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Indexes & Pricing Data

Commodity Price Database

Our Commodity Price Database is the largest online database covering commodities prices. Subscribers can access pricing data for as many as 218 commodities, including historical data dating back to 2007 and forecasts, across +20 countries worldwide.

All 218 commodities covered are grouped according to the respective industry sector. When subscribing, you can choose the coverage(s) of your interest, each one targeting a specific industry sector.

Finally, you may check the country-level price series available for each commodity in our brochure .

Kindly note that anyone interested in our Commodity Price Database has access to a variety of free samples. We provide above a full sample – the Crude Oil Price Chart – where you can check all pricing data available for this commodity and try all our database features. In addition, we offer 3-years historical series as extended samples of our pricing data for every commodity in our database (you must register to check these extended samples.)

That being the case, we do not offer free trial subscription plans; we believe that those who are interested in Commodity Price Database are able to decide whether to subscribe by checking the available free samples.

Subscribers access commodities pricing data through online charts, accessible in the User Area on the Intratec website. Naturally, the subscriber must be logged in on hte Intratec website (using the same email and password of the subscription) to access the data.

Finally, please note that Intratec does not send reports about the data presented.

The commodity pricing data presented is refreshed on a monthly basis, as new information is obtained. However, it is important to highlight that the frequency with which specific regional data is actually updated depends on how often official sources from countries from those regions report that data.

In this context, by the end of each month ― typically in the second or third week ― the Intratec team updates our Commodity Price Database.

Our Commodity Price Database covers prices of 218 commodities, grouped according to the respective industry sector. When subscribing, you can choose the coverage(s) of your interest, each one targeting a specific industry sector.

However, kindly note that we offer no subscriptions for accessing a specific commodity or commodities from our database; you must choose among the available subscription plans and coverages.

The commodities pricing data with which Intratec provides its customers is obtained from the collection/refining of foreign trade data officially reported by the respective countries. Usually, such information is reported by governmental agencies and/or institutions related to foreign trade, or through statistical surveys conducted by those countries/organizations.

Specialty Price Trends

Our Specialty Price Trends is an online database of price trend estimates, covering specialties, including historical series dating back to 2007 across the main world regions. Prices variations are presented in a user-friendly chart, which allows comparison of trends. Subscribers also have an online tool for estimating current specialties prices, using past prices known.

All specialties covered are grouped according to the respective industry sector. When subscribing, you can choose the coverage(s) of your interest, each one targeting a specific industry sector.

Finally, you may check the price trends series available for each commodity in our brochure .

The Specialty Price Estimator is an online tool through which current specialty prices can be easily calculated, using past prices. By just entering a past price of a specialty, the date and the region where this price was observed, the user can get an estimate of the price of the specialty in another date

Please note that the Specialty Price Estimator is available only to subscribers of the 'Pro' and 'Business' plans.

Kindly note that anyone interested in our Specialty Price Trends has access to a variety of free samples. We provide above a full sample – the Propionic Acid Trend Chart – where you can check all price trend data available for this specialty and try all our database features. In addition, we offer 3-years historical series as extended samples of our price trend data for every specialty in our database (you must register to check these extended samples.)

That being the case, we do not offer free trial subscription plans; we believe that those who are interested in Specialty Price Trends are able to decide whether to subscribe by checking the available free samples.

The specialty price trends presented are refreshed on a monthly basis, as new information is obtained. However, it is important to highlight that the frequency with which specific regional data is actually updated depends on how often official sources from countries from those regions report that data.

In this context, by the end of each month ― typically in the second or third week ― the Intratec team updates our Specialty Price Trends.

Our Specialty Price Trends covers 153 specialties, grouped according to the respective industry sector. When subscribing, you can choose the coverage(s) of your interest, each one targeting a specific industry sector.

However, kindly note that we offer no subscriptions for accessing a specific specialty or specialties from our database; you must choose among the available subscription plans and coverages.

Utility Cost Database

Kindly note that anyone interested in our Utilities Cost Data has access to a variety of free samples. For every utility in our database, we offer a 18-month historical series as an example of our cost and pricing data.

