The
4th ICIS European Surfactants Conference
Value chain challenges: feedstock supply, regulation impacts and market drivers
17 - 18 September 2015
Westin Grand Berlin, Germany
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Day 1 - Thursday 17 September 2015

8:00

Registration and networking

9:00

Chair's opening remarks

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
9:15

Europe’s competitive position in the World surfactants market

  • Analysing European market trends
  • Tracking supply and demand balances
  • Overcapacity, imports and other challenges
Dr Joachim Krotz, Partner, OLIVER WYMAN
10:00

Sustainable Detergents - Where are we on our way towards 2030?

Peter Schmiedel, Head of Research Physical Chemistry, International Research Laundry and Home Care, HENKEL
10:30

Addressing the impact of oil price volatility on the surfactants industry

  • What are the implications of the petrochemicals tail-wind?
  • Impact on the surfactants value chain
  • Interplay between petro and oleo surfactants
  • How is oil price volatility affecting cost competitiveness in the surfactants value chain?
  • How will low crude oil prices play out against the ‘green’ scenario?
Senior Representative, Nexant
11:00

REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING

11:30

The global surfactants survey – Results and Analysis

  • Analysing the data from the first global surfactants industry survey
  • Exploring trends across the surfactants value chain
  • Understanding how different sectors of the value chain view the industry
Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
12:00

Impact of REACH and CLP on surfactant supply chains

Update on REACH regulations:

  • New regulations
  • Effects of authorisation and restriction processes on the surfactants industry

Impact of CLP: 

  • How are particular labels, such as corrosive, affecting the appeal of particular products for consumers?
  • Emergency ATP affecting consumer laundry detergents labelling and packaging
  • Investigating alternative formulations to lower end-use classifications
Alex Paul, Managing Regulatory Consultant, The REACH Centre
12:30

Competing in the European surfactants market: A mid-sized producers perspective

Minerva Damgaard, Strategic Account Manager, Unger Surfactants
13:00

LUNCH AND NETWORKING BREAK

14:00

Europe’s bio-based initiative: standardization in the surfactants industry

  • Definiting bio-surfactants
  • Explaining the standardization process and its impacts
    • How is sustainability affected?
  • Insight into CESIO's project development
Juergen Tropsch, Senior Expert Surfactants, Global Competence Center Surfactants, BASF
14:30

Private label manufacturing: staying competitive without sacrificing quality

  • Casting light on hard discounter business models: what makes them so successful in Europe?
  • Responding effectively to competitive prices without sacrificing quality
  • Analysing market trends: is it worth lowering prices at the expense of compromising on quality?
15:00

REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING

15:30

A distributor’s perspective: navigating the surfactants market

  • What role does chemical distribution play in the current surfactants supply chain?
  • Global chemical distribution market and outlook
  • What are the success factors for a specialty chemical distributor in the global surfactants market?
Paul Hanbury, Director Business Group Detergents, IMCD
16:00

Surfactants in cleaning applications: global overview and focus on European opportunities

  • Consumption and supply in the global surfactants market for cleaning applications
  • Identifying the key markets
  • Analysing regional supply and demand
  • Focus on Europe: key market drivers and restraints
  • Consumption per application
  • Who are the key suppliers?
  • Consumer trends and the importance of sustainability to the consumer
  • ‘Green’ practices, such as cold water washing for laundry
  • Renewable ingredients in consumer products
  • What are the push-pull factors between consumer habits and formulation changes?
Nikola Matic, Industry Manager, Chemicals & Materials Practice, KLINE & CO
16:30

Challenges in the Personal Care Market and what Suppliers can do to help

Frederic Niola, Raw Materials Commodities Director, L'Oreal
17:00

Chair’s closing remarks and end of Day One

17:05

Drinks Reception

Day 2 - Friday 18 September 2015

8:55

Chair’s opening remarks and start of Day Two

9:00

Investigating factors impacting the personal care market

  • Global overview and analysing market drivers
  • Consumer trends in the European beauty and personal care markets
  • Mapping demand trends for particular surfactants
John Madden, Global Head of Ingredients Research, EUROMONITOR INTERNATIONAL
9:30

The changing face of Europe’s Surfactant Industry: there’s a new member to the club

  • Analysing market trends and trade flows for Asia
  • What are the impacts of slowing demand growth on the surfactants value chain?
  • What are the impacts of new plants and acquisitions in Europe?
  • Raw material sourcing
  • Market transfer pricing
  • Outlook for market dynamics in Asia
10:00

Industrial applications for surfactants: Managing the “Long Tail”

  • Breaking down industrial applications into segments and analysing demand
  • What features make particular surfactants suitable to particular applications?
  • Identifying improvements to be made according to requirements in certain applications
  • Recent progress in optimising performance
  • Outlook for potential new demand in developing industrial areas
10:30

REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING

11:00

Under the surface: surfactant use in the Oil and Gas Sector

  • Investigating types of chemistries used
  • Environmental update: use of offshore chemicals
  • Confronting market challenges in different segments
Kevan Hatchman, Senior Scientist/Market Customer Support Manager EAME Oilfield Surfactants, SOLVAY
11:30

Bio-surfactants – has the future arrived?

Dirk Kuppert, Head Application Technology Household Care, EVONIK
12:00

Restructuring the supply chain

  • How are steps to vertical integration impacting supply chains?
  • Investigating the logistics set up
  • What happens when supply patterns change?
  • How has the sourcing of raw materials changed?
  • Transport regulations: restrictions on EO
12:30

Chair’s closing remarks

12:35

End of conference and Lunch


The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.
Media Partners
  • Chemical Weekly
  • HPC Today
  • Green Chemical blog
Co-produced by
 
Neil Burns
 

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2014 attendees included:
BASF
CLARIANT
DOW
EOC SURFACTANTS
ESTEE LAUDER
HAYAT KIMYA
L’OREAL
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