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ICIS and International eChem are delighted to celebrate 15 years providing excellent intelligence and fantastic networking opportunities at The World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference.

Record levels of oil price volatility are creating an increasingly uncertain feedstock environment. Knowing how to plan ahead and make the right business decisions can be challenging. Up-to-the-minute information and analysis on the realities of supply and demand, as well as on shifting regional dynamics is an essential component of a successful strategy.

Bringing together representatives of global players producing, trading, distributing and consuming aromatics and their derivatives, The 15th World Aromatics and Derivatives Conference is a one-stop-shop for all your information needs. Whether you are a producer, seller or consumer, don’t miss this opportunity to gain the information and networks that you need to ensure business success.

Agenda

Conference Day 1: Tuesday 22 November

8:30
Registration and refreshments
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
John Keeley, CEO, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:10
Macro-economic and political factors affecting the global aromatics market
  • Understanding the global impact of Brexit
  • Implications of volatile oil pricing on the petrochemicals market
  • What does Asian expansion and China’s overcapacities mean for the aromatics market?
  • Consumer demand trends and their implications for consumption of aromatics
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:50
Focus on feedstock and product availability in a variable feedstock scenario
Simon Cleghorn, Commercial Manager (Europe) - Aromatics Feed & Benzene, Shell Chemicals Europe
10:30
Morning refreshments and networking break
11:00
China’s New Normal policies and their true implications for global aromatics
  • Update on China’s 5-year plan, 2016 -2020 and what this means for aromatics supply and demand in China
  • New projects in the pipeline
Yu Jing, Deputy Chief Engineer, CHINA INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL CONSULTING CORPORATION (CICCC)
11:40
Performance and profitability of the aromatics market
  • Performance overview of aromatics markets
  • Analysis of aromatics profitability and competitiveness
  • Impact of bio routes and methanol to aromatics - Game Changers?
Xuesong Peng, Senior Consultant, NEXANT
12:20
Lunch and networking
13:20
Global outlook on styrene: Has the tipping point been reached?
  • Current perspectives on styrene and styrene derivatives
  • What will 2017 and the balance of the decade hold in store?
Tim Stedman, Senior Vice President and Business President, Basic Plastics and Feedstocks, Trinseo
14:00
Styrenics all around us – Applications and innovation
  • Production landscape and inter-polymer competition
  • Applications in various industries
  • Innovation in the industry 
Frank Eisenträger, Head of Regional Development Centers Europe, Ineos Styrolution
14:40
Afternoon refreshments and networking
15:10
New platforms for trading in aromatics
  • Developing an on-line trading platform – why, when, and who for?
  • Exploring the potential of on-line chemicals trading as a catalyst for improved liquidity in the European Benzene market
Bharat Bhardwaj, General Manager, GoBuyChem
Daniel Yeung, New Stone Ltd
Roger Ertle, CEO & Founder, New Stone Ltd
15:40
Panel: Understanding regional supply and demand in the aromatics market
  • Addressing shortness of supply in Europe
  • Identifying the true determinants of liquidity
  • Can liquidity be increased and how?
  • What roles do consumers and producers play?
Yu Jing, Deputy Chief Engineer, CHINA INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL CONSULTING CORPORATION (CICCC)
16:20
The Shared Research Center for Bio-aromatics: The Next Step In Functionalised Biobased Aromatics
  • Biorizon technology roadmap to enable commercial production of bio-aromatics by 2025
  • Current status shared research center, industry involvement
  • Focus on various value chains, examples of functionalized bio-aromatics via Furan Technology.
  • Feedstock is key for the business case; example Waste2Aromatics
  • Future outlook, next steps, how can you get involved?
Monique Wekking, Senior Business Developer, Biorizon
17:00
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of Day 1

Conference Day 2: Wednesday 23 November

9:00
Registration and refreshments
9:00
Opening remarks from the Chair
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:10
Update on Benzene: Unbalanced supply and demand?
  • A short history of benzene
  • Technology development and quality issues
  • Why petrochemicals replaced carbochemicals
  • What’s next?
Jerzy Wiertelorz, General Director Chairman, Petrochemia Blachownia SA
9:50
Developing styrenics markets: A focus on Middle East and Africa
  • Iran – new projects underway and sanctions lifted
  • Saudi – moving into aromatics and looking to take export share
  • Egypt – styrenics rebooted
  • Impact on Europe and Asian markets
Rhian O’Connor , Senior Analyst, Consulting and Analytics, ICIS
10:30
Morning refreshments and networking
11:00
Impact of Paraxylene capacity and demand on global trade flows
  • Update on global PX capacity
  • China’s position on PX production versus import
  • What do Chinese PTA production and export levels mean for the global market?
11:40
Impact of U.S. shale and chemical production on the petrochemicals market
  • How will US production affect the global market once local demand is satisfied?
  • What does U.S. shale production mean for an oil price rebound?
  • Impact of the U.S. benzene balance on the wider market
  • Blending requirements following new sulphur allowance levels in US gasoline specifications
12:20
Chair’s remarks followed by lunch and networking
13:20
Close of conference
Speakers

The World Aromatics & Derivatives conference agenda annually features a cutting edge speaker line-up of senior industry experts from the highest profile companies in the world. The 2016 speaker line-up includes:

Testimonials
Enlightening. 
Floris Carpentier , Sales Manager Styrene, SHELL CHEMICALS
Helpful, informative, interesting, and fun – as always.
Dr Paul Satchell, Equity Analyst, INVESTEC BANK PLC
A great introduction to the Aromatics industry providing material understanding, supply and demand, characteristics and economic development.
Dirk Jan de With, CPO, COVESTRO

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