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Argus Ethylene Annual

Argus's annual petrochemical study analyses the current market and provides a forward-looking view of the global ethylene industry, on a country-by-country level until 2026. The report examines the history and forecast of global trends, analyses capacity changes by producer and provides a demand analysis of all major ethylene derivatives. 


"Progress to the next peak of the economic cycle, now expected by the IMF to be in 2018-20, is predicted to be slow and to vary by region. Unfortunately for the ethylene market, this peak in the economic cycle is forecast to coincide with a period of stronger supply growth, leading to a sustained down-turn in the business cycle by the end of the decade..."

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Key features

  • A history and forecast through to 2021 of supply and demand for each country that produces and consumes ethylene

  • A complete data set of forecast supply and demand balances to 2021 for each region and each ethylene producing country. A further five years of forecast data to 2026 is available on Argus Direct, our online platform

  • An overview of regional and world ethylene markets, including a demand analysis of all major ethylene derivatives

  • A history and forecast of ethylene imports and exports by country, and an analysis of regional net trade in ethylene and PE

  • Analysis of ethylene and derivative capacity changes by producer

Data & Downloads

This service also features downloadable market data published in spreadsheet format, available only in Argus Direct.

  • 2017 World Ethylene Balances, with individual data sets for Western Europe / Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia / North America / Latin America and Caribbean / South Asia, Southeast Asia and Australasia / Northeast Asia / Africa and the Middle East
  • 2017 Global Steam Cracker Feedstock Flexibility
  • 2017 Ethylene Annual Company Balances: Ethylene production and consumption capacity by site and company
  • 2017 Ethylene Annual Capacities: Capacities for ethylene and derivatives, by location and source

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