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 feedstocks: Supply and demand in a variable feedstock scenario

  • Overview of the current feedstock and product supply/demand landscape
  • The impact of lighter feedstocks on the availability of aromatics in EU
  • Future implications of U.S. shale on regional feedstock requirements
  • The impact of coal to olefins and MEG on naphtha cracker build in China
  • What does the higher productivity potential of new chemical plants mean for the market?
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

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

Lunch and networking

13:20

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
14:00

Outlook for styrene demand: Regional shifts in demand and supply

  • Forecasting demand for styrene, polystyrene, ABS and rubbers
  • Developments in the global styrene market and impact on trade flows
  • Will Asia continue to need as much from the US?
  • Import versus production tendencies in Europe
Rhian O’Connor , Senior Analyst, Consulting and Analytics, ICIS
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)
16:30

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?

  • Mapping demand and pricing volatility
  • Will feedstock levels be sufficient to meet demand on an ongoing basis?
  • Where will the material come from to meet growing Asian demand in the long-term?
  • The relationship between increasing global capacity, trade flows and pricing
9:50

Developments in aromatics production in the Middle East

  • Production capacities
  • New products coming online
  • What levels of export can we expect in the future?
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

New dynamics in polycarbonates and downstream plastics

  • Regional shifts in PC consumption and implications for Phenol, ABS and PS
  • Innovation and new applications for polycarbonates
12:20

Chair’s remarks followed by lunch and networking

13:20

Close of conference


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