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Strategic Report - Chemical Industry Capital Costs: A Global Spending Outlook

The global chemical industry will spend more than $2 trillion over the next 20 years. Do you need to know where, when and how this money will be spent?

New sources of feedstocks have significantly impacted the chemical industry, causing shifts in how much capacity will be added and where it will be located. Over the last few years, coal-based processes have expanded in China, while shale gas has resulted in a renaissance of the North American chemical industry.

From 2009 to 2013, Asia added close to 400 million metric tons of chemical capacity. From 2014 to 2018, North America is expected to add 60 million metric tons of chemical capacity, which is forecast to surpass the 50 million metric tons of chemical capacity added in the Middle East. Feedstock changes are impacting the process technologies used for chemical production, and the volume of product made in each region.

Understanding the changing trends in chemical capital spending is essential for companies that service the downstream sector.

This Chemical Industry Capital Costs: A Global Spending Outlook study merges a broad range of detailed information IHS Chemical maintains on markets, process technologies and projects, and future capacity requirements to provide a detailed bottom-up analysis of the outlook for capacity additions and associated spending in the chemicals industry. Utilizing detailed country-level analysis for nearly 80 chemical products, this analysis provides a unique insight into how capacity additions and associated spending will shift over the next decade.

  • What geographic areas will see growth?
  • What types of plants are being built?
  • How much of this spending will be used for equipment versus labor?
  • How will the recent change in oil prices impact near-term and long-term spending?
  • How does the spending on major classes of equipment shift over time?
  • What impact will market changes have on labor availability?
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