United States Petrochemicals Report Q2 2015

Date: April 8, 2015
Pages: 111
US$ 1,295.00
Report type: Strategic Report
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BMI View: The US petrochemicals industry saw a decline in resins output and sales in 2014, but with capacity growth set to abate until 2016 at the earliest, BMI expects tightening markets in 2015 that should help protect margins from foreign competition. Capacity growth will be limited to the expansion of existing facilities with no new crackers expected until 2016 at the earliest. As a result, the market will become tighter as 2015 progresses, pushing up spot prices.

Plastics manufacturers in the US from the Marcellus, Utica and other shale regions are counting on ethane processing plants to revive the industry from its slow-growth trend. The low-cost ethane acquired from shale drilling could help several plants which produce raw plastics, according to experts.

The US petrochemicals industry continues to expand on the back of growth in ethane availability as a result of shale gas exploitation. With exports and domestic demand growing, industrial growth is firming up and giving a positive scenario over the medium term. However, a glut in global capacity as a result of new crackers in the US will put pressure on margins in the long term.
BMI Industry View
Operational Risk
Industry Forecast
  Table: US Petrochemicals Industry, 2012-2019 ('000tpa, unless otherwise stated)
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Economic Analysis
  Table: Economic Activity (United States 2010-2019)
Industry Risk/Reward Ratings
Americas Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index
Divergence: the North-South divide
  Table: Americas Petrochemicals Risk/Rewards Ratings
United States Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index
Market Overview
  Table: Geographical Concentration Of Chemicals Production
Industry Trends And Developments
Cracker Developments
  Table: US Petrochemical Expansions Based On Shale Gas
Polymers And Intermediates
Regulatory Development
Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)
Competitive Landscape
  Table: Olefins Production Capacity ('000tpa)
  Table: Aromatics And Derivatives Capacity ('000tpa)
Mixed Xylenes
  Table: Xylenes Capacity ('000tpa)
  Table: US Polyethylene Manufacturing And Applications
  Table: PE Chain Capacity ('000tpa)
  Table: US PP Capacity ('000tpa)
  Table: PVC Chain Capacity ('000tpa)
  Table: PS Chain Capacity ('000tpa)
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  Table: US Petrochemicals Sector - PET Chain Capacity ('000tpa)
Company Profile
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Dow Chemical
Shell Chemicals
Westlake Chemical
Regional Overview
Americas Overview
  Table: Planned PE Projects In North America, 2014-2019
Global Industry Overview
Outlook for 2015: Falling prices
Medium-term outlook
China versus the US: feedstock wars
  Table: Top 10 Ethylene Producers, 2013
Global - Crude Oil, Refined Fuels And Natural Gas Prices, 10-year Forecasts
  Table: Energy Price Forecasts (Global 2013-2018)
  Table: Energy Price Forecasts (Global 2019-2024)
Demographic Forecast
  Table: Population Headline Indicators (United States 1990-2025)
  Table: Key Population Ratios (United States 1990-2025)
  Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (United States 1990-2025)
  Table: Population By Age Group (United States 1990-2025)
  Table: Population By Age Group % (United States 1990-2025)
  Table: Glossary Of Petrochemicals Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
  Table: Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index Indicators
  Table: Weighting Of Indicators
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