The global outbreak of Covid-19 creates a new layer of changes in the plastics industry. While it resulted to a significant reduction of carbon emissions, plastic waste remains a problem that needs immediate solution. Moreover, the crash in crude oil price and economic downturn are driving the industry to a whole new challenge.

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, ICIS delivers the Fundamentals of the Polymers Business this March. As health and safety becomes the utmost priority, this new way of learning breaks limitation of gaining product knowledge and market insights during this unique time.


  • Fully digital platform

All sessions will be accessed online from your computer or tablet, 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 an average of 2.5 hours each.

  • 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.



  • 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 (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and styrenics
  • Pricing and markets – key cost and price drivers
  • Industry trends and company strategies outlook



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.

Testimonials from past delegates

“It is with great pleasure that I provide the following testimonial for the “FUNDAMENTALS OF THE POLYMERS BUSINESS” training course led by Paul Cherry.

Being a Packaging Technologist it is always important to understand the trends of plastic materials to ensure the right choices are made in the design phase. I found the “FUNDAMENTALS OF THE POLYMERS BUSINESS” training course has helped me to investigate and provide alternatives that consider the future trends. This in turn assists the company to be proactive rather than reactive. Paul was very informative and his style of presenting kept everyone engaged”.

Packaging Technologist, LION Dairy and Drinks, Australia

“I’m new to the world of chemicals and polymers in specific, so this course was more like an introduction to the business. It has helped me a lot, after the course I got a fine idea of all different products/applications plus a very good view on the different controlling markets (America/Asia/ME/Europe) which is decisive to develop a vision behind the pricing of both raw materials/finished products. Also Paul Cherry was a very interactive teacher and he answered all of my questions superbly, so really enjoyed this course!

I would sincerely recommend it to anybody who is new to the business and if I get the opportunity I will surely do so!”

Sales Manager, NCT Middle East


Course Fees

$1,500 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)*

Register for March

For group bookings of three or more, please contact us via icis.training@rbi.co.uk

*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

In-House Training

ICIS works alongside our clients 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.

Upcoming Polymers Courses









An Introduction to Plastics Recycling

November 15November 18

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