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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. 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:
  • Will petrochemical feedstocks see increased use in Asian surfactants in future?
  • Driving towards sustainable surfactants – How are businesses affected?
  • Industry insight – An evolving Asian surfactants market
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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Agenda

Conference Day 1: Thursday 9 November

8:00
Registration and Refreshments
8:50
Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
9:20
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
10:00
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
10:40
Refreshment break and networking
11:10
Industry insight – An evolving Asian surfactants market
  • Mergers and acquisitions overview – How is the competitor landscape changing?
  • Forward integration and consolidation: How are prices transferred downstream?
  • Megatrends – Integration and diversification shaping the market?
  • Consumer demand and innovation: Sectors showing growth
High-level representative, Wilmar International
11:50
Looking to China: A shift in market requirements
  • Current market situation: Analysing demand by sector, comparing domestic and foreign supply
  • Future market – Will China shift towards synthetic to mitigate natural alcohol price fluctuations?
  • Innovations and drivers: Call for ‘green’ surfactants in the consumer market
12:30
Lunch and networking
13:30
Surfactants in the Middle East – A strategic overview
  • Capacity outlook: Future expansions across the value chain
  • Key export markets: Will there be competition with the US and Asia?
  • Innovation in Middle Eastern surfactants – How has demand driven new products?
14:10
Panel discussion: Will petrochemical feedstocks see increased use in Asian surfactants in future?
  • Switching oleochemical feedstocks: What fatty alcohols can be used in a poor palm, palm kernel or coconut oil price environment? 
  • How does the supply and demand of natural versus synthetic compare?
  • Price switching between synthetic and natural: How realistic is this in Asia?
  • How comparable is the quality for petrochemical and natural surfactants products?
14:50
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?
15:30
Refreshment break and networking
16:00
Linear alkybenzene and sulfonate market: Indian case study
  • Current market size and trade flows
  • The economics of LABSA – What is the true cost of production?
  • What are the effects of the anti-dumping orders against Qatar, China and Iran?
  • Growth prospects: Looking at the future of the Asian detergents market
Kalpesh Ambani, Head of LAB, Reliance Industries
16:40
Alpha olefins and alpha olefins sulfonates: Increasing importance in Asia?
  • Overview: Size of the current market and growth prospects
  • Exporting products – At which stage of processing will companies export based on price?
  • Applications and innovation: Are detergents or other sectors driving growth?
17:20
Future disruptions to surfactants – Will enzymes take over?
  • Enzymes in the household care sector: Market size and growth in Asia
  • Performance parameters – How do enzymes compare to surfactants?
  • Global overview of enzymes: Will future trends disrupt the surfactants industry?
18:00
Chairman’s closing remarks
18:10
Close of conference day one

Conference Day 2: Friday 10 November

8:50
Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
9:00
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?
9:40
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
10:20
Refreshment break and networking
10:50
Asia-Pacific’s booming hair care market – Will growth continue?
  • Industry leaders – Analysing Asia's major hair care markets
  • South Asia as an emerging market: How do the consumer trends compare?
  • Growth in the responsible sourcing sector: Strong demand for natural hair products in APAC
11:30
Driving towards sustainable surfactants – How are businesses affected?
  • Impact of US and European labelling on oleochemical exports: How far has the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certificate permeated into Asia so far?
  • Market sentiment: How has Asia coped with changes in buying patterns?
  • Petrochemical vs. natural feedstocks: Can sustainability be compared?
  • Moving in the right direction: Progress and challenges overcome
Anthony Schiavo, Analyst, Lux Research
12:10
Functional surfactants: Applications and growth drivers
  • Overview of Asia’s functional surfactants industry
  • Textiles, leather, EOR, agriculture, paints and paper – Which surfactants sectors show growing demand?
  • The future of functional surfactants: Innovations and opportunities
Wanglin Yu, Principal Research Scientist, Dow Chemical Company
12:50
Chairman’s closing remarks
13:00
Lunch and end of conference
Speakers

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.

Testimonials
 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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