Olefins & Derivatives

Keeping Pace with the Rapidly Changing
Global Olefins & Derivatives Markets

We are the global chemical industry’s premier source for historical and forecast pricing. We facilitate strategic investment decisions by providing the near and long-term outlook for Asian, European, and North American Olefins & Derivatives markets. The 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.

Olefins & Derivatives Strategic Insights

Plastics Circularity

Chemical recycling is challenged by the high carbon footprint of producing pyrolytic oils and naphtha from plastics, low carbon power will be needed to make this process environmentally credible.

EU Green Deal and Fit for 55

EU redoubling efforts to use carbon pricing as a key tool to lower emissions and drive decarbonization.
Many players in the petrochemical industry are launching investments and developing technologies to address this change.

Mainland China’s action plan for peaking carbon emissions by 2030

The short-term impact of dual control policy targets for energy consumption by provinces results in plant outages, and longer-term plans include rationalization of inefficient CDUs and steam crackers.

Crude Oil-to-Chemicals (COTC)

Increasing the degree of conversion of a refined oil barrel to chemicals to produce higher yields of propylene, aromatics, and other feedstocks, ultimately elevating petrochemical production to refinery scale.

Cracker Feedslates

The ongoing shift to lighter feedslates in steam crackers reduces the output of coproducts (CC4, propylene, aromatics) and supports investments in on-purpose production capacities.

Gasoline Demand and Mobility

Refinery operations and chemical feedstock production linked to gasoline demand with future growth driven by changing fuel-efficiency standards, increasing autonomous transportation, electrifying vehicles, and competing with other transportation fuels.

Cost Competitiveness

Regional cost competitiveness and global trade flow are affected by the location of demand centers and low-cost producers with access to advantaged feedstock pricing.

Changing Trade Flows

The drive to more self-sufficiency combined with the impact of supply chain disruptions and trade wars is resulting in more production capacities to be built near demand centers, which is diverting trade flows and ultimately lowering the total traded volumes.

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Near-Term Solutions


Make Better Acrylonitrile Buying, Selling, and Operating Decisions.

Find current and historical prices, including the near-term price forecasts for acrylonitrile, its feedstocks, and its key derivatives. Gain critical insights from our analysis of the regional acrylonitrile market dynamics, and country-specific trade data for acrylonitrile and its primary derivatives.


Asia Light Olefins Covers the World’s Fastest-Growing Region for Light Olefins.

Managed by consultants in our Asia offices, Asia Light Olefins tracks the latest developments in the world’s fastest-growing region for light olefins. You receive weekly market updates, including the monthly commentary on our forecasts for prices, supply and demand, trade flows and production costs. You will also receive a CHINA weekly focusing only on the China olefins market.

In addition to quarterly supply and demand balances and the operating schedules, the monthly analysis also features a “Focus” section, which delivers our consultants’ insights about timely, critical topics in the Asian olefins sector.

  • 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


Europe & Middle East Light Olefins Draws Upon More Than 25 Years of Experiences to Provide Clients with Near-term Forecast for the Region’s Light Olefins and Derivatives Markets.

Europe & Middle East Light Olefins offers a comprehensive focus on the European and Middle Eastern light olefins markets. While this service concentrates predominantly on Europe and the Middle East, it also benefits from the insights provided by our Asian and North American practices, making it a fully integrated service.

Clients receive quarterly price forecasts each month, along with a quick reference appendix containing data on supply and demand, trade, operating schedules, new project listings and price forecasts. Through continual, personal interactions with key industry sources, chemical consultants gather and study industry-specific data, analyze and translate it into valuable insights and forecasting advice.


Access to the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Analysis and Near-Term Forecasting for the Acrylates and Super Absorbent Polymer Markets.

Find regional price data, margin analysis, production capacities and economics, supply-demand balances, and import-export flows for glacial acrylic acid, butyl acrylate, 2 ethyl hexyl acrylate and super absorbent polymers (SAP). In addition, you will receive selected end-use demand and shipments, including the plant and project news across the value chain.


Global C4 Olefins & Elastomers Provide Near-Term Market Intelligence on Butadiene, Butylenes, Mtbe, and C4-based Elastomers.

Global C4 Olefins & Elastomers provide near-term market intelligence on butadiene, butylenes, MTBE and C4-based elastomers. Clients rely on our impartial analyses, supported by independent data, to make optimal decisions in this highly complex market.

