5th ICIS European Chemical Purchasing Conference
Identifying global trends which will influence chemical markets and aid key purchasing decisions
16 April 2015
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre, The Netherlands
Early Bird closes in:

Thursday 16 April 2015


Registration and refreshments


Welcome and chair’s opening remarks


Macroeconomic and energy session:

Global trends and drivers influencing the future direction of petrochemicals


Global economic outlook and its impact on the chemical industry

  • Global economic prospects for the near-mid term
  • An outlook for the key regional economies – US, Asia and Europe
  • Implications for the chemical market




The New Normal for chemicals purchasing:

  • The end of wishful thinking about permanently high oil prices and endless Chinese growth
  • Today’s energy supply glut and its impact on chemical markets
  • Age range and income levels as the key driver for future corporate growth
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM

Networking break and refreshments


Changing trends in the European Petrochemical market

  • How are global factors affecting Europe in particular?
  • What is the outlook for European chemical production in today’s scenario
Will Beacham, Deputy Editor and London Bureau Chief, ICIS CHEMICAL BUSINESS

The development of Coal to Olefins in Asia

  • Will this be as big a game changer as shale gas?
  • How developed is the CTO production?
  • What will be the potential impact on global trade flows for petrochemicals?

Networking lunch


Demand growth in major markets: China and India

  • Latest forecasts for demand growth in China
  • New initiatives in India to stimulate manufacturing and infrastructure growth
  • A new wave of expansion in India will increase global demand for chemicals


Key chemical building blocks session:
Forecasts for the future direction of C2, C3, C6 and plastics value chains

This session will focus on European markets against the background of global drivers.

An overview and outlook for olefins

  • The impact of the move to lighter feedstocks
  • Global and European supply/demand balances
  • An examination of the drivers influencing future development

Networking break and refreshments


Latest developments in plastics and signposts for the future

  • Future trends and drivers for the plastics value chain
  • How demand growth in emerging markets will impact the sector
  • Feedstock implications
  • New product development such as 3D printing
Dr Ulrich Reiners, Managing Director, Executive Packaging

The aromatics value chain

  • The main drivers of global aromatics – upstream and downstream
  • A forecast for BTX globally and a focus on Europe
  • How will the main derivatives such as phenol/acetone perform?


Rhian O’Connor , Senior Markets Editor , ICIS

END OF CONFERENCE KEYNOTE: Crude Oil update: Why Saudi Arabia won’t cut oil production

  • OPEC response to the current situation in context
  • Is there a new price ceiling for the price of oil?
Brian Habacivch, Senior Vice President, Research and Publications, FELLON MCCORD

Chair’s closing remarks


Close of conference

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.
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