Aromatics & Fibers

Keeping Pace with the rapidly changing Global Aromatics & Fibers Markets

Understanding the Aromatics & Fibers Markets Requires Large Amounts of Reliable and Unbiased Data.

Aromatics products directly impact the costs, margins and supply demand positions of multiple downstream industries such as styrenics, nylon, polyester, polyurethanes and phenolics. Aromatics experts from Chemical Market Analytics understand the strategic market drivers for your aromatics and derivatives business and can explain critical market developments.

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Stay Ahead of the Competition

Aromatics & Fibers services offer historical, current, and forecast pricing, margin analysis, and supply-demand data for a broad range of Aromatics and derivatives products. We have precise quantitative models that are globally connected and integrated from the feedstock to the derivatives. Understanding these markets requires large amounts of reliable and unbiased data and the expertise to transform data into valuable insights.

We have more than 150 experts around the world and more than 40 years of industry experience. We are able to provide you with the premier source for historical and forecast pricing, regional production tracking, supply/demand analysis, and global trade reporting.

Near-term & Long-term Strategic Outlook

Clients can choose from a variety of focused Market Advisory Services which provide the near-term outlook for Asian, European, and North American aromatics markets including the global trends in nylon, polyester, PET resin, polyurethanes, and ethylene oxide derivatives.

The World Analysis Services provides long-term specific product and market coverage, facilitating strategic investment decisions. Consultants at Chemical Market Analytics often have decades of experience working in these markets and understand the challenges and opportunities, enabling efficient and invaluable interactions with clients.

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Companies along the Aromatics & Fibers chain

Accelerate your work with our customizable platforms, which allow you to manipulate our extensive data set to model different scenarios.

 

Financial Capital MarketAssess which companies will prevail

  • Find out where new investments are likely in the future across the aromatics value chain
  • See where M&A activity is likely to be most prevalent
Energy & RefiningUnderstand the downstream aromatics markets

  • Alternate values for refined product streams allow refinery operators to maximize value
  • Look at long-term opportunities for refiners to integrate with aromatics producers
Aromatics ProducerStay ahead of the competition in the aromatics business

  • Track short-term changes in price, cost and margin across the aromatics value chain
  • Get a view of where aromatics feedstocks may come from in the future
Downstream ChemicalsUse the short-term and long-term data and insight to support your decision making

  • See where feedstock supply pinch points may occur and look at strategies to mitigate them
  • Understand the potential impact of refinery and petrochemical integration on aromatics
Trader & DistributorTrack price movements and trade flows to sport arbitrage opportunities

  • A trusted source of spot/contract prices, providing historical and forecast price movements
  • Comprehensive country by country trade flow movements for key aromatics and derivatives
Government & NGOSupport your domestic industry

  • Define policy positions, goals and targets with fact-based insight
  • Understand your domestic aromatics industry and how best to support it longer-term

Product & Solutions


Gain Clarity Needed to Navigate the Changing Polyurethane Feedstocks Market Dynamics.

The Global Polyurethane Feedstocks Market Advisory Service provides accurate price analysis and market intelligence to give a current, independent perspective of polyurethane (PU) feedstock markets (MDI, TDI, propylene oxide and polyether polyols) enabling clients to navigate the market uncertainty ahead.


Aromatics Assists Clients with the Complex Tasks of Tracking, Evaluating and Forecasting Change in the Quickly Shifting Aromatics Industry.

Managed by our consultants in Singapore, Asia Aromatics offers clients a comprehensive view of Asian markets for aromatics and derivatives, including an in-depth analysis of economic concerns, trade and operational issues impacting the industry. Through continual, personal contact with key industry sources, our consultants gather and study industry-specific data, then analyze and translate it into valuable insights and forecasting advice.
Clients receive global weekly market updates and regional monthly market analysis, plus a supplement that provides critical supporting data. Monthly regional Market Advisory Services include our prices, unique metrics and real-time news and intelligence.


Europe Aromatics Assists Clients with the Complex Tasks of Tracking, Evaluating and Forecasting Change in the Quickly Shifting Aromatics Industry.

Managed by our consultants in London, who bring years of experience and close ties to industry sources, Europe Aromatics offers clients a comprehensive view of European markets for aromatics and derivatives, including an in-depth analysis of economic concerns, trade and operational issues impacting the industry. Through continual, personal contact with key industry sources, our consultants gather and study industry-specific data, then analyze and translate it into valuable insights and forecasting advice.

Clients receive global weekly market updates and regional monthly market analysis, plus a supplement that provides critical supporting data. Monthly regional Market Advisory Services include prices, unique metrics and real-time news, and intelligence.


