Olefins and Polyolefins: Feedstocks, Markets and Economics - CH6 

CPE Credits Awarded: 24
Categories: Oil Industry, Petrochemicals

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This three-day workshop focuses on the commercial, economic and technical aspects of the entire olefin and polyolefin value chain and associated petrochemicals markets. Delegates will be guided from feedstocks, such as crude oil, through olefinic feedstock processing and polymer manufacturing all the way to the finished products as they are used in the end markets. The costs and economics of producing the basic olefins and polymers are covered with consideration of the implications on marketing and economics. Historical and future industry direction and developments will be explored to provide real-life context.  Fundamental process chemistry integral to the industry will be discussed as well.


The program has been designed for all professionals involved in either the commercial or technical aspects of polymer and petrochemical processes. It is invaluable to market analysts interested in the polyolefins sector. Engineers and industrial chemists working in polymer and petrochemical companies, located in company headquarters, chemical plants or integrated petrochemicals/polymer complexes will find the information covered extremely beneficial.

Additionally, the program will be relevant and quite useful to those wanting to gain an insight into the relationship between cost, economics and marketing in this business.



  •     Petrochemicals and Petroleum
  •     The natural gas revolution
  •     Coal, where does it fit in?
  •     Derivatives and uses
  •     Crude oil and refining
  •     Market growth and costs   

The Petrochemical Value Chains

  •     The dynamics of petrochemical feedstocks
  •     Refining and gas separation
  •     Olefins – Costs, Margins, Consumption and Investment
  •     An introduction to Polyolefins

Aromatics Sources, Business and Technologies

  •     Sources of aromatics
  •     Supply and demand
  •     Costs and pricing
  •     Styrene – routes to manufacture

The Petrochemicals Business

  •     The origins and history of the industry
  •     What makes the industry unique
  •     Costs, Margins and Prices
  •     Strategies employed by the major players
  •     Industry Profitability
  •     Ethylene and Propylene markets

Olefin Economics

  •     Steam Cracker Margins
  •     Feedstock costs and their impact on ethylene cost
  •     Differences in costs and margins between producing regions

Polymer Fundamentals

  •     Plastics: what are they and how are they made
  •     Methods of manufacture
  •     Polymer types
  •     Key properties
  •     Polymer Markets and Applications

Polyethylene Fundamentals

  •     LDPE, HDPE and LLDPE, what are they
  •     How they are made
  •     What they are used for
  •     Margins and consumption
  •     Business Structure
  •     What the future holds

Polypropylene Fundamentals

  •     What is polypropylene
  •     How is it made
  •     What it is used for
  •     Margins and consumption
  •     Business Structure
  •     What the future holds

Polymers to Products

  •     The properties of finished products
  •     The role of the Processor
  •     Markets and Applications

The Polyolefins Business

  •     The major players and their profiles
  •     2008 and the slump
  •     Consumption Trends
  •     Market Growth
  •     New Capacity Investment
  •     Trade between regions

Case Study

  •     There will be an interactive case study on polyolefins


“A very complete course for new entrants in the business.” N.B., Atofina

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