The 1st ICIS Indian Surfactants Conference :: Agenda The 1st ICIS Indian Surfactants Conference :: Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday 21 September 2017


Registration & Welcome Refreshments


Chair’s opening remarks

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

Reviewing the surfactants outlook for India: driving growth across a diverse market

  • Assessing the market size and competitive landscape in a highly fragmented sector
  • Growing economy, increased disposable income and consumer demand
  • Changing regulatory environment and its effect on the surfactants value chain
Krishnan Natarajan, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, GALAXY SURFACTANTS

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

Networking break


India’s personal care industry priorities: balancing the drive for premium products with cost sensitivity

  • Examining consumer preferences 
  • Growing demand for premium products
  • Will price remain the main driver of the industry? 
  • Potential of the Indian personal care sector and projections for the next 5 years
Jerard Kumar, General Manager – Purchase, CAVINKARE LTD

What does the future hold for LAB in India?

  • Perspective on supply and demand dynamics: what is the future for imports?
  • What’s driving demand for LAB?
             o Crude Oil
             o Monsoon
             o Water availability
             o Kerosine
             o Disposable income
  • Effect of alternative surfactants : Green LAB
Sujit Kumar Sinha, GM PC Marketing, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd

Lunch and networking break


Panel discussion. Emerging trends: What do consumer goods companies look for in formulations?

  • How are end user requirements influencing formulators and surfactants producers?
  • What do end consumer companies look from the surfactants manufacturers?
  • What are the developments in NEW surfactants to meet consumer needs?
Sanjay Trivedi, Founder Director, Indian Home & Personal Care Industry Association (IHPCIA)
Jerard Kumar, General Manager – Purchase, CAVINKARE LTD

Operating in a highly fragmented market: changing regulatory environment and its impact on the chemical industry

  • An update on GST implementation
  • How will changing regulations affect small-scale surfactants manufacturers?
  • Demonetization impact on SMEs
Mamta Wadhwa, Vice President, Visionary Science (Chemicals, Materials & Foods) Practice, Frost & Sullivan

Networking break


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

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

Ayurveda and organic cosmetics: a new growth frontier?

  • Consumer shift: accelerating trend for herbal and Ayurvedic products
  • What is the potential for global growth? 
  • Designing green cosmetics and challenges faced
  • Ensuring synergy between chemistry and herbs
Venkatesh Shankar, VP - New Product Development, Quality Assurance and Control, PATANJALI AYURVED LTD

Sustainable performance ingredients for home and personal care

Ashim Kumar Dutta, Vice President R&D, INDIA GLYCOLS LTD

Drinks reception and end of conference day one

Day 2 - Friday 22 September 2017


Chair’s reconvening remarks

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

Examining the Indian surfactants feedstock landscape: Focus on petrochemicals

  • Regional and Indian demand, supply and trade flows for petrochemical feedstocks
  • Markets and price trends
  • Key business drivers
  • Identifying complexitites and priority areas
Malini Hariharan, Head of South Asia Markets, ICIS

Examining the Indian surfactants feedstock landscape: Focus on oleochemicals

  • Market segments, application and players
  • Imports and trade partners
  • Potential of castor oil as feedstock 
  • Identifying complexities and priority areas
S Hariharsubramanian, Director, VVF SINGAPORE

The winning formula in detergents in India: consumer preferences and innovative formulations

  • Detergent market: consumer behaviour, supply and demand
  • Increased demand in the domestic sector - how will this impact the surfactant market going forward?
  • Key drivers and constraints in each sector
  • Laundry detergents: cleaning with less water
Rupesh Agarwal, Procurement Director, Unilever

Morning break


Outlook for surfactants used in India’s Industrial and Institutional (I&I) cleaning sectors

  • Overview of consumption per application across sectors: agriculture, industrial cleaning, paper, textiles, etc.
  • Which surfactants are consumed in these specific applications?
  • Examing the use of surfactants in crop protection in India
  • Potential challenges for surfactants, new regulations and applications

Improving sustainability performance in the surfactants manufacturing processes

  • Developments in energy efficient technologies
  • Water reduction in production processes 
  • Effective utilization of by-products
Sanjay Trivedi, Founder Director, Indian Home & Personal Care Industry Association (IHPCIA)

Chair’s closing remarks


Lunch and end of conference

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