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Chemicals in the new global geopolitical landscape 

Will the trend to globalisation be reversed – and what could this mean for purchasers of chemicals?


In a shifting geopolitical and business landscape where many of the accepted norms are being overturned, smart businesses will examine various scenarios so they can be prepared for the future.

The ICIS World Chemical Purchasing Summit provides delegates differing and expert perspectives and is the only conference in the US dedicated to global purchasers of chemical raw materials. Geared to providing valuable takeaways not presented in other forums, the agenda is specifically designed to offer essential information to aid purchasers in their important decisions.

This year there will be a focus on how the new US administration will impact energy policy, the business environment and specifically, the chemical sector.

Topics are a unique combination of essential and current macro information with a spotlight on key value chains, chemical building blocks and products of special interest. NEW THIS YEAR – ‘WHAT IS HOT’ – MMA, PE, PP, BD and SBR – A special examination of products experiencing volatility and presenting a challenge for purchasers.

What else can you expect? Expert perspectives on logistics, China and The Americas, plus the opportunity to network with your purchasing peers.


Europe Special Report: supply challenges and price pressure, particularly in the Europe TiO2 market


Heidi Finch, Senior Editor at ICIS, discusses market tightness and price pressure, particularly in the European titanium dioxide (TiO2) market with Markets Reporter Pavle Popovic ahead of the FECC annual congress in Warsaw, Poland 12-14 June 2017.




Conference Day 1: Thursday 7 September

Registration & Refreshments
Chairman’s Opening Remarks
William Lemos, Deputy Editorial Director, ICIS
The new global and US economic climate
  • What is the current outlook for the US economy?
  • Factors from the rest of the world – Asia and Europe
  • Key economic indicators from key industries such as housing, construction and manufacturing
  • Implications for the chemical industry
William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CHICAGO
US Energy: Policies and outlook for gas, coal and electricity in the new administration
  • US industrial demand for energy
  • Export of gas to Mexico
  • Will the export of LNG from the US continue?
  • Prospects for electricity generation and coal
Andrew D. Weissman, Senior Counsel, PILLSBURY WINTHROP SHAW PITTMAN, LLP
Break and Refreshments
A focus on crude oil
  • The outlook for crude oil prices
  • Will we see the return and expansion of shale?
  • New, approved pipelines and shale from Canadian oil fields
  • Impact on chemical feedstocks
Rodolfo Guzman, Latin America Managing Partner, ARTHUR D LITTLE INC
A New World Order. What Trump’s policies could mean for US and global chemicals
  • A ’confluence’ of factors means a whole new business climate
  • How this will impact the chemical sector
  • Update on new cracker projects
Joseph Chang, Global Editor, ICIS CHEMICAL BUSINESS
Trends and drivers in chemical pricing
  • What is the trend in chemical pricing?
  • What are the factors influencing the trend?
  • Identifying the winners and losers
  • Forecasting for key chemical sectors
James Ray, Senior Consultant, ICIS Consulting
The aromatics value chain
  • Drivers of aromatics markets
  • Supply/demand balances
  • Outlook for the sector
Zachary Moore, Senior Editor Manager, ICIS
Consolidation and rationalisation in the Chlor-alkali value chain
  • Chlorine and caustic soda supply/demand balances
  • PVC production – US and global
  • Outlook for chlor-alkali and vinyls
Ben R. Sams, Vice President of Sales, BRENNTAG GLOBAL MARKETING LLC
Break and Refreshments
MMA: Why the volatility, and will it continue?
  • MMA is attracting a lot of attention
  • What are the drivers of the sector, and what is the outlook?
  • Will sourcing still be difficult?
Katherine Sale, Senior Editor, Manager, ICIS PRICING
Focus on Butadiene and derivatives
  • Butadiene and SBR seeing a lot of volatility
  • Supply, demand and other major drivers
  • The US market in the global scenario
Randall Rabenhorst, Principal, Energy & Chemicals Consulting, NEXANT INC.
Close of Day One

Conference Day 2: Friday 8 September

Chairman’s Opening Remarks
China-US trade relations and impact on chemicals
  • China’s downturn is a major factor driving global markets
  • Impact of ‘One Belt One Road’ and a China Free Trade Bloc
  • Will a different relationship with the US challenge US markets further?
John Richardson, Senior Consultant, Asia, ICIS
Revisiting the chemical industry in The Americas
  • Trade relations with the US – what are the new challenges?
  • Drivers of the South American market
  • Outlook for the important markets – Mexico, Brazil, Peru
Hugo Albornoz, Category Manager, GTM International
Global Oil Markets in a State of Tenuous Balance
  • What does the new demand profile look like?
  • How will growing petrochemical demand impact the global balance?
  • Have shale oil producers learned enough to keep their vigorous growth pace?
  • How will modest crude-derived demand and continued non-OPEC expansion affect OPEC decisions (or non-decisions)?
Sarah Emerson, President, Energy Security Analysis, Inc and Managing Principal, ESAI ENERGY, LLC
Refreshment Break
Ocean carriers and container rates
  • A focus on chemical shipping via Ocean carriers
  • After consolidation and rationalisation, what is the latest supply situation?
  • How is this affecting freight and container rates?
Megan Gluth-Bohan, President and General Counsel, TRINTERNATIONAL INC. (TRI)
Discussion: What to do in a shortage of key products
  • Your chance to ask a panel of experts how to deal with a shortage of key products
  • An inter-active discussion to learn from peer experience
Scott Leibowitz, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing, Brenntag North America, Inc.
James Ray, Senior Consultant, ICIS Consulting
Megan Gluth-Bohan, President and General Counsel, TRINTERNATIONAL INC. (TRI)
Brian Pitman, Purchasing Manager, KAMIN LLC
Chairman’s closing remarks and Lunch

We are currently finalising our speaker line up, keep checking back to see who are latest confirmed speakers.. Confirmed speakers todate include:

 Very informative and good networking
Technical Director, Chemspec Ltd
Informative market overview for purchasing professionals in the chemical industry
Purchasing Manager, Omnova Solutions
 Very informative and well organised
Director Global Procurement & Demand Planning, Dober Chemical
 The conference was very well balanced and laid out exceptionally well – each presentation kept building forward and was very content rich – just great!   
Owner/CEO , Plastisource Inc
Strong presenters covering valuable topics
Purchasing Manager, Textile Rubber & Chem
 Vital outlook on our industry
Director of Supply Chain, Myriant
 Great opportunity to learn more about chemical markets and meet others in the industry 
Buyer, ADM
In the rapidly changing chemical markets the topics were excellent for procurement managers for most effective results 
Purchasing Manager, KaMin LLC
 The summit provides an excellent overview for people new to chemical buying, while having expertise available to seasoned professionals 
Commodity Specialist, Uponor
The content of this conference provides me with information which causes me to think strategically about the petro chem supply market
Sourcing Director, Georgia-Pacific
 It is a must to attend every year 
Strategic Procurement Manager, GTM International
 Comprehensive review of global economics and impact upon the petrochemical industry  
Principal Project Adviser, Infineum USA
 Overall good and valuable information and update
Purchasing Manager, Akzo Nobel
 Right place to meet right people in Petchem business
Lead Analyst, Beroe Inc

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Advanced Purchasing Skills Training

Our Advanced Purchasing Skills Training course will take place from September 5 - 6, 2017 also in Boston ahead of the World Chemical Purchasing Summit. It is a 2 day course designed to equip attendees with the skills to naviagte successfully through the complex world of purchasing petrochemicals. Secure your seat for the training alone or as a package with our World Chemical Purchasing Summit for a discouted rate. 

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