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Chemical World Analysis

Insulate your business from short-run volatility with a long-term outlook.

Today’s global chemical markets are experiencing a much higher degree of uncertainty than they did just five years ago. As a result, chemical professionals must often make high-revenue decisions with limited future visibility. In response, IHS Markit has recently updated our World Analysis service to transition from a tool that supports your annual planning efforts to serving as a dynamic reference that operationalizes your strategic insights throughout the year. In addition to constantly updated capacity levels and biannually updated supply-demand balances - including the 10-year forecast for each - the enhanced World Analysis service now includes country-level trade grids, quarterly updated pricing, cost and margin forecasts, and the inclusion of upside-downside sensitivities to the base-case forecast. 

With the enhanced World Analysis service, you can:

  • Optimize your supply chain and logistics planning with country-level trade data
  • Understand how capacity additions will impact trade flows – including who might be displaced
  • Sync your long-term pricing forecast with current global economic and energy changes
  • Improve your planning and forecasting by understanding the sensitivity of key forecast drivers

New World Analysis Service Enhancements

IHS Markit has always supported your annual strategic business planning efforts with insights you rely on. Now, our World Analysis service provides market updates throughout the year to support your ongoing buying and selling decisions and to reveal inflection points in your business potential.

Enhancements to the World Analysis service take your quarterly business reviews a step further by providing:

  • Country-level trade grids (biannual updates) – Better understand trade patterns with more granular, multi-year country-level trade grids
  • Quarterly price/cost/margin forecasts (quarterly updates) – Sync long-term price, cost, and margin forecasts with ongoing changes in global energy and economic markets, using 10-year history, current, and 10-year forecasting information and the base case underlying assumptions
  • Upside/downside sensitivities (biannual updates) – Use qualitative sensitivity analysis to understand the factors that could shift price, cost and margin, and make sure your long-term price forecast closely aligns with market inflection points

Download the World Analysis Service Enhancements brochure.

What’s Included

Supply-demand database12-month access to the IHS Chemical online supply-demand database, which includes 5-year historical data, current year, 10-year forecastUpdated once per year/Excel format or using data browser via Connect
Capacity database12-month access to the IHS Chemical online capacity database with capacity globally by plant and company locationUpdated continuously throughout the year/Excel format or using data browser via Connect
World Analysis report12-month access to the World Analysis study (PDF format) and the Excel file containing regional supply and demand graphs (data-only subscriptions excluded)Report released once per year/PDF format and Excel files
Expert accessAccess to IHS Chemical consultants who will provide explanation and basic support in order to understand the analysisAccess included during subscription period
NEW Country-level trade gridsCountry-to-country trade for the relevant chemical: previous year, current year, 5-year annual forecast, and 10-year regional trade forecastUpdated once per year/Excel format
NEW Quarterly updated price, cost and margin forecastPrice, cost and margin data (annual series): 10-year history, current year, 10-year forecast, including base-case assumptionsUpdated quarterly/Excel and PPT formats
NEW Upside-downside sensitivitiesUpside-downside price drivers: qualitative analysis of factors that alter the base-case forecast for price, cost and margin; includes supply-demand balancesTwice per year/PPT format
Tableau workbookEnhanced visualization and delivery of data through TableauUpdated quarterly for pricing and biannually for supply-demand balances/Tableau workbook
IHS ConnectWith our online platform IHS Connect, you can:
  • Find custom, integrated views of market data, analysis and news
  • Accelerate your research with user-friendly, intuitive search tools
  • Save your analysis and enjoy automatic data refreshes
  • Download data directly to Excel or PowerPoint
  • Access interactive maps, integrated with capacity data
  • View personalized information, the way you need it
Available through subscription period.

World Analysis Service: Available Versions

The World Analysis comes in either a full, abbreviated or data-only version depending on the chemical. Product features vary by version. To identify the version type and product features for your specific chemical World Analysis, see the tables below.

Olefins & DerivativesPlasticsAromatics & FibersChlor-Alkali/Vinyls/InorganicsSyngas Chemicals
ButadieneExpandable Polystyrene (EPS)Cumene, Phenol & AcetoneMDIFormaldehyde & Resins
ButylenesNylon Engineering ResinsNylon FeedstocksSoda AshMethanol
Ethylene Oxide & Ethylene GlycolPolyethyleneNylon FibersTDIMTBE
Oxo AlcoholsPolystyrenePolyester
Propylene OxideStyrene
RubberToluene & Xylenes

Full Version
Abbreviated Version
Data-Only Version

* 10-year price forecasts not included for Formaldehyde, MTBE, Propylene Oxide

Enhancements by version typeTrade GridsPrice/Cost/Margin ForecastsUpside and Downside Sensitivities
Tier 1 – Full Version
Tier 2 – Abbreviated Version
Tier 3 – Data-Only Version

World Analysis Pricing Scenario: New companion product (additional fee)

What are the chances of oil prices rising above or falling below current forecasts? How will this affect chemical prices and costs? Are you prepared for the future—even if that future looks different than what you anticipated?

To help answer these types of questions, we are offering the IHS Chemical WA-Pricing Scenario Module for World Analysis clients. Developed to be used with our World Analysis offerings, each WA-Pricing Scenario Module extrapolates four alternative oil price forecasts into a static 10-year outlook for prices, margins and costs by region for a specific chemical product, so you can make better long-term decisions.

Learn more about WA – Pricing Scenario Module

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