The
5th ICIS European Chemical Purchasing Conference

16 April 2015
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre, The Netherlands
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Thursday 16 April 2015

8:00

Registration and refreshments

9:00

Welcome and chair’s opening remarks

 

Macroeconomic and energy session:

Global trends and drivers influencing the future direction of petrochemicals

9:10

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
9:50

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
10:30

Networking break and refreshments

11:00

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
11:45

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?
12:30

Networking lunch

13:30

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

 

14:15

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
15:00

Networking break and refreshments

15:30

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
 
16:10

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?
16:45

A special sector focus on: Coatings

  • Identifying the current and future drivers of the sector
  • Forecasts for the direction of key coatings chemicals
17:30

Chair’s closing remarks

17:35

Close of conference


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