Understanding the intricacies of the global C4s and elastomers supply chain requires deep knowledge of the highly different drivers and regulatory patterns influencing its components. Global C4 Olefins & Elastomers harness over three decades of industry experience to provide our clients with the most comprehensive view of these world markets. Through continual, personal interactions with key industry sources, chemical consultants gather and study industry-specific data, analyze and translate it into valuable insights and forecasting advice.

Clients receive a monthly market summary and an appendix containing current and forecasted prices, supply and demand balances, operating schedules and other key market metrics. Near mid-month, our consultants deliver a separate, detailed report on a timely issue facing the global C4s and elastomers industry.


Global Tire Raw Materials Indices Delivers a Monthly Index for Historical and Current Tire Raw Material Costs, Segmented by Synthetic Rubber, Natural Rubber, Carbon Black, Fiber, Steel Cord, Silica and Other Chemicals.

In recent years, increased volatility in tire raw material costs has been seen due to global oil, petrochemical, and natural rubber market trends. Against this rapid change and uncertainty background, Global Tire Raw Materials Indices equips tire producers and consumers with the relevant data they need to conduct transparent transactions and increase efficiency. Each month, clients receive a series of indices demonstrating each region’s historical and current tire raw material trends.

With Global Tire Raw Materials Indices, clients benefit from the extensive chemical knowledge of the petrochemical and rubber industries as well as consultants’ access to leading references in Europe, the United States and Asia for feedstock prices. Through continual, personal contact with these sources, consultants gather, systematize and translate the data into valuable insights and forecasting advice.


North America Light Olefins Equips you With Near-Term Pricing and Other Key Forecasts for the Entire Light Olefin Value Chain, from Upstream Sources to Downstream Ethylene, Propylene and Primary Derivatives.

North America Light Olefins provides clients with a comprehensive yet focused view of the Canadian, US, and Mexican light olefins (ethylene and propylene) markets. You will receive weekly and monthly market data and analytical insights covering the ethylene and propylene markets, with an overview of their major derivative products. The clients also receive our prices, unique metrics, and real-time news and intelligence. Through continual, personal interactions with key industry sources, our consultants collect industry-specific data, analyze and translate it into valuable insights and forecasting advice.

 

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Long-Term Solutions

  • 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 price, cost and margin updated quarterly
  • Upside and downside sensitivities
  • Strategic market assessments

  • 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 price, cost and margin updated quarterly
  • Upside and downside sensitivities
  • Strategic market assessments

  • 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 price, cost and margin updated quarterly
  • Upside and downside sensitivities
  • Strategic market assessments

  • 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 price, cost and margin updated quarterly
  • Upside and downside sensitivities
  • Strategic market assessments

  • 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 price, cost and margin updated quarterly
  • Upside and downside sensitivities
  • Strategic market assessments

  • 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 price, cost and margin updated quarterly
  • Upside and downside sensitivities
  • Strategic market assessments

  • 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 price, cost and margin updated quarterly
  • Upside and downside sensitivities
  • Strategic market assessments

  • 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 price, cost and margin updated quarterly
  • Upside and downside sensitivities
  • Strategic market assessments

  • 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 price, cost and margin updated quarterly
  • Upside and downside sensitivities
  • Strategic market assessments

  • 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 price, cost and margin updated quarterly
  • Upside and downside sensitivities
  • Strategic market assessments

Olefins and Derivatives Global Team

Martin Staley

Martin Staley Executive Director, EMEA Acrylates / OXO Alcohols Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Martin Staley is the Executive Director for the Acrylic Acid and OXO Alcohol value chains at Chemical Market Analytics.

Martin Staley joined Chemical Market Analytics in March 2022 and served as the Research and Analysis Director for the Acrylic Acid and OXO Alcohol value chains, which includes Acrylic Acid, the acrylate esters; Butyl acrylate, 2-EH Acrylate, Methyl Acrylate and Ethyl Acrylate and Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP). The closely related chemical, methyl methacrylate (MMA), is also under Martin’s purview, as well as the downstream OXO plasticizer derivatives. These chemicals are covered in the Market Advisory Service reports, published monthly, and the World Analysis reports, published annually.

