Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies

Full-day Workshop

This new course will examine the commercial impact of olefins and polyolefins technologies on cost competitiveness, market dynamics and trade. It is especially important for industry newcomers is that our instructors will clarify the technical jargon commonly used in the petrochemical industry.


Two sections offered: Monday, March 20 and Thursday, March 23


  Dr. Mark Morgan, Global Director for Specialty Chemicals & Renewables Chemical Consulting, IHS Markit
Robin Waters, Director, Plastics Planning and Analysis, IHS Markit
Mark Wegenka, Managing Director, Chemical Consulting, IHS Markit


8:00am – 5:00pm

Morning Session:

  • Introduction & Petrochemical Feedstocks
    • Quick petrochemical "trip around the world"
    • Feedstocks: natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil fractions, especially naphtha, coal and renewables.
  • Introduction to the Olefins Business
    • Includes discussion on ethylene and propylene businesses including process technologies, impact of shale gas, key players, demand drivers and regional strength and weaknesses.

Afternoon Session:

  • Introduction to Polymers
    • Includes discussion on polyethylene (LDPE/LLDPE/HDPE) and polypropylene businesses, including advantages/disadvantages of polyolefin process technologies, demand drivers, key producers, and inter-regional trade.
  • Olefin/Polyolefin Competitiveness
    • Includes discussion on cost of production methodologies, definition of terms (variable costs, fixed costs, cash costs), and comparative regional economics.
    • The economics will be put into context by presentation of global cost curves for both olefins and polyolefins.

What Delegates will receive:

  • Admittance to evening “Welcome Reception”
  • Networking opportunities including breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks
  • Hard copy of workshop presentations
  • Certificates of course completion upon request

Who is it 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 plastics. The workshop is designed to be of interest and value to both technical and commercially oriented participants.

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