We do not offer free trial subscription plans; we believe that those who are interested in Utilities Cost Data are able to decide whether to subscribe by checking the available free samples.

The price and cost data presented for utilities is refreshed on a monthly basis, as new information is obtained. However, it is important to highlight that the frequency which specific regional data is actually updated depends on how often official sources from countries from those regions report that data.

In this context, by the end of each month ― typically in the second or third week ― the Intratec team updates utilities cost data.

Subscribers access utilities pricing and cost data through online charts, accessible in the User Area, at Intratec website. Naturally, the subscriber must be logged in Intratec website (using the same email and password of the subscription) to access the data.

Finally, please note that Intratec does not send reports about the data presented.

If you cannot find the cost data of your interest in our store (at /products/indexes-and-data/utilities-cost-data-subscriptions">www.intratec.us/indexes-and-pricing-data/utilities-cost-data-store), whether it is cost data related to other utility or data related to a specific country not covered, you may submit the request form available at www.intratec.us/services/chemical-industry-data. In this case, our experts may work to provide exactly the data you need. They will provide you with a quotation for this the data you need in no more than 2 business days. Of course, since this would be a customized data set, not available in our online database, the quotation for providing the data you need shall be higher than our regular subscription fees.

The cost figures presented in the charts represent estimates of the operating costs of systems employed for generating the respective utility. Such costs vary according to the utility (Chilled Water, Cooling Water, Demineralized Water, Process Water, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Coal, Compressed Air, Electricity, Natural Gas, Steam).

On the other hand, utilities price figures presented in the charts consist of estimates for the values paid by an industrial customer for utilities supplied by off-site facilities.

Process Plant Cost Indexes

Kindly note that anyone interested in our Process Plant Cost Indexes has access to a variety of free samples. For every index in our database, we offer a 24-month historical series as an example.

We do not offer free trial subscription plans; we believe that those who are interested in Process Plant Cost Indexes are able to decide whether to subscribe by checking the available free samples.

Intratec Process Plant Cost Indexes (IC Indexes) are based on prices trends of fundamental components of an industrial plant construction such as labor, material, energy and inflation, from several countries.

Intratec's methodology for calculating IC Indexes involves combining a series of specific and general price indexes, evaluated by Intratec consultant's as fundamental for the construction of industrial plants, to reasonably reflect their relative importance.

If you need plant cost indexes for other countries, not covered in our database, you may submit the request form available at www.intratec.us/services/chemical-industry-data. In this case, our experts may work to provide exactly the data you need. They will provide you with a quotation for this the data you need in no more than 2 business days. Of course, since this would be a customized data set, not available in our online database, the quotation for providing the data you need shall be higher than our regular subscription fees.

The plant cost indexes are refreshed on a monthly basis, as new information is obtained. However, it is important to highlight that the frequency which specific regional data is actually updated depends on how often official sources from countries from those regions report that data.

In this context, by the end of each month ― typically in the second or third week ― the Intratec team updates plant cost indexes.

Subscribers access plant cost indexes through online charts and tables, accessible in the User Area, at Intratec website. Naturally, the subscriber must be logged in Intratec website (using the same email and password of the subscription) to access the data.

Finally, please note that Intratec does not send reports about the data presented.

General Questions

Actually not ― kindly note that all subscriptions offered by Intratec are charged on an annual basis.

The number of users (logins) allowed is according to the subscription plan of the subscriber. Subscribers of Standard and Pro plans have only one login to access the data. Subscribers of Business plans can have up to three users (logins) to access the data.

It is worth noting that only corporate emails, from the same company and with the same domain, can be used for logins in Business subscriptions; free email accounts (domains such as Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) cannot be used

If you cannot find the data of your interest in any of the Intratec databases, you may submit this request form . Our experts will provide you with a quotation for the data you need in no more than 2 business days. Of course, since this is a customized data analysis, not available in our regular databases, the cost will be higher than our regular subscription fees.

Our customers are entitled to cancel subscription plans at any time. Once you cancel your subscription, you will continue to have access to your subscription plan data until the end of your current billing period.

