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World Analysis

IHS Chemical World Analysis combines the world-class expertise of the former CMAI World Analysis, SRI Consulting, World Petrochemicals and Harriman Chemsult. The long-term chemical market studies include detailed plant capacities, comprehensive supply and demand data, a wealth of historical data, and a robust forecast period out ten years.

A complement to the near-term focus of our Market Advisory Services, IHS Chemical World Analysis provides a long-term context for understanding today’s highly integrated and rapidly changing chemical markets.

Global chemical markets, while increasingly integrated, often suffer from short-term volatility. As a result, stakeholders must make decisions in a rapidly-changing market environment with low forward visibility. The World Analysis service allows clients to place their questions and concerns about current and future market development within a longer-term context. Each World Analysis provides a detailed global and regional market outlook for a particular product or product group over a 16-year period (five-year history, base year, ten-year forecast). Clients depend on our expert analysis and forecasts supported by our extensive data collection to assist in their most important planning and investment decisions.

Subscriptions to a World Analysis include access to our online capacity and supply and demand databases, as well as online access to the study and the Excel file containing regional supply and demand graphs—all with easy search and download functionality. Our online capacity database offers capacity by producer, by shareholder and by site, as well as company ownership and subsidiaries capacity integration to accommodate our clients information needs. In addition, clients can purchase hardcopies for select World Analyses.

Available Reports Product Details

Although concept coverage will differ slightly by report according to available content, most World Analyses include:

  • World, regional and country analysis of market structure, strategic issues and emerging trends
  • 16-year coverage period (five-year history, base year, ten-year forecast)
  • Production capacities by producer, country, location, process, and owner
  • Supply and demand balances by country and region
  • Regional summaries
  • Product trade grids
  • Major market location maps

Purchase of IHS Chemical World Analysis includes:

  • 12-month access to IHS Chemical Capacity Database online, with updates as they occur through the year
  • 12-month access to IHS Chemical Supply and Demand Database online, with one update
  • 12-month access to the World Analysis section PDF files, supply and demand flat file and standard supply and demand graphs, (Excel file) with the exception of data-only World Analyses
  • Access to IHS Chemical consultants who will provide explanation and basic support in order to understand the analysis
  • Printed copies are availble at an extra charge
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World Analysis

Who uses the service?How?
Producers, traders, distributors, transporters, wholesalers and consumers of basic chemicals, intermediates, commodity plastics, plastic converters, specialty and performance and renewable chemicalsTo inform selling, planning, investment and production decisions
Engineering, construction and technology firms, service providersTo understand how industry trends affect prices and to understand producer needs
Financial institutionsTo conduct short-term market analysis of specific sectors and discover investment opportunities
GovernmentsTo understand supply and demand trends affected by market and geopolitical factors


World Analyses enable you to:

  • Save company time and resources by obtaining unbiased information from a single source that is unrivaled in its coverage, comprehensiveness and quality of data. Our analysis is integrated from the wellhead to end use industries utilizing available information from other IHS groups, such as IHS CERA and Global Insight.
  • Support your business decisions with independent, unbiased analyses
  • Find supporting data: supply and demand, production costs, capacity, production economics, profitability
  • Receive comprehensive regional coverage and support in a single service from our industry specialists located around the globe
  • Access extensive databases and personal contacts within the global chemical industry
  • Talk to our chemical industry specialists for any explanation needed regarding the analysis

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