“Growth is accelerating for Ukrainian distributor Dipol as it gears up totake advantage of the regions booming consumption of cars anddesire for better quality” (ICIS Chemical Business, 17 December 2007)
Introduction of specialties to FSU market § 1990-2005 - technological and scientific stagnation of FSU countries after collapse of SU created a demand in specialties § First specialties (import): HDPE 100, HIPS with high ESCR, high gloss HIPS, packaging and reduced pentane grades of EPS, HSR, barrier PET, PU systems § 2005-current: new developmental projects § Old specialties: HSR, barrier PET § New specialties: EPP, grey EPS
Shale Gas Revolution“Shale gas is the most important energy development since the discovery of oil“
The U.S. Chemicals Industry becomes Ultra-Cost Competitive US Ethylene Production Sources (2004-present) Ethane currently accounts for 64% of US ethylene.
Who is printing money now? Costs of Ethylene production on shale gas Ethane basis in the US in September, 2012 – 30¢/lb Chevron Phillips Exxon Mobil LyondellBasell Westlake ChemicalMarket Price of Ethylene in the US in September, 2012 – 57¢/lb
The latest Innovations Softell polypropylene (PP) compound (LyondellBasell)Application: automobile interiors with exceptional scratch resistance; surfaceaesthetics and soft-touch qualities;Advantages: eliminating coating requirements; cost savings;improves recycling potential Diether and succinate fifth generation non-phthalate catalysts for polypropylene production (LyondellBasell)Application: spun-bond fiber, high melt flow impact copolymers and randomcopolymer, BOPP, raffia grades;Advantages: complements the range of Ziegler-Natta PP catalysts New non-phthalate six generation catalyst for polypropylene production (W.R. Grace & Co. + DOW Chemical)Application: films, high-performance pipe, automobile parts, householdappliances and household containers;Advantages: clarity, stiffness and impact strength; improves plant productivity
Top 100 Chemical Companies 20121. BASF2. Sinopec3. ExxonMobil4. Dow Chemical5. LyondellBasell Industries6. SABIC7. Shell8. Mitsubishi Chemical9. DuPont10. INEOS88. SIBUR