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Discovering new market opportunities in light of recovering global demand

The 6th ICIS European Butadiene and Derivatives Conference will address crucial questions asked by butadiene producers, buyers, end-users and traders, and explore new market opportunities in light of a recovering global demand. Join the conference in Munich on the 13 -14 September 2017, to network with key players from the entire value chain from Europe and beyond.

With ever-changing derivative demand trends, which outlets look most promising going forwards? How will increased switching between the cracker feedstocks affect crude C4 and butadiene? Is rising demand in Asia sustainable? How does natural rubber affect the market? Attend the butadiene industry’s most comprehensive value chain event to hear in depth analyses of all of these issues and more.

New for 2017:

  • Join us at the brand new location of Munich, Germany, to mingle with your fellow peers in a fresh setting
  • New global angle: Focus sessions on Europe, China, Asia, India and Iran
  • Even more derivative trends - Rubbers, latices, ABS and polyamides



'Discovering new market opportunities in light of recovering global demand'

Conference Day 1: Wednesday 13 September

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and chair’s opening remarks
Macroeconomics and crude oil: An improving dynamic for the future?
  • Current socioeconomic factors affecting the petrochemicals industry
  • Has crude oil price recovery had an impact downstream?
  • Drivers of change: Emerging markets and shifting from West to East
Jason Miner, Senior Global Chemicals Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence
Butadiene industry breakdown: Exploring capacities, demand and trade flows
  • Worldwide production of butadiene: Where is supply tight?
  • Comparing butadiene consumption in Europe and the world – is demand growing?
  • Pricing and trade: Will Asia’s arbitrage window open?
Refreshment break and networking
Butadiene consumption in Asia: Drivers, demand and opportunities
  • Continual growth: Population and GDP as market stimuli
  • How has the automotive industry affected derivatives (PBR, SBR, NBR, ABS) demand?
  • Fuel efficiency legislation and the S-SBR/E-SBR balance
China insight: Upstream economics and butadiene landscape
  • Plants overview: Capacities and projects for butadiene and derivatives
  • On-purpose production: Operating rates
  • Supply and demand balance: Is China seeking to expand internationally?
  • What are the prospects for demand rebound in China
Amber Liu, Senior Information Manager, ICIS China
Alternate butadiene route: To boost refinery & cracker margins
Dirk Burghardt, Sales Director Licensing and Technology, Downstream & Petrochemicals , Air Liquide
Lunch and networking
Spotlight on India: A rising global player
  • Butadiene, & C4 outlook: Capacities now and future
  • Key market drivers and supply/demand balances
  • Butadiene sufficiency: Impact on India
Dr B V Venugopal, Leader Olefins Platform, SABIC
The SBR market in Europe: From a producer perspective
  • Domestic demand: Trends in European SBR consumption
  • Exporting SBR: Impacts for European market strength
  • High performance tyres: Where is the opportunity for SBR?
Samer Al Jabi, Global Business Director Synthetic Rubber, Trinseo
Refreshment break and networking
ABS at a glance: How will global demand affect the butadiene industry?
  • Assessing supply and demand balance globally
  • Comparing trends for ABS: Asia vs. Europe
  • How far will ABS drive butadiene demand in future? 
Dr Eike Jahnke, Product Manager Transparent Specialties – Styrenics Specialties EMEA, INEOS Styrolution
Supply outlook for plasticizers in Europe
  • Legislation drive away from aromatic extracts
  • Alternatives to aromatic extracts
  • The impact of base oil industry restructuring on future supply outlook
Valentina Serra-Holm, Marketing and Technology Director Naphthenics, Nynas
Global Elastomer Outlook and Impact of Middle East
  • Market Dynamics: impact of mega trends
  • Profitability Performance: where is the value grab?
  • Development in the Middle East 
Xuesong Peng, Senior Consultant, Nexant
End of day one

Conference Day 2: Thursday 14 September

Welcome and chair’s opening remarks
Analysing SB latex trends: An outlook on the European market
  • A review of supply/demand balances in Europe
  • Key drivers of price in the SB latex industry
  • Impact of natural latex on the synthetic market
Industry analysis: A shift in the production of PBR?
  • Consumer trends for PBR: Tyre demand in 2018 and beyond
  • Labelling and catalysis: A shift to neodymium?
  • PBR as an additive: Market outlook
Refreshment break and networking
Natural rubber: Short- and long-term impacts on SBR
  • Pricing trends and patterns globally: How closely does SBR follow?
  • Substitution analysis: Demand for natural rubber vs. SBR in the tyre industry
  • Southeast Asia: Will SBR production ever replace cultivation?
Stephen Evans, Group Advisor, R1 International and Hainan Rubber Group
Impact of butadiene volatility downstream: How are polyamides affected?
  • Polyamide overview: Is the market recovering?
  • Trends in 2017: How has butadiene volatility impacted polyamides?
  • Nylon 6 vs. Nylon 6,6 – Analysing the effects of substitution
Butadiene industry outlook: The emergence of Iran
  • Projects and capacities for Iranian butadiene
  • Where is the Iranian butadiene demand?
  • How does Iranian capacity affect Europe and the Middle East?
Chair's closing remarks
Lunch and end of conference

We are currently finalising our speaker line up, keep checking back to see who are new confirmed speakers are. 

 A perfect connection with butadiene tendancy (actuality, trends, challenges...)
Project Manager, IFPEN
 Perfect opportunity to exchange views on the market and its driving forces with key stakeholders
Global Key Account Manager, Goodpack
 Helped me to make future plans and strategies
Propreitor, Create International
 Productive and a good opportunity to meet industry members 
Associate Commercial Director, Dow Chemical

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