The
13th World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference
Addressing the 'availability issue' and its impact on global trade dynamics
18th - 19th November 2014, Westin Grand Berlin
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Day 1 - Tuesday 18 November 2014

8:30

Registration and refreshments

9:00

Chair’s opening remarks

John Keeley, CEO, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:10

Global economic megatrends and their impact on the chemical industry

Christian Buenger, Senior Economist, VCI
9:50

Tackling the challenges associated with switching to lighter feedstocks

  • Is there a future for naphtha?
  • Overview of global cracker operating rates
  • What are the projections for operators to switch to lighter feedstocks?
  • How will these changes impact the future of the aromatics industry?
10:30

Market overview and outlook for the global aromatics industry

Tim Stedman, Europe Business Director- Basic Chemicals, EXXONMOBIL
11:10

Morning refreshments

11:40

Global energy outlook to 2035

  • With the US at a significant competitive advantage due to lower energy costs because of shale gas, what impact will this have on global trade dynamics?
  • How can Europe compete under these conditions?
Dr. Fabian Kesicki, Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency
12:20

Benzene: What lies ahead?

  • Supply and demand overview
  • Outlining market developments for benzene in the next 24 months
  • With new capacities coming onstream in Asia, how will this impact global trade dynamics?
  • Addressing volatile market conditions
Pieter Platteeuw, Global Business Director Aromatics, DOW EUROPE
13:00

Networking lunch

14:00

The styrenics value chain in Europe

Klaus Ries, Business Management Styrenic Foams & Styrene Monomers Europe, BASF
14:40

Global market outlook and trends for phenol-acetone

  • Supply and demand overview
  • Market trends and factors contributing to demand
Rhian O’Connor , Senior Markets Editor , ICIS
15:20

Afternoon refreshments

15:50

Toluene: Trends and overview for 2015 and beyond

Rob Peacock, Consultant, ICIS
16:30

Paraxylene: The long and the short of it

  • Supply and demand overview
  • Updates: Asian capacities coming onstream
  • How will this impact global trade dynamics?
  • Could the industry be facing an oversupply situation?
Stewart Hardy, Global Manager - Petrochemical Market Dynamics, NEXANT
17:10

Chair’s closing remarks and end of Day One

Day 2 - Wednesday 19 November 2014

9:00

Registration and refreshments

9:30

Chair’s opening remarks

Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:40

Addressing the ‘availability issue’ in Europe

  • Overview of current plant operating rates and future plans for closures 
  • What impact will this have on the aromatics industry?
  • Could Europe become a net importer?
  • Assessing the potential for India or the Middle East to provide the capacity to ensure industry needs are met
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
10:20

Regional market overview: Russia

  • Overview of the current supply and demand situation
  • Could Russia be the next export hub to fulfil European aromatics demand?
  • Assessing global trade patterns with Russia
  • What does the political landscape mean for the aromatics industry?
11:00

Morning refreshments

11:30

Bio-aromatics: The future of the industry?

  • Shared research in the field of bioaromatics
  • Update on Biorizon’s project lines – aromatics from sugar and lignin
Dr. Florian Graichen, Business Development Manager, BIORIZON
12:10

Mobility: Future market or end of growth

Peter Phleps, Senior Researcher, Institute for Mobility Research- BMW Group
12:50

Chair’s closing remarks followed by lunch and networking

14:00

End of conference


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