The Olefins and Polyolefins Business,  Markets and Technologies

An Intensive 5-day Training Course

The Olefins and Polyolefins Business,
Markets and Technologies

The Petrochemical Value Chains Leading to Olefins and Polyolefins

The Olefins and Polyolefins Business, Markets and Technologies

Scheduled Dates


25 - 29 Nov 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT
21 - 25 Apr 2025 Dubai - UAE $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT


25 - 29 Nov 2024 Online $3,950 RESERVE A SEAT

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Why Choose this Training Course?

This 5-Day PetroKnowledge training course focuses on the technology, value chains and industrial production of Olefins and Polyolefins. The training course will navigate through 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.

This PetroKnowledge training course will highlight:

  • Commercial production of olefins and polyolefins
  • Economic aspects of the feedstocks and polymers
  • Technical aspects of the entire olefin and polyolefin value chain
  • Associated petrochemicals markets
  • Polymer manufacturing

What are the Goals?

By the end of this PetroKnowledge training course, participants will learn to:

  • Apply acquired knowledge of the feedstocks for this Industry
  • Understand the wide-ranging use and versatility of Olefins
  • Be familiar with the three major Polyethylene types
  • Have a full understanding of the rapid growth and importance of Polypropylene
  • Explain the benefits to customers and colleagues of Polyolefins

Who is this Training Course for?

It is invaluable to market analysts interested in the olefins and 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.

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Professionals in polymer and petrochemical companies
  • Sales personnel with a petrochemical portfolio
  • Market Analysts
  • Business development
  • Process engineers
  • Industrial chemists
  • Researchers needing more commercial background

How will this Training Course be Presented?

Participants to this PetroKnowledge training course will receive a thorough training on Olefins and Polyolefins by the course outline with the Tutor utilising a variety of proven adult learning teaching and facilitation techniques. course methodology includes discussion slides, latest videos, case studies, handouts and wallcharts and a full written guide to current industry trends and market direction. Including a review of how feedstock availability, economics, environmental concerns and public opinion towards plastics and regional shift have changed this market sector dramatically in the last few years.

Organisational Impact

  • A full background and in-depth exploration of this market sector
  • An insight into current market trends
  • Increased technical knowledge
  • Relevant problem solving in the petrochemical industry
  • An appreciation of the competitive nature of the market segment

Personal Impact

  • Added confidence and understanding of a complex global market
  • Ability to share latest market knowledge
  • State of the art information related to this business
  • Potential to pass on this information to co-workers
  • Networking with delegates from similar background

Daily Agenda

Day One: Introduction 
  • Petrochemicals Gas and Petroleum
  • The natural gas/shale gas revolution
  • Where does Coal fit in the strategy?
  • Olefin Derivatives and uses
  • Crude oil, refining, integration with Petrochemical plants
  • Market growth and industry costs
  • The Petrochemicals Business
  • The origins and history of the industry
  • What makes the industry unique?
  • Costs, Margins and Prices
  • Evaluation of the major Players
  • Strategies employed by the major players
  • Industry Profitability
  • Ethylene and Propylene markets
Day Two: The Petrochemical Value Chains 
  • Aromatics Sources, Business and Technologies
  • Sources of aromatics
  • Supply and demand
  • Costs and pricing
  • Styrene – routes to manufacture
  • Olefin Economics
    • Steam Cracker Margins
    • Feedstock costs and their impact on ethylene cost
    • Differences in costs and margins between producing regions
  • The dynamics of petrochemical feedstocks
  • Refining and gas separation
  • Olefins – Costs, Margins, Consumption and Investment
  • An introduction to Polyolefins
Day Three: 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
Day Four: 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
Day Five: The Polyolefins Business
  • The major players and their profiles
  • 2008 and the slump
  • Consumption Trends
  • Market Growth
  • New Capacity Investment
  • Trade between regions
  • Green Polyolefins, towards a sustainable future with Polymers


  • On successful completion of this Training Course / Online Training Course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate / E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • To register online through our website, please click “Enroll Now” on the course page, complete and submit the form. A confirmation e-mail and instructions will be sent to the participant’s e-mail.
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