Although Thailand is making a solid turnaround from a politically turbulent 2014, BMI's latest Thailand Petrochemicals Report warns that some export segments - such as the automotive industry - face slower demand that will directly impact the petrochemicals sector. On the upside, the domestic construction industry is rebounding in line with an overall upturn in the economy, which should help to offset some of the effects of slower export growth.
In 2014, the construction and automotive industries witnessed a sharp decline in activity, but growth is expected in 2015 with construction rising by 2.4% and automotive production growing 4.2%, which should stimulate domestic petrochemicals consumption. However, softer demand for vehicles in South East Asia will be a drag on overall petrochemicals output growth as the Thai automotive industry is a major consumer of moulded plastic and rubber products.
The key to Thai petrochemicals output growth in the year ahead will be exports, as the industry is essentially built to serve external markets. In this context, the narrowing differential between ethane and naphtha costs will disadvantage Thailand's largely ethane-based petrochemicals production. However, the highly-integrated and therefore cost efficient industry should still have some advantage over older naphtha-based plants in East Asia.
In 2015, petrochemicals expansion in Thailand will be concentrated in a few smaller projects, such as PTTGC's expansion of paraxylene (PX) capacity at Map Ta Phut by 100,000 tonnes per annum (tpa). It has also firmed up a plan to boost its ethylene oxide (EO) output by 90,000tpa by 2015. In 2016, it could expand its biggest cracker, which has a 1mn tpa ethylene capacity. Meanwhile, Indorama is expanding its propylene production capacity by 260,000tpa to 710,000tpa, with a new plant due to come on stream in 2015. Siam Cement Group (SCG) is planning to boost its overall low-density polyethylene (LDPE) production...
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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).
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- 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
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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
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