The 16th World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference :: Conference Agenda The 16th World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference :: Conference Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday 8 November 2017

8:00

Registration and refreshments

9:00

Opening remarks from the Chair

John Keeley, Chief Executive Officer, INTERNATIONAL e-CHEM
9:10

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
9:50

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
10:30

Morning refreshments and networking

11:10

How is innovation driving aromatic demand and supply patterns

Ronald Doesburg, General Manager Base Chemicals , SHELL
11:50

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?
David Hughes, CEO, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
12:30

Lunch and networking

14:00

Looking at the ongoing challenges in the Polyester - PX value chain

  • Market dynamics: demand, supply & trade
  • Profitability performance
  • Impact of alternative process technologies 
Xuesong Peng, Senior Consultant, Nexant
14:40

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
15:20

Afternoon refreshments and networking

16:00

PANEL: The future of global aromatics markets - Is it as bright as it appears?

  • Looking at alternative feedstocks - is this a current market focus and what will drive the development of new feedstocks?
  • Overcapacity - a future threat?
  • Where are the future opportunities for aromatics going to come from - who will be driving this demand? 
  • Predictions for the market in the next 10 years 
Eric Bischof, VP Corporate Sustainability, COVESTRO
Pieter Platteeuw, Global Business Director Aromatics, DOW EUROPE
Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
16:50

Closing remarks from Chair and end of day 1

Day 2 - Thursday 9 November 2017

8:30

Registration and refreshments

9:00

Opening remarks from the Chair

Paul Hodges, Chairman, INTERNATIONAL eCHEM
9:10

What's next in Styrenics?

Klaus Ries, Vice President Global Business Management Styrenic Foams, BASF
9:50

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?
Barbara Ortner, Head of Market Reporting, ICIS
10:30

Morning refreshments and networking

11:00

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
11:40

India and China styrenics – 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 capacity – is India the next dominant global market?
Rhian O’Connor , Senior Analyst, Consulting and Analytics, ICIS
12:20

Chair’s closing remarks followed by lunch and networking

13:20

Close of conference


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