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.
REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS
Welcome and introduction
Understanding petrochemicals and polymers
Polymer feedstocks explained
Introduction to polyethylene
Introduction to polypropylene
Introduction to PVC
REFRESHMENTSBuilding the value chain
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
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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.
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.