Scorecard for the Global Chemicals Industry

Strategic Analysis of the Top Industry Trends and Evaluation of High-growth Opportunities

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This strategic research service aims at providing an overview of key trends and tectonic shifts that are expected to take place in the global chemicals market. The various chemical segments (basic, specialty, polymer, and agrochemicals) have been considered and an outlined analysis of the next game-changing markets of the future and what impact they could potentially have on the overall industry has been included. Diverse business models, partnership ventures, economic impact analysis, competitive perspectives, and key integrated industry trends have been analyzed to bring a CEO 360 perspective to the study.

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Executive SummaryIndustry Scorecard Chemicals—Scope OverviewChemicals Value Chain—Overall Industry OutlookChemicals Value Chain—The Basic Building Blocks of the IndustryAmmonia Outlook Methanol OutlookLight Olefins—Ethylene OutlookLight Olefins—Propylene OutlookLight Olefins—ButadieneAromatics—Benzene OutlookAromatics—Xylene OutlookAromatics—Toluene OutlookSupply and Demand—Executive InsightsEnvironmental Regulations—Executive InsightsNew Technologies and Alternatives—Executive InsightsCountry and Economy—Executive InsightsIntegrated Industry—Executive InsightsIntroductionMega Trends to Micro BoomsKey DefinitionsKey Definitions (continued)Top 10 Things a CEO Should KnowTop 10 Things a CEO Should Know (continued)Chemicals Outlook—Regional Split Chemicals Outlook—Chemical Segment PerformanceMega Trends—Influencing Growth and Potential Implications in the Chemicals Industry Bridging the Weakest Links to Obtain Sustainable DevelopmentsBridging the Gap from Mega Trends to Growth OpportunitiesExecutive Insights—The Next Big Trends Emerging in the Chemicals IndustryExecutive Insights—The Next Big Trends Emerging in the Chemicals Industry (continued)A Sustaining Promise?—The United States to Become a Petrochemical Hub by 2020Key Questions That Will Be Addressed Global Outlook on Olefins The Feedstock DebateA Cost and Value Proposition The Shale Gas Catalyst in the United States—The Additional Ingredient in the Supply-demand EquationFlexible Plant Designs—Incorporate Light ChemicalsInfrastructure Developments—Crucial to Support GrowthThe Winning Streak—Infrastructure Development and an Abundant, Economical Feedstock SupplyEquating the OpportunitiesMont Belvieu—Cynosure of Storage and Infrastructure InvestmentBeyond Shale Gas—Opportunities Across the Value ChainFindings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA)Findings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA) (continued)The 40:30 Ratio—Setting the Stage for the European Chemical Factories of the FutureKey Questions That Will Be Addressed Europe—Losing Momentum in the Chemicals IndustryEurope’s Key to Competing Efficiently and EffectivelyThe Verbund Principle—Exploiting Synergies within a Value ChainImplications of the Verbund Advantage Impact of Verbund Principle on Chemical ClustersThe F³ Factory—An Introduction to ‘Plug-and-Produce’ ManufacturingThe F³ Factory—An Introduction to ‘Plug-and-Produce’ Manufacturing (continued)The F³ Factory—Modular and Standardized Implications of the F³ Factory—Focus on Smaller, Smarter Plants Collaboration—Key to Success of the F3 Factory ConceptInitiating Sustainability through a Bio-based Economy—The Integrated BiorefineriesInitiating Sustainability through a Bio-based Economy—The Integrated Biorefineries (continued)Key Bio-based ProjectsA Diverse Collaboration Initiative—Making the Most of the Bio SphereFindings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA)Findings, Inference, Recommendations and Attractiveness (FIRA) (continued)Green Chemistry—Sustainable Chemical Production on Steroids Key Questions That Will Be Addressed Green Chemistry—Redesigning the Chemical Processes Benign by Design Translating the Opportunities in Green ChemistryTowards Sustainability—Opportunities Across the Value ChainPaving the Way for an Integrated Biorefinery ModelCommercialization Efforts—Promoting Competitiveness of Green SolutionsCommercialization Efforts—Promoting Competitiveness of Green Solutions (continued)Vying for Competition—Using the Bio-based RouteKey Companies in the Emerging Green Chemicals IndustryChemical Leasing—Driving the Green Concept through New Operating ModelsFindings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA)Findings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (continued)The Case of Synergy—Vertical Integration from Basic to Specialty Chemicals Will Open a $900 Billion Market