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ICIS and International eChem are delighted to celebrate 15 years providing excellent intelligence and fantastic networking opportunities at The World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference.

Record levels of oil price volatility are creating an increasingly uncertain feedstock environment. Knowing how to plan ahead and make the right business decisions can be challenging. Up-to-the-minute information and analysis on the realities of supply and demand, as well as on shifting regional dynamics is an essential component of a successful strategy.

Bringing together representatives of global players producing, trading, distributing and consuming aromatics and their derivatives, The 15th World Aromatics and Derivatives Conference is a one-stop-shop for all your information needs. Whether you are a producer, seller or consumer, don’t miss this opportunity to gain the information and networks that you need to ensure business success.

Agenda

Conference Day 1: Tuesday 22 November

8:30
Registration and refreshments
9:00
Opening remarks from the Chair
John Keeley, CEO, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:10
Macro-economic and political factors affecting the global aromatics market
  • Understanding the global impact of Brexit
  • Implications of volatile oil pricing on the petrochemicals market
  • What does Asian expansion and China’s overcapacities mean for the aromatics market?
  • Consumer demand trends and their implications for consumption of aromatics
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:50
Focus on feedstock and product availability in a variable feedstock scenario
Simon Cleghorn, Commercial Manager (Europe) - Aromatics Feed & Benzene, Shell Chemicals Europe
10:30
Morning refreshments and networking break
11:00
China’s New Normal policies and their true implications for global aromatics
  • Update on China’s 5-year plan, 2016 -2020 and what this means for aromatics supply and demand in China
  • New projects in the pipeline
Yu Jing, Deputy Chief Engineer, CHINA INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL CONSULTING CORPORATION (CICCC)
11:40
Performance and profitability of the aromatics market
  • Performance overview of aromatics markets
  • Analysis of aromatics profitability and competitiveness
  • Impact of bio routes and methanol to aromatics - Game Changers?
Xuesong Peng, Senior Consultant, NEXANT
12:20
Lunch and networking
13:20
Global outlook on styrene: Has the tipping point been reached?
  • Current perspectives on styrene and styrene derivatives
  • What will 2017 and the balance of the decade hold in store?
Tim Stedman, Senior Vice President and Business President, Basic Plastics and Feedstocks, Trinseo
14:00
Styrenics all around us – Applications and innovation
  • Production landscape and inter-polymer competition
  • Applications in various industries
  • Innovation in the industry 
Frank Eisenträger, Head of Regional Development Centers Europe, Ineos Styrolution
14:40
Afternoon refreshments and networking
15:10
New platforms for trading in aromatics
  • Developing an on-line trading platform – why, when, and who for?
  • Exploring the potential of on-line chemicals trading as a catalyst for improved liquidity in the European Benzene market
Bharat Bhardwaj, General Manager, GoBuyChem
Daniel Yeung, New Stone Ltd
Roger Ertle, CEO & Founder, New Stone Ltd
15:40
Panel: Understanding regional supply and demand in the aromatics market

 

  • What does the US shale revolution mean for the global aromatics market?
  • Can Europe remain competitive in a global market?
  • Managing volatility and the increasingly by-product nature of core feedstocks
Yu Jing, Deputy Chief Engineer, CHINA INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL CONSULTING CORPORATION (CICCC)
Tim Stedman, Senior Vice President and Business President, Basic Plastics and Feedstocks, Trinseo
Truong Mellor, Senior Editor - Europe, ICIS
16:20
The Shared Research Center for Bio-aromatics: The Next Step In Functionalised Biobased Aromatics
  • Biorizon technology roadmap to enable commercial production of bio-aromatics by 2025
  • Current status shared research center, industry involvement
  • Focus on various value chains, examples of functionalized bio-aromatics via Furan Technology.
  • Feedstock is key for the business case; example Waste2Aromatics
  • Future outlook, next steps, how can you get involved?
Monique Wekking, Senior Business Developer, Biorizon
17:00
Closing remarks from the Chair and end of Day 1

Conference Day 2: Wednesday 23 November

8:30
Registration and refreshments
9:00
Opening remarks from the Chair
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:10
Update on Benzene: Unbalanced supply and demand?
  • A short history of benzene
  • Technology development and quality issues
  • Why petrochemicals replaced carbochemicals
  • What’s next?
Jerzy Wiertelorz, General Director Chairman, Petrochemia Blachownia SA
9:50
Developing styrenics markets: A focus on Middle East and Africa
  • Iran – new projects underway and sanctions lifted
  • Saudi – moving into aromatics and looking to take export share
  • Egypt – styrenics rebooted
  • Impact on Europe and Asian markets
Rhian O’Connor , Senior Analyst, Consulting and Analytics, ICIS
10:30
Morning refreshments and networking
11:00
Impact of Paraxylene capacity and demand on global trade flows
  • Update on global PX capacity
  • China’s position on PX production versus import
  • What do Chinese PTA production and export levels mean for the global market?
Rob Peacock, Consultant, ICIS
11:40
A buyers perspective on the styrene market and its derivatives

 

  • Assessing the impact of the global styrene position on the European sector
  • Analysing the EPS, XPS and PS derivative markets
  • Challenges and opportunities for a styrene buyer 
Simon Housecroft, Procurement Director Styrenics Business, Synthos
12:20
Chair’s remarks followed by lunch and networking
13:20
Close of conference
Speakers

The 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. The 2016 speaker line-up includes:

Testimonials
Enlightening. 
Floris Carpentier , Sales Manager Styrene, SHELL CHEMICALS
Helpful, informative, interesting, and fun – as always.
Dr Paul Satchell, Equity Analyst, INVESTEC BANK PLC
A great introduction to the Aromatics industry providing material understanding, supply and demand, characteristics and economic development.
Dirk Jan de With, CPO, COVESTRO

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