14th World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference
Maintaining a competitive edge in a low feedstock scenario
17 - 18 November 2015
Hotel NH Barbizon Palace, Amsterdam
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  • High quality and worth joining every year  
    Cristina Martinez, Product Manager, REPSOL
  • Great chance to have a deeper insight of future expectations from industry and networking opportunities
    Seda Aksoy, Product Manager, HELM AG
  • Good content, good quality of speakers. Good attendance
    Maarten van Waveren, Director, Heavy Olefins & Aromatics, LYONDELLBASSELL
  • Good insight in drivers of supply and demand
    Jan Korpenshock, Market Analysis Manager, ODJELL TECHNICALS MANAGEMENT
  • A useful overview of the aromatics industry
    Colin Lyons, Sales Manager, NUFARM UK LTD
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Day 1 - Tuesday 17 November 2015


Registration and refreshments


Chair’s opening remarks


Global Aromatics industry outlook

  • Examining the evolution of the aromatics market and economic trends globally
  • Understanding the impact of a low cost feedstock scenario on the value chain
  • Reviewing demand trends to forecast changing global trade dynamics 

Feedstock focus: Shale vs. Crude Oil and their impact on aromatics

  • Overview of the global cracker operating rates and outlook on plans for rationalisation
  • What impact have low crude oil prices had on European crackers switching to lighter feedstock?
  • Understanding the drivers contributing to this scenario
  • Examining the impact on the global aromatics industry 

Morning networking break and refreshments


Benzene: The drivers behind an evolving global trade landscape

  • Reviewing the impact of switching to lighter feedstock on the supply of benzene
  • Outlook for global demand growth
  • Prospects for global trade flows in the next 2-3 years  

Styrene: Can the industry endure competition from polypropylene?

  • Supply and demand outlook
  • Analysing the drivers behind a stable market while benzene remains volatile- is this sustainable? 
  • Downstream growth rate outlook for EPS 
  • Overview of the competitive landscape – Will the market face substitution by polypropylene? 

Networking lunch


Paraxylene: Tackling the impact of overcapacity

  • Overview of regional balances
  • Outlook for new capacities coming online in Asia – Where will this go?
  • Analysing the impact of overcapacity on the global industry
  • Examining demand prospects for downstream products – PET & Polyester

Can Europe maintain a competitive position in the global aromatics industry?

  • How is Europe’s aromatics industry being shaped by low cost feedstock?
  • Projections for Europe’s position in the industry amidst fluctuations in global trade flows
  • What strategies should be implemented to counter aggressive expansion in Asia?
  • Achieving profitability – Is this still possible? 

Afternoon networking and refreshments


Reviewing the Asian aromatics landscape

  • Understanding the economics behind the new supplier landscape in Asia
  • Outlining the latest developments for Methanol-to-Aromatics
  • What impact will production through alternate methods have on global trade?

Toluene: Will production meet downstream demand in Europe?

  • Overview of European supply and demand situation with the new toluene capacities coming online
  • Will this meet the demand for TDI production?
  • 5 year outlook for the TDI industry

Mergers and Acquisitions: Will there be further rationalisation in the European chemical industry?

  • M&A landscape for the chemical industry
  • How do we see the market going forward from an M&A perspective?
  • Understanding the drivers behind these changes
  • What impact will this have on the aromatics value chain?

Chair’s closing remarks and end of Day One


Day 2 - Wednesday 18 November 2015


Registration and refreshments


Chair’s opening remarks

Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM

Market outlook for Phenol-acetone

  • Overview of capacity coming online globally  
  • PDH units in Asia and US – How will this competitive edge affect the phenol-acetone trade dynamics?

Bio-aromatics – Are they still commercially viable?

  • Outlining the latest developments in bio-aromatics
  • Identifying factors contributing to demand
  • What impact have low crude oil prices had on progress?

Morning networking and refreshments


Foreign exchange and its impact on global trade

  • Crude oil evolution vs currency outlook
  • Examining currency volatility and its impact on the chemicals industry
  • How has high availability of capital affected the global chemicals industry?

The US aromatics industry: Identifying the challenges and opportunities

  • Impact of low crude oil prices on the aromatics industry in the US
  • Will low energy costs in the US ensure continuity of its position as an importer for benzene?
  • Identifying future markets for downstream derivatives in the US

Chair’s closing remarks followed by lunch and networking


End of conference


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