Global Nylon Fibers & Feedstocks Report Helps Clients Monitor and Assess Current and Future Market Dynamics for Key Nylon Fiber Types and Their Primary Feedstocks.

In a rapidly fluctuating industry, our weekly and monthly service provides the essential data you need to optimize your market position. Global Nylon Fibers & Feedstocks report provides a comprehensive view of world markets for the entire nylon value chain, from upstream caprolactam to downstream fiber chip and more. Through continual, personal contacts with key industry participants, our consultants gather data specific to the nylon 6 and 6,6 value chains which they then analyze and translate into meaningful insights and forecasting advice. Clients receive weekly and monthly near-term price outlooks and detailed descriptions of key market indicators.


Global Polyester Fibers & Feedstocks Helps Clients Understand the Current and Future Market Dynamics for Key Polyester Fiber Types and their Feedstocks.

In a rapidly fluctuating industry, our weekly and monthly service provides the essential data you need to optimize your market position. Below are just several of the issues faced by the stakeholders in the polyester value chain.

  • New market entrants into Asia and the Middle East
  • Consolidation in Europe and the Americas
  • Volatility in production costs.

Global Polyester Fibers & Feedstocks helps you successfully navigate this ever-changing landscape by leveraging our comprehensive analysis of world polyester markets, from upstream feedstock suppliers to downstream fiber producers and consumers.

Through regular, personal contact with key industry players, our chemical consultants gather industry-specific data, which they then analyze and translate into valuable insights and forecasting advice. Clients receive weekly price data, including extensive monthly coverage of price forecasts and key market fundamentals.


North America Aromatics Provides Critical Market Information for Benzene, Toluene, Mixed Xylenes, PTA, Paraxylene, Cumene, Phenol, Styrene and Cyclohexane.

Managed by our consultants in Houston, North America Aromatics offers clients a comprehensive view of North American markets for aromatics and derivatives, including an in-depth analysis of economic concerns, trade and operational issues impacting the industry. Through continual, personal contact with key industry sources, our consultants gather and study industry-specific data, then analyze and translate it into valuable insights and forecasting advice.

Clients receive global weekly market updates and regional monthly market analysis, plus a supplement that provides critical supporting data. Monthly regional Market Advisory Services include prices, unique metrics and real-time news and intelligence.

Cutting-edge Research and Forecasts Necessary to Gain a Competitive Edge

 

Near Term Outlook – Market Analysis
Asia aromaticsGlobal PET stream
Europe aromaticsGlobal polyester fibers & feedstocks
Global acetoneNorth America aromatics
Global ethylene oxide and derivativesPolyurethane feedstocks
Global nylon fibers & feedstocks
  • Market prices, costs, and margins (historical, current, forecast)
  • Extensive expert commentary on prices, costs, margins, trade, market conditions, operational issues and future trends impacting markets
  • Quarterly supply/demand balances and trade flows
Long Term Outlook – World Analysis
BenzenePolyester
Cumene/Phenol & acetonePTA/DMT
Ethylene oxide and derivativesStyrene
Nylon feedstocksToluene & xylenes
Nylon FibersMDI & TDI
Paraxylene
  • Long-term supply-demand database updated bi-annually
  • Real time global capacity database
  • Detailed country-level trade grids updated bi-annually
  • 10 year forecasts for the price, cost and margin updated quarterly
  • Upside and downside sensitivities
  • Strategic market assessments

Aromatics and Fibers Global Team

Duncan Clark

Global Aromatics & Fibers Team Lead

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Peter Feng

Americas Styrenics

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Alan Lu

China Aromatics & Fibers Lead

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David Potter

Europe Acetone

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Ashish Pujari

Asia Aromatics | Global Polyurethane Feedstocks | Polyester Fibers & Feedstocks | Polyester Stream

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Duncan Clark

Duncan ClarkGlobal Aromatics & Fibers Team Lead

Duncan Clark is the Vice President of the global Aromatics and Fibers business at Chemical Market Analytics.

Duncan acts as the key resource within Dow Jones for understanding and providing insight into the Aromatics sector of the petrochemical industry, he works closely with the petrochemical, oil, and financial industries.
Duncan joined IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) in 2013, he has spent the last 32 years working in the chemical and petrochemical industries in various Sales, Marketing, and Global Business Management roles.

Before this, Duncan spent ten years working in an ExxonMobil / Shell joint venture company, involved in Fuel and Lubricant additives visiting refineries all over the world. He also spent 12 years working for Air Products in various chemical and industrial gases businesses in the U.K., U.S., and Netherlands. He now provides insights into the global aromatics and derivative markets including paraxylene, purified terephthalic acid, ethylene glycols, polyurethane feedstocks, and the global benzene, toluene, and xylenes markets.

