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Understanding the Global Petrochemical Industry - Virtual Course

Taught by globally renowned industry expert, Dr. Jeffrey S. Plotkin, this course unravels the complex interaction of technology, economics, and markets that drives profitability within the global petrochemical industry.

The course starts off with a thorough and detailed look at the foundation of our industry - petrochemical feedstocks including natural gas, NGLs, petroleum, coal and bio-based. This discussion leads naturally into the industry's 7 Basic Building Blocks: Syngas, Ethylene, Propylene, C4 Olefins, Benzene, Toluene, and Xylenes. In turn, we explore each building block's value chain, including commodities such as PE, PP, PVC, PS/EPS, PET and Methanol but also we go downstream into more specialized product areas including LAOs, EO/MEG, PO, Phenol, BPA, PC, Epoxies, Acrylics/SAP, Plasticizers, ACN, Synthetic Rubbers, 1,4-BDO, ABS, Nylons, Polyurethanes, PF, MF, UF Resins and others.

Dr. Plotkin's unique and engaging presentation style provides all attendees with a better understanding of the fundamentals that drive industry profitability including chemical structures and properties, process technologies, key producers, end-use applications and market sizes and trade patterns across the petrochemical value chain - all presented in an easy to understand manner. This course will deepen your knowledge to better evaluate the current market conditions and discover growth opportunities for your company.

This course will be delivered through live, virtual instruction which you will access from your workstation from an online video conferencing platform. The platform and course are designed with different engagement activities allowing for an optimal learning experience. The curriculum will be built in shorter sessions over a course of multiple days with each session will be 3 ½ hours in length with breaks included.

What's included in the course

  • 30-minute pre-course eLearning module
  • Digital-PDF of course slides
  • Digital copy of IHS Markit's Upstream/Downstream poster link
  • Certificate of completion

Who should attend

IHS Markit learning opportunities are designed to be of interest and value to both new and experienced professionals from the chemical, energy, refining and renewables industries, or those in adjacent industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive and financial services.

Virtual course experience

Session time

Session agenda at a glance:
Instruction 1: 90 minutes
Coffee break: 20 minutes
Instruction II: 90 minutes

Time zones

Start time:
Eastern (EDT): 9:00 am
London (BST): 2:00 pm
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT): 1:00 pm

End time:
Eastern (EDT): 12:20 pm
London (BST): 5:20 pm
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT): 4:20 pm

Courses will be delivered through an online platform. There are no pre-launch steps you will need to take, simply click the link on the specified day and time and the application will launch in your browser. The platform does support cameras which will be optional for you to use. Our instructors will be on camera to ensure the most personal delivery of the curriculum. To enhance the virtual experience several activities will be included to get everyone engaged. All registrants will receive the access details by email closer to the course date.

System Requirements


  • Intel Dual-Core CPU 2.XX GHz or AMD processor (2 GB of RAM recommended).
  • JavaScript and cookies enabled on browsers. Java isn't required for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome users.
  • Internet Browser: Windows: IE 11 (32-/64-bit), Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Chrome latest (32-/64-bit)


  • Mac OSX Intel CPU-based (2 GB of RAM minimum), JavaScript and cookies enabled on browsers, Oracle Java 6 to Oracle Java 8
  • Internet Browser: Mac OS X: Firefox 52 or later, Safari 11 and later, Chrome latest (32-/64-bit)
  • The video conference platform will need to access your speaker and microphone. A webcam is not required but welcome.
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