On-demand Expert Content*
Expert Presentation PDFs and Recordings will be made available to delegates from October 14
- Global Economy - Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist, IHS Markit
The long-term implication of Covid-19 are likely to be both positive and negative. On the positive side, will be major digital transformations and greater focus on healthcare. On the negative side, we are likely to see rising income inequality and permanent job losses. On balance, long-term growth is likely to a little slower as a result of the pandemic.
- Plastics Economic Review - Perc Pineda, Chief Economist, Plastics Industry Association
COVID-19’s adverse impact on a broad range of industries has dominated discussions of plastics, especially. Against the backdrop of fragile global economic conditions, ongoing trade tensions, and a lower merchandise trade forecast, what can the U.S. plastics industry expect in 2020 and beyond? The coronavirus pandemic will continue to affect end-markets, both domestically and internationally, presenting challenges but also rare opportunities for agile businesses.
- Energy Feedstock Update - Jim Burkhard, Vice President, IHS Markit
The greatest oil market shock of all-time will leave lasting impressions on oil demand, supply, and price. But the impact on energy goes well beyond oil. The composition and trajectory of all forms of energy demand have been altered by COVID-19.
- Global Polyethylene Market Update - Nick Vafiadis, Vice President, Plastics, IHS Markit
The global polyethylene market has proven remarkably resilient in the face of a global economic recession, historic energy and feedstock price volatility, a global pandemic, and lockdowns impacting cities large and small all over the world. So how will the industry respond as the world recovers from Covid-19 and massive global capacity additions are brought online.
- The Impact of Covid-19 on Global PP Markets and What Comes Next? - Joel Morales, Executive Director, Polyolefins Americas, IHS Markit
It is hard to believe that the impact of Covid-19 for global PP markets has resulted in improved profitability in 2020 for global sellers compared to what had been anticipated, as the disruption of existing and new plant startups has been greater than the impact on global demand. As PP markets move forward heading into 2021 where will PP prices and margins go? We will discuss the onset of new plant start ups and the influence on PP competitiveness. We will also review demand trends that have benefited from Covid-19 and expectations on PP future demand moving forward.
- PET Market Update - Karen Jones, Vice President, IHS Markit
The Covid-19 shock to markets has altered near-term PET prospects but whether the upside in demand will be long-lasting is uncertain. A surge in new capacity investments is significantly outpacing demand growth in PET and major raw materials. Trade disputes, including antidumping actions, are additional turbulent forces shaping markets.
- PS Market Update - Peter Feng, Senior Director, Global BTX, Aromatics, IHS Markit
PS’s exposure in foodservice has helped it weather many past recessions. Covid-19 however impacted the market in a unique way and has thrown PS a new twist. It completely shut down dine-in eating, travel, sports and mass gatherings. At the same time, the virus also created some bright spots and surges in demand. Monthly demand has rebounded back towards pre-pandemic levels. Can this be sustained? What is the outlook for PS in the coming year? How will PS meet the new sustainability challenges?
- Engineering Resins Market Update - Brendan Dooley, IHSM Global Director, Engineering Plastics, IHS Markit
Engineering plastics demand is recovering from the COVID pandemic and unevenly around the world. Some regions are emerging from lockdowns earlier than others and gaining market share while other regions emerge more cautiously. The uneven recovery is shifting demand patterns around the world and impacting regional prices and global trade. Our summary will focus on the here-and-now and on the outlook for next year with emphasis on expectations for demand sectors, costs and prices.
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