Summary

Global petrochemical markets are entering a new decade with vast opportunities as well as challenges ahead.

  • Petrochemicals Summary
  • In this report, S&P Global Platts takes a closer look at what to expect in the first half of 2020 – narrowing petrochemical margins on high naphtha and shipping costs as well as changing trade flows amid trade tensions between nations and China's drive towards self-sufficiency.

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Executive Summary
PX & Polyester Chain
Olefins
Polymers
Recycled Plastics
Solvents and Intermediates
Freight

Polyester Chain

A significant increase in aromatics supply is sending shockwaves through the petrochemicals markets, causing changes in margins and trade flows.

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Metal

Recycled Plastics

Unfavorable economics in the recycled plastics markets are expected to continue in the first half of 2020 but media and consumer pressure should boost demand globally.

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Recycled Plastics

Olefins

A rise in ethylene production capacities in the US and Asia, the start-up of a new export terminal in the US and expected weakness in ethylene’s downstream markets will weigh on spot prices.

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Olefins