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Innovation, investment and sustainability in an increasingly demand driven market

The global aromatics market saw record levels for benzene in 2016, a growing trend towards investment in aromatics plants and macro –political changes that are expected to have implications in the market. With an overall impression that the market outlook is overall positive, what cannot be denied is that the global market is experiencing a period of significant change. Is your business ready for what comes next?

ICIS and International eChem are pleased to announce that the 16th World Aromatics and Derivatives Conference will be taking place on the 8 - 9 November 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This event will once again bring together the global players from the aromatics value chain to discuss the latest developments in the market and to ensure that you have all the necessary information and connections to drive your business forward.

NEW FOR 2017:

  • New Location: The 2017 edition of the event will take place in Amsterdam
  • Updates on the global aromatics market in 2017 and predictions for what the future might hold
  • Analysing the effects of becoming a more sustainable market and the potential challenges facing the market
  • Looking at changes in the aromatics market from a downstream perspective

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The speaker program will address "Innovation, investment and sustainability in an increasingly demand driven market".

Conference Day 1: Wednesday 8 November

Registration and refreshments
Opening remarks from the Chair
Macro-economic and political factors: Are we moving away from a global market? Challenges for the chemicals sector
  • The Trump effect and the move towards protectionism
  • Brexit and the implications for the aromatics market in Europe
  • Volatility in oil markets and geopolitical implications
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
Pushing for a more sustainable market – Is it as simple as it appears?
  • Analysing the true impact of creating a more sustainable product
  • Environmental factors and the need to innovate – how much of a role is this playing in the industry?
  • Update on changes to REACH and the effects on the European aromatics market
  • Health and safety concerns and how the aromatics industry is changing to meet these
Eric Bischof, VP Corporate Sustainability, COVESTRO
Morning refreshments and networking
How is innovation driving aromatic demand and supply patterns
Ronald Doesburg, General Manager Base Chemicals , SHELL
How are downstream expectations influencing aromatic derivatives demand?
  • The shift from a supply driven market to a demand driven one
  • What are the market expectations? – are these realistic?
  • How much are end-users influencing the aromatics market and are we expecting a shift in perspective to influence the supply and demand of the future?
Lunch and networking
Aromatic feedstocks vs. Low cost alternatives
  • What are the alternative currently being explored by the market?
  • Growing flexibility in feedstocks – what is driving this demand?
  • Are replacement feedstocks cost effective? – How much of a role is cost playing in the advancement of alternative options?
  • Cost and viability vs threat of substitution by lower cost feedstock
Growing investment in aromatics – What does this indicate about the state of the market?
  • As multinationals appear to be investing further upstream – what does this trend indicate about the state of the market?
  • Are we risking overbuilding situation?
  • Is this a trend we are expecting to continue- when will enough be enough?
Afternoon refreshments and networking
Looking at the ongoing challenges in the Polyester - PX value chain
  • Regional differences and the effect on the global market?
  • Are we risking oversupply?
  • Polyester demand on aromatics outlook
  • Growth in polyester market – what industries will be driving this forward?
Benzene to Styrene value chain – Can the current optimism be maintained?
  • 2016 saw record levels for the benzene market – is the future as positive?
  • Styrene plant sustainability – expected closures and the consequences on the European market
  • Fluctuating crude oil prices and the effects on the availability of benzene
  • Environmental challenges and regulations facing future supply
Pieter Platteeuw, Global Business Director Aromatics, DOW EUROPE
Closing remarks from Chair and end of day 1

Conference Day 2: Thursday 9 November

Registration and refreshments
Opening remarks from the Chair
India and China – The markets of the future?
  • Growing investment in China – is the country risking oversupplying the market?
  • Effects of the Chinese and Indian market on the global market
  • Indian benzene and styrene capacity – is India the next dominant global market?
Logistical challenges in storing and transporting aromatics
  • How are companies mitigating the risk factor?
  • Infrastructure requirements – who is responsible for ensuring they are up to standard
  • Legislative challenges when moving across borders and regions
Erik Nijhuis, Sales Manager , VOPAK CHEMICALS LOGISTICS
Morning refreshments and networking
The role of toluene in the global aromatics market
  • Update on the current toluene market
  • Ensuring supply in the market
  • The use of toluene in fuel – Are we looking at a potential area of growth?
Aromatics and the automobile industry – Looking at the potential growth opportunities
  • The role of aromatics in the automobile industry
  • Insight into current and future demand
  • Consumption of aromatics in the automobile industry
Chair’s closing remarks followed by lunch and networking
Close of conference

The ICIS World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference agenda annually features a cutting edge speaker line-up of senior industry experts from the highest profile companies in the world. Speakers will be announced shortly...

Well organized with, very informative with deep information and good networking possibilities
LM Wind Power
Very well organised, interesting and engaging presentations
Shell Chemicals
Excellent opportunity to get an update on the styrenics market combined with the perfect option for networking.


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