The 6th ICIS European Surfactants Conference :: Agenda The 6th ICIS European Surfactants Conference :: Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday 14 September 2017


Registration & Welcome Refreshments


Chair’s opening remarks

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

European chemical industry 2018: navigating in volatility and uncertainty

  • The global economy and factors shaping the chemical industry 
  • Oil market developments 
  • Brexit, Trump and the rise of Populism
  • Sustainability as a key driver for profit growth
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM

Overview of the dynamics of the European surfactants market

  • Supply and demand balance
  • Market segmentation and competitive landscape
  • Overview of M&As in the market
  • Where investments are flowing and new opportunities are opening up?
Dr Joachim Krotz, Partner, OLIVER WYMAN

Networking break


Branched alcohols: Enabling high performance and biodegradable surfactants

  • Desirable product performance attributes of branched alcohol ethoxylates
  • Can branched alcohols be used for biodegradable surfactants?
  • Recent biodegradability test results from ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc.
Gail E Bragin, Environmental Toxicologist, ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc

Sustainability from the perspective of an end-user: 2020 vision

  • Sustainably sourced biomaterials 
  • Reducing environmental footprint and sustainability metrics
  • New developments in personal and homecare products
Senior Representative, L'OREAL

Lunch and networking break


Update on the European chemicals regulations and their impact on the surfactants value chain

  • Update on CLP and REACH regulations
  • Biocidal Product Regulation(BPR) impact on surfactants
  • How could regulations affect biosurfactants coming into the market?
Senior Representative, The REACH Centre

Drilling down: surfactants in the petroleum industry

  • Overview of surfactants used in different areas: drilling, cementing and production of crude oils
  • Chemistries used in different segments
  • Growth drivers and demand forecast for surfactants used in EOR
Silke Hoppe, Manager Global EOR, Sasol

Networking break


What’s on the industry’s mind: Results of the Surfactants Survey 2017

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

Renewable surfactants – Innovative achievements and future outlook

  • Renewable surfactants – sustainability fuels innovation
  • A novel renewable surfactant platform - Glucamides
  • Renewable surfactants - what’s coming next?
Dirk Leinweber, Director of Competence Center Surfactants , Clariant

What’s happening in the European Ethylene Oxide market?

  • EO market outlook: volume capacity, supply and demand
  • Assessing impact of a potential increase of ethylene supply on the European market
  • Understanding EO economics
  • On-going investments in capacities expansion
David De Clerck, Business Manager EO – EO Glycols, INEOS Oxide

Chair’s closing remarks


Drinks reception and close of conference day one

Day 2 - Friday 15 September 2017


Chair’s reconvening remarks

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

Feedstock trends: Oleo - vs petrochemicals in Europe

  • Natural fatty alcohols demand in Europe – is growth predicted?
  • Oleo and petrochemical supply and demand dynamics 
  • Oleo vs petro products cost trends
Melissa Bartlett, Senior Editor, Manager, ICIS

REWOFERM®SL ONE - The Bio-based Sophorolipid Surfactant of Evonik

  • Analysing the benefits of sophorolipids – cleaning capacity and environmental sustainability 
  • Examining efficacy increases of cleaning formulation in household applications – can replacement of secondary surfactants yield better foaming and superior grease removal
  • Overcoming the challenges of commercialization to drive economical manufacturing
Oliver Schaller, Manager Technical Service Household & Car Care Europe Nutrition & Care, Evonik

Succeeding in the European detergents sector: innovating to meet consumers’ requirements

  • Detergent trends and challenges
  • More ecological – what do we mean by eco-product?
  • Innovation in the long term: what does the future hold for detergents?

Morning break


Enabling ethical and responsible supply chains in the chemical industry

  • Identifying supply chain factors and complexities 
  • What do surfactant manufacturers need from suppliers?
  • Deforestation-free supply chains
Chris Sayner, VP Customer Alliances, Corporate Sustainability, CRODA

Opportunities for surfactants in Africa - a new growth frontier?

  • Africa market landscape and its growth prospects 
  • Large-scale plantation of palm oil in West Africa
  • Demand and supply projections 
  • Changing consumer trends: disposable income, demographics, lifestyle
Ian Bell, ‎Head of Home Care, Tissue & Hygiene Research , Euromonitor

Chair’s closing remarks


Lunch and end of conference

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