To cancel a subscription, you should follow the steps below:

  • Login at www.intratec.us with your email and password (top-menu)
  • Once logged on, you must click on "Go to User Area" (top-menu)
  • In the User Area, hover the mouse over “Account” (top-menu) and click on "Subscriptions"
  • You should see a list of all of your subscriptions on our website - just click on the cancel link of the plan you are wanting to cancel.

The Intratec team will proceess your cancellation within 2 business days. Upon cancellation, an email will be sent confirming that the recurring billing is interrupted.

Please note that refunds related to Intratec Indexes & Pricing Data subscriptions are not provided.

Technical Support is a feature of our Business Plan. Only Subscribers of the Business Plan are allowed to clear technical questions with our support team. The terms of this technical support for our Indexes & Pricing Data Subscriptions can be found below:

  • Responses provided exclusively via Email
  • Responses provided by Intratec support team in 3 business days
  • Available while the subscription is active
  • Support limited to 2 man-hours from Intratec Experts (equivalent to 3 specific questions about the data) per Quarter

Payments for all subscriptions can be made with credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, JCB and American Express). Please note that credit cards from outside USA must be enabled for international transactions (in US dollars).

Payments for Pro and Business plans may be made via PayPal.

Finally, only payments for Business Plans can be made via purchase order or wire transfer for an additional fee of USD 199, to cover specific requirements, since any offline sale requires additional time/resources from our sales team.

Payments for all subscription plans are made on an annual basis.

Kindly note that refunds related to chemicals pricing data subscriptions are not provided.

Typically, our Indexes & Pricing Data cover data since the year 2007 to present. However the Plant Construction Index covers data since the year 2000 to present.

 

Yes! You can easily upgrade your current plan by following the steps below:

  1. Login at www.intratec.us with your email and password (top-menu)
  2. Once logged on, you must click on "Your Account" (top-menu)
  3. Click on the button "Subscriptions"
  4. Locate your current plan and click on "Upgrade"

When you upgrade your plan (to 'Pro' or 'Business'), you will pay the difference between the subscription fee of the new plan and the prorated amount you have already paid for the remaining time in your current billing cycle.

Upon payment confirmation, you will have access to the features of your new plan. Your access will last for the full duration of your new subscription term.

Example: You have subscribed for a plan that costs USD 250 per year. Then after 6 months you decide to upgrade to a new plan that costs USD 500 per year. You will pay USD 500 minus USD 125, which is the prorated amount you have already paid for the 6 remaining months in your current plan. So you should pay only USD 375 for your upgrade, and you will have access to your new plan for another full year.

Please keep in mind that anyone interested in Indexes & Pricing Data can already check plenty of free samples, our 'Free' Plans include a 12-month Historical data series, and that forecast data will be presented in the same format (online chart at the chemical/utility page).

So, such free samples should be enough for supporting a decision of whether or not to subscribe.

For Subscribers

You can easily access the data you subscribed for in Intratec’s User Area, by following the steps below:

  1. Login at www.intratec.us with your email and password (top-menu)
  2. Once logged on, you must click on "Go to User Area" (top-menu)
  3. In the User Area, on the menu option “Your Products”, click on the data you want to access.
  4. Then, in the next page, you should select the chemical/utility/index of your interest, using the dropdown menu right below page title.

If you are a subscriber of a "Business" plan, you can easily download the data you subscribed for in Intratec’s User Area, by following the steps below:

  1. Login at www.intratec.us with your email and password (top-menu)
  2. Once logged on, you must click on "Go to User Area" (top-menu)
  3. In the User Area, on the menu option “Your Products”, click on the database you want to access.
  4. Then, in the next page, select the commodity/specialty/utility/country of your interest. In this same toolbar you will find the 'format' section, select the 'table' format.
  5. A Data Table will load - the download buttons can be found in a toolbar right below the Data Table, just click in one of the available options to start the download.

You can select specific time spans, using the buttons below the chart.  If you are a subscriber of a ‘Pro’ or ‘Business’ plan, you can also change currency, units and time intervals using the chart customization buttons right below the chart.

