9th ICIS World Olefins Conference
Examining how the evolving feedstock landscape is impacting the global olefins market
12th March 2014, Westin Palace, Madrid
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Wednesday 12 March 2014




Welcome from ICIS

Nel Weddle, Deputy Managing Editor (Europe), ICIS

Chairman’s opening address

Barry Hurley, Director, BHA LTD

Global olefins feedstock outlook – focus on crude oil, naphtha and tight oil

  • Reviewing the global refining landscape
  • Capacity update – projected new ethylene projects and ethylene cracker expansions                              
  • Assessing the impact of tight oils on the US petrochemicals market
  • What impact are feedstock trends having on co-product availability?
Karl Bartholomew, Vice President Americas, ICIS CONSULTING

Global LPG supply/ demand market dynamics – appraising the key issues

  • US LPG market with perspectives on the key questions about the future
  • Perspective on Asian market developments
  • Update on the Middle East market
  • The rise of LPG in Europe and the impact on the European petrochemical sector                              
Stefano Zehnder, Senior Consultant, Global Refining & Petrochemical Feedstocks, ICIS CONSULTING

European petrochemical excellence built on its cracker base

  • Europe’s petrochemical excellence position – here to stay?
  • The global shift in cracker feedstocks - a sign of things to come?
  • Can European crackers continue to show resilience or is more rationalization likely?
  • EU policy – how can it help to sustain Europe’s petrochemical excellence?
Thys Siermann, Business Director Olefins, DOW EUROPE



Bridging east and west - reviewing the Turkish olefins & polyolefins market

  • Insight on supply and demand trends
  • Challenges and strategies that comes with being the gateway to the East
Mehmet Fatih Karakaya, Vice GM - Sales & Marketing, PETKIM PETROCHEMICAL HOLDING

Piecing together the global shale gas picture

  • What does the global picture currently look like?
  • How is this likely to develop in the next 3-5 years?
  • Where is all the extra ethylene capacity scheduled to go?
Thomas Rings, Partner, AT KEARNEY

Panel discussion: The impact of shale gas on the European olefins industry

Richard Roudeix, Vice President Olefins Europe , LYONDELLBASELL
Dejan Karadjuleski, BM Light Olefins and Industrial Gases Basic Petrochemicals Europe, BASF
Karl Bartholomew, Vice President Americas, ICIS CONSULTING
Stephen Bowers, Global Projects - Advanced Intermediates & Performance Intermediates, EVONIK INDUSTRIES



Outlook, drivers and challenges for the global C3 market

  • Regional supply/ demand projections and new capacity updates
  • Identifying key drivers and market trends influencing propylene and downstream markets       
  • Trade flows in 2013 and anticipated flows for 2014
  • Which applications are driving market growth?
  • Can on-purpose propylene production cover the supply gap of these products created by ethane based feedstocks?       
Frederic Ozeir , Senior Associate, BOOZ & CO

Overview of the European plastics industry - gauging the impact on the European olefins market

  • Reviewing the European plastics industry - key markets and supply/demand update
  • Which sectors are driving demand for plastics?
  • Where does Europe source most of its product from? Does this pose any challenges?
  • Can Europe compete in the face of strong competition from the US and Middle East?
Karl Foerster, Executive Director, PLASTICS EUROPE

Outlook on the petrochemical gas shipping market

  • Expected growth in world LPG shipping fleet versus demand growth for shipping
  • Cost of shipping, where will it likely go?
  • Ethane shipping - is it the new "normal"? Or what should we expect?
Reidar A Sundvor, Partner, VIAMAR



Global market outlook for butadiene and derivatives markets

  • Market drivers and factors that will influence the market in 2014
  • Can on-purpose butadiene production close the gap created by ethane based cracking?
  • The strategic importance of Crude C4 availability and its diverse sources
Bernard Bekaert, Chairman and CEO, C4U TRADE

Spotlight on the global tyre market

  • Outlook for the global tyre industry in the next 12-24 months
  • Regional analysis and key market drivers
  • Where are the growth opportunities?
  • What are the main challenges?
Robert Simmons, Head of Rubber and Tyre Research, LMC INTERNATIONAL

Outlook, challenges and opportunities for butadiene and derivatives

  • Overview of the global BD and derivatives markets
  • Drivers and trends in key downstream derivatives (BR/ SBR, ABS, latex)
  • Focus on the SB latex market
  • Outlook: challenges and opportunities
Sharbel Luzuriaga, Project Lead, Custom Research, KLINE & COMPANY

Chair’s closing remarks and close of conference

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.
  • Excellent.
    Adela Feijoo Muriel, Basic Marketing, Repsol
  • Great, a lot of info.
    Marco Hesselink, Purchase & Procurement Manager, Elementis
  • It is a great opportunity to combine valuable knowledge with networking and meeting interesting people across the industry.
    Katharina Stock, Product Manager Propylene, Helm AG
  • Great opportunity to learn about current issues in the global ITC industry.
    Pierre Fache, Senior Refinement Business Development, BP Europe SE
  • Concise and interesting tour through the olefins landscape.
    Lode Van Dendriessche, Trader, Vinmar
  • Useful for summarize of supply and demand.
    Hanhee Jang, Trader, Integra Petrochemicals
  • Important moment to review the olefin market.
    Alberto Souza, Global Head of Purching, FITESA
  • Well organised and focused.
    , Category Manager, Michelin
  • Interesting, structured and covering C2/C3/C4
    Past delegate
  • An interesting and highly informative conference with varied views/outlook for the world olefins market.
    Gary Moore, Global Purchase Manager, Hexpol
  • Informative, well attended.
    Past delegate
  • Informative with many views of the same subject.
    Sander Van Veen, Commercial Director, Braskem
  • Good overview on Olefins world markets and challenges.
    Nicolas Hecker, Purchaser, L & L Products
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The 9th ICIS World Olefins Conference is produced and delivered by RBI Conferences. As well as producing conferences for ICIS and other high profile brands owned by RBI, we also work with external partners and clients to deliver commercially successful events. For more information about working with us, please contact Alan Mitchell, Head of Business Development: or +44 (0) 20 8652 8256

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Registered companies to date:
Borealis Polymers
Braskem Netherlands
Dow Chemical
Evonik Industries
Lanxess Deutschland
OMV Refining & Marketing
Sasol O&S
Styrolution Group GmbH
Styron LLC
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Total Petrochemicals & Refining SA/NV
TPC Group, LLC