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Investing downstream: The path to growth and profit

With vertical integration, mergers and acquisitions now a common theme in the Asian surfactants market, companies are searching for ways to stay ahead of the curve to make their margins.The greater demand for responsible products from sustainability-conscious consumers and organisations is directing the oleochemicals and personal care industries into new territory. sponsor

Meanwhile, difficult oil price climates have driven the surfactants community to explore synthetic materials and substitutes in the household, industrial and institutional sectors. Discover where your company fits into the complex and competitive Asian surfactants space and learn how you can make profitable business decisions in 2018 and beyond.
The 7th ICIS Asian Surfactants Conference will address the key issues driving debate in the industry, including:
  • Megatrends: Integration and diversification shaping the market?
  • Driving towards sustainable surfactants – How can businesses make informed decisions on sustainable surfactants?
  • LAB outlook: India and Middle East
This year’s conference will continue to provide your essential information on market trends, insights and areas of growth, as well as special features on end-user trends that have caught the attention of the major surfactants players.


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Conference Day 1: Thursday 9 November

Registration and Refreshments
Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
Global surfactants overview – Asia driving growth!
  • Political and economic changes affecting the global surfactants market
  • Market size by continent: Comparing the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific
  • Key trends – Are multinationals aligning to Asian trends?
Shikhar Aggarwal, Director Visionary Sciences, Frost & Sullivan
Oleochemical and fatty alcohol outlook: Trends and drivers
  • Southeast Asian supply outlook: Palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil
  • Trends in price – What has driven natural alcohol fluctuations?
  • Demand for oleochemicals globally: Which regions showing growing markets?
Dr Julian Conway McGill, Head of South East Asia, LMC International
Refreshment break and networking
Sustainability: Supporting long-term growth of the oleochemical industry
  • Recent trends in sustainability – RSPO certification and traceability
  • Increased focus on upstream feedstock suppliers: Assessing requirements and risks
  • Industry insight: Facilitating sustainability in the upstream production landscape
Perpetua George, General Manager - Group Sustainability, Wilmar International
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.
Leslie Hinton, Global Market Development Manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Lunch and networking
Megatrends: Integration and diversification shaping the market?
  • Mergers and acquisitions in the surfactants value chain
  • Vertically integrated: Emerging trends and their effects on the Asian surfactants market
  • Future landscape – Key trends to shape the industry in years to come
Functional surfactants: Applications and growth drivers
  • Overview of functional surfactants industry
  • EOR, agrochemicals and coatings – Status and growing drivers
  • The future of functional surfactants: Innovations and opportunities
Wanglin Yu, Principal Research Scientist, Dow Chemical Company
Results of the Surfactants Survey 2017
Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
Refreshment break and networking
LAB outlook: India and Middle East
  • Current market size and trade flows: Analysing the India/Middle East supply balance
  • Insight into India growth drivers
  • Economics – Costs and sustainable margins
  • LAB substitutes: Superior performance results in LAB dominance
Kalpesh Ambani, Head of LAB, Reliance Industries
Ethylene oxide and derivatives: Understanding the ethoxylates market
  • Ethylene oxide outlook – Upcoming and rationalized capacity in Asia, US and Middle East
  • Price trend overview: Have ethoxylate surfactant costs caused substitution in the market? 
  • Competing feedstocks: Southeast Asian natural, synthetic and China’s ethylene oxide advantage 
  • Consumer trends – How has the move from powder and bars to liquid driven demand?
Chairman’s closing remarks
Close of conference day one and a drink on ICIS

Conference Day 2: Friday 10 November

Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
Korean cosmetics: Where consumers lead innovation
  • Consumer trends: The influence of social media, male cosmetics and an ageing population
  • Skincare and colour cosmetics in Korea – Market situation and trends
  • Opportunities and challenges: Will consumerism continue and will Asia follow suit?
Bonwook (Bonuc) Koo, Business Development Manager, Cosmetics, Asia-Pacific, Imerys
Asian beauty network – A revolution in retailing
  • Personal care industry in Asia: Recent beauty trends and drivers of change
  • The nature of the consumer in Asia – Purchasing patterns from a retail perspective
  • Looking ahead: How will personal care develop across different regions?
Leza Parker, CEO, SC Beauty Network
Refreshment break and networking
Agrochemicals and surfactants: Market, applications and innovations
  • Understanding the use of surfactants in agriculture: Adjuvant/surfactant relationships and applications
  • Agriculture in Asia: What is the current and future market size for agro-surfactants?
  • Overcoming challenges – How can surfactants improve agricultural yield/performance in Asia?
  • How will consumer needs drive innovation?
Subhasis Bhattacharjee, Commercial Leader - South Asia, Momentive Perfomance Materials
Driving towards sustainable surfactants – How can businesses make informed decisions on sustainable surfactants?
  • Introduction: Sustainability in an era of low oil prices
  • Emerging routes for bio-based and sustainable surfactants: A global and Asian view
  • Benchmarking the sustainability of petrochemical, natural feedstocks and novel synthetic routes
  • Moving in the right direction: Progress and challenges overcome
Anthony Schiavo, Analyst, Lux Research
Chairman’s closing remarks
Lunch and end of conference

The ICIS Asian Surfactants Conference agenda annually features a cutting edge speaker line-up of senior industry experts from the highest profile companies in the world. Take a look at some of our early confirmed speakers.

 A Highly valuable perspective on the Asian surfactants market today and the trends which will affect it in the near and far future
Peter Murphy, Technical Manager, Croda
 A great value 
Carsten Braemer, Head of Department, Helm AG
 Highly informative 
Sujit Sinha, General Manager (Petrochemicals Marketing), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd
 Excellent Platform for Networking & Knowledgeable Content!!!
Rahul Sewak, MARKETING HEAD, Ishaan Oleo & Agri Resources
 Thanks for market update
Ai Ling Cheong, KL-Kepong Oleomas Sdn Bhd
Great event with lots of knowldge sharing and networking
Sameer Kadam, Sr. Product Manager – LAB Business, Reliance Industries Ltd.
 Excellent forum from which to view and understand the movements of the main stakeholders positioned the asian surfactants market from a buyers 
David Cowie, Sourcing and Technical Development Manager, RPL Trading Pty Ltd
 Oppourtunity to have an update on surfactants markets globally
Abdulrahman AlSebaiheen, Sr Product Executive, LAO & B1, SBU ChemicalsBU Glycols, SABIC
 Very fruitful learning experience on the surfactants market situation and views.
Sharon Yap, Materials Manager, Stepan Asia Pte Ltd

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Surfactants Business Essentials Training

The global surfactants market have traditionally been influenced by two independent regions– Europe and the US. Over time, the industry has evolved resulting in producers expanding their geographical scope. Today, the sector has become more active in North Africa, South America and Asia. The industry expansion influenced the increase in surfactants market value. 
The ICIS Surfactants Business Essentials training course will take place on 8 November the day before the conference, also in Singapore, giving delegates the opportunity to gain a comprehensive industry outlook by looking closely at production processes, key market players and supply and demand. You can attend the training on its own or benefit from our training and conference packages offering our best value prices.

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