by 2020Key Questions That Will Be Addressed Specialty Chemicals in Transition A specialized focus on the niche markets will provide an opportunity for small- to medium-sized specialty companies.Focus on the Niche—Specialty Chemicals Strategy (continued)The Tipping Scale—Today’s Specialty is Tomorrow’s CommodityCultivating Technology through Open Innovation Regional Focus PrioritiesSpecialty Chemicals Head EastA “Glocal” Approach—Required to Win in APAC China Takes the LeadIndia—A Double-digit Growth ProjectionFindings, Inference, Recommendations, and AttractivenessFindings, Inference, Recommendations and Attractiveness (continued)Beyond BRIC—A Growth Formula for Success in the Emerging Chemicals IndustryKey Questions That Will Be Addressed Changing Chemical Tides—A Geographical PerspectiveGrowth Drivers in Emerging MarketsLooking Beyond BRIC—LATAM, APAC, and Africa Lead the WayKey Emerging Markets in LATAMLATAM’s Dynamic Duo—Colombia and BrazilAfrica—Keen to Develop Chemical Management SystemsRe-igniting the Chemicals Industry in AfricaEastern Europe—Optimistic but CautiousTurkey—Developing an Integrated Refinery Petrochemicals CenterASEAN—The Next Wave of Global Industry GrowthASEAN—The Next Wave of Global Industry Growth (continued)Findings, Inference, Recommendations, and AttractivenessFindings, Inference, Recommendations and Attractiveness (continued) Chemical Logistics—Nimbleness is the Name of the GameKey Questions That Will Be Addressed From Undefined to Defined—Changing Tides for the Homogenous Distributors Complexity in the Value Chain—Drives Congestion and Restricts Growth Re-aligning Traditional Supply Chain SolutionsSecuring Feedstock Supply Expansion Strategies Current and Emerging Regulations—Complex but NecessaryCurrent and Emerging Regulations—Complex but Necessary (continued)Opportunities for Third-party Solution ProvidersThe Integrated Logistics Service Provider Consolidation—Focus on Increasing Critical Mass Consolidation—Focus on Increasing Critical Mass (continued)Developing Greenfield Chemical Clusters—Emerging Distribution and Logistic Hubs in EuropeFindings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA)Findings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA) (continued)Small is the New Big—Process Intensification to Optimize Energy, Environment, and SafetyKey Questions That Will Be Addressed Production RisksEvolving Regulations in the Chemicals IndustryProcess Intensification—Incorporating Safety throughout the Value ChainUnderstanding Process Intensification—The Pathway to MicroreactorsUnderstanding Process Intensification—The Pathway to Microreactors (continued)Desktop Chemical Production—Miniature Plants with Flexible Outputs Desktop Chemical Production—Miniature Plants with Flexible Outputs (continued)A Mixed Bag of Collaborations New Modular Plant Designs—Adopting Microreactor TechnologiesFindings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA)Findings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA) (continued)Chemicals in the Middle East—Creation of the Downstream Value ParksKey Questions That Will Be Addressed Petrochemicals Industry at a CrossroadThe Widening Supply Gap in the Middle EastMiddle East—GCC’s Investment in Downstream OpportunitiesEnsuring Feedstock Availability Along the Value ChainDeriving Value from the Downstream Value ChainsUnderstanding the Integrated Downstream OpportunityPolymer Demand in the Middle East Thermoplastic Resins Growth in the Middle EastSaudi Arabia’s Proactive Role Securing Visibility through Geographical Expansions in AsiaInvestment Focus—Developing Downstream Production Technology Increased Focus on Specialty ChemicalsFindings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA)Findings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA) (continued)Nanochemicals—The Next Paradigm Shift in Chemicals Production and UtilizationKey Questions That Will Be Addressed Technology—The Backbone to Driving Collaboration and InnovationA Growing Requirement for Research and DevelopmentFrom Nano Synthesis to Nano Applications Nanochemicals—Developments from Nanotechnology Solution Providers and Chemical MajorsSparking the Nanomaterial Movement—Defining the Potential for Nanochemicals and Materials in Different Industries Alternative Nanochemicals and Materials—Application CapabilitiesAlternative Nanochemicals and Materials—Application Capabilities (continued)Leveraging Collaborative Initiatives to Enable New Market DevelopmentsNanomaterial Initiatives and Adoption OutlookFindings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA)Findings, Inference, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (continued)Chemical Evolution in the BRIC Region—A Regulatory