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World Analysis - Ethylene

IHS Chemical World Analysis - Ethylene is an annual study that covers historical trends and forecasts for ethylene supply/demand fundamentals over a 16-year period (five-year history, base year, ten-year forecast). Clients receive detailed data on ethylene and major derivatives in 10 geographic regions with ten-year market forecasts.

Major changes in the global ethylene markets are projected to take place over the next several years primarily driven by feedstock cost trends and sharply diverging consumption growth between geographic regions. China will continue to play a dominant role for both supply and demand growth as the country strives to achieve self-sufficiency at the ethylene derivative level. Investments in coal-based ethylene are in the take-off stage and will contribute about half of all announced capacity additions in China.

Abundant, low cost ethane supplies from shale gas in the US are supporting a revival of investments in large integrated cracker projects, while the capacity wave in the Middle East has been abating with sharply reduced availability of new ethane supplies. Producers in the Middle East and Asia will be focusing increasingly on integrated steam cracker and refinery projects as well as higher value-added products often through diversification of product slates. In contrast, producers in Europe and developed Asian countries, such as Japan, will not only be exposed to the growing international competition, but also weak demand environment at home which may necessitate further rationalizations.

IHS Chemical World Analysis - Ethylene examines historical trends and long term projections for supply/demand, production, capacity, and trade of the global ethylene industry over a 16-year period (five-year history, base year, ten-year forecast).

Included with the IHS Chemical World Analysis - Ethylene is 12-month’s access to IHS Chemical’s online capacity and supply/demand databases, with updates to the capacity database as they occur and one update to the supply/demand database. The study’s conclusions, with text and graphs, are provided online; as are the Excel files for the supply/demand flat file and the regional supply/demand graphs.

A partial list of ethylene derivatives covered includes:
  • Acetaldehyde
  • Alpha Olefins
  • Ethanol
  • Ethyl Chloride
  • Ethylbenzene
  • EDC
  • Ethylene Oxide
  • Ethylene Propylene Rubber (EPDM)
  • HDPE
  • LDPE
  • Propionaldehyde
  • Vinyl Acetate


Concepts covered:
  • World, regional and country-by-country analysis of market structure, strategic issues and emerging trends over an 16-year period (five-year history, base year, ten-year forecast)
  • Supply/demand balances for ethylene for each country, plus extensive regional summaries
  • Production capacities of all ethylene producers, by company and location, both historical and planned for the future
  • Production capacities of major ethylene derivatives
  • Trade grids for ethylene

Purchase of IHS Chemical World Analysis - Ethylene includes:

  • 12-Month Access to IHS Chemical's Capacity Database online, with updates as they occur through the year
  • 12-Month Access to IHS Chemical's Supply/Demand Database online, with one update
  • Access to IHS Chemical consultants who will provide a reasonable amount of consulting, explanation and basic support in order to understand the analysis
  • Print copies available at an extra charge
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