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Year-End Survey of Business Conditions Industrial Chemicals 2017

Highlights

In 2017:

  • It is projected that sales of industrial chemicals will increase 7% in 2017 to reach $27.1 billion. Using constant dollar shipments as a proxy for output, volumes will increase 1%. This indicates that on an aggregate basis, selling prices increased over the year, leading to a revenue gain that outpaced the volume gain.
  • Exports will be almost the same as in 2016, at $18.6 billion.
  • Operating profits will remain strong, rising 2% to $3.4 billion for 2017.
  • Capital expenditures in 2017 were up about 7% compared to 2016, at just under $1 billion. This is well below the peak observed in 2014 reflecting the absence of major new investment projects initiated during the past three years.
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Industrial Chemical Industry: Performance Snapshot Third quafter of 2017

December 12, 2017

Highlights:

  • Industrial chemicals continued to show improved performance compared to 2016, but the rate of growth was lower after three quarters compared to where it stood after the first half of the year.
  • Shipments of industrial chemicals were up 6% after nine months. The overall performance was driven by very strong growth in petrochemicals and other organic chemicals, with good growth in inorganic chemicals. Synthetic resins was the only subsector showing an overall decline.
  • The quarter-over-quarter change in rail car shipments were up 2%.
  • Exports for industrial chemicals after three quarters were almost the same as in 2016. Petrochemicals led with a big surge compared to 2016. Other organic chemicals were also up, while inorganic chemicals and synthetic resins were down.
  • Industrial chemical GDP dropped 6% in Q3.
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Industrial Chemical Industry: Performance Snapshot First Half of 2017

September 06, 2017

Highlights

  • Overall, industrial chemicals had a strong first half. In the second quarter, all metrics were up except for railcar loadings which was down slightly. Data mostly points to the performance being led by improvements in product pricing.
  • Shipments increased 13% in Q2, the second successive quarter of 13% growth. This performance was driven by very strong growth in petrochemicals, and good growth in inorganic chemicals and other organic chemicals. Synthetic resin shipments remained unchanged.
  • Exports for industrial chemicals rose 5% in the first half. Again petrochemicals led the way with a big surge compared to 2016. Other organic chemicals and synthetic resins also showed good growth. Inorganic chemical exports fell by 5% repeating the trend that was seen in the Q1 where shipments rose but exports fell.
  • Industrial chemical GDP rose by 2% in Q2 reversing declines that had occurred over the previous two quarters.
  • The quarter-over-quarter change in rail car shipments was down slightly (1%) in Q2. Volumes have been fairly constant since 2013 with some seasonal variations.
  • Operating profits remained strong, at $850 million for the quarter and at $1.7 billion for the first half was up slightly from the same period in 2016.
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Industrial Chemicals First Quarter Stats 2017

June 09, 2017

Highlights

  • Overall, industrial chemicals had a solid quarter.
  • Overall shipments increased 13% compared to the same quarter in 2016. This performance was driven by strong growth in petrochemicals, but all sub-segments showed increases.
  • Exports for industrial chemicals rose 1%. There were large differences among the sub-segments however. Petrochemicals saw a sharp rise in exports, while inorganic chemicals experienced a steep decline. Other organic chemicals showed good growth, while resins and rubbers were up slightly.
  • Industrial chemical industry GDP fell by 0.5% compared to Q4 of 2016.
  • The quarter-over-quarter change in rail car shipments was up slightly (0.3%).
  • Operating profits remained strong, coming in at $854 million
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Chemistry Industry Economic Profile 2017

May 03, 2017

Using data from Statistics Canada (unless otherwise stated), CIAC’s Annual Industry Economic Profile provides a statistical review of various key industry indicators including number on shipments, imports, exports, and employment. The report also includes a section on specialty chemicals, statistics for the key provinces of Quebec, Ontario and Alberta, and for the segments of the industry of primary interest to CIAC members.

This report is prepared by the Association’s Business and Economics (B&E) team. The B&E team provides ongoing economic analysis of government policy initiatives, business trends and changing industry dynamics.

Executive Summary

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RESPONSIBLE CARE®  PERFORMANCE: DELIVERING ON OUR COMMITMENTS

January 12, 2017

Members of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) continue to deliver results on environmental stewardship and transparency through their commitment to Responsible Care ® – CIAC’s U.N.–recognized sustainability initiative.

Responsible Care inspires its members to take actions that improve the sustainability of their operations and reduces harm throughout the entire life cycle of their products. Companies have to be transparent about their activities, and allow independent experts and members of the public to verify that they’re living up to the standards set by Responsible Care®. In addition, for more than 20 years, CIAC members have reported their emissions data and advancements in areas such as workplace and transportation safety, community engagement, and waste reduction. The results are publicly available in CIAC’s annual Responsible Care® Progress Report.

Sustainability Indicators

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2016 Year-End Survey of Business Conditions

December 12, 2016

2016 Highlights:

  • The word sluggish was repeated over and over in 2016 and may characterize the year – from customers, to level of rail service, from government engagement in the economy, to prospects for growth.
  • Sales of industrial chemicals will be approximately $23 billion, a decline of 2% compared to 2015. Using constant dollar shipments as a proxy for output, volumes increased 3% compared to 2015. This indicates that on an aggregate basis, selling prices declined over the year, leading to the lower revenue estimate.
  • Exports in dollar terms will decrease by about 4% compared to 2015, coming in at $18.5 billion and reflecting a challenging trade environment.
  • Operating profits will fall about 9% for the year, dropping under $3 billion for the first time since 2012. However we are experiencing the ninth consecutive year of high profits since the last recession.
  • Capital expenditures in 2016 will be just over $1 billion, a decline of 7% compared to 2015. The large capital projects that were undertaken in the industry were essentially completed in 2016, and no new major projects were commenced.
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