Workshops

Full-day Training Workshops

(9:00am - 6:00pm)

The Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies on Cost Competitiveness, Market Dynamics and Trade

This workshop will begin with an overview of the entire value chain and provide attendees with an understanding of key petrochemical feedstocks, an overview of the seven basic petrochemical building blocks and continue with a thorough assessment of the global light olefins (ethylene and propylene) business including process technologies, impact of shale gas, key players, demand drivers and regional strength and weaknesses.

It will also cover the historic development of the polymers followed by a discussion of polyolefin product differentiation, technologies, cost of production methodologies, definition of terms (variable costs, fixed costs, cash costs), and comparative regional economics. Finally, the economics will be put into context by presentation of global cost curves for both olefins and polyolefins.

The Thermoplastics Industry

This workshop will also begin with an overview of the entire value chain and provide attendees with an understanding of key petrochemical feedstocks, an overview of the seven basic petrochemical building blocks and continue with a thorough assessment of the global light olefins (ethylene and propylene) business including process technologies, impact of shale gas, key players, demand drivers and regional strength and weaknesses.

It will provide a high level overview of the thermoplastics markets, covering the historic development of the polymers as well as their chemistry, production processes, end uses, costs and, trade patterns. Products covered include: PE, PP, PVC, PS/EPS, PET and Engineering resins. Attendees will learn how these resins are influenced by global market dynamics within the entire value chain, from upstream energy and petrochemical feedstocks to downstream industries and end users. By the end of the course attendees will gain an appreciation of the entire value chain from energy to end-use application.

All workshop participants will receive:

  • Networking opportunities including breakfast, lunch, and breaks
  • Cocktail reception following the workshops
  • Hard copy of workshop presentations and glossary of terms
  • Certificates of course completion upon request

Who are these workshops for?

Those new to the polyolefins business, as well as experienced professionals, wishing to expand and update their knowledge and understanding of how the latest “hot topic” issues are driving change along the entire polyolefins value chain — from feedstocks through to the basic olefins and polymers. The workshops are designed to be of interest and value to both technical and commercially oriented participants.

These workshops are designed to be of interest from the chemical, energy, refining and polymer processing industries, or to those in adjacent industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, automotive, consumer product, manufacturing and financial services. Anyone looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding across chemical and energy value chains or those looking to gain strategic viewpoints on end-markets, processes, and trends will benefit.

"The summit offers a unique perspective on the plastic industry and the information provided is top notch."
"You can find in the same conference polymer resin producers, customers, brand owners, logistic companies, etc. The Summit is excellent."
"If you are at all interested in the plastics industry - supply chain, producer, converter or brand owner - the insight garnered from the market outlook sessions is invaluable."
"The format of presentations followed by a question and answer panel moderated by an expert was fantastic."
"A great overview of the plastics industry and my annual reset to the market."