The latest thinking on petrochemicals markets in wake of covid-19

Times are uncertain for the petrochemicals industry. Volatility in upstream markets has trickled downstream, lockdowns imposed across the globe to control the coronavirus pandemic have caused huge disruption to demand, traditional trade flows, and life as we know it. Many parts of the petrochemicals industry have been particularly hard hit, while at the same time, the need for medical equipment has opened the door to new opportunities for some.
Global economies have been rocked, and petrochemicals industry pre-covid demand and activity seems a distance memory while the world braces for potential further lockdowns and restrictions.
Join us for the S&P Global Platts European Petrochemicals Virtual Conference, and hear key industry players their insights on how the sector is adapting to these turbulent times.
More information to follow soon, so please register your interest to receive updates.


This is a content led virtual event bringing together speakers from around the Petrochemicals sector.

Thursday, November 5, 2020
  • 09:15 am Chair's welcoming remarks Ihsan Rahim, Manager-Client Development, S&P Global Platts
  • 09:30 am Global economies, trade flow changes and repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic 
  • 09:50 am European petrochemicals fundamentals in focus  • Assessing the current petrochemicals landscape in Europe
    • Expectations for demand recovery
    • Creating a resilient future: the EU recovery plan
    • Moving forward: what’s in-store for European Petrochemicals in 2021?
    György Halász, Chief Economist Team, MOL GROUP
Evaluating the green shoots of recovery in the circular economy
  • 10:10 am LIVE ASK THE EXPERT - The petrochemical circular economy in an era of COVID Walmir Soller, VP Olefins/Polyolefins Europe and Asia, Braskem
  • 10:35 amRecycling impact on virgin plastics? • Impact of covid-19 on virgin and recycled PET markets; do we see demand recovery on the horizon?
    • European PET bearing the brunt of Chinese exports
    • Virgin demand for 2020/21
    Ben Brooks, Global Market Lead, Recycled Plastics, S&P Global Platts
  • 11:00 amPANEL DISCUSSION: Building a sustainable petrochemical future ? • Has the coronavirus pandemic helped or hindered the energy transition for the petrochemicals industry?
    • Where does the petrochemicals industry fit in a net-zero world?
    •Plotting the emergence of green feedstocks: the future for petrochemicals?
    • Are there enough alternative more sustainable feedstocks available?
    Robert Tieman,Manager Sustainability & Business Development, LyondellBasell
    Frans Stockman, Executive Director, Petrochemicals Europe
  • 11:40 am Question and answer with our experts (LIVE)
  • 12:00 pm Refreshment break & Networking time
Petrochemical Market Outlooks from those at the forefront
  • 1:00 pm Olefins market outlook
  • 1:30 pm Aromatics market outlook • Covid-19: volatility set to continue into 2021?
    • Changing global trade flows and the impact for aromatics
    • The polyester chain in focus, will demand balance global supply length?
    • Examining the current trends in gasoline blending
    • The impact of travel restrictions on aromatics
    • Supply length as demand plummets: US capacity build-out versus China self-sufficiency
    Michael McCafferty,Managing Analyst, Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts
  • 2:00 pm LEADERS PANEL: Evaluating the changes to petrochemical feedstocks in Europe • Crude oil volatility and effect on feedstocks
    • Covid-19 impact on feedstock prices: bearish for 2021?
    • Is the diversion of aromatics feedstocks set to continue?
    Rafael Domingo Larraz Mora, Corporate Engineering Director, CEPSA
    Dorothee Arns, Director General, FECC
    Matthew George, General Manager (Petrochemicals), Indian Oil Corporation
    Phil Reeder, Managing Editor, European Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts
Risk mitigation and security of supply chain in an uncertain year
  • 2:40 pm Logistical challenges across the value chain: The port and terminal perspectives
    Port of Tarragona
  • 3:05 pm Question and answer with our experts (LIVE)
  • 3:25 pm Close of conference


Gyorgy_Halasz100x100.png György Halász
Chief Economist Team, MOL GROUP
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VP Olefins/Polyolefins Europe and Asia, Braskem
19PGPTEM-WE-Petchems-Webinar-Series_Benjamin-Brooks_130x170.jpg Ben Brooks
Global Market Lead, Recycled Plastics, S&P Global Platts
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Manager Sustainability & Business Development, LyondellBasell
Frans_Stockman100x100.png Frans Stockman
Executive Director, Petrochemicals Europe strong>
Mike_McCafferty100x100.png Michael McCafferty
Managing Analyst, Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts
Rafael_Domingo_Larraz_100.jpg Rafael Domingo Larraz Mora
Corporate Engineering Director, CEPSA
DorotheeArns100.gif Dorothee Arns, Director General, FECC
Mathew_George100x100.png Matthew George
General Manager (Petrochemicals), Indian Oil Corporation

Mathew George is Head of Petrochemical Exports at Indian Oil Corporation in Mumbai. An Indian Oil veteran of 30 years, he is a mechanical engineer from the University of Kerala and has an MBA in finance from XLRI. He has a postgraduate diploma in brand management from Ashridge Business School in the UK. He is an alumnus of the Calvert School Baltimore in the US and India’s Lawrence School, and is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and a member of the Aeronautical Society of India. Mathew has held a number of key assignments at Indian Oil, including heading the polymer marketing group, heading the lubricants group at subsidiary company Lanka IOC in Colombo, and assignments spread across many locations in the lubricants and aviation departments. In the field of petrochemicals he has handled polymers, PX, PTA, benzene, LAB, glycols and butadiene business. A well-known supply chain and ERP/CRM expert and analyst, he also has core experience in ship chartering for chemicals and petroleum. Mathew has been a regular speaker at international conferences in the areas of petrochemical feedstocks, polymers, ERP, CRM, detergents and benzene. He has also been a guest faculty at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, taking the course Business ina World Without Borders –Bridging the Cultural and Linguistic Divide.

Philip_Reeder100x100.png Phil Reeder
Managing Editor, European Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts

Phil Reeder is the managing editor for aromatics at Platts, which includes coverage across gasoline components, aromatics and methanol markets. He previously covered the Europe light ends markets at Platts, including naphtha, gasoline and LPG. Prior to Platts, Phil covered upstream oil and gas news.

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S&P Global Platts European Petrochemicals Virtual Conference will take place Online on November 5, 2020.

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