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

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

11:00

How is innovation driving aromatic demand and supply patterns

Ronald Doesburg, General Manager Base Chemicals , SHELL
11:40

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?
12:20

Lunch and networking

13:40

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
14:20

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?
15:00

Afternoon refreshments and networking

15:30

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?
16:10

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
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

9:10

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?
9:50

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
10:30

Morning refreshments and networking

11:00

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?
11:40

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
12:20

Chair’s closing remarks followed by lunch and networking

13:20

Close of conference


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