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The 5th ICIS European Butadiene & Derivatives Conference took place on 13 - 14 September 2016 at the InerContinental Berlin, Germany

This one and a half day event was hugely successful attracting 60 industry professionals and expert speakers from across the butadiene value chain. For further information on this year's event, please continue reading through the website.

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Conference Day 1: Tuesday 13 September

Registration and refreshments
Chair’s opening remarks
Christoph Kalla, Head of Global Procurement, Feedstocks & Raw Materials (FRM), ARLANXEO
Crude Oil – Implications of the expected slow price recovery in 2017 on the petrochemical industry
  • Analysing the factors that could lead to oil price recovery 
  • What impact will US shale have on an oil price rebound? 
  • How will this affect the global petrochemicals industry outlook over the next two years?
Ally Kirk, Senior Analyst & Global Team Lead, ICIS
Overview of the European butadiene market
  • Addressing overcapacity and its impact on global trade flows
  • Where will all this European capacity go? 
  • What impact has this had on global production?
  • Outlook for market expectations over the next 5 years 
  • Analysing macro-economic factors that will drive the industry in 2017
Stephen Bowers, Global Projects - Advanced Intermediates & Performance Intermediates, EVONIK INDUSTRIES
Morning networking and refreshments
Analysing the economic mega-trends and its impact on butadiene trade dynamics
  • Outlook for global economy in 2016-17
  • Identifying the near and long-term threats facing the global economy
  • Emerging markets and the potential growth for the butadiene industry in these markets 
Michael Weidokal, Research & Development Director, ISA (INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC ANALYSIS)
Natural rubber versus Synthetic Rubber: Who is a threat for whom?
Ralf Irmert, Managing Director, TRINSEO
Tackling an over supplied natural rubber market
  • Production and consumption outlook
  • How long is this oversupply situation expected to last?
Robert Simmons, Head of Rubber and Tyre Research, LMC INTERNATIONAL
Lunch and networking break
Analysing Russian butadiene market dynamics and opportunities for the European industry
  • Overview of the Russian butadiene industry
  • Exploring the level of dependence of the domestic market on Europe
  • What are the main stumbling blocks when exporting to Russia?
Natalie Otroschenko, Deputy Head of the Hydrocarbons & Petrochemical Department , CHEMCOURIER
Reviewing synthetic rubber market outlook in Russia
  • Outlook for synthetic rubber production
  • Forecasting market evolution over the next 2 years
Larisa Bondar, Head of marketing SR, SIBUR
Afternoon networking and refreshments
A market outlook for the tyre industry
  • Demand prospects for sythentic rubber
  • Overview of tyre industry market trends 
  • Regulatory update: Tyre labelling 
David Shaw, Chief Executive, TIRE INDUSTRY RESEARCH
Global market outlook for synthetic rubbers
  • Synthetic rubber industry structure 
  • Supply & demand – Zoom in China
  • Market in India
  • Analysing market drivers
Roxanna Petrovic, General Director of Programs, IISRP
Chair’s closing remarks
End of Day 1

Conference Day 2: Wednesday 14 September

Registration and refreshments
Chair’s opening remarks
US: Identifying factors fuelling a competitive industry landscape
  • Supply and demand balances
  • Has shale gas affected butadiene output?
Tracy Dang, Markets Editor, ICIS
Spotlight on the ABS market
  • Update on the supply and demand situation
  • Implications of the substitution effect - How has the ABS market been affected by customers switching to acrylics?
Rhian O’Connor , Senior Analyst, Consulting and Analytics, ICIS
Morning refreshments and networking break
Case Study: Reviewing the production of bio-rubber from bio-butadiene
  • Outlook for commercial production of bio-BDE and bio-BR
  • Where is the demand for these products coming from?
Paolo Cortesi, Research, Development and Technological Innovation – Developing Technologies Licensing, VERSALIS
SB latex consumption patterns in Europe and North America
  • Introduction of key consuming applications
  • Consumption figures: analogies and differences between the European and North American market
  • Supplier landscape in the two regions
  • What to expect in terms of SB demand
Sharbel Luzuriaga, Project Lead, Custom Research, Kline & Company
Chair’s closing remarks
Networking lunch

The ICIS European Butadiene & Derivatives Conference agenda annually features a cutting edge speaker line-up of senior industry experts from the highest profile companies in the world. The 2016 speaker line-up is currently being finalised.

Experts already confirmed include:

Excellent presentations.  High value. 
Thomas Schmied, Sales Manager C4, OMV
A valuable journey along the Butadiene value chain which allows me to derive conclusions.
Christoph Kalla, Head of R & D, TSAD & Raw Materials, LANXESS
Very informative.
Takeshi Inami, Project Manager, MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL
Excellent networking and informative conversations and presentations.
John Heath, Director, WURFBAIN BV
Very informative, giving possibility for productive discussions.
Ewelina Mikolajska, Head of Raw Materials Development, SYNTHOS SA

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