Virtual training – Fundamentals of the Polymers Business

29 July – 1st August 2024 | or | 24 – 27th September 2024

Course Overview

The polymers industry has gone through dynamic changes over the years. The rise of sustainability commitments challenged the business models of many companies. To stay relevant, aligning strategies with regulations and consumer preferences is critical but it is equally important to protect traditional applications. On the other hand, geo-political tensions and logistics challenges widens supply and demand gaps impacting the global trade flow.

How is your organisation adapting to these changes?

Gather comprehensive insights to help you defend your market position while displaying a strong business outlook.  To help you achieve these goals, join the ICIS Fundamentals of the Polymers Business Virtual Training Course.

We help you to build technical understanding alongside deeper understanding of the polymers markets, value chains and dynamics.

Key topics include

  • Across-the-board overview of the polymers value chain – from feedstock dynamics and basic derivatives to major application markets
  • Plastic processing fundamentals – major processing techniques and their applications. Examples include injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming and more
  • Comprehensive insight into major polymer markets such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and styrenics
  • Pricing and markets – key cost and price drivers
  • Industry trends and company strategies outlook

Who should attend?

The course is suitable to all levels of professionals working in the polymer and petrochemicals industry who would like to get a solid understanding of the business and its progress including those in roles and functions such as:

  • Purchasing/Procurement Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Sales/Business Development
  • Logistics
  • Traders
  • Marketing
  • Finance/HR
  • Research and Development
  • Market Analysts
  • Sustainability/Circular Economy

Course fees

$1,600 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)*

Choose your preferred session below

29 July – 1st August 2024 | 9:00AM New York / 2:00PM London / 6:00PM UAE

24 July – 27th September 2024 | 7:00AM London / 10:00AM UAE / 4:00PM Melbourne

*NB: Please enter your Tax ID or business number, otherwise UK VAT at 20% will be applied. Customers based in the UK will be charged UK VAT at 20% whether or not a VAT number is provided.

For group bookings of three or more please contact us:

Patrick Lim
Tel: +44 20 7911 1393

What to expect in the virtual training?

  • Fully digital platform

All sessions will be accessed virtually from your computer, tablet or mobile, giving you the flexibility of taking the course at your chosen location and device.

  • Live and interactive sessions

Understanding the relevance of getting access to information real time, the course will be delivered live including interactive sessions providing you with a platform to engage with trainers and other delegates.

  • Modular approach

The course will run over 4 days with a total of 12 hours of tuition time.

  • Timely and comprehensive agenda topics

Each module will touch on the areas that shape the current trends within the plastics recycling industry, coupled with future challenges and outlook


Paul Cherry

Dr. Paul Cherry

Dr. Paul Cherry has more than 25 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, predominantly working for Lyondell Basell and its predecessor companies, Basell, Montell and Shell Chemicals. His early career was spent in laboratory, technical service & product development, manufacturing, sales and procurement roles in Australia. From 2002 to 2010 he was based in Hong Kong and was responsible for supply chain and procurement activities in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Dr. Paul currently works at Officium Projects, a company offering technical, procurement, market and strategic consulting to the petrochemical and polymer industries as well as the ICIS training business.

Paul has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy majoring in polymer science both from the University of Melbourne.

Bespoke Training Solutions

ICIS works alongside our customers to create bespoke training courses that mould our expertise and your specific needs. We’ll pinpoint the current expertise of your employees, areas for improvement, and your business goals, and develop a training course that will bring tangible benefits to your business.

Our custom training courses are delivered as interactive workshops, focusing on the products, concepts and issues that are most relevant and beneficial to you.

  • Save money on transportation and accommodation, with training at a convenient location
  • Flexibility – you determine the length and duration of the sessions
  • Interactive workshops with hands-on exercises, to reinforce key skills, techniques and concepts
  • Take-away the course materials, presentations and background information for future reference

To enquire about in-house training for this course please click here and a member of our team will get back to you.

What our customers say

Edgar Espinoza, Category Manager Resins

“The Polymers course was very useful for my knowledge on Resins. It helped me to get more information about polymers, the different types and structures, and also to know the use and best utilities, as well as get details on the movement price and principal technics.”

Charley Brown, Research Chemist

“I thoroughly enjoyed Amy Claxton’s introduction to base oils. Her discussion on API groups and properties was very informative, and it was really refreshing to understand how and where Ergon falls in this placing. I also enjoyed her section on electric vehicles, and felt comforted knowing our business will not be affected.”

Nataliia Kuzmenko, Business Development Manager

“Global LNG Markets and Pricing Virtual Training Course is very well-designed, organized and conceived. It provides a detailed overview of the key players and their challenges. It was interesting to learn the latest market developments and see the regional demand trends. My experience reached all my expectations.”

Maria Ramirez Navarro, EA Head Sustainability

“This course should be taken by everyone that is planning to work in the Petrochemical market or as a refresher. John Richardson’s profound experience and understanding of the industry makes this training very engaging, insightful, easy to follow and up-to-date with what is going on in today´s world events.”

George Theodoropoulos, Cross Assets Derivatives Trader

“This one is a must for anyone in the Gas industry. We covered many aspects, from basics to more advanced ones. Speakers were well prepared, detailed answers were given during the Q&A and the material shared was great.”

Oksana Gantseva, Gas Analyst
TrailStone Renewables GmbH

“The Scramble to End Russian Reliance Virtual Training has been a useful and valuable instrument to understand better the processes that are going on at the moment in the world energy market. The trainers provided information regarding current statistics and there was a useful exchange of views on the topic.”

Sante Serrecchia

“ICIS price forecasts have helped us allocate resources smartly and efficiently, to anticipate price changes, and to buy PP at favourable prices.
The reports have saved our internal team a lot of time and effort when analysing pricing trends.”

Petula Yan
Hong Kong Petrochemical

“Our clients recognise ICIS prices as an independent benchmark. Using ICIS price assessments in our purchasing contracts saves us time and helps us secure an appropriate supply of feedstock for our plants at the reasonable price.”

Chen Gang
Shanghai Jahwa United Co Ltd

“As a reliable, independent source of pricing data, ICIS has helped find common ground with suppliers who wanted to raise prices. ICIS forecast prices mean we can anticipate PE and PET price trends for the next 18 months and use this information to plan our purchases. We’re also reassured by their IOSCO certification.”

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