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World Analysis - Methanol

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

The global methanol market has seen a number of significant changes in recent years, and the future will be extremely dynamic as factors around the world come together. Explosive growth in demand and capacity has taken place in China, and will continue as the economy expands further and China develops its methanol industry. An important factor for methanol demand will be the impact of non-integrated methanol to olefins projects. Domestic methanol production in North America was all but extinct until shale gas developments significantly lowered natural gas prices. Now North America is back in the game with capacity restarts, plant relocations and greenfield projects. The North American revival will change the global import-export picture, as the potential additional capacity in North America will likely transform the region from a significant importer to an exporter by 2017; some of the import volumes currently coming into the US from Trinidad will likely end up in Europe or Asia instead. Political issues have changed the trade flows for methanol as well with sanctions levied against Iran, which has limited virtually all Iranian exports to the Indian and Chinese markets. New markets are developing for methanol, including methanol to olefins, direct methanol blending into gasoline and converting methanol into gasoline.

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

Included with the IHS Chemical World Analysis - Methanol 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 methanol derivatives covered includes:

  • Formaldehyde
  • DMT (Dimethyl Terephthalate)
  • Acetic Acid
  • MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether)
  • Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)
  • DME (Dimethyl Ether)
  • Methylamines
  • Methyl Chloride
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Chloroform
  • TAME (Tertiary Amyl Methyl Ether)
  • MTO/MTP (Methanol-to-Olefins/Methanol-to-Propylene)

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 methanol for each country, plus extensive regional summaries
  • Production capacities of all methanol producers, by company and location, both historical and planned for the future
  • Production capacities of major methanol derivatives
  • Trade grids for methanol

Purchase of IHS Chemical World Analysis - Methanol 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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