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Day 1 - Wednesday 20 November 2013

8:30

Registration and refreshments

9:00

Welcome and chair’s opening remarks

John Keeley, CEO, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:15

Global aromatics industry review

Herbert Le Lorrain, Global Strategy Manager, Styrene and Aromatics, SHELL CHEMICALS
10:00

A major buyer's view of global benzene and toluene markets

  • First personal impressions of the market
  • Developments in TDI/MDI
  • Challenges and opportunities
Christian Buhse, Head of Procurement –Strategic Commodities, BAYER MATERIALSCIENCE
10:45

Refreshments and networking break

11:15

Crude oil market insights

Ben Holt, Oil Marketing and Offtake Manager, TULLOW OIL
12:00

‘Life as a by-product’ – benzene market challenges

  • Supply picture
  • Demand drivers for key derivatives
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
12:45

Lunch and networking break

13:45

Competing in a globalizing game – challenges in regional aromatics markets

  • Europe – strategies to maintain competitive edge in a high feedstock cost environment
  • US – the rise of a new energy superpower and petrochemicals hub?
  • Asia – is the demand growth sustainable?
Nigel Davis, Insight Editor, ICIS
14:30

Global feedstock developments - latest movements in the refining industry and the impact on aromatics markets

  • Recent movements in the crude oil market and their impact downstream
  • Pygas, reformate or coal tar? - key developments in feedstock sources for the production of aromatics per region
  • Update on the makeup of refinery crude slates
  • Switching to lighter feedstocks: impact of tight oil and shale gas on gasoline and aromatics production
Andrew Horncastle, Partner, BOOZ & CO
15:15

Refreshments and networking break

15:45

The paraxylene chain: an end-to-end view from PX through PTA to polyesters

Stewart Hardy, Global Manager - Petrochemical Market Dynamics, NEXANT
16:30

The impact of capacity expansions, particularly in Asia, on the benzene market

Jochem Wolfis, Trader, INTEGRA
17:15

Chair’s closing remarks and conclusions from Day One


Day 2 - Thursday 21 November 2013

9:00

Chair’s reconvening remarks

Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:15

Future Challenges and Opportunities in the Styrene Market


Brian Torrez, Global Product Manager – Styrene Monomer , STYROLUTION
10:00

Challenges facing PET manufacturers in meeting the requirements of end users and brand owners


Antonello Ciotti, Managing Director, EQUIPOLYMERS
10:45

Refreshments and networking break

11:15

Phenol-Acetone: an overview of Russian markets

Adam Popov, CEO, AVESTRA CHEMICAL SUISSE SA
12:00

Aromatics and derivatives in the New Normal

  • How future growth will be independent of GDP
  • Understanding changing income levels
  • Assessing the opportunities created by ageing populations
     
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
12:45

Chair’s closing remarks followed by lunch

13:45

End of conference


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