Rapid changes in the petrochemicals industry have been accelerated by the disruption caused due to the pandemic. Reinforcing the impact of geopolitical shifts, economic volatility, and changing supply and demand patterns. No matter which part of the value chain you represent, it is highly critical to grab opportunities that will accelerate your industry knowledge. Equipping yourself with essential information which will allow you to gain an advantage and protect your competitive position.

To help you understand the petrochemicals market, ICIS delivers a unique learning platform that will enable you to make smarter and more informed business decisions. The virtual Petrochemicals Introduction training course offers a blend of commercial and technical aspects of the industry.

How will this change the way business operates? What will it mean to key application markets? Have petrochemicals reached a turning point?

Times like this call for the need to stay connected and well-informed which is why ICIS introduce its virtual training course to provide you with relevant insights at your convenience. 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.



  • Feedstock dynamics: Examining the relationship of crude oil, gas, and coal with petrochemicals
  • Building blocks: Across-the-board overview of olefins and aromatics market
  • Petrochemical pricing and cost drivers
  • Market trends that are shaping the current landscape and future direction of the industry



Modules 1-4:

For new starters and those with some experience who need to understand the dynamics and key drivers of the petrochemical industry. The course covers the seven building block petrochemicals, and the vitally important links to downstream markets and, upstream, to refining, oil and gas.

Modules 3-4:

For a quick refresher on the drivers of the petrochemical industry and a look forward to the possible impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and plastics recycling on the sector with the latest view from ICIS analysts.


All sessions will be accessed virtual 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 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 across 4 days with an average of 2.5 hours each.

  • Revamped format and new topics

The course composes of four modules including 3 new topics that will tackle the impact of COVID-19, sustainability commitments and much more.


John Richardson – Consultant, ICIS Asia

John Richardson is a highly experienced trainer and chemicals industry analyst, who has been working in the industry for 18 years. Based in Asia-Pacific, John has a deep knowledge of the companies and people who have transformed the region into the world’s major production and consumption region. His aim is to provide insightful, factually-based analysis of the key issues facing the industry. His views are highly valued by senior executives, who appreciate his balanced and independent approach.

From 2006 until 2013, John was the Director for ICIS Training, where he successfully launched the business in the region, providing a wide range of courses covering petrochemicals, oil refining, fertilizers and base oils. He now works for the ICIS Consulting team. John has also co-authored an e-book, Boom, Gloom and the New Normal, with Paul Hodges of United Kingdom-based consultancy, International eChem. The book, which has been published by ICIS, examines how demographic factors and events in financial markets have reshaped the global economy. His Asian Chemical Connections blog has a wide regional and global readership.

Nigel Davis – Course Director, ICIS

Nigel has been part of the ICIS training team since its inception. A chemist by training, Nigel is an Insight editor with ICIS and contributes regularly to the 24-hour online chemicals news service.

Nigel 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. He presents regularly at conferences and training events and has widely shared his understanding of the sector.

Nigel is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and through the RSA takes a general interest in industry and business matters.

Course Fees

23 – 26 February 2021:
Modules 1-4: $1,600 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)*
Book now with promo code PF012114WEB

25 – 26 February 2021:
Modules 3-4: $1,200 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)*
Book now with promo code PF012134WEB

Register for February

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

*NB: Please enter your VAT number (or local equivalent) on our payment page, 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.

Testimonials from past delegates of this course

“Very complete course in general, professionally organised and presented. Lecturers are carefully selected, packed with practical and theoretical information appropriate to trainee needs”.

Directorate of Logistics & Supply, Petroleum Industry of Serbia

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.

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