He graduated with a BSc. in Chemical Engineering from University College London. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School.

 

Peter Feng

Peter FengAmericas Styrenics

Mr. Peter Feng is the Executive Director of Aromatics at Chemical Market Analytics.

He is a known industry expert on styrene, polystyrene, and expandable polystyrene. Mr. Feng is currently the Service Leader for the North American Aromatics Market Service and has been covering the aromatics markets for over fourteen years at CMAI and IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics). He has over 36 years of experience in the chemical industry working first for Air Products and Chemicals and then for Sterling Chemicals. During this time he had assignments in Process Engineering, Process Technology, Information Systems, Environmental, Supply Chain, and Commercial. In 1992 he joined Sterling Chemicals where he had various supply chain and commercial responsibilities for styrenics and other products. Mr. Feng was a Partner at CMAI when it was acquired by IHS Markit in May of 2011.

He has covered the benzene, toluene, mixed xylenes, styrene, polystyrene, EPS, ABS, and phenolics markets at CMAI and Chemical Market Analytics but focuses currently on styrene, polystyrene, and expandable polystyrene. As an industry expert, he has testified as an Expert Witness in numerous arbitration and court cases. He contributes to a number of services and reports including the North American Aromatics Market Report. Mr. Feng has written for a number of World Analyses and is now responsible for the World Styrene Analysis, World Polystyrene Analysis, and World Expandable Polystyrene Analysis. He is a frequent speaker at events such as the World Petrochemical Conference, EPS Expo, Foodservice Packaging Institute, and Badger’s World Styrene Conference. He has assisted with single client work in the areas of strategic planning, mergers, and acquisitions, bankruptcies, benchmarking, litigation, and market analysis.

Mr. Feng holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University, US, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Houston, US.

Alan Lu

Alan LuChina Aromatics & Fibers Lead

Alan Lu is a Director for Aromatics & Fibers at Chemical Market Analytics.

Mr. Lu joined IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) in 2001 and he currently leads the China aromatics team with major research coverage on EO/EG, BTX, and SM value chains. In 2012, Mr. Lu was a Director with the Chemicals Consulting Group based in Shanghai. Prior to joining Chemicals Consulting, he was in both aromatics and fibers research in Asia with primary responsibility for PET Bottle Resin for Asia, Polyester Fiber, PTA, MEG, Phenol, and Acetone for China.

Mr. Lu holds a Master degree in business administration from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and a Bachelor degree from Shanghai International Studies University.

 

David Potter

David PotterEurope Acetone

David Potter is Executive Director for EMEA aromatics and phenolics at Chemical Market Analytics.

Mr. Potter joined IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) at the start of 2013, where he has been responsible for market coverage and insight across the global aromatics and fibers team. He has specialized in aromatics derivatives such as phenolics, styrene monomer, and polyurethane feedstocks for both the EMEA region and the Americas. He is currently responsible for aromatics and phenolics in the EMEA region.

Prior to joining IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics),  Mr. Potter worked on the petrochemical desk at Platts for close to six years, where he covered the EMEA benzene and toluene markets for over four years. He also worked on other product streams including olefins and polymers. He first entered the petrochemical world in 1999 when he was recruited by Petrochem Carless, a UK-based refiner and distributor. He worked with Petrochem Carless for nearly seven years, where he took a variety of sales and marketing roles.

Mr. Potter also has a postgraduate diploma in periodical journalism.

 

Ashish Pujari

Ashish PujariAsia Aromatics | Global Polyurethane Feedstocks | Polyester Fibers & Feedstocks | Polyester Stream

Ashish Pujari serves as a executive director of Aromatics and Fibres in the Chemicals team at Chemical Market Analytics in Singapore and has the responsibility for the Asian Aromatics business and Global Fibres and Feedstocks business.

Mr. Pujari is the service leader for subscription services covering the global Polyester, and the Asian Aromatics value chain. He also provides commercial leadership to the Polyurethanes Service within th Base chemicals group. Apart from regular market and outlook updates, Mr. Pujari also leads initiatives in creating and updating the long-term outlook for the polyester value chain. He has also been involved in numerous consulting studies since joining the firm. Prior to joining Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI) in 2009, Mr. Pujari gained 15 years of experience with Reliance Industries Limited in India. He started his career as a project and operations engineer and was involved in the startup and commissioning of the Hazira complex on the west coast of India. He shifted to the commercial role in mid-1998 and worked as a business analyst for Reliance’s executive management before shifting to a sales and marketing role, handling Fibers Intermediates. Mr. Pujari holds a B.E. in chemical and polymer engineering from Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune, India, and completed his Executive MBA, at the Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bangalore, India.