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Estimate Capital Costs

Maximize your CAPEX and OPEX cost strategies.

In a low-growth environment, in which chemical companies are competing for limited market share, you need to improve your margins to stay competitive. To select the optimal plant site and manufacturing technology, you must be able to compare capital and operating costs for competing process technologies. Understanding the cost drivers for the chemicals you produce will enable you to continually evaluate your competitiveness. Whether you deem a project viable could depend on the accuracy of forecasted revenues, required capital expenditures and tax impact.

IHS Markit can help you:

  • Maximize your CAPEX and OPEX cost strategies
  • Understand the pro-forma cost and margin position of individual chemical plants by region and globally, including the impact of feedstocks, utility costs and other important cost drivers
  • Identify and benchmark your competitive cost position along the global cost curve as the competitive landscape shifts
  • Break down your plant’s aggregate capital and operating costs, including labor, engineering and project management, equipment, materials, electrical and other construction elements
  • Monitor and forecast major capital investment costs trends and prepare strategic responses for upward or downward shifts

Products & Solutions

Process Economics Program (PEP)

Detailed technical and economic evaluation with user-interactive models of over 2,000 commercial and emerging chemical, refining and related technologies.

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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) + Scenarios

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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Dec 07

M&A – Megadeals will the trend continue?

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Nov 21

Bright future ahead for specialty chemicals after 2016 hiccup

The global market for specialty chemicals totaled $556 billion in 2016, driven by the strong demand for personal electronics and the increasing buying power of Chinese consumers. Despite the strong performance of these consumer markets, other economic headwinds joined forces to stall market growth: a slowing Chinese economy, the recessio..more


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