5th ICIS European Chemical Purchasing Conference

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

An outlook for global and European energy markets

  • Is the fall in crude oil prices a permanent, structural change?
  • An update on shale gas and prospects for LNG imports from the US
  • Are we nearer to full scale shale gas extraction in Europe?
  • Potential impact on petrochemicals

Networking break and refreshments


Politics affecting markets

  • How are political tensions affecting energy markets, and hence chemicals?
  • An overview of political hotspots impacting crude oil supply
  • An update on the situation in Russia and the consequences for Europe

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

  • New product development such as 3D printing
  • Future trends and drivers for the plastics value chain 
  • How demand growth in emerging markets will impact the sector

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?

A special sector focus on: Coatings

  • Identifying the current and future drivers of the sector
  • Forecasts for the direction of key coatings chemicals

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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