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Fundamentals of Plastics for a More Sustainable World

A workshop for plastic industry and material sustainability professionals

Versatile, durable and affordable, plastic materials are inescapably embedded into every aspect of our daily activities.  Yet the impact of end-of use waste and evolving expectations across the plastics value chain are putting pressure on the industry for change.

This workshop explores the fundamentals of the plastics industry and the possible actions to achieve a more sustainable model for the future.


  • Understand the fundamentals of the plastics industry and how its feedstocks relate to the energy world.
  • Explore the short and long term impact of plastics on global sustainability and review the portfolio of actions required to achieve a circular model.
  • Acquire the knowledge that professionals in the plastic industry need to transform the plastic value chain and applications into a source of sustainability solutions and a future of guilt free growth.
  • Be inspired by examples of current best practices


  • Plastic value chain, its sustainability solutions and challenges
  • Hydrocarbon feedstocks and chemical streams, cost, regional supply implications
  • Industry profitability, major players and growth forecasts
  • Linear vs a circular economy model for plastics
  • Historical perspective on plastic industry: volume, applications, fate at end of use.
  • The “Re“ triad: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; what works?
  • Other essential “Re’s”: Recovery, Redesign, Remediation, Renewables and Regulation
  • Role of public policy, Extended Producer Responsibility, consumer trends
  • Actions of the major brands and producers across the plastic value chain
  • A total system approach to plastics sustainability

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Who should attend?

  • Professionals in plastic industry activities: supply chain, purchasing, manufacturing, material and application design, plastic recycling/recovery, business leaders.
  • Professionals in material sustainability roles
  • Policy makers, NGOs, educators
  • Other stakeholders interested in understanding the plastics industry and its future prospects

About Our Presenters

Manuel Asali

Manuel Asali

Manuel Asali is a Vice President at Nexant and is responsible for Nexant Training globally. Manuel currently lives in London where he undertakes work related to the main petrochemical value chains and feedstock’s. Manuel is a Chemical Engineer and has an MBA from London Business School.

He has over 25 years of experience in the petrochemical industry and he has lived and worked in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Manuel brings a combination of marketing, strategic and technical knowledge from his previous experience, making the training very engaging and providing a balanced view of the chemical industry that is useful to newcomers as well as experienced professionals. Manuel’s teaching experience dates back to the 1990s and he is a regular speaker at petrochemical industry conferences.

Ken Miller

Ken Miller is a consultant with 34 years of research and sustainability leadership experience in the chemical and plastic industries. From 2009- 2014,

Ken was the Senior Director for Sustainability at SABIC, joining the corporate team to launch its global sustainability initiative, developing sustainable strategy, metrics and solutions throughout the value chain of its products. Prior to SABIC, Ken was a global product and process engineering general manager at General Electric Plastics.

Ken is the author of more than 40 patents, is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and has led an award winning sustainability product design team. Prior to his career at GE Plastics in 1980, Ken investigated bio-inorganic catalysis at the Charles F Kettering Research Laboratory. Ken has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio and a doctorate in chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Ken resides in Indianapolis, Indiana

Plastics for a Sustainable World

The Global Petrochemical Industry

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Date Icon 22nd September 2020

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The Global Petrochemical Industry

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The Global Petrochemical Industry

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Date Icon 17th November 2020

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Business Management & Economics

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"Kept at the right level of details. Up to date figures. Very interactive and lots of images, videos to make
it interesting."

"Nexant is one of the most important courses you can take in this industry. Manuel is a wealth of knowledge."

"The training perfectly connected the business/ economical side to the scientific side, which made it very useful for me. The hand-outs are extremely valuable."

"Excellent course! The instructor has a talent to turn plain material into a super interesting presentation."

"Great way to refresh existing knowledge and increase awareness about all products. Should be taken by all employees."

"Collaboration was the key for getting this course right. Participants like the mix of topics and activities."