The 6th ICIS European Surfactants Conference :: Agenda The 6th ICIS European Surfactants Conference :: Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday 14 September 2017

8:00

Registration & Welcome Refreshments

9:00

Chair’s opening remarks

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
9:30

European chemical industry 2018: navigating in volatility and uncertainty

  • The global economy and factors shaping the chemical industry 
  • Oil market developments 
  • Brexit, Trump and the rise of Populism
  • Sustainability as a key driver for profit growth
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
10:10

Overview of the dynamics of the European surfactants market

  • Supply and demand balance
  • Market segmentation and competitive landscape
  • Overview of M&As in the market
  • Where investments are flowing and new opportunities are opening up?
Dr Joachim Krotz, Partner, OLIVER WYMAN
10:50

Networking break

11:20

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.
Gail E Bragin, Environmental Toxicologist, ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc
12:00

Channel Management in Chemicals: How to structure and optimise the use of distributors?

  • Position and role of distributors in the (surfactants) value chain
  • Typology and European market overview
  • How to select distribution partners?
  • Best practises in day-to-day distribution management
Guenther Eberhard, Managing Director, DISTRICONSULT
12:40

Lunch and networking break

13:40

Bio-based surfactants – Innovative achievements and future outlook

  • Bio-basedsurfactants – sustainability fuels innovation
  • A novel bio-based surfactant platform - Glucamides
  • Bio-based surfactants - what’s coming next?
Dirk Leinweber, Director of Competence Center Surfactants , Clariant
14:20

Panel Discussion: Succeeding in the European surfactants sector: innovating to meet consumers’ `requirements

  • How are consumer trends influencing upstream requirements?
  • To what extent does the industry need to innovate?
  • Is sustainability fuelling innovation?
Chris Sayner, VP Customer Alliances, Corporate Sustainability, CRODA
Dirk Leinweber, Director of Competence Center Surfactants , Clariant
Dr Joachim Krotz, Partner, OLIVER WYMAN
15:00

Networking break

15:30

What’s on the industry’s mind: Results of the Surfactants Survey 2017

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
16:00

What’s happening in the European Ethylene Oxide market?

  • EO market outlook: volume capacity, supply and demand
  • Assessing impact of a potential increase of ethylene supply on the European market
  • Understanding EO economics
  • On-going investments in capacities expansion
David Brooks, Business Director, Ineos Oxide
16:40

Chair’s closing remarks

16:50

Drinks reception and close of conference day one

Day 2 - Friday 15 September 2017

9:00

Chair’s reconvening remarks

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
9:10

Feedstock trends: Oleo - vs petrochemicals in Europe

  • Natural fatty alcohols demand in Europe – is growth predicted?
  • Oleo and petrochemical supply and demand dynamics 
  • Oleo vs petro products cost trends
Melissa Bartlett, Senior Editor, Manager, ICIS
9:50

Update on the European chemicals regulations and their impact on the surfactants value chain

  • Update on CLP and REACH regulations
  • Biocidal Product Regulation(BPR) impact on surfactants
  • How could regulations affect biosurfactants coming into the market?
Siobhan Murphy, Senior Regulatory Scientist, The REACH Centre
10:30

Morning break

11:00

Enabling ethical and responsible supply chains in the chemical industry

  • Identifying supply chain factors and complexities 
  • What do surfactant manufacturers need from suppliers?
  • Deforestation-free supply chains
Chris Sayner, VP Customer Alliances, Corporate Sustainability, CRODA
11:40

Opportunities for surfactants in Africa - a new growth frontier?

  • Africa market landscape and its growth prospects 
  • Large-scale plantation of palm oil in West Africa
  • Demand and supply projections 
  • Changing consumer trends: disposable income, demographics, lifestyle
Derya Lawrence, Industry Analyst - Home Care, Euromonitor
12:20

Chair’s closing remarks

12:30

Lunch and end of conference


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