The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of February 27, 2012, has a cover story on the global ethylene situation, and ties in with a detailed map revealing the pertinent information regarding ethylene projects around the world. Also in this issue: an exclusive interview with the director of olefins manufacturer INEOS; China’s massive coal-to-olefins projects; styrene profit margins in Europe; crude oil price increases are driving up naphtha costs; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of February 20, 2012, starts with a cover story on the acceleration of the petrochemical industry of Russia. There is also a special supplement in the latest issue, examining the global base oils market with a wide variety of interviews and articles. Elsewhere in this issue, we look at: the global styrene butadiene rubber market; construction of a new, major methanol facility in Trinidad and Tobago; coating manufacturers are reducing their use of titanium dioxide; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of February 13, 2012, takes a look at chemical sites, with a cover story on Europe’s facilities rising to the challenge: many of Europe’s sites are now attracting higher levels of investment. The Marcellus Shale region of the US has also attracting high levels of investment, and chemical industry growth is expected to be huge there. The latest issue also takes a look at China rethinking its ethylene strategy; price hikes not expected for US caustic soda; Asian naphtha prices expected to climb again; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of January 30, 2012, focuses on intermediates, starting with a cover story on China’s various coal-to-chemicals projects. The latest issue also looks at how political unrest in the Middle East is impacting plastics production there. Other articles include: European propylene producers seek price hikes; hostile takeover bids may change the face of the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market; Italian bioplastics manufacturer Novamont plans growth; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of January 23, 2012, starts off with a cover story and special outlook section on China: There are articles on the nation’s policies as well as economic forecasts, with special attention paid to China’s ethylene, polyethylene and aromatics. Also in this issue, we feature detailed analysis of the failed merger between Westlake and Georgia Gulf; rising PVC prices; demand for caustic soda is expected to fall; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of January 16, 2012, concentrates on housing and construction—with a look at the steep decline in the US sector; stagnant markets hit the outlook for polyvinyl chloride (PVC); and shortages of titanium dioxide are forcing prices up. Elsewhere in this issue, we look at Asian melamine; Russia’s Sibur plans for a world-scale cracker; the global benzene outlook is stable; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of January 9, 2012, has a cover story and special section focusing on the automotive market. Among several articles, we take a look at projections of auto growth, increasing use of polymers and carbon fibers, and the increasing price of chemicals for tires. Also in this issue: articles on North American polyethylene; Latin American polypropylene; new challenges to the US biofuels market; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of January 2, 2012, has a cover story and special features section on the global industry outlook—one thing is for certain, the Eurozone crisis is cause for concern. Also in this issue: a look at the market for mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and the increased volatility of the crude oil market. Meanwhile, this week’s columns all provide outlooks for the upcoming year in petrochemicals, polymers, intermediates and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of December 12, 2011, has a cover story and special supplement looking at the growth and diversification of the Middle East’s chemical industry. The supplement was created to coincide with the Sixth Annual Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemical Association (GPCA) Forum, and contains in-depth interviews and features covering products, strategies, logistics, financing and more. In this issue, we also look at: the quarterly update on mergers and acquisitions (M&A); Germany’s long-delayed ethylene pipeline; the increasing price of naphtha in Asia and Europe; caustic soda price hikes in the US; and more.
The issue of ICIS Chemical Business for the week of December 5, 2011, features as its cover story the ICIS Top 40 Power Players: the top 40 firms taking on the turbulent world of the chemical industry—meet the global industry’s movers and shakers. Also in this issue: the macroeconomic outlook speaks of modest growth in 2012; US demand for expandable polystyrene remains steady; projects in Iran will be delayed by US sanctions; Asia naphtha prices rise amid the uptrend in derivatives; and polyethylene producers are facing hard times.