Martin has over 30 years of chemical industry experience, having recently served as the Regional Vice President for Third Coast International for 14 years. Third Coast is a leading chemical service provider with operations in the Houston area and historic joint ventures in Singapore and Qatar. The company is a leading automotive brake fluid producer, marketer of propylene glycol and a leading contract manufacturing company.

Before Third Coast, Martin spent 17 years in a variety of roles with LyondellBasell with a focus on the Propylene Oxide and derivatives business, including  PO-based glycol ethers, glycols, 1,4-Butanediol and derivatives and C4 specialties.

He also held the Chair of the Glycol Ether sector for the Oxygenated Solvent Producers Association (OSPA), an industry trade body under C.E.F.I.C., helping prepare the industry for the introduction of REACH.

Martin started his chemical industry career in the United Kingdom with what is now Univar.

Martin holds a BSc. Hons. Degree in Biology with subsidiary subjects of Biochemistry and Biotechnology from Portsmouth University.

Pablo Giorgi

Pablo Giorgi Executive Director, North America Light Olefins Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Pablo Giorgi is the Executive Director of the North American Light Olefins business at Chemical Market Analytics.

Pablo Giorgi is the executive director for North America Light Olefins at Chemical Market Analytics. With over 25 years of industry expertise, Pablo is a key resource within the business for understanding and insight into the olefins sector of the petrochemical industry.

Within the Americas he works closely with the petrochemical, energy, refining and financial industries, bringing support and guidance throughout the petrochemical chain. His current area of focus includes oversight of the North America Light Olefins Service and primary input and insight for the World Ethylene and Propylene analyses.

Mr. Giorgi’s professional experience includes working in styrenics, aromatics, olefins, and polyolefins businesses. Before his current position at Chemical Market Analytics, he held roles in commercial, purchasing, supply chain, strategy, and market intelligence functions across various organizations in Brazil and the USA.

Mr. Giorgi holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), later acquiring an MBA in Logistics from Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) and an MBA in Management from Fundacao Dom Cabral (FDC).

Steve Lewandowski

Steve Lewandowski Vice President, Global Olefins & Derivatives Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Mr. Lewandowski is the Vice President of Global Olefins & Derivatives at Chemical Market Analytics.

Based in Houston, Steve Lewandowski is the Vice President – Olefins at Chemical Market Analytics (CMA) by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company, a leading global provider of information, insight and consulting services to the global chemical and petrochemical.

During a career spanning 30 + years in the refining and chemical industry, Steve has experience across the spectrum of refining and petrochemical hydrocarbon value chains covering various financial, strategic, technical and commercial roles. Before his move to Chemical Market Analytics, Steve was Senior Manager of Base Chemicals at TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining, Inc. In that capacity, he managed the P&L of the base chemicals business, including joint venture relationships, strategic guidance to the partnerships, plant operational interfaces, project development, and commercial responsibility for olefin and aromatic monomers, including styrene.

Before the Base Chemical Senior Manager role, Steve had increasing responsibilities within the Petrochemical business at TOTAL. The latest assignment was overseas, in Brussels, Belgium, where he was responsible for the Global Aromatics long-term commercial business activity. The assignment included P&L responsibility and strategic project development for TOTAL worldwide. Before the Belgian assignment, he worked as manager of the US aromatics business. Before 2000, Steve was involved in the refining and fuels side of the Hydrocarbon chain both for what was then FINA Oil and Chemical and for Star Enterprise (a joint venture between Texaco and Saudi Aramco), working as a process engineer, optimization engineer, fuels blending optimizer, branded/unbranded fuels marketing and supply lead, and in a business development role.

Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1987 and an MBA with a focus on finance and economics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2000.

Bill Hyde

Bill Hyde Vice President, Olefins and Elastomers Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Bill Hyde is the Vice President of Olefins & Elastomers at Chemical Market Analytics.

Mr. Hyde is a member of Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, A Dow Jones Company. He leads a group that analyzes markets related to C4 Olefins, synthetic and natural rubber, and tire raw materials. He has been consulting in this market since 2002.

Hyde began his career with the Union Carbide Corporation in 1990, where he had various positions, including production engineering, optimization, planning, and logistics. In 2000, he joined Texas Petrochemicals as a Business Analyst.

