Calendar Symbol

December 3, 2019
11 am – 12:45 pm GST

Location Symbol

Fort Island of Madinat Jumeirah, Meeting room Fort Island 5
Map & Directions

mail icon_40x40.jpg

Contact us

S&P Global Platts

Join us for S&P Global Platts Petrochemical Outlook Seminar as we discuss outlooks for global olefins and polyolefins markets, demand drivers for benzene and paraxylene, plastics recycling updates and trade war disruptions.

S&P Global Platts is also hosting a stand at 14th Annual GPCA Forum, December 3-5, 2019 so we welcome you to come and see us there.

Schedule a one-to-one meeting

Whether you’re interested in the latest petrochemical industry insights or finding out more about the services we provide, book a meeting with Platts specialist during GPCA. Let us know what is your area of interest, and we’ll provide targeted insights to help your business.


Hetain Mistry

Hetain Mistry

Managing Analyst Petrochemicals
S&P Global Platts

Simon Price

Simon Price

Associate Editor  Petrochemicals
S&P Global Platts

Daniel Colover

Daniel Colover

Manager Middle East Market Development
S&P Global Platts

Benjamin Brooks

Benjamin Brooks

Associate Editor, Petrochemicals
S&P Global Platts


10:30 am

Registration and networking

11 am

Introduction & Welcome

11:05 am

Crude oil, the driving force in petrochemical pricing

  • Crude-to-chemicals: Petrochemicals as crude oil demand driver
  • Asia the growth region of crude to chemicals

11:15 am

Olefins and Polyolefins:
What will happen in Olefin and Polyolefin markets as they grapple with capacity expansions

  • Impact of feedstock prices and IMO specification changes production economics and near term price outlook
  • Impact on ethylene markets, given the volume of capacity expansions from the US and the rest of the world
  • Growth in refinery/petrochemical integration and on purpose production of propylene due to lighter cracking
  • Ethylene and propylene price outlook
  • Polyethylene and polypropylene market outlook: Impact of overcapacity on regional tradeflows/balances and prices
  • Growing trends in plastics recycling and impact on virgin demand

11:35 am

Benzene and paraxylene outlook as we anticipate growing capacities

  • A surge of benzene capacity start-ups mainly as co-product from many para-xylene capacity additions, how will this be consumed and what will the balances look like?
  • Demand drivers for benzene
  • Growing refinery/petrochemical also leading to more aromatics output
  • Growing paraxylene investments and impact on balances in short to medium term
  • Demand drivers for paraxylene

11:55 am

Coffee Break

12:10 pm

Driving innovation or killing virgin polymer demand?

  • Update on European legislation, industry commitments
  • Developing demand – the balance between virgin and recycled material
  • Collection rate developments: deposit schemes in Europe
  • What next? The lessons R-PET provides for recycling other polymers

12:30 pm

Trade war disruption:
Increasing protectionism and its impact on global markets

  • Trade and tariff uncertainty
  • Protectionist measures and their role in shaping global trade flows

12:45 pm


Agenda subject to change