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Understanding the new global landscape for olefins and ensuring competitive resilience through times of uncertainty

Following the global shift in the olefins industry, understanding the new landscape has never been more paramount. With regional moves in production and new players coming to the fore, it is critical that you can access the latest information and insight to ensure your competitive resilience.
The 12th ICIS World Olefins Conference will provide you with the vital market knowledge you need to navigate through these times of uncertainty, allowing your business to be responsive and robust. This year’s conference will continue to provide you with the essential information on economic trends, insights and investment areas, perspectives from growing regions and markets, and unbeatable networking opportunities.

Conference Day 1: Wednesday 8 March

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and chair’s opening remarks
Understanding the global context of Olefin production: Assessing regional competitiveness and opportunities
  • Exploring the macro economic trends driving olefin production changes
  • Examining where new investment is coming from: Emerging pipelines and regional projects
  • How should Europe respond to increased supply overseas? Ensuring agility, enhancing cracker flexibility and preparing for further plant integration
  • Where will the markets for Olefins be in the next 5 years?
Jaap Kalkman, Partner, ARTHUR D. LITTLE
Optimising feedstock selection: A global overview
  • Crude oil and shale gas: Price outlook for the next year and its impact on the olefins industry
  • Naphtha v ethane cracking: Examining what US’s oversupply of ethane means for Europe and Naphtha plants? Should Europe look to change to ethane?
  • Forecasting feedstock supply: Which countries will be coming out on top and how will feedstock changes affect the market place?
Richard Roudeix, Olefins Europe & President France, LYONDELLBASELL
Examining how US exports impact on olefins landscape and the domestic market
  • Gauging developments in the cracker plants: Identifying the status of new plants, PDH plans and the landscape for the next 12 month
  • Analysing US Olefin economics: How does the development of a long market compete with European olefins
  • Understanding downstream demand for US supply
  • Forecasting the resulting displacement of global olefin trade flows: Assessing how ethylene will be shifted and tapped out of the US 
Aline Ingram, Senior Consultant, Energy and Chemicals Advisory, Nexant
Morning refreshments
Iranian olefins market: Projections for the industry and impact on supply and demand globally
  • Understanding the challenges and opportunities presented by the new players in the olefins market
  • Assessing the competition: How quickly can Iran build capacity and export?
  • Opportunities for international stakeholders: Who are the partners that Iranian companies are looking to work with?
  • Evaluating the impact of a further potential increase of ethylene supply on the European market
Naeimeh Bahri Laleh, Professor of Polymer Engineering, Iran Petrochemical and Polymer Institute
Is Asia on its way to self-sufficiency?
  • Exploring the Asian olefin market landscape, supply and demand: Who are the new key players? Where are the investments and where is the growth?
  • Appraising how China’s reduced olefin demand impacts the global olefin and petrochemical industry
  • Examining China’s exotic projects: What is the outlook for these plants in the rising crude environment?
Senior Representative, Integra
Networking lunch
PANEL DISCUSSION: Assessing the potential impact of BREXIT on the European Petrochemicals industry
  • How will BREXIT impact the petrochemical industry?
  • What is the likelihood of a barrier to trading that will disadvantage the UK?
  • How will BREXIT affect freedom of movement and business?
  • What might the impact be on regulations and standards both importing and exporting outside of the UK?
Understanding changes to the propylene market: Assessing profit viability, capacity and demand
  • Forecasting planned capacity for propylene globally over the next 2 years
  • Analysing global propylene demand mid to long term and how demand is changing in Asia
  • Appraising how potential increases in ethane cracking affect propylene production
  • Assessing the global outlook for propylene derivatives for Europe and rest of the world
Fahad Al-Dawood, VP of Global Olefins & Industrial Gases, Sabic
Afternoon refreshments
Butadiene: An overview of supply and cracker operations
  • Production outlook scenarios for light olefins and butadiene over the next two years
  • Driving global growth: Determining where to expect demand
  • Understanding the market dynamics of butadiene end use: Where is butadiene moving and who is currently investing in production?
  • Determining the value of C4 products needed to ensure naphtha cracking remains competitive
Stefano Soccol, Vice President, Business Unit Intermediates, VERSALIS
Examining ethylene supply and demand: A global outlook for polyethylene and other major derivatives
  • Understanding the drivers for ethylene supply and demand in Europe and globally
  • Analysing how cracker capacity will be affected by demand
  • How much ethylene is likely to be exported into Europe?
  • Assessing the global outlook for ethylene derivatives
Outlining how the shipping and trading industry is changing in response to the shift in global trade dynamics
  • Assessing the import/export flows of the most significant geographic regions
  • Examining fleet growth: Current and anticipated vessels to be delivered through 2018
  • Forecasting changes to freight rates
  • Outlook for new terminals being built to cater to the projections for overcapacity in the industry
Bernard Bekaert, Chairman and CEO, C4U TRADE
Chair's closing remarks
End of conference
The conference gave interesting background information to evaluate the current and future market situation
MWV Germany
Great conference! No excess boring presentations. Only the most 
Useful to update olefins knowledge and meet new people
Helm AG

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