United Kingdom Petrochemicals Market Q4 2015 Research Report adds “United Kingdom Petrochemicals Report Q4 2015”to its store.

Although the UK is witnessing a solid economic recovery, the country's plastic and rubber production stagnated in H115 even as overall chemicals production rose 5%. The British chemicals industry as a whole is in transition to higher-value, lower-volume production, having closed many basic chemicals and polymers capacities in recent years. This should put the industry in good stead for profitability, although existing petrochemicals facilities will continue to feel the challenge of feedstock prices in competing with US and Middle Eastern rivals. 

The latest production indices suggest that British chemicals grew by an average of 5% y-o-y in H115 while rubber and plastic output stagnated. The trends show that the petrochemicals portion of overall chemicals output has plateaued while speciality and value added production is performing strongly. This supports BMI's long-held view that the UK industry is abandoning high-volume petrochemicals products,which are struggling to compete with low-cost rivals in the US and the Middle East. Instead, research and development expenditure is pouring into diversification into high-end, niche markets.

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Table of Contents

BMI Industry View 7
Political 10
Economic 11
Operational Risk 12
Industry Forecast 13
Table: United Kingdom - Petrochemicals Sector (2012-2019f) 17
Macroeconomic Forecasts 18
Economic Analysis 18
Real GDP By Expenditure 21

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Table: GDP By Expenditure (United Kingdom 2012-2019) 23
Industry Risk/Reward Ratings 24
Europe Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index 24
Russia and Ukraine Under Pressure 26
Table: European Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index (scores out of 100) 28
United Kingdom Petrochemicals Risk/Reward Index 29
Market Overview 30
Industry Trends And Developments 33
Feedstock Issues 37
Regulation 38
Unconventional Gas 40
Company Profile 44
BP 44