Approach to Sustain Competitiveness in the Chemicals IndustryKey Questions That Will Be Addressed BRIC is Hungry for Growth Government Support in the BRIC RegionBRIC—Varying Fields of FocusBrazil’s Chemical Industry—Bridging the Trade Deficit Brazil’s Changing Position in the IndustryBrazil Goes Bio—Initiating Commercial Production of BiochemicalsConsolidation Options—Increasing Interest from Energy Industry ParticipantsThe Bigger Brazil Plan—The Government Role in DevelopmentLeveraging the Feedstock Capabilities—Next Stop is RussiaRussia’s Changing Position in the Chemicals IndustryA Two-fold Opportunity New Project Developments in RussiaGovernment Objectives in the Russian Chemicals IndustryIndia—Leaning Towards Higher Value ChemicalsIndia—Developing Special Petroleum, Chemicals, and Petrochemicals Investment Regions Ideal Locations for the ZonesGovernment Developments in IndiaSupply-demand Imbalance in China’s Chemicals IndustryChina—Focused on Self-sufficiency in ChemicalsInnovative Feedstock Technology Methanol in China—Rapid Development PhaseChina is Focused on Sophisticated ChemicalsFindings, Inferences, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA)Findings, Inferences, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (continued)‘Rebalancing Innovation’—SustainableIndustry-specific Chemicals Are Setting the Stage for Competitive StrategyKey Questions That Will Be Addressed The Domino Effect—Industrial Chemicals Address Major Market ImplicationsIndustry-specific Chemicals The Agrochemical Industry—Poised for Growth in a Complex EcosystemMore Focus on Quality Chemicals Rather than QuantityStrict Regulations and Entry Barriers in the Agrochemical MarketEvolving Solution Development and Technology StrategiesEmergence of Biopesticides Emerging Sustainable Fertilizers The Future of Agrochemicals—LATAM and AfricaIndustry Developments—From Generic to R&D-based CompaniesIndustry Developments—From Generic to R&D-based Companies (continued)Oilfield Chemicals—Supporting Developments in the O&G IndustryDefining the Opportunities within Oilfield ChemicalsOil and Gas Industry Challenges and Oilfield Chemical OpportunitiesEmerging Service Models for Oilfield ChemicalsOpportunities for Oilfield ChemicalsImportant Regions for Oilfield ChemicalsInnovation in Oilfield Chemicals Findings, Inferences, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (FIRA) Findings, Inferences, Recommendations, and Attractiveness (continued) Future Perspectives Our Research MethodologyCEO 360°—7 PerspectivesTechnology Perspective and its Importance in the Chemicals IndustryGlobal Perspective and its Importance in the Chemicals IndustryEconomic Perspective and its Importance in the Chemicals IndustryCustomer Perspective and its Importance in the Chemicals IndustryCompetitive Perspective and its Importance in the Chemicals IndustryBest Practices Perspective and its Importance to the Chemicals IndustryIndustry Perspective and its Importance in the Chemicals IndustryLegal DisclaimerAppendixMarket Engineering MethodologyAdditional Sources of Information on the Chemicals ScorecardPartial List of Companies InterviewedLearn More—Next StepsAppendix for US as a Petrochemical HubUS Fractionation Additions and ExpansionsUS Fractionation Addition and Expansions (continued)Proposed Polyethylene Plants in North AmericaEthane Pipeline ProjectsAppendix for Green ChemistryAdvanced Biofuels and Chemicals Projects—APACAdvanced Biofuels and Chemicals Projects—APAC (continued)Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals Projects—United StatesAdvanced Biofuels and Chemicals Projects—United States (continued)Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals Projects—United States (continued)Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals Projects—United States (continued)Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals Projects—United States (continued)Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals Projects—LATAMAdvanced Biofuels and Chemicals Projects—EuropeAdvanced Biofuels and Chemicals Projects—Europe (continued)Appendix for Chemical LogisticsREACH Regulation ComparisonAppendix for Chemicals in the Middle EastGCC Plastic Conversion CompaniesGCC Plastic Conversion Companies (continued)Appendix for Chemicals in BRICChina—Coal to Olefins Flow DiagramPolyethylene Plant Start-ups in ChinaAppendix for NanochemicalsMajor Nanomaterials and FunctionsPotential Application of Gold Nanoparticles as CatalystAppendix for Emerging MarketsGlobal Chemical Producers and ConsumersChemical Producers—Competitive RankingAppendix for AgrochemicalsGlobal Agrochemical ProjectsGlobal Agrochemical Projects (continued)




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