source access to unrivaled qualitative and quantitative information. Save valuable company time and resources by tapping into our focused chemical industry studies.

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Light Linear Alpha Olefin Market Study
A comprehensive examination of the light Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO) market for Butene-1, Hexene-1 and Octene-1 globally and by major regions. This report covers LAO demand segmentation by application and carbon group and discusses the upstream and downstream integration of various competitors, potential impacts of polymer inter-competition in butene-1, hexene-1 and octene-1 grades, and potential impacts of emerging technology. In this report, we evaluate on-purpose capacity requirement for the lower LAO to supplement the volumes provided by full range plants.

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C5: “C5 Value Chain Study: From Cracker to Key C5 Derivative Applications for Isoprene, DCPD and Piperylene”
Under volatile energy conditions, producers need to add maximum value to every stream the cracker produces. The C5 stream provides a link between the cracker and a number of downstream industries. This report completes IHS Chemical coverage of the steam cracker envelope with a comprehensive view of the C5 business including supply, demand, production economics and price. It provides market dynamics for the major C5 petrochemicals – isoprene, DCPD (according to purity), piperylene concentrate, isoamylenes, pentanes, and, where pertinent for completeness, C9 resin.

Polyethylene: "Latin America Polyethylene Market: Supply Shortfalls, the Growing Opportunity"
The Latin America polyethylene market is growing rapidly - demand will exceed 8.6 million metric tons by 2020. With only one major capacity addition in sight, imports will significantly increase for the region. This report will provide break-downs of demand by product family (including into co-monomer type where applicable), main country/sub-region, process group, and end-use market. The study will describe the competitive landscape of the Latin America Market and its main players and list the top polyethylene consumers by country, including demand data and contact information.

"Chemical Industry Capital Costs: A Global Spending Outlook"
The global chemical industry will spend over $1 trillion over the next 10 years. New sources of feedstock and a sharp decline in oil prices are affecting how much capacity will be added and where it will be located. This report provides a 15-year history of capital and a 10-year forecast for downstream capital spending by region, detailing capital spending for EPC services, construction labor, equipment, steel, civils, instrumentation and electrical.

Ethylene: "Global Ethylene Logistics Review: Ready to be Waterborne?"
A comprehensive view of global ethylene logistics and the associated economics, this report will help companies understand the options available for moving the monomer. This report details all pipelines, terminals and ports currently available worldwide for ethylene movement. It identifies potential markets for ethylene exports and calculates the economics for moving ethylene from the US and the Middle East to export markets.

US Bulk Chemical Industry Trade & Logistics in the Shale Gas Era
With 100 million metric tons of petrochemical capacity additions by 2025, there will be significant uptick in chemical trade activity and logistics considerations to move the increased production to consumers. This report explains the drivers for development and trade patterns within the bulk chemical value chain including plastics, chlor-vinyls, methanol, ammonia, benzene, and alpha-olefins in the US, and identifies potential opportunities relative to the shale gas for producers, end users, investors, and transportation & logistics companies.

Coal: "China Coal Chemical Industry Analysis (2015 Update)"
The rapidly growing coal-to-chemicals industry will have a major impact on the conventional chemical industry. There has been significant progress since the original China Coal Chemical Industry Analysis was completed. This report updates previous study's project status for the coal to chemicals value chains in methanol, ethylene and propylene, MEG, PVC, and ethanol; adds new projects announced since the previous study was completed. It includes updated economic analysis for coal to methanol, ethylene and propylene, MEG, and ethanol and contains an updated market outlook through 2030.

Lubricants: "Lubricants in Brazil"
Brazil's lubricant market is growing rapidly and faces regulatory challenges. Industry participants must understand market needs to make strategic decisions on expanding production or relying on imports. This report describes trends and driving forces of the sixth largest global lubricant market, analyses regulatory challenges and technological changes facing industry players, and provides company profiles and strategies, as well as current and forecast market size.

Methanol: "Methanol into Fuels Applications: New Sources of Growth?"
With traditional methanol end-uses growing at a moderate pace, fuels applications represent a significant upside for methanol demand growth. Methanol is used in a variety of fuel end-uses, such as gasoline blending, MTBE/TAME, biodiesel, DME, and ship bunker fuel. Prospects for growth will depend on technological developments and regional regulatory environments.

Propane: "Propane Dehydrogenation in China – Disruption on the Horizon?"
Planned propane dehydrogenation units in China may disrupt the global supply and demand balance for propane, propylene and propylene derivatives. This report assesses the feasibility for each PDH project with site visits and interviews by local IHS experts and plant production economics. The study will also describe global and China LPG and propane (virtually 100% imported) supply and price outlook, discussing challenges for Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) and the implications for PDH derivative markets.

Propylene: "North America Propylene Supply Study"
Shifting market dynamics are expected to change propylene pipeline distribution, propylene derivative capacity, on-purpose propylene production, and alkylation of refinery grade propylene. This report designates eleven Propylene Trade Areas (PTAs) in North America; for each PTA provides capacities, supply, demand, and detailed inter-PTA trade flow separately for polymer, chemical, and refinery-grade material. It also discusses strategic issues, such as pipeline scenarios and the impact of new propane dehydrogenation units and provides producer profiles, a price overview, and 16 economic snapshots for production technologies.

Renewables: "Chemical Building Blocks from Renewables"
Corporate demand for sustainable products and more robust supply chains is fuelling the growth of bio-based chemicals. Several renewable chemicals are now in commercial production; more are in the pipeline. This report evaluates 30 emerging and established bio-based chemicals, analyzing markets by region and end use. It describes key developers and their process technologies, assessing market drivers, trends and significant developments such as plant-based PET for plastic bottles.

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Ammonia and Urea Strategic Report 2016

IHS is launching a new report in response to increasing interest in the ammonia and urea sector. Some key themes are emerging the market below which will be discussed in IHS report.

Price trends

Global gas prices dictate to a large extent what happens in the ammonia and urea markets. Low gas prices translate into lower ammonia and urea prices, affecting the profitability of all plants, but they have a particularly negative impact on those plants with higher cost feedstocks, such as Chinese coal based plants. How long are low gas prices going to prevail and what will be the impact on production and supply as higher cost producers are forced off the end of the cost curve?

Supply: The end of the Chinese Boom?

In the past 10 years, China has been adding capacity and increasing production year on year based mainly on coal feedstock but more recently on gas. 2016 was the first year in over a decade where this stabilized production even dropped. China is currently hampered by low operating rates, overcapacity and weak margins. Will closures occur in China? How will this impact global trade, with China having served as the swing producer in recent years?

In the meantime, we have been seeing the US has increased its share as the shale gas boom translates into new plants on the ground. While this is mostly for domestic consumption, at the moment where will producers who saw the US as their natural export market target their production? The addition of potential new production of ammonia and urea in Nigeria and Algeria adds further complication.

IHS new report will help producers and consumers understand the impacts of these new trade dynamics.

Demand: Stable but changes afoot in ammonia- derivatives

The dominant sector for ammonia demand is urea, but other fertilizers are also significant: Ammonium Nitrate (AN), sulphate and chloride.

Ammonium Nitrate is showing a slight increase in demand, even if the explosive nature of the product is resulting in some replacement. Ammonium sulphate demand is mostly dependent on co-production in caprolactam and coke ovens. Ammonium chloride demand is influenced by palm oil and rice production, whilst supply is the result of Chinese soda ash production.

In Europe and the USA, specialized and slow fertilizers are increasing market share over commodity fertilizers. Is this trend set to continue and accelerate?

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