LONDON, January 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
ICIS, the leading provider of fertilizer market intelligence, is the first to launch a short-term 12-month price forecast report for the sulphur and sulphuric acid markets. Produced in partnership with Integer Research, the new Outlook Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid report further extends ICIS existing coverage of fertilizers forecast intelligence. The report will provide industry players with information and analysis of the price movements likely to impact their short-term trades and strategies.
The sulphur market has become particularly volatile in recent years, with a variety of factors influencing price shifts. The decline in phosphate consumption has been key for example. Reliable information on the underlying fundamentals impacting the sulphur and sulphuric acid markets in the short term as well as news of upcoming changes in supply, demand and trade have been difficult to source until now. As the sulphuric acid market continues to face low pricing and sluggish demand in key regions, this new monthly report will help decision-makers and strategists keep track and analyse key developments as they take effect.
Meena Chauhan, Integer Research's sulphur research manager, highlighted the breadth of information included in the new report. "Market players need to be aware of upcoming supply/demand projects for both sulphur and sulphuric acid - so new projects are listed, including new phosphates capacity as well as new sulphur and sulphuric acid production capacity. The report analyses developments in supply and demand with regional overviews. DAP (diammonium phosphate) margins are also covered as well as the rolling 12 month forecast."
"We have tested our customers' requirements and an in-depth analysis of short-term fundamentals in the sulphur and sulphuric acid markets, together with accurate price forecasting, appears crucial to support their business decisions. Our partnership with Integer will provide customers with enhanced data on both products and a stronger outlook into the phosphate and industrial sides of demand. Forecasting sulphuric acid prices represents a unique and important added value for our customer," Antonella Harrison, ICIS commercial director for fertilizers, said.
The monthly outlook covers sulphur and sulphuric acid separately within the report and focuses on the core regions of Europe, the Americas, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Each month, an overview of the current market position sets the context for the price forecast which extends 12 months ahead. Subscribers gain insight into where supply and demand will come from; understand the dynamics behind price movements; and learn more about the implications of margins on prices and trade flows. This will help make decisions in many areas including contract price negotiations, production and inventory plans, opportunity evaluation and future investment.
ICIS is the world's largest petrochemical market information provider, and has fast-growing energy and fertilizer divisions. Our aim is to give companies in global commodities markets a competitive advantage by delivering trusted pricing data, high-value news, analysis and independent consulting, enabling them to make better-informed trading and planning decisions.
With a global staff of more than 700, ICIS has people based in Houston, Washington, New York, London, Montpellier, Dusseldorf, Milan, Mumbai, Singapore, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Yantai, Tokyo and Perth. The team covers over 180 commodity markets, and has in-depth knowledge across markets in upstream and downstream.
Integer is a specialist provider of research, data, analysis and consultancy services across a growing range of global commodities markets - and is the leading provider of specialist financial, market forecast, strategy and benchmarking information in the global fertilizer industry.
Headquartered in London, UK, the company was set up in 2002 by three experienced industry analysts who wanted to move away from the traditional, production-centric approach to understanding companies and markets. The company now has offices in Tokyo, Beijing and Detroit.
Integer's staff skill-set includes financial analysis, macroeconomics and engineering, enabling them to bring a sophisticated focus to support company and market analysis. Integer's services are used by a range of clients world-wide, from commodity producers, financial institutions and shippers, to plant contractors, trading companies, government agencies and trade associations.
Clients are served with a variety of information services: bespoke research commissioned by individual clients; subscription products that enable benchmarking and competitor analysis, and assist in investor relations; tailored reports covering producers, distributors and traders; and annual industry events.