The
14th World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference
Maintaining a competitive edge in a low feedstock scenario
17 - 18 November 2015
Hotel NH Barbizon Palace, Amsterdam
Attendee Feedback
  • 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

8:30

Registration and refreshments

9:00

Chair’s opening remarks

John Keeley, CEO, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:10

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 
     
9:50

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 
     
10:30

Morning networking break and refreshments

11:00

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  
     
11:40

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? 
     
 
12:20

Networking lunch

13:20

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
     
14:00

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? 
     
14:40

Afternoon networking and refreshments

15:10

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?
     
15:50

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
     
16:30

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?
     
17:10

Chair’s closing remarks and end of Day One

 

Day 2 - Wednesday 18 November 2015

9:00

Registration and refreshments

9:30

Chair’s opening remarks

Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:40

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?
     
     
10:20

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?
     
11:00

Morning networking and refreshments

11:30

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?
     
12:10

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
     
12:50

Chair’s closing remarks followed by lunch and networking

14:00

End of conference

 


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