ICIS Webinar: Regional Scenarios in the Petrochemicals Markets

Market experts from ICIS and International eChem hosted a free webinar discussing regional scenarios and their potential impact on petrochemical markets.This provided critical multi-regional insights to consider as you head into your planning season. Topics included:

  • What happens if China increases capacity?
  • US new macro-economics and capacity
  • Abundant feedstock – will this be an option for all regions?
  • The impact of Brexit and the rise of protectionism

You can now request the presentation slides and recording, which includes the Q&A session with the participants.

About the speaker

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John Richardson – ICIS Senior Consultant Asia

John Richardson has been tracking Asian and global polyolefins markets for 19 years in various roles – as a Price Reporter, News Reporter, Industry Analyst and now as a Consultant and Trainer. During this time, he has built deep knowledge of the companies and people who have transformed Asia Pacific into the world’s major production and consumption region. His views are highly valued by senior executives, who appreciate his balanced and independent approach. 

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He is responsible for the Asian Polyethylene and Polypropylene Monthly Price Forecast Reports. John has also co-authored an e-book, Boom, Gloom and the New Normal, which examines how demographic factors and events in financial markets have reshaped the global economy. He is also the co-author of the new joint ICIS Consulting & Analytics and International eChem (IeC) study: “Demand – The New Direction for Profit”.




Stefano Zehnder – ICIS Senior Consultant for Global Refining & Petrochemical Feedstocks

Stefano is the Vice President, Analytics and Consulting for ICIS and manages the Energy and Refining practice of the company with global responsibility. In the Energy/Refining and Petrochemical Feedstock field, Stefano leads the development and maintenance of global databases covering production capacity, supply/demand balances and trade movements.

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These databases are regularly updated and include historical and forecast market scenarios. Stefano’s current responsibilities include harmonization of data from regional experts for the subsequent consolidation of global scenarios. A Swiss-Italian, Stefano has over 20 years of experience and is recognised as an international expert in his field, particularly in the area of Oil Refining Strategy and Petrochemical Feedstocks.




Paul Hodges – Chairman of International eChem

Paul Hodges is the chairman of consultants International eChem (IeC) and co-author of the new joint ICIS Consulting & Analytics and IeC study: “Demand – The New Direction for Profit. Paul Hodges (IeC) is a trusted adviser to major chemical companies and the investment community. He has worked in the chemical industry for 30 years. Initially he spent 17 years as a senior executive with one of the world’s leading companies (ICI), both in the UK and the USA, where he held senior executive positions in petrochemicals and chloralkali, and was Executive Director of a $1 billion ICI business.

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He founded IeC in 1995, and has strong professional relationships with the leading players, and follows developments on a detailed day-to-day basis. He is the co-author of Boom, Gloom and the New Normal: How the Ageing Western BabyBoomers are Changing Demand Patterns, Again (www.new-normal.com), and has been recognised in the Financial Times and elsewhere for his success in correctly forewarning of the global financial crisis.

Paul is also an invited member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Chemicals.




Joseph Chang – Global Editor of ICIS Chemical Business

Joseph Chang is the Global Editor of ICIS Chemical Business, the weekly publication keeping you up to date on chemical price trends and their drivers. He has been with the company and one of its predecessors for over 19 years and covers topics on projects, financial markets, mergers & acquisitions and macroeconomic trends.




Nigel Davis – ICIS Chemical Insight Editor

Nigel is Insight Editor with ICIS news, the 24-hour online chemicals news service, and a Course Director with ICIS training. He writes regular commentary on the industry, on individual companies and their strategies and on the financial performance of the chemical majors. He is a chemist by training, and has written about the chemical industry in many publications since 1979, including news and company magazines, encyclopaedias and specialist reports. For 13 years, he wrote and edited the newsletter, Chemical Insight. Nigel talks at industry conferences and other events and helps chemicals and other companies with their petrochemicals training.

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