In 2002, Hyde joined CMAI, which was acquired by IHS in 2011, in the Olefins Consulting Practice, focusing on C4 Olefins and rubber, assuming responsibility for that practice in 2006. The Base Chemicals Group of HIS Markit, which includes the C4 Olefins and Elastomers Practice, was divested to News Corp in June 2022 and became Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, A Dow Jones Company. He has published several papers on the Olefins and Elastomers industries and presented at numerous Olefins and Elastomers Conferences worldwide.

Hyde has BSc and MSc Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.

Matthew Thoelke

Matthew Thoelke Vice President, EMEA Olefins Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Matthew Thoelke is the Vice President for Olefins and Derivatives in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at Chemical Market Analytics.

Matthew Thoelke is the vice president of the olefins and derivatives team in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at Chemical Market Analytics. During his time with the company, he has taken a wide variety of roles across a broad range of product areas. With over 25 years of experience, Matthew is a key resource within the business for understanding and insight into the olefins sector of the petrochemical industry.

Within the EMEA region, he works closely with the petrochemical, oil and financial industries, bringing support and guidance throughout the petrochemical chain. His current area of focus includes oversight of the ‘Europe and the Middle East Olefins Report’ and primary input and insight for the ‘World Ethylene and Propylene Analyses.’

His prior experience includes coverage of butadiene and elastomers, for which he remains a globally recognized industry speaker and expert. Whilst in this role, Mathew was responsible for the ‘Global Outlook — Feedstocks, Elastomers Report’ and the ‘World Butadiene Analysis’ and took the lead role in analyzing olefin and derivative markets in support of the long-term planning outlooks in the World Analysis.

Mr. Thoelke has both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Material Sciences from Cambridge University, as well as a Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering (ACDMM).

William Chen, PhD

William Chen, PhD Executive Director, Asia Olefins and Derivatives Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

William Chen is an Executive Director of the Asia Olefins and Derivatives at Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company.

Dr. William Chen is the Executive Director at Chemical Market Analytics. He leads Asia Olefins’ business and has research responsibilities for providing insight into the dynamics associated with the ethylene, propylene, C4, and derivatives value chain markets. Provide thought leadership on the markets relating to supply, demand, price and economics, as well as competitive dynamics and changing industry structural elements.

William also leads Asia Olefins’ business for strategic growth and provides ongoing commercial management. Focus on nurturing client relationships and deepening services as part of clients’ commercial and strategic decision-making processes. Nurture relationships with clients, including SOEs, POEs and MNCs, to deepen services in clients’ commercial and strategic decision-making processes. William has been involved in many petrochemical consulting projects and client studies, including the China Coal Chemical Study, Global Propane Dehydrogenation Research, and Refinery-cracker/aromatic complex feasibility study.

Before Chemical Market Analytics, William worked for ChemChina. William started as a chemical engineer at the company at a Lanzhou fiber plant in Northwest China. Then, he moved back to Beijing to focus on downstream application development. In the last two years with ChemChina, William took charge of sales and marketing responsibility in NE Asia.

William earned a Ph.D from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and majored in Polymer Chemistry and Physics. William is based in Beijing, China.

Kevin Longworth

Kevin Longworth Executive Director, Global Acrylonitrile Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Kevin Longworth is the Executive Director for Global Acrylonitrile at Chemical Market Analytics.

Kevin Longworth is the executive director of the Global Acrylonitrile service and started his career at Chemical Market Analytics in 2009. During his time at the company, he has worked across various chemical value streams, giving him extensive exposure to a broad cross-section of the petrochemical industry. Before joining Chemical Market Analytics, he worked for nearly a decade as a process engineer in the plastics industry in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Longworth leads the Global Acrylonitrile service, providing industry players with strategic intelligence and analysis for companies in this highly varied and complex value chain. Through regular engagement with industry stakeholders such as producers, downstream consumers, traders, distributors and investors, he helps them gain a deeper understanding of this volatile industry. The role is global, and he regularly contacts companies in Europe, the Americas, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia.

Prior to taking over his current role, he had several other roles within Chemical Market Analytics, the most recent of which was as Director for Polyolefins for the EMEA region. In this role, he was responsible for developing intellectual property for the plastics service in Europe. He was a leading expert in this field, presenting at conferences and acting as the client-facing consultant of the Global Plastics service for Chemical Market Analytics in the EMEA region.

Mr. Longworth has a degree in Plastics Processing Technology from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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