A webinar on China's economic transformation
What it really means for the global chemical industry

As part of the ICIS series of free market information, we hosted a webinar on 23 April 2014.  A  recording of the webinar and presentation slides is available for you to download.

Key topics covered include:

  • China's lending bubble and its impact on chemical demand
  • Today's problems of over-capacity and pollution
  • The demographic drivers
  • 7 key changes for the future

By downloading the presentation slides, you will be able to:

  • Understand in detail what drove chemicals demand growth from 2008-2013
  • Gain insight into where demand growth is heading this year and beyond
  • Start the thinking process of how to change the direction of your company in order to take advantage of the "New China"

About the speakers

John Richardson ( john.richardson@icis.com) has deep knowledge of the companies and people who have transformed Asia into the world’s major production and consumption region. His aim is to provide insightful, factually-based analysis of the key issues, and his views are highly valued by senior executives, who appreciate his balanced and independent approach. John has lived and worked in Asia for over 15 years.

Since 2006, he has been Director, ICIS Training Asia, having successfully launched the ICIS training business in Asia. This division provides a wide range of courses covering petrochemicals, oil refining, fertilisers and base oils. John’s Asian Chemical Connections blog has a wide regional and global readership. He also writes regularly for ICIS Insight and ICIS Chemical Business. 

Paul Hodges (phodges@iec.eu.com) is a trusted adviser to major companies and the investment community, and has a proven track record of accurately identifying key trends in global marketplaces. He has been widely recognised for correctly forewarning of the 2008 global financial crisis. His analysis of the key role of demographics in driving the global economy is now attracting increasing interest from senior policymakers and executives.

Paul is the Chairman of International eChem (IeC) and the non-executive Chairman of NiTech Solutions. Prior to launching IeC in 1995, Paul spent 17 years with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), both in England and the USA, where he held senior executive positions in petrochemicals and chloralkali, and was the Executive Director of a $1 billion ICI business. Paul is a Freeman of the City of London and is a graduate of the University of York, and subsequently studied with the IMD business school in Switzerland.

About ICIS

ICIS is the world's largest petrochemical market information provider and has fast-growing energy and fertilizer divisions. Our aim is to give companies in global commodities markets a competitive advantage by delivering trusted pricing data, high-value news, analysis and independent consulting, enabling our customers to make better-informed trading and planning decisions. We have more than 30 years' experience in providing pricing information, news, analysis and consulting to buyers, sellers and analysts.

With a global staff of more than 800, ICIS has employees based in HoustonWashingtonNew YorkLondon, Montpellier,Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, MilanMumbaiSingaporeGuangzhouBeijingShanghai, Yantai, Tokyo and Perth. ICIS is a division of Reed Business Information, part of Reed Elsevier Plc.

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>>Register now for the first session (for participants based in Asia and the Middle East)
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>>Register now for the first session (for participants based in Asia and the Middle East)
>> Register for the second session (for participants based in Europe and the Americas)

Gain deeper insights into the macroeconomic effect of China's lending bubble

ICIS news keeps you informed of the latest news and historical industry trends that impact your business. Our news service has been covering the current market trends within China, with special coverage on its lending bubble and analysis articles on how it affects the global chemicals market.

Request a free trial of ICIS news to gain access to the analysis articles produced by John Richardson as well as other market moving news.

Enjoyed this presentation? Join us again for the next ICIS webinar:  

Asian Surfactants Market Outlook Webinar
A look into key trends and the outlook of natural and synthetic surfactants
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 at 15:00 hours ST


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About International eChem (IeC)

IeC is a trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry and its investment community. Their team has an in-depth understanding of the issues, and of the ‘real world’ in which clients operate, due to our experience in working with many of the world’s major companies and financial institutions.

Clients value IeC for the clarity and objective analysis they provide, their ability to ‘think outside of the box’, and for their commitment to help them with the practical implementation of strategies, once these have been finalised

>> Click here to download IeC's new research note on the outlook for China