The
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
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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

 

SPEAKER FROM WOOD MACKENZIE

9:50

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
10:30

Networking break and refreshments

11:00

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
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 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
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?

 

Rhian O’Connor , Senior Markets Editor , ICIS
16:45

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
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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