Global developments such as the fall in crude oil prices, the changes in China and capacity build in the US will have an impact on future supply and demand as well as profitability of the petrochemicals business. This two-day course explores key petrochemical markets, providing an in-depth introduction to petrochemicals pricing, trade flows and regional dynamics, and insights into how recent events have altered the competitive landscape.
In doing so, the course is designed to answer delegates’ burning questions, such as the correlation between petrochemicals and oil, the impact of Chinese developments globally, and the outlook for petrochemical markets in the coming months and years.
Registration and Refreshments
Olefins and derivatives
Aromatics and derivatives
Petrochemicals – a changed world
Examining oil and its relationship with petrochemicals
Chemicals from coal
WELCOME AND RECAP OF DAY ONE
An introduction to natural gas, methanol and ammonia
Introduction to the chlor-alkali and vinyls chains
Introduction to petrochemical pricing
End of seminar
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.
Peter Taffe, a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Leeds in Britain, has over 30 years of experience in analysing the chemicals industry.
Peter has been part of ICIS training since its inception. Besides training, Peter is also part of the ICIS Data and Analytics team, which provides context to pricing and news. His present position is Intelligence Editor with responsibilities including Plants and Projects and Chemical and Company Intelligence reports. The Chemical reports look primarily at the market and pricing dynamics of individual petrochemicals as well as the processes used to make them.
He is also involved in generating weekly margin reports such as those on ethylene, polyethylene and polypropylene.
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.
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.
Paul has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and Doctorate of Philosophy majoring in polymer science both from the University of Melbourne.
“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
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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.