World Analysis

Protect your business from short-run volatility with an integrated, robust long-term strategic market outlook

You Need to Identify Shifting Trends and Disruptive Technologies Before They Transform Markets, or Risk Falling Behind the Competition

What impact will government policy, refinery-petchem integration and mobility changes have on the future direction of the olefins, aromatics, plastics and other chemical markets? Today’s global chemical markets are experiencing a much higher degree of uncertainty than they did just five years ago. As a result, chemical professionals must often make high-stake decisions with limited future visibility. Our World Analysis service provides a long-term, forward view of chemical markets, with insight and analysis covering capacity, supply/demand & trade, price forecasts and production economics for over 150 commodity chemicals, across 35 individual services.

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Make Better Decision

  • Sound planning requires credible data
  • Shifting markets necessitate updated analysis
  • New technologies challenge assumptions
  • Quarterly business reviews need the updated impact of major economic events
  • Business planning and demand forecasting require sensitivity assessments of market drivers

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The Right Tool

World Analysis supports your annual strategic planning and quarterly business reviews by adding robust operations support, with current actionable data and expert analysis. Devote more time and resources to making critical investment decisions and less time to ad-hoc data collection and market assessment. The World Analysis Service is the right tool for:

  • Supply chain and portfolio optimization
  • Expansion and investment decisions
  • Competitive analysis
  • Product and market evaluation
  • Merger and acquisition validation
  • Business plan validation
  • Contract negotiation
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World Analysis provides you:

12-month access to the Chemical online supply-demand database from 1990

  • Assess operating rates as the key driver of product financial performance
  • Recognize the signals of shifting demand patterns and product substitution
  • Learn about the impact of government policies and industry regulations

Frequency/Format: Updated twice per year/using the data browser

12-month access to the Chemical online capacity database with capacity globally by plant on a company or shareholder basis

  • Stay abreast with updated views of supply, including independent views of actual capacity & real start-up dates
  • Assess future market length based on capacity addition volumes
  • Compare integration levels of companies/shareholders and net surplus/deficit positions
  • of plant sites, countries, and regions
  • Track geographic and portfolio changes of global and regional producers and consumers

Frequency/Format: Updated continuously throughout the year/using the data browser

Regional and country-to-country trade flows

  • Scrutinize volume patterns of trade
  • Discover which countries are the biggest importers and exporters
  • Understand how capacity additions change trade flows and destinations of incremental supply

Frequency/Format: Updated twice per year/Excel format

  • Sync your long-term price forecast more closely with on-going changes
  • in global energy and economic markets
  • Identify changes in regional cost positions and price differentials
  • Evaluate and align investment project planning with future cost and margin swings

Upside-downside price drivers: qualitative analysis of factors that alter the base-case forecast for price, cost and margin

  • Assess underpinning forces capable of driving price behavior and corresponding margins away from the Base Case trendline
  • Closely align long-term price forecast while identifying potential drivers of inflection points

Frequency/Format: Twice per year/PDF format

Enhanced visualization and delivery of data through dashboard module

  • Quickly and efficiently visualize and analyze the data
  • Personalize the way you view the information in a way you need it
  • Analyze multiple chemicals at the same time

Frequency/Format: Updated quarterly for pricing and biannually for supply-demand balances


World Analysis Service: Available Versions

The World Analysis is available as either a full or abbreviated version. Product features vary by version. For details, refer to the table below:

Olefins & Derivatives

Plastics & Polymers

Aromatics & Fibers


Syngas Chemicals

Blue box Full Version
Orange box Abbreviated version with price forecast
Green box Abbreviated version
Grey box Data-only version

World Analysis product features segmented into three versions