The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of May 28, 2012, begins with a cover story examining how the eurozone crisis has impacted China’s petrochemical and polymers prices. Then the China Outlook special report looks at how rising labor costs in China and the reduced cost of feedstocks in US—due to shale gas—could lead to a revival of North American manufacturing. The current issue also features an exclusive interview with the chairman of the board of management for LANXESS; overcapacity and rising costs are making the quick recovery of chemical shipping unlikely; bio-materials are gaining more and more market share with their growing popularity; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of May 21, 2012, begins with a cover story and several features examining the current price plunge for many polymers and petrochemicals. Then there is a special supplement looking at the European Association for Chemical Distributors (FECC) Annual Congress for 2012. Also in this issue: Saudi Arabia-based SABIC is investing roughly $175m to upgrade crackers in the Netherlands; the European methanol market is at a crossroads, especially with sanctions against Iran; polyethylene prices weaken as feedstocks fall; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of May 7, 2012, starts with a cover story, and has several feature articles on third party logistics providers (3PLs), including The ICIS Top 50 3PL List, highlighting the best services, capabilities and geographic locations for 3PLs. Also in this issue: a look at China’s shrinking demand for petroleum; a giant methanol production facility scheduled for Trinidad is on hold; demand for polycarbonates in Asia are rising; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of April 30, 2012, starts with a cover story on the search for PA-12 alternatives. PA-12, otherwise known as polyamide-12, or Nylon-12, is essential to automakers. But with Evonik responsible for roughly 40% of PA-12’s capacity, a March explosion at the company’s facility in Germany has thrown the auto industry into turmoil, with chemical suppliers scrambling to make up the PA-12 deficit. Also in the latest issue: a detailed report on the global plastics packaging market; a look at the penetration of bio-polymers into packaging; an exclusive interview with the CEO of Italy-based chemical manufacturer Eni Versalis; caustic soda contract prices in Europe are falling because of oversupply and weak demand; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of April 23, 2012, has a special feature section on oleochemicals and surfactants—performance is key, say many market participants. Then, the special China outlook in this issue points out that the urbanization of that nation’s population does not necessarily translate into higher polymer profits. Meanwhile, in this issue’s regular columns, we look at: butadiene in Asia and the US; plans to blend methanol with gasoline; the outlook for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in North America is very strong; and much more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of April 16, 2012, starts with a cover story promoting the annual ICIS Innovation Awards. ICIS is searching for the most innovative processes, products, business practices and environmental initiatives. The current issue also features a look at the growing commercial production of bio-based chemicals, as well as an exclusive interview with the head of Shell Chemicals’ downstream technology unit. Also featured in this issue: manufacturers consider alternative methods of butadiene production; US-based Invista to build a new nylon plant in China; anti-dumping duties in India on soda ash imports are deferred; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of March 26, 2012, has a cover story on the intense competition in the global polymers arena, as well as a look at the “New Normal” and resulting policy changes from government that impact the petrochemical industry. In the issue’s weekly columns: a look at the potential for shale gas in Europe; PVC prices are increasing across many regions; volatility is projected for the oleochemicals market; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of March 19, 2012, starts with a cover story on Germany, and how exports are aiding that nation’s chemical industry. The current issue’s look at Germany continues with exclusive interviews with top executives from two of that country’s leading companies: international chemical producers BASF and Bayer MaterialScience. Elsewhere in this issue, we look at: Butadiene’s prospects are very good for the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China); rising feedstocks are driving up the cost of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) worldwide; high crude oil prices are driving up the price of naphtha; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of March 12, 2012, has a cover story on bio-paraxylene, an important piece to the 100% renewable plastic bottle puzzle. Another special feature in the latest issue takes a look at the very good prospects for bioplastics in the next few years; as well as an exclusive interview with the CEO and founder of Thailand-based polymers giant Indorama Ventures. Meanwhile, in the weekly columns we examine the markets of acetone, styrene, naphtha and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of March 5, 2012, focuses on aromatics, and starts with a cover story examining Middle East-based oil and gas provider Saudi Aramco’s plans to add downstream aromatics units as part of its drive to diversify regional production. Paraxylene, phenol and benzene are also covered in our aromatics feature section. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the issue, we have: an exclusive interview with the CEO of Thailand’s PTT Chemicals; polycarbonate price increases are projected for the near-term; Formosa Plastics plans a $1.7bn project in Texas; the aviation biofuels sector needs government action; and more.