If you are a subscriber of a ‘Pro’ or ‘Business’ plan, you can change currency, units and time intervals using the customization box right below the chart of your interest, in the User Area.

As a subscriber to one of our Business Plans you are entitled to add accounts to your subscription with no additional costs. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Login at www.intratec.us with your email and password (top-menu)
  2. Once logged on, you must click on "Your Account" (top-menu)
  3. Click on the button "Subscriptions"
  4. Locate the subscription and click on "Manage"
  5. Click on the button "Manage Users", and then click on the button "Add Users"
  6. Fill the info required and then click on the button "Save"

It is worth noting that only users from the same company can be added, and that all users must create an account at Intratec website.

 

Our customers are entitled to cancel subscription plans at any time, whenever they want. To cancel a subscription, you should follow the steps below:

  1. Login at www.intratec.us with your email and password (top-menu)
  2. Once logged on, click on "Go to User Area" (top-menu)
  3. In the User Area, hover the mouse over “Account” (top-menu) and click on "Subscriptions".
  4. Then, you should see a list of all of your subscriptions on our website - just click on the cancel link of the plan you are willing to cancel.

Intratec team proceeds with the cancellation within 2 business days. Upon cancellation, an email will be sent confirming that the recurring billing is interrupted. Please note that refunds related to Intratec Indexes & Pricing Data subscriptions are NOT provided.

The sharing of data from Intratec databases is according to the respective subscription plan of the subscriber, as follows:

The subscriber of a 'Standard' Plan is allowed to share it exclusively with co-workers from the same institution or corporation, who also work at the same country.

The subscriber of a 'Pro' Plan is allowed to share the data with co-workers from the same institution or corporation, worldwide.

Finally, the subscriber of a 'Business' Plan can share the data with up to five third parties, provided that such sharing complies with all the conditions presented at Data Sharing Terms

Please note that price forecasts presented in Intratec’s Chemical Pricing Data are meant to reflect what Intratec considers the most probable scenario for the upcoming nine months, as of the date such forecasts are updated. Put another way, the forecasts presented resulted from specific, ’frozen’ market conditions at the moment they were calculated. In this context, as the market parameters used for calculating the forecasts can change significantly in short periods of time, the forecasts are also updated on a monthly basis.

As previously mentioned, the data presented in our Indexes & Pricing Databases is primarily drawn from public sources, and is checked across several sources to verify and ensure integrity. Occasionally a specific public source stops reporting part of the data collected, or inconsistencies in the data are identified, in such a way that Intratec team deems appropriate to discontinue a specific pricing data series.

Please rest assured that, whenever this happens, Intratec team makes every effort to compensate users for such discontinuation, by adding either new pricing data series related to different regions or pricing data of more commodity chemicals.

Process Plant Location Factors

Kindly note that anyone interested in our Process Plant Location Factors has access to a variety of free samples. For every factor in our database, we offer a 24-month historical series as an example.

We do not offer free trial subscription plans; we believe that those who are interested in Process Plant Location Factors are able to decide whether to subscribe by checking the available free samples.

Intratec Location Factors are calculated based on high volumes of local data of different locations, relating to productivity, labor costs, steel and energy prices, equipment import needs, freight, taxes and duties on imported and domestic materials and regional business environment, among others.

If you need plant location factors for other countries, not covered in our database, you may submit the request form available at www.intratec.us/services/chemical-industry-data. In this case, our experts may work to provide exactly the data you need. They will provide you with a quotation for this the data you need in no more than 2 business days. Of course, since this would be a customized data set, not available in our online database, the quotation for providing the data you need shall be higher than our regular subscription fees.

Subscribers access location factors through online charts and tables, accessible in the User Area, at Intratec website. Naturally, the subscriber must be logged in Intratec website (using the same email and password of the subscription) to access the data.

Finally, please note that Intratec does not send reports about the data presented.

The location factors are refreshed on a monthly basis, as new information is obtained. However, it is important to highlight that the frequency which specific regional data is actually updated depends on how often official sources from countries from those regions report that data.

In this context, by the end of each month ― typically in the second or third week ― the Intratec team updates location factors.