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The new capacity wave – Impacts for Asian markets

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On the 14-15 November 2017, the ICIS Asian Polyolefins Conference returns to the wonderful city of Bangkok. Now in its 5th year, the event will explore the effects of capacity, economics, demand and trade on the Asian polyolefins market and address the questions asked by producers, buyers, traders and end-users.

With China and India’s production ever-increasing, and additional pressure to absorb material from the US and Middle East, will Asia’s supply/demand concerns continue? Is increased production from major players in anticipation of good demand growth? As mature markets move towards more specialised products and consumer trends change, how will polyolefins converters keep up during the squeeze? Attend the 5th ICIS Asian Polyolefins Conference to hear in depth analysis of all of these issues and more!

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Over 110 attendees registered to date making this year the biggest yet! 

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The speaker program will address "The new capacity wave – Impacts for Asian markets".

Conference Day 1: Tuesday 14 November

Registration and Refreshments
Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Martino Gabellich, President & CEO, Polymirae
Global macroeconomic and upstream oil & refining outlook
  • Economies at a glance: Key players and emerging regions
  • Emerging market petrochemical demand trends and expectations
  • The shale revolution and oil price outlook: Looking to the future
  • Impact of refinery investments and shale on future petrochemical feedstock supply
Kunal Agrawal, Senior Industry Analyst, Asia-Pacific Oil & Gas, Bloomberg Intelligence
China outlook: Will policy or economy shape the market?
  • Economic status and drivers of growth – Can momentum sustainably continue?
  • How far have China’s supply reforms affected the industry?
  • Future direction and development: Where will China be positioned in 2020 and beyond?
Mahamoud Islam, Senior Asia Economist, Euler Hermes
Speed networking – Business card exchange
Take advantage of this speed networking session and exchange business cards with those sat around you. Start with the people sitting closest then move around the room and introduce yourself to other attendees to learn more about their companies and projects.
Refreshment break and networking
Southeast Asian polyolefins market: A producer perspective
  • What are the polyolefins production projects in the next 5-10 years?
  • Demand for polyolefins: Which sectors in Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia show sufficient growth?
  • External trade relationships – is Europe more attractive to export to?
SK Tham, Vice President, SEA, Borouge
India: Polyolefins are driven by an evolving economy
  • Understanding the Indian economy post-GST
  • Where is India heading as a country and which sectors are growing?
  • Impact of economic changes on the future of polyolefins in India
Pratik Nanavaty, VP and Head of Segment Planning - Petrochemicals, Reliance Industries
Lunch and networking
Assessing the impact of new US polyethylene capacity
  • Business as usual – Global PE margins to remain healthy in 2018-2022
  • Moderate downside – What if global growth struggles and trade tensions rise?
  • Extreme downside – Trade war, greater than expected China self-sufficiency, etc.
  • Analysing the implications of these three scenarios on the US second wave of new PE capacity
John Richardson, Director Insight, Asia, ICIS
The competitiveness of Middle Eastern products in Asia
  • Major projects in the region: New developments in Saudi Arabia
  • How are Middle Eastern polyethylene producers adding value to their products?
  • New relationships in the face of Chinese and Indian development: Who will absorb the capacity?
Abdulaziz M Alfakhri, Chief Financial Officer and Board Member, Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical Co & SABIC SK Nexlene Company
How Asia’s automotive sector is driving demand
  • Megatrends steering the automotive sector to use polymers – Emissions and performance
  • Applications of polypropylene and thermoplastic polyolefin grades: Comparing relative demand
  • Forecasting demand growth for polyolefins in the sector
Nikhil Vallabhan , Senior Consultant, Chemicals, Materials & Food, Frost & Sullivan
Refreshment break and networking
Panel discussion: Why are the trade flows in Asia changing?
  • How are China, India and the Middle East affecting polyolefin trade in Asia?
  • Opportunities for traders: Are high-value products affecting trade?
  • What are the costs and challenges determining trading decisions?
Chris Hogan, Head of Polymers, Interchem Asia
Abdulaziz M Alfakhri, Chief Financial Officer and Board Member, Sinopec SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical Co & SABIC SK Nexlene Company
Mahamoud Islam, Senior Asia Economist, Euler Hermes
The influence of Iran in Asia: What progress has been made?
  • Iranian polyolefins capacity overview and outlook
  • Trading with Asia: What challenges do Iranian producers face in exporting to China and India?
  • What are the future intentions of the region?
Hossein Pir Rasoolzadeh, Member of the Board & Foreign Commercial Director - Polymer Products, PGPICC
Hedging and risk management: How to mitigate market volatility
  • Volatility in petrochemicals: How hedging can be utilised
  • How can risk management tools alleviate logistical and procurement risks?
  • Hedging and risk management and the Asian polyolefins market – applying to the current market
Carine Djayadi, Commodities Marketing, BNP Paribas
Chairman’s closing remarks
Close of conference Day 1
Drinks Reception

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Conference Day 2: Wednesday 15 November

Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Martino Gabellich, President & CEO, Polymirae
Polypropylene in Asia: How are the dynamics changing?
  • China: Is self-sufficiency on the horizon?
  • SE Asia: Analysing the impact of capacity expansions in China and Vietnam
  • India: Insight into the supply/demand outlook
Leanne Tan, Markets Reporter, ICIS
Global challenges – Pushing the boundaries of PP
  • Water management and sanitation – How can high performance pipe grades help?
  • Food waste: Introducing novel materials for innovative packaging solutions
  • Power efficiency and energy storage: High purity resins for capacitor usage
Dr Andreas Neumann, Senior Department Manager Business Innovation & Technology, HMC Polymers
Refreshment break and networking
Packaging demand in Asia: Challenges and trends
  • Which regions have shown demand growth?
  • Trends in packaging – How have smaller packages affected the value chain upstream?
  • End-user requirements vs. converter margins: How to balance
Paradorn Chulajata, Chairman, Plastic Industry Club, The Federation of Thai Industries
New growth opportunities for polyolefins: Analysing Asia’s specialty markets
  • Moving to specialty grades: Market dynamics and driving forces
  • Key market insights and opportunities for the industry to explore
  • Asian polyolefins – Technology enablers for the specialties sector
Dr Zhaolin Zhou, Vice President Asia Pacific, Milliken Chemical
Chairman’s closing remarks
Lunch and end of conference

The ICIS Asian Polyolefins Conference agenda annually features a cutting edge speaker line-up of senior industry experts from the highest profile companies in the world.

Conference with complete pack as the material and the competent speakers.
PT Indo Thai Trading
Excellent conference
Panca Budi
Excellent topics, well organized, and a very nice idea to have the questions of the audience through
EQUATE Petrochemical Co
Informative topics of conference and a meeting place for networking.
Presenters are high profile and deliver insightful material.
Chandra Asri Petrochemical
Very informative and exciting event with tremendous opportunity for industry networking
Reliance Industries Ltd

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An Introduction to Asian Polyolefins Training Course

Just a day before the conference session, ISIC is delighted to announce the launch of the first Asian Polyolefins training in Bangkok. This one-day course aims to enlarge your knowledge about the market dynamics and is aimed at new entrants, those that need a refresher, purchasers, traders and manuacturers. You can attend the training on its own or book it as part of a package with the conference. 


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