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, President, Personal Care & Actives, CRODA INTERNATIONAL

Alpha olefins: insight into current trends

  • Regional capacity and availability
  • Technical considerations
  • Outlook for market trends: supply and demand drivers

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

Personal care markets: trends and consumer preference

  • Trends driving needs for different surfactants
  • What is the consumer looking for?
    • Value, performance
  • Novel products and new growth areas
  • Are there currently any un-met market needs?

Logistics: the unsung heroes of the industry

  • Sourcing and logistics: the changing relationship
  • How are steps to vertical integration impacting supply chains?
    • What will happen when supply patterns change?
  • Logistics as a customer service differentiator

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

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)

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

  • What do end-users expect, and how can these expectations be met?
  • Sustainability scorecards and the role of NGOs
  • How to support sustainability beyond current certification practices

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

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)

Competing with every-day low prices, without sacrificing quality

  • Casting light on hard discounter business models
  • Responding effectively to competitive prices without sacrificing quality
  • Analysing market trends: is it worth lowering prices at the expense of compromising on quality?

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
Senior Representative, MONSANTO

Chair’s closing statement


Lunch and close of conference

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