The shifting state of play in global petrochemical and refining markets. How will you prepare?

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Big shifts are changing the face of the global petrochemicals and refining sectors. Macroeconomics, new IMO regulations, the US-China trade war, and Middle East national oil company ambitions will lead to significant new developments. Keep abreast of key trends and prepare to meet the challenges!


Global petrochemical industry outlook – macro trends and rising risks

  • Macroeconomic outlook
  • US-China trade war impact
  • US ethylene and PE capacity wave
  • Rise of Middle East Oil in petrochemicals
  • Crude oil-to-chemicals

IMO 2020 and Crude Oil

  • Crude oil outlook: Is there reason to be bullish on crude pricing?
  • How will IMO 2020 alter the refining slate?
  • Besides a change in demand for distillates, what other knock-on effects from IMO 2020 are expected?

Webinar Presenters

Joseph Chang, Global Editor, ICIS

Joseph Chang is Global Editor of ICIS Chemical Business, a weekly publication focusing on macro trends and the analysis of drivers of chemical prices worldwide. This includes price trends, and the factors impacting these trends in both the short term, and long term.
He has been with ICIS and one of its predecessor publications for over 20 years, specializing in coverage of financial topics such as macroeconomics, capital spending, equity and debt markets, and mergers and acquisitions. Joseph has a degree in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Jeremy Pafford, Head of North America, ICIS

As Head of North America, Jeremy Pafford drives ICIS’s commercial strategy for the US, Mexico and Canada and represents ICIS to the chemical markets to showcase ICIS expertise. His role draws upon his experience over the last several years in leading market engagement efforts by the Americas team.
Previously, Jeremy served as Managing Editor, Americas for ICIS, managing a team covering and analyzing Americas chemical markets such as ethylene and propylene down to intermediates, oleochemicals and polymers. During his time at ICIS, Jeremy has covered several markets himself and has presented at major events on topics such as the North American shale boom, volatility in olefin markets, the US trucker shortage’s effects on shipping, and the US-China trade tensions.

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