The 15th World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference :: Agenda The 15th World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference :: Agenda

Day 1 - Tuesday 22 November 2016

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

Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 2016

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


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