The polymer markets landscape has been characterised by volatile pricing, uncertain demand-supply outlook and rising self-sufficiency in China. It’s never been more important to understand the fundamentals of polymer production, applications, pricing and markets.
This two-day course is designed to give delegates a comprehensive understanding of both the commercial and technical aspects of polymers, enabling industry players to have a clear view of the industry and its direction.
Exploring production processes, feedstocks, supply/demand trends, price drivers and regional dynamics in the context of recent developments, the course offers insights into the market situation and outlook for the coming months and years.
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REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS
Welcome and introduction
Understanding petrochemicals and polymers
Polymer feedstocks explained
Introduction to polyethylene
Introduction to polypropylene
Introduction to PVC
Building the value chain
Delegates will work in groups to put together the ethylene and propylene chain covering all derivatives.
Plastics processing fundamentals
Wrap-up and Objectives for Day Two
WELCOME AND RECAP OF DAY ONE
Pricing and markets
The world of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
Styrenics – polystyrene (PS) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
Delegates will work in groups to answer questions. The purpose of this quiz is to reinforce learning from the presentations.
Industry trends and company strategies
END OF SEMINAR
Paul has 20 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry working for Lyondell Basell and its predecessor companies, Basell, Montell and Shell Chemicals.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. After leaving Lyondell Basell, Paul has been working with Officium Projects, a company offering consulting and engineering services to the petrochemical industry as well as the ICIS training business.
“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
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This two-day course offers a comprehensive overview of petrochemical markets, looking at trade flows, regional dynamics, pricing, and factors driving the industry. It also offers expert insights into the outlook for petrochemicals.
Get to grips with pricing and profitability in petrochemicals markets, exploring cost structures, value chains, margins, price drivers and more. This one-day course also covers the fundamentals of forecasting and price negotiations.