BMI View: Owing to a poor market outlook and the orientation of Brazil's manufacturing industry towards the domestic market, rather than export markets, we are becoming more bearish on the country's petrochemicals production. A likely economic recession in 2015 will be accompanied by additional factors affecting the industry, including the Petrobras corruption scandal which will exacerbate poor industry performance.
In Q115, chemicals consumption declined slightly, although Brazilian producers still managed to increase sales in the domestic market at the expense of imports. This reversed a trend in which local producers were losing market share and was largely related to the weakening of the Brazilian real. However, producers remain circumspect about the prospects for the sector in coming months due to the poor end-market environment.
Poor economic fundamentals, high production costs, construction delays and electricity shortages were behind Braskem's decision to withdraw from the Comperj project. This has been dealt a further blow by a corruption scandal that also touches on Braskem. As a result, growth in capacity is unlikely to be substantial.
Key Trends and Developments
Recovery of the Brazilian petrochemicals market is unlikely in 2015. This will weigh down potential growth in a broad range of petrochemicals productions, from polymers to synthetic rubbers.
BMI forecasts an 11.9% decrease in total vehicle output in 2015, a continuation of the large falls in output seen in 2014. This will be a major blow to polymer and rubber businesses.
The outlook for the construction sector is slightly more positive in 2015 with growth of 1.8%, up from a contraction of 3.6% in 2014. The 2016 Olympic Games should also lift polymer consumption in the sector.
The Petrobras corruption scandal along with ongoing poor economic performance have further undermined Brazil's Risk Reward Index for the petrochemicals industry this quarter, falling 0.5 points to 66.0...
The Brazil 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.
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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.
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.
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.