Belgium Petrochemicals Report

Published 18 November 2015

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Quarterly report providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the petrochemicals.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, Industry Forecasts, BMI's Petrochemicals Risk Reward Index, Economic Forecasts, Company Profiles and Global, Regional and Country Industry Overviews.

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Belgium Petrochemicals Report
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Belgium's export sector has traditionally been dominated by relatively low technology goods supplying downstream processors in Germany and elsewhere. However, increased investment throughout the value chain, particularly in products utilised by the automotive industry, will improve the external competitiveness of the petrochemicals sector. The Belgian petrochemicals industry has managed to buck the trend in Western Europe with a rise in capacities in some segments.

Chemicals output declined 0.4% y-o-y in the first eight months of 2015, putting the sector on course for a fourth year of recession. Meanwhile, rubber production rose just 0.8%, although this came after a robust performance in recent years. Plastic output grew 3.1%, a rate of growth was more than double the level achieved in 2014 and considerably better than previous years.

Evonik's addition of 100,000tpa of butadiene capacity in Q215 has supported feedstock for C4-based products, particularly rubber used in the automotive tyre sector. Meanwhile, JBF Industries' new 432,000tpa bottle-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plant at Geel, should utilise locally available PTA feedstock. It is feeding PET compounding facilities, which are seeing strong investment growth.

  • We revised down our forecast for Belgium's real GDP growth down from 1.5% to 1.3% in 2015. However, we expect a stronger performance in 2016 and 2017. Domestic demand will be the primary driver of economic growth with export growth falling off, posing a challenge to Belgium's export-orientated industrial sector.

  • Belgium is the European country most exposed to an influx of petrochemicals from Iran, when sanctions are anticipated to be lifted in 2016, as Antwerp is set to be the main port of entry. A flood of Iranian polymers would undermine Belgian petrochemicals margins, although on the upside Ineos' ethylene handling facilities amounting to the equivalent of 1mn tpa of ethylene capacity could stimulate downstream growth if Iran is...

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BMI Industry View
Industry Forecast
Table: Belgium Sector Data And Forecasts, 2012-2020
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Economic Analysis
Table: Economic Activity (Belgium 2010-2019)
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Europe Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index
Russia and Ukraine Under Pressure
Table: European Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index (scores out of 100)
Belgium Risk/Reward Index
Market Overview
Table: Belgium Olefins Facilities
Table: Belgium Aromatics And Intermediates Facilities
Table: Belgium Polyolefins Facilities
Industry Trends And Developments
Upstream And Refining
Table: Refineries In Belgium
Company Profile
Total Petrochemicals
Table: Total financial results
Solvay SA
Table: Solvay Financial Results (EURmn)
Regional Overview
Energy Prices And Greek Crisis Will Determine Margins
Delays and Mothballing in the East
Global Industry Overview
Feedstock Differentials: Respite for Europe
2016 Feedstock Outlook
Could US Gas Run out-
Market Outlook: Chinese Downturn
Long-term Outlook
Europe - Brent On Board For A Bumpy Ride
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Belgium 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Belgium 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Belgium 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Belgium 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Belgium 1990-2025)
Table: Glossary Of Petrochemicals Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Belgium Petrochemicals Report has been researched at source, and features BMI Research's market assessment and independent forecasts for key petrochemicals sub-sectors. The report also analyses the impact of regulatory changes, recent developments and the background macroeconomic outlook and features competitive landscapes comparing companies by products and services, sales, market share, investments, projects, partners and expansion strategies.

BMI's Belgium Petrochemicals Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Belgian petrochemicals industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent petrochemicals industry forecasts to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the Belgian petrochemicals market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Belgian petrochemicals sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Belgium.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis, covering the petrochemicals markets, regulatory changes, major investments, projects and company developments.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the petrochemicals sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (2009-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for key industry and economic indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

  • Energy: Oil production (‘000 b/d), oil consumption (‘000 b/d), net oil exports (‘000 b/d), gas production (bcm), gas consumption (bcm), net gas exports (bcm), oil refinery capacity (‘000 b/d).
  • Petrochemicals: Ethylene capacity (‘000 tpa), ethylene production (‘000 tpa), ethylene consumption (‘000 tpa), polyethylene capacity (‘000 tpa), polypropylene capacity (‘000 tpa), polyvinyl chloride capacity (‘000 tpa), polyolefins consumption (‘000 tpa).
  • Oil Products Prices: Price forecasts for all major oil-based products (USD/bbl) at major global energy trading hubs.
  • Economic: Nominal GDP (USDbn), real GDP growth (%), GDP per capita (USD), population (mn), unemployment (%), exchange rate (against USD).

BMI’s Petrochemicals Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (both corporate and financial) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Overview

Structure, size and value of the industry sector; overview of the industry landscape and key players; assessment of the business operating environment and the latest regulatory developments.

Industry Trends & Developments

Evaluation of company and sector-wide developments, including key projects (as well as expansion plans), latest company financial details and proposed international ventures.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

Global & Regional Market Overview

Analysis of the key trends driving the global industry, including worldwide output/capacity and demand analysis across ethylene, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, polyethylene terephthalate and polypropylene. The regional analysis looks at the implications of local and global trends on specific company activity.

Sub-sectors covered by the Petrochemicals Reports include:

Oil & Gas, Oil Refining, Olefins (ethylene, propylene), Polyolefins (polyethylene, polypropylene), Polyvinyl Chloride, Polystyrene

Please note – not all country Reports cover all sub-sectors – see website for details.


The Petrochemicals Market Reports are based on a network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations (ACC, APLA, Cefi c, ICCA, ICMA), national chambers of commerce and industry, national statistical offi ces, government ministries and central banks, and multinational companies.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.