Covid-19 webinar series: Upcoming webinars

Upcoming webinars

North America Polymer Markets Webinar: are commodity polymer markets on the road to finding balance?

Date: 2 March 2021, Tuesday
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am US Central Time

As the first quarter of 2021 nears its end, are commodity polymer markets on the road back to finding balance, or will upstream and downstream pressures continue to dominate? Join ICIS and CDI experts for a discussion of current hot topics in the North American polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene markets.

The webinar will cover:

  • Will looming new polyethylene capacities bring length to a tight-supply market?
  • Can increased polypropylene imports help bring stability after months of volatility?
  • How resilient will polystyrene demand be in 2021?

Brian Pruett, Senior Vice President, PE & PP, CDI
Zachary Moore, Deputy Managing Editor, ICIS
Alex Lidback, Vice President, PS, CDI
Jeremy Pafford, Head of North America, Market Development, ICIS

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Asia Recycling: Prospects for a developing market

Date: 3 March 2021, Wednesday
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm SGT

Sustainability may have slipped in the focus of consumers and corporates alike in 2020 due to the economic impact of the coronavirus. However, in 2021 will we see a resurgence in sustainability as supply chains and end-users look to press restart on sustainability goals. What are the key drivers influencing changes in the Asia recycling market? How will it develop and shape 2021? Navigate the twists and turns of Asia’s developing recycling market with ICIS market experts and guest speakers.

This webinar includes presentation and panel discussions covering:

  • South East Asia: the potential and the risks for the supply chain
  • What and who is driving change in the Asia recycling market
  • Barriers to overcome and developments for change

Speakers: Malini Hariharan, Helen McGeough & Tan Jia Hui

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Chemical investments in North America – what does this mean for Europe?

Date: 3rd March 2021,
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm GMT

The pandemic-led market upheaval of 2020 lead to a deep impact on the US ethylene and derivatives business. Many of the first-wave projects have been completed and producers face a growing challenge of finding an outlet for their export volumes, during a period of economic slump and slow demand growth.
Meanwhile, the plunge in crude oil and petrochemical prices is also pushing US companies to reassess their investment plans and priorities.

What does this mean for Europe? What can the market expect from the new US president? What competitive pressure is Europe likely to see from the US in 2021 and beyond?
CDI and ICIS invite you to an interactive webinar to deliberate the key trends shaping the industry in North America and put your questions to our experts in a live Q&A session.

• NGL markets: Macroeconomics and how it is shaping the industry
• North American NGL, ethylene and polyethylene markets: Supply and demand outlook
• Future investments into ethylene production: New, delayed, and cancelled projects
• US exports and the dependence on international markets

Speakers: Alex Lidback, CDI Vice President & Michael Wohlers, Market Development Director

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A decisive year for European carbon - a market squeezed between speculator interest and political uncertainty

Date: 9 March 2021, Tuesday
Time: 15:00-16:00 CET


  • Andreassen, Yann (ICIS)
  • Ferdinand, Marcus (ICIS)

The latest price moves in the European carbon markets (EU ETS) demonstrated how much uncertainty is currently present in the market. The benchmark EUA Dec-21 price reached €40/t for the first time in history on 11 February 2021. Much of the current market volatility is attributed to the lack of foresight, how exactly a higher ambition for Europe’s 2030 target would translate into the EU ETS and what role the market stability reserve (MSR), currently a major price driver, will play in such role. We explain our view on why the carbon market is currently in a high-price environment. To simulate the interplay between the 2030 target discussion and the MSR review, we run a multi-scenario analysis, simulating the impact on carbon prices and market balance.

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