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Global Methanol Webinar – A Global View

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Thursday, September 12, 2019
2 pm - 3 pm BST 

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The S&P Global Platts Petrochemical Webinar Series is designed to help you stay on top of shifting market fundamentals. Leading editors from our respected petrochemicals team will discuss key trends, share outlooks, and will answer your questions. If you haven’t taken part in an S&P Global Platts webinar before, they’re a great way to stay up to date with the key issues without having to leave your desk.

S&P Global Platts Petrochemicals Webinar Series – Methanol – A Global View – September 2019
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time: 2 pm BST

Can methanol-to-olefins units continue to operate with weak olefins markets? Can European producers compete as new capacities come online? Will demand from the shipping sector grow after 2020?

With increasing capacities and changes in trade policies, global methanol markets have been under pressure in the first half of this year. Market players are keeping an eye on shifting trade flows, waiting for demand from traditional and non-traditional applications to absorb growing global supplies.

Join S&P Global Platts for an insightful webinar on the global methanol markets.

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Lara Berton

Lara Berton

Global Methanol Lead

Luke Milner

Luke Milner

Managing Editor

Ellie Valencia

Ellie Valencia

Senior Pricing Specialist,
Americas Petrochemicals

Esther Ng Choo

Esther Ng Choo

Senior Editor,
Asia Petrochemical


S&P Global Platts Methanol Webinar where we will discuss the following topics:

  • Changing global methanol balances

    • New production: Key developments in the US, Iran, China

    • Demand: Methanol-to-olefins and fuel applications

  • Regional focus

    • Asia: Weak MTO margins and high inventories

    • Europe: Slowdown in underlying demand, increasing imports from Russia

    • US and Latin America: New capacities and search for new export outlets




S&P Global Platts Petrochemicals Webinar Series – Methanol Speakers

Lara Berton

Lara Berton, Global Methanol Lead

Lara Berton is the Global Methanol Lead in European Petrochemicals at S&P Global Platts in London with a special focus on methanol, olefins and polymers. Prior to Platts Lara graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc in Local Economic Development. She also holds a BSc in International Politics from City University. She speaks fluent English, Italian, and Spanish.

Luke Milner

Luke Milner, Managing Editor

Luke Milner joined Platts in October 2017 and currently works as part of the European olefins and polymers team. Luke has over four years’ experience reporting on petrochemical markets in Europe and, prior to moving into the petrochemical markets, spent several years reporting on a diverse range of industries, including banking, shipping and retail. Luke studied Modern European Languages at the University of Durham and has spent time working in Italy, France and Brazil, as well as in the UK.

Ellie Valencia

Ellie Valencia, Senior Pricing Specialist, Americas Petrochemicals

Ellie Valencia is a Senior Pricing Specialist with the Americas Petrochemicals team, covering a range of aromatics including methanol. Ellie graduated from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2017 with a degree in International Politics. Prior to joining Platts, Ellie completed professional development programs with BP America, IHS Markit and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Esther Ng Choo

Esther Ng Choo, Senior Editor, Asia Petrochemicals

Esther Ng is a Senior Editor with S&P Global Platts’ petrochemical desk. She covers the Asian methanol, acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer markets. She has been at Platts for six years and was previously covering Asian bunker fuel, biodiesel and ethanol markets.