The Fundamentals of the Polymers Business Training Course offers an overview of the polymers value chain, including the recycling industry. With further insight into current industry challenges, market trends and future outlooks as the sector recovers and adapts post Covid-19, gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics in key polymer markets such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and styrenics.

This four-day course is equally suited for beginners and advanced delegates and will provide everything you need to know about the polymer business – from the fundamentals of plastic processing, to feedstock dynamics and price drivers

You will conclude the course with a solid understanding of the polymer industry and gain vital information to help you defend your market position and evaluate profitable opportunities emerging within the polymer market.



  • Deepen your knowledge of the polymer value chain and explore the fundamental priorities of industry stakeholders, empowering you to analyse new trends and their impact on your commercial strategies
  • Learn the difference between key sectors and explore the key application markets. Leave being able to differentiate between PE, PP, PET and more.
  • Discover the latest industry trends and regulation shaping current and future market dynamics for the polymer industry.
  • Gain insight into pricing, with analysis into the key cost and price drivers
  • Understand major processing techniques and their applications, such as injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming and more
  • Gather information of the impact of Covid-19 and the implications for your sustainability goals

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The course is suitable to all levels of professionals working in the polymer and petrochemicals industry who would like to get a solid understanding of the business and its progress including those in roles and functions such as:

  • Purchasing/Procurement Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Sales/Business Development
  • Logistics
  • Traders
  • Marketing
  • Finance/HR
  • Research and Development
  • Market Analysts
  • Sustainability/Circular Economy


Course Fees

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

2022 course dates to be published soon

For group bookings of three or more please contact us:

Jerricor Dayrit Asia/Middle East
Tel: +65 6780 4321

Ali Ahmad Europe/Americas
Tel: +44 207 911 1478

*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.


All sessions will be accessed virtually from your computer, tablet or mobile, 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 in real time, the course will be delivered live and include interactive sessions providing you with a platform to engage with trainers and other delegates.


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.


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



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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