The 21st World Chlor-alkali Conference :: Agenda The 21st World Chlor-alkali Conference :: Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday 15 June 2017

8:30

Registration and refreshments

9:00

Welcome and chair’s opening remarks

9:10

Challenges to Chlor-alkali from Rising Energy Costs and Volatile Economic Performance

  • ECU returns improve in the USA, but how robust is the trend?
  • Europe struggles to maintain profitability as caustic exporters target the Mediterranean
  • Can China break away from give-away chlorine?
Charles Fryer, Chairman, TECNON ORBICHEM
9:50

The chlor-alkali industry and the global economic landscape

  • Global economic trends
  • Looking at shifts in the global economy and the effects it is having regionally
  • Has investment increased, decreased or remain the same and what is causing these changes?
  • What are the predictions for next few years? 
Jason Miner, Senior Global Chemicals Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence
10:30

North America: Where does the future of the chlor-alkali industry lie?

  • What is the outlook on energy and regulatory environment?
  • What is North America's role in the global chor-alkali industry that is undergoing major changes?
  • What does the future hold for North America's chlor-alkali?  
Mike Dye, VP-North American Sales , OLIN CHLOR ALKALI PRODUCTS AND VINYLS
11:10

Morning refreshments and networking break

11:30

Global Chlor-alkali Review

Angel Fernandez, Business Manager - Orthoxylene, Phthalic Anhydride, Oxo Products, UPR, Caustic soda and Chlorine & derivatives, Tecnon OrbiChem
12:10

Chinese market: Chlor-alkali structure and development prospects

  • Is this Chinese market still the dominating the Asian chlor-alkali industry?
  • Following on from a difficult year economically for China, is the market looking up?
  • The impact of the Chinese market on the rest of the Asian chlor-alkali industry?
  • What will the next 5 years look like in the Chinese market?  
Shi Mei Min, Director , TRICON ENERGY (CHINA) LTD
12:50

PRESENTATION TBC

13:20

Networking lunch

14:30

PVC production: How is this influencing chlor-alkali production?

  • China-shift from net exporting to net importing
  • Is the outlook on the PVC market as optimistic as it has been in the past?
  • Is the vinyl market driving the demand for chlorine and is this expected to continue?
Patrick Han, Markets Reporter , ICIS
15:40

Afternoon networking break

15:40

Chlor-alkali & PVC industries in India

N Krishnamoorthy, Executive Director- Commercial , CHEMPLAST SANMAR LIMITED
16:10

PANEL: Asian chlor-alkali industry- Moving away from China

  • With growth being seen in Japan and South Korea – what role with these be playing in the future of the Asian market?
  • Chlor-alkali growth in South East Asia – what are the expected outcomes over the next 5 years?
Rajesh Shethia, Managing Director, HIRANYAVARNAAM CHEMICALS & ALKALIS
Kaushal Soparker, Director , MEGHMANI
16:50

Chair’s closing remarks

17:00

End of day one

Day 2 - Friday 16 June 2017

8:30

Registration and refreshments

9:00

Chair’s reconvening remarks and start of Day Two

9:10

The role of the Alumina industry and its effect on the chlor-alkali industry

  • Alumina market - global forecast 
  • China and the role in the alumina market: Is China driving the demand for caustic soda liquid for the alumina industry? Is this expected to continue? 
  • Product outlook on caustic soda for the next 5 years – which market will drive the demand?
Jack Anderson, Analyst, ROSKILL INFORMATION SERVICES
9:50

Pulp and paper industry: Is it one of the key drivers for the chlor-alkali industry?

  • Overview of global market trends
  • Reviewing the pulp and paper demand outlook for chlor-chemicals over the next two years 
  • How much is the pulp and paper industry driving the demand for caustic soda?  And is a leading driver for this demand 
10:30

Morning refreshments and networking break

11:40

Reduced Energy Requirements for the production of Caustic and Ethylene Dichloride

  • Introduction of Chemetry and its proprietary eShuttle(TM) technology for the production of ED, NaOH and H2
  • Technology overview highlighting the use of an innovative metal chloride shuttle reaction which avoids chlorine gas production making the process inherently safer
  • Outline how eShuttle(TM) process utilizes 20% to 50% less electrical energy than conventional chlor-alklai and direct chlorination and impacts on process economics 
  • Overview of the current state of developement and commercialization and strategic partnership plan 
Ryan Gilliam , CEO , Chemetry
12:10

Mercury cell closures and the expected effect on the European market

  • As Europe moves closer to the imposed deadline - what can be expected to happen before the end of the year?
  • Is moving away from mercury cell as straight forward as it appears?
  • What will the expected closures mean for worldwide supply and demand balance?  
  • Has this shift led to major procedural/technological developments and if so what are these?
Ciaran Healy, Analyst, ICIS
12:50

Chlor-alkali industry and its role in driving the demand for salt

  • Global overview into the salt industry
  • Looking at the demand for salt - what role does the chlor-alkali industry play in driving this need?
  • Are we seeing a greater growth for salt in specific regions such the Asia Pacific or is demand widespread? 
  • Does the salt industry see the demand from the chlor-alklai industry for salt maintaining its current level for the next 5 years?
Parag Sheth , AMBICA SALT
13:30

Chair’s closing remarks followed by networking lunch

14:30

End of Conference


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