Oil/Petchems/Gas insights

Today’s low oil prices spell higher prices ahead

CRU Subscriber Content
20 Jul 2017
 | Region: 
Global
 | Topic: 
Prices, Economic

Between 2011 and 2014, the price of Brent crude oil averaged $108/bbl, but over the last three years the average has fallen below $50/bbl. This relatively low crude oil price has contributed to a favorable cost environment for commodity producers by reducing the cost of fuels - diesel, HFO and natural gas - as well as both overland and ocean freight.

Global economic uncertainties increase on Trump victory

CRU Subscriber Content
22 Nov 2016
 | Region: 
North America (USA)
 | Topic: 
Economic, Regulation

We thought that Brexit was the biggest political shock of 2016 but, as is often the case, the US has done it 'bigger and better' by selecting Donald Trump to be its 45th President.

Turkey - exciting opportunities; challenging conditions

30 May 2014
 | Region: 
Asia (Turkey)
 | Topic: 
Corporate

Turkey has always been a key global manufacturing base and trading post due to its proximity to major markets and ideal geographic location. The country has seven direct neighbours as well as long coastline spanning the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, giving it access to Europe, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Wire and cable producers have long recognised this with three of the four top producers owned by foreign entities. These have either chosen to set up in Turkey or establish a base via acquisitions (see table 1).

CRU analysts report back from China conferences

CRU Subscriber Content
28 May 2014
 | Region: 
Asia (China)
 | Topic: 
Conferences

CRU wire and cable analysts visited a number of conferences whilst visiting customers in China in May this year. Below is a run-down of three events that CRU analysts attended: