The
4th ICIS World Surfactants Conference
From feedstocks to end-users: examining market dynamics in a rapidly changing industry
15th - 16th May 2014, Hyatt Regency Jersey City, USA
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Day 1 - Thursday 15 May 2014

8:00

Registration and refreshments

9:00

Welcome from ICIS

9:05

Chair’s opening remarks

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
9:30

Keynote paper: A perspective on the surfactants market from a leading producer

  • Surfactants markets today and tomorrow - reviewing the global picture
  • Building a global business - outlining the challenges and opportunities
  • What are the top priorities for our industry in the coming decade?     
F Quinn Stepan Jr, President & CEO, STEPAN
10:00

Mapping the oil palm genome - and implications for downstream industries

  • Outlining and explaining a 10 year process
  • Explaining the economics of the oil palm
  • Overview of the oil palm family tree
Dr Rajinder Singh, Head of the Genomics Unit in the Advanced Biotechnology and Breeding Centre, MALAYSIAN PALM OIL BOARD (MPOB)
10:30

REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING

11:00

EO and derivatives industry outlook

  • Status update on EO and MEG
  • Update on new capacities – when and where is it scheduled to come on-stream?
  • Examining the continuing impact of US shale gas on ethylene balances
Doug Rightler, President, EO&D INC
11:30

Market outlook for LAB

  • Analyzing supply, demand and current economics
  • New capacity updates
  • The role of LAB in core surfactant markets
Yuree Whang, Product Line Manager, UOP
12:00

Assessing the impact of shale gas on the surfactants value chain

  • Shale and Marcellus primers
  • Is the rise of shale gas re-setting the bar for chemical manufacturers and their customers in the surfactant value chain
  • How important is vertical integration in light of shale gas commercialization?
  • Where are the caveats, threats and opportunities – here and around the world?
Mike McKibben, P.G. Principal, MARCELLUS SHALE COALITION
12:30

LUNCH AND NETWORKING

13:45

Unit dose: a case study of a disruptive innovation and the response of the industry and media

Philip Malpass, Director General, UKCPI
14:15

The impact of consumer preferences in skin care on raw materials – Sensification®

  • Skin care performance and marketing trends
  • Measuring what the consumer feels and experiences
  • How this drives raw material requirements
Jennifer Donahue , Marketing Manager Skin Care, CRODA
14:45

Sustainability perspective - natural vs. synthetic alcohol ethoxylates

  • Sustainability trends and implications
  • Differences between natural and synthetic ethoxylates
  • Assessing environmental impacts
Julie K O’Brien, Corporate Sustainability Director, AIR PRODUCTS
15:15

REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING

15:45

Surfactants and enzymes - friends or foes?

  • What do enzymes do?
  • Why are they so important to the surfactants value chain?
  • Outlook for enzyme development in detergent and related markets
Dr Danielle Rhine Showmaker, Technical Service Manager Household Care NA, NOVOZYMES
16:15

Insights into surfactant market dynamics from a distributor perspective

  • Trend identification and impact on NPD
  • Innovation and new opportunities in surfactants
  • What the smaller innovative customers want from the surfactants industry
Dr Richard Smith, Managing Director, SURFACHEM
16:45

Global Megatrends Impacting the Surfactants Industry in Latin America: Market Trends and Outlook

  • Overview of the key markets – market size and changing trends
  • Production capacities and challenges facing the industy
  • Growth potential and segments
  • Move towards green products – regional wide or concentrated on one market?
Hernan Cavarra, Industry Analyst for Chemicals & Materials , FROST & SULLIVAN
17:15

Chair’s closing remarks and end of Day One

Day 2 - Friday 16 May 2014

8:55

Chair’s opening remarks and start of Day Two

9:00

Surfactant EOR - When?

  • Surfactant EOR vs fracking – cash flow reality
  • New oilfield practices and what they mean for surfactants
  • Oil and gas chemicals market need for surfactants
Dr Charles Hammond, IOR Fellow and Operations Manager, FLOTEK, INC
9:30

Surfactant opportunities in oil and gas

  • US – oil and gas market activity outlook
  • Can we expect to see continuing expansion in US oilfield activity?
  • Outlining key drivers
  • Considering the impact on surfactant requirements going forward
Scott Gale, Business Development Manager-Oil & Gas , SOLVAY NOVECARE
10:00

Overview of agrochemicals - surfactant perspective in the agricultural market

  • Role of surfactants in agriculture
  • Key challenges and trends in the market
  • How suppliers can help meet those challenges
Susan Ferenc, President, COUNCIL OF PRODUCERS & DISTRIBUTORS OF AGROTECHNOLOGY
10:30

REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING

11:00

Surfactants and food - a supplier's perspective

  • Role of surfactants in food - history and outlook
  • What makes food different?
  • What it takes to service such a specialized market
Paul Peebles, Market Manager, LAMBENT TECHNOLOGIES
11:30

Surfactants and sustainability: how to obtain more with less

Elisabetta Merlo, R&D Reach Product Manager , ZSCHIMMER & SCHWARZ ITALIANA
12:00

Evolution of renewable technology in the surfactant value chain

  • Review of the new technology space in the past decade
  • Outlook for the next 10 years
  • Winners, loser and survivors - some predictions
Andy Corr, SVP Consumer and Industrial Ingredients, ELEVANCE RENEWABLE SCIENCES
12:30

Chair’s closing remarks followed by Lunch

12:35

End of conference and Lunch


The organisers reserve the right to change the programme, speakers or venue should circumstances require.
Other ICIS Surfactants Conferences
The 3rd ICIS European Surfactants Conference
4th - 5th September 2014
Westin Grand Berlin, Germany
To find out more visit www.icis.com/euopeansurfactants
 
The 4th ICIS Asian Surfactants Conference
13th - 14th November 2014
Pan Pacific, Singapore
Conference will be launching soon

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