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Process Comparison & Cost Tracker

Understand how technology processes compare and compete across different real-world situations and economic environments.

How confident are you in your ability to choose the process technology that will yield you the highest profits and lowest risk?

The Process Comparison & Cost Tracker 12-month subscription provides four models, updated on a quarterly basis, aligned to IHS Markit proprietary long-term price, cost and margin forecasts. The models provide the ability to interrogate up to 500,000 economics data points and analyze the data based on technology, capital and production economics, time, total project cost, geography and environmental impact. This unique combination of deep data and flexible functionality empowers you to make confident strategic decisions. Key features include:

  • Detailed production cost structure, broken down by cost components, for commercial and emerging process technologies
  • Ability to select and compare different process technologies side-by-side
  • Model populated with >15 years of historical data and 5 years IHS Markit base price forecast
  • Price basis offered for feedstocks and product on a quarterly and annual basis for 6 key regions
  • Ability to enter user-defined metrics up to 2040 for product price, immediate feedstock price, utilities, location factors and capital cost index
  • Carbon and water footprints
  • Metric and English units provided
  • Process descriptions, block flow diagrams, and technology and market overview

How do our clients use the Process Comparison & Cost Tracker service?

Feedstock price dynamics have been turbulent in recent years, making it more difficult for companies to make sound, confident investment decisions. These market factors have created urgency for companies to understand new technologies and related production costs, in order to validate the economic feasibility of their investments. Whether you are strategic planner, engineer or technology manager, commercial manager or financial analyst, the Process Comparison and Cost Trackers aligns with your business workflows to empower your strategic objectives and investment plans. Our clients use the service for:

Identify optimum capital investment (technology/feedstock/timing/location)Understand impact of feedstock price fluctuationCompare economics and costs for competing processes
Calculate investment and operating costs, broken down by cost componentConduct scenario analysisUnderstand impact of emerging technologies on resource needs and business continuity
Assess long term viability and forecast ROIAnalyze the threat of emerging technologiesEvaluate environmental impact of competing processes
Determine realistic targets and budgets

By merging proprietary process economics data with flexible functionality, IHS Markit helps you answer these questions:

  • What is the historical trend and outlook for my feedstock price? How does this impact the production economics of competing processes using different feedstocks in different regions?
  • How does feedstock volatility affect profitability of a process and its relative competitiveness vs. other processes?
  • How can I confidently make investments in new assets and convert low cost feedstocks to high margin products?
  • Which technologies should I select to maximize profits and meet the demand for production?
  • Which process technology has the lowest risk to environment impact?
  • How do process technologies vary by different cost metrics?
  • What is my estimated total project cost?

Available Products – 12 product models**

  • Acetic Acid
  • Acrylonitrile
  • Chlor-Alkali
  • Ethylene
  • Methanol
  • Natural Gas Liquids Separation
  • Polypropylene
  • Propylene
  • Propylene Oxide
  • Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Polyethylene (LDPE)
  • Polyethylene (LLDPE)

** IHS Markit will be increasing the products offered to build a full library of solutions. For products of interest not listed above, please contact us.

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