6th ICIS World Surfactants Conference
Identifying opportunity and growing your business in a competitive market
May 12 - 13 2016
Hyatt Regency Jersey City, USA // Pre-Conference Seminar - May 11 - Courtyard Marriott, Jersey City
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Day 1 - Thursday 12 May 2016


Registration and networking


Chair’s opening remarks

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

Examining the new economic climate

  • Geopolitics: impact on business and trade dynamics
  • Coming to terms with the oil market
  • Currencies: Impact on commodity pricing and the role of the Yuan
  • Changing consumer trends: disposable income, demographics
Kevin Swift, Chief Economist and Managing Director, AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL

Keynote: Driving growth across diverse markets

  • Reviewing the global picture
    • Supply and demand balance
    • Growth and stagnation
    • Challenges and opportunities
    • Consolidation and outsourcing
  • What are the industry’s top priorities in the next 5 – 10 years?
Kevin Gallagher, Founder, Kevin Gallagher Consulting LLC

Insight into alpha olefins

  • Technology perspective
  • Overall challenges during development
  • Applications of alpha olefins
Shahid Azam, Chief Scientist, Performance Chemicals, SABIC

Morning refreshments and networking break

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What’s on the industry’s mind: Results of the Surfactants Survey

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

What We Put On Our Bodies Influences What We Put In Our Bodies

  • Shifting Consumer Attitudes Towards Wellness
  • Latest Trends from The Natural Sector (Natural Products Expo West 2016)
  • How Food Trends Precede/Predict Personal and Home Care Trends; examples of how they manifest in each
Claire Farber, Managing Director, New York, SRG
John Connelly, Director, SRG

Evolution of Chemical Distribution – A Case for Partnership

  • Where is the Industry today?
  • Commercial and Supply Chain Considerations
  • Understanding of Business Competencies and Alignment
  • Who wins?
Federico Montaner, Business Director – Specialty Chemicals, NEXEO SOLUTIONS

Lunch and networking break


Outlook for surfactant use in the Oil & Gas industry

  • What are the real volumes and growth prospects?
  • Growth viability in light of the current oil market
  • Technical developments driving the industry
Grant Haddix, Commercial Manager, EOR, Shell Chemicals

Global surfactants market overview: focus on industrial applications

  • Overview of consumption per application across different regions
    • Key applications: HI&I, Personal Care
    • Industrial applications, including crop protection, lubricants, paper, textiles, etc.
  • Focus on industrial applications
    • Which surfactants are consumed in these specific applications?
    • Consumption per applications
    • Regional specificities
    • Differences in the value chain in different applications
    • Competitive landscape
    • Outlook for market growth across regions
Nikola Matic, Industry Manager - Chemicals and Materials Practice, Kline & Company

Sustainable surfactants: past, present and future

  • The sustainability story: historic overview
  • Driving innovation in surfactants: the Seventh Generation perspective
  • Industry outlook: where are we now, and where is the industry going?
Martin Wolf, Director, Sustainability & Authenticity, SEVENTH GENERATION

Afternoon refreshments and networking break

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Investigating factors impacting the EO and derivatives markets

  • Update on the ethylene and EO markets
  • What are the impacts of shale gas developments?
  • Understanding the impact of oil pricing on ethylene and EO economics
James Ray, Senior Consultant, ICIS CONSULTING

PANEL: Finding growth and opportunity in a challenging market

  • Which segments are seeing the greatest growth?
  • What is the status of and outlook for emerging markets?
  • Specialty vs commodity: what is the winning strategy?
Sam Samdani, Senior Industry Knowledge Expert, MCKINSEY (Chair)
Chuck Irwin, Founder and President, e4score TrackAssured™
Richard Hanson, Managing Director, CRODA
Steven Snead-Smith, Business Director, Household Care, EVONIK
Neil Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

Chair’s closing remarks


End of Day 1

Day 2 - Friday 13 May 2016


Chair’s opening remarks


Primary feedstocks: Spotlight on detergent alcohols

  • Illuminating the evolving supply and demand map
  • Market trends and growth for specialty and commodity alcohols
  • Natural vs Synthetic: Round 3 of a 15 round contest
Martin Herrington, President, North America, IP SPECIALITIES

Supporting and tracking sustainability: focus on the cosmetics supply chain

  • What do consumers expect, and how industry responds to their expectations
  • How to support sustainability beyond current certification practices
  • Exploring governmental approaches to sustainability
Dr Annelie Struessmann, Technical Director, CONUSBAT

Trends for natural surfactants in personal care products

  • Commercial drivers for use of natural surfactants
  • Technical challenges
  • Evolution of consumer understanding of natural surfactants
Michael Fevola, ‎Research Director & Fellow, Johnson & Johnson

The Indian Home & Personal Care Markets: Trends, Outlook and Supply Chain

Sanjay Trivedi, Founder Director, Indian Home & Personal Care Industry Association (IHPCIA)

Morning refreshments and networking break

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Capturing growth opportunities in Asia Pacific for Specialty Surfactants

Cindy Koh, Director, Energy and Chemicals, Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB)

Challenges of the CPG market and what suppliers can do to help

  • Entering the market as a start-up: how to compete against the big players
  • What are the key success factors to do much more with much less?
  • Outlining the importance of maintaining relationships and insuring quality
  • How can you benefit by reducing your supplier base?
Bill Schmitt, Vice President R&D, PHOENIX BRANDS

Current and emerging issues affecting surfactants in agriculture

  • New applications, new opportunities and surfactant demand outlook
  • How could agriculture products be improved?
    • Opportunities for custom applications
  • Insight into potential threats: seed treatments, genetic modification and precision farming
Louis Lucas, Global Glyphosate and Acetochlor Supply Lead , MONSANTO

Chair’s closing statement


Lunch and close of conference

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