The
4th ICIS European Chemical Purchasing Conference
Mitigating risk in an increasingly volatile market for chemical purchasers
8th April 2014, Krasnapolsky Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Agenda

Tuesday 8 April 2014

8:30

Registration and refreshments

9:00

Welcome and chair’s opening remarks

Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL ECHEM

GLOBAL MARKET OUTLOOK

9:10

Economic outlook and its influence on the chemical industry

  • Global macroeconomic prospects in 2014 – What are the key drivers of the future?
  • Economic performance by region- How has this impacted demand?
  • Expectations for the European chemical market

Dr. Alexander Keller, PartnerROLAND BERGER STRATEGY CONSULTANTS

9:50

Petrochemical and energy market trends for 2014-2015

  • Analysis of crude oil feedstocks on a global scale 
  • What impact will shale gas have on the industry? 
  • Development of petrochemicals in European vs. global markets

Kieran CosgroveSenior Consultant – Global Olefins and DerivativesICIS Consulting

10:30

Networking break and refreshments

 

CHEMICAL VALUE CHAINS (1)

11:00

Inorganic chemicals: Overview of the chlor-alkali market

 

  • Exploring chlor-alkali industry trends: PVC, caustic soda and chlorine
  • Analysis of caustic soda market dynamics- Supply and demand overview
  • From mercury to membrane by 2020- How will this impact the market? 

Detlef SagnerManager Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives NWETRICON ENERGY

11:40

The European olefins and polyolefins market prospects

  • C2 and C3 trade patterns and dynamics 
  • Ethylene and propylene derivatives and their influence on supply and demand 
  • Analysis of cracker operating rates- What impact is this having on supply and availability of products? 

Kieran Cosgrove, Senior Consultant - Global Olefins and Derivatives, ICIS CONSULTING

12:20

Networking lunch

 

CHEMICAL VALUE CHAINS (2)

13:20

C6 market analysis

  • Supply and demand update for benzene and its effect on downstream dynamics
  • Outlining market trends for benzene and derivatives in 2014 
  • Tackling volatility throughout the C6 chain

Pieter Platteeuw, Global Business Director AromaticsDOW EUROPE GMBH

14:00

Tracking the development of bio chemicals and gauging the impact on the chemical industry

  • What is the driving demand for bio chemicals? 
  • Assessing the market penetration of chemicals from renewable sources
  • Overview of new applications for bio feedstocks

Dr. Jacco van Haveren, Programme Manager Bio based Chemicals and Fuels, IEA BIOENERGY

14:40

Networking break and refreshments

 

MITIGATING RISK AND VOLATILITY AS A CHEMICAL PURCHASER

15:10

Strategic purchasing- How to manage risk and volatility in the current market

  • Potential of US NGLs as feedstocks for Europe
  • Resulting impact on chemicals procurement
  • How to manage volatility in chemicals markets

Thomas Rings, PartnerA.T. KEARNEY GMBH

 

BALANCING COMMERICIAL AND COMPLIANCE OBJECTIVES

15:50

Meeting the demand for sustainability- A producer’s perspective

  • Best-practice: What is being done to ensure sustainability?
  • Outlining the challenges of achieving sustainability in the chemical supply chain 
  • How is sustainability measured by chemical producers? 

Pascal Verheijden, Manager Business Intelligence- Sourcing, AkzoNobel

BALANCING COMMERICIAL AND COMPLIANCE OBJECTIVES

16:30

REACH - Tackling the commercial vs. compliance objectives

  • Looking forward: What the business needs to know about the coming years towards 2018
  • The impact of REACH on the commercial objectives of chemical purchasing
  • Infringement and enforcement: The impact on the market?

Stephan Roest, Chemical Industry Consultant, PwC Netherlands 

17:10

Chair’s closing remarks

17:20

End of conference

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

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Attendee Feedback
  • Informative session covering and combining economic and industry trends
     

    , Global Category Manager, SABIC
  • Very interesting with good presentations
     

    , Chemical Purchasing Manager, EDF
  • Providing tools/concepts to take into account in our business
     

    , Supply Chain Manager, Polyscope Polymers BV
  • How to know the uncertain markets in an uncertain world
    , Purchasing Manager, KH Lloreda
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