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In these papers, S&P Global Platts specialists take an in-depth look at various issues affecting the energy, petrochemical & metals industries; highlighting current trends, looking at what price history can tell us and drawing attention to things in the future that will be important for market participants.
Blockchain could help make commodity trading simpler, faster and cheaper. Pilot projects and trials are popping up around the world, but real world uses are rare so far. Companies will have to tackle issues such as speed, scale, cost, privacy and liability to make using blockchain viable. This special report from S&P Global Platts explains the technology, examines the projects, and looks at the challenges and opportunities ahead as blockchain enters a critical development phase.View Full Paper
The container market has seen a series of public -- and often heated -- arguments this year over the sharp rise in bunker prices and who should foot the bill. S&P Global Platts container market editor Andrew Scorer and Jack Jordan and Paul Hickin from the oil news team analyze the changing landscape of supply chain logistics, and how the International Maritime Organization's lower marine fuels sulfur cap in 2020 is set to complicate the situation even further.View Full Paper
Uncertainty about the potential impacts of escalating trade tensions with China are at the forefront of Americas petrochemicals markets heading into the second half of 2018, particularly as some are still wrestling with changing dynamics that have come with recent capacity expansions.
Firming feedstock prices and strong domestic buying also have proved noteworthy, and have contributed to strengthening pricing in the region.
This special outlook report takes a look at the key themes expected to shape key Americas petrochemicals markets in the months ahead.View Full Paper
Antidumping duties and trade tensions between the US and China are among the biggest factors reshaping the Asian petrochemicals landscape day by day.
This special outlook report takes a look at the impact of these, as well as other key themes that are expected to affect Asian olefins, aromatics and polymer markets in the months ahead.View Full Paper
New global supply will continue to set the tone for European petrochemicals in the second half of 2018, with capacity expansions in the Americas and Asia among the threats to producer margins. Economic fences being built across the globe will see trade flow upheaval, bringing uncertainty and export opportunities as the US-China trade war shows no sign of abating.
This special report takes a look at the key themes expected to shape the European olefins, aromatics and polymers markets.View Full Paper