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Managing global market flux - Will changing capacity impact supply concerns?

The 6th ICIS World Polyolefins Conference will address the crucial questions asked by polyolefin producers, buyers and logistics providers, and explore how best to manage global fluctuations in capacity, economics and the market. With over 30 force majeures occurring so far in 2016, has the polyolefins industry been able to properly recover since the crash of spring 2015? With vast volumes of North American material due to be exported in 2017, and with China’s huge production potential - will changing capacity impact supply concerns in Europe? Will shifting trade agreements and legislations in Iran, the UK, and in the form of REACH alter the global exchange of goods? What opportunities for investment are there across the world? Finally, in light of the circular economy, how will changing polymer use impact on upstream dynamics and ultimately affect supply and demand globally?  Attend the 6th ICIS World Polyolefins Conference to hear in depth analyses of all of these issues and more!

Plus join the Polymer Procurement Forum on the afternoon of the 27th April to hear about coping with the volatile polyolefins market from a buyer’s perspective. Read more about the Polymer Procuement Forum



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Managing global market flux - Will changing capacity impact supply concerns?

Conference Day 1: Wednesday 26 April

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Sanjay Moolji, Global Director - Business Development, Tricon Energy
Security of supply vs. increased imports: How to balance?
  • An update on European stability: Force majeures in 2016
  • 2017 polyolefin streams and what it means for converters
  • How will supply affect current competition in the market?
  • Major polyolefin players: How could USA, China and the Middle East affect Europe?
Christian Mayr, Head of Corporate Purchasing, Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner
The polyolefin market in Europe and beyond
  • Reviewing polyolefin pricing drivers and trends
  • Close look at global supply/demand
  • How PE and PP markets will be affected by new capacity
Linda Naylor, Senior Editor, ICIS
Refreshment break and networking
European polyolefin market in the spotlight: A producer outlook
  • Fundamentals of olefin and polyolefin dynamics 2020 in Europe
  • Future dynamics PE and PP polymers and applications
  • Threats and how to mitigate 
  • New opportunities - Europe as power house for innovation and sustainability
Anton Wolfsberger, Marketing Manager Energy and Infrastructure, Borealis
Industry perspective: Economic factors, olefins and capacities
  • How global economics has affected olefins
  • Ethylene & propylene: What is changing?
Rob Ingram, Business Director, INEOS O&P North
Americas – One continent, several different faces
  • New North American capacities challenge the Pan-American business environment.
  • Latin American converter industry challenge the new comers.
  • What will be the role of other regions?
Roger Marchioni, International Markets Director, Braskem
Lunch and networking
Trading with Iran: Potential for the future
  • Trade legislation overview and political update
  • How well is the country placed for involvement in the global polyolefins industry?
  • The Iranian market outlook and aims for expansion
Kambiz Mirkarimi, Commercial Consultant, JAM POLYPROPYLENE COMPANY
The Indian polyolefins market – Trends and developments
  • PE and PP: Supply/demand in the Indian subcontinent
  • Which countries are trading polyolefins?
  • Indian polyolefins: Future plans and developments 
Unmesh Nayak, Senior Vice President, Reliance
Refreshment break and networking
The new China: What it means for polyolefins
  • The slowdown in economic growth and the impact on PE and PP
  • CTO, PDH and naphtha profitability versus social value
  • Scenarios for local capacity and demand growth
  • The pivotal role of the One Belt, One Road in capacity and demand growth
John Richardson, Senior Consultant, Asia, ICIS
Panel discussion: Is polyolefin trade experiencing globalization or localization?
  • The challenges of sourcing globally: Trade barriers and regulations
  • Update on Brexit and EU member states
  • Are internal requirements causing European countries to become more isolated?
  • Will global polyolefin trade benefit or suffer from political shifts in Europe and the US?
John Richardson, Senior Consultant, Asia, ICIS
Santiago Font Torent, CEO, Grupo Poligal
Cem Doganca, Director EME/CIS, TRICON ENERGY
Burcu Olcay, Director Business Development, Bayegan
Chairman's closing remarks
End of conference day one

Conference Day 2: Thursday 27 April

Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Reviewing interpolymer competition: Polyolefins and beyond
  • How has the polymers market evolved?
  • The effect of price competition 
  • How do profitability/margins compare across polymers?
Xuesong Peng, Senior Consultant, Nexant
Global polyolefin trade: A Middle Eastern perspective
  • Areas of investment: How are major producing regions planning to proceed?
  • What are the import and export costs for the Middle East?
  • How does currency and competition affect the market?
Ahmad Hedayet, Commercial Manager, Carbon Holdings
Refreshment break and networking
What will prevail, consumer demand or environmental needs?
  • Key impacts on plastics: Microbeads, polyethylene bags and multi-layer packaging
  • How important is the cost of post-consumer waste recycling for the polyolefins industry?
  • Should we be minimising food waste with increased shelf life and barrier materials, or increasing the recyclability of plastics?
  • Diverting from landfills: Getting use from waste
Barry Turner, Director of Plastics & Flexible Packaging Group, British Plastics Federation
Matt Baldock, Founder & MD, VOW PACKAGING PARTNERS
Mohammad Ali Vadikheil, CEO, Phoenix Vision Consultant Group
Richard Coles, Director, Emagine Packaging
Turkish polyolefins: Where is the market headed?
  • Turkish production: The entire value chain
  • Consumer demand trends: Where are the areas of growth?
  • Turkish polymer trade: Europe, Iran and beyond
Burcu Olcay, Director Business Development, Bayegan
What are the opportunities for polyolefins in Africa?
  • Where is the greatest consumer demand in Africa?
  • Searching for stability: Which African regions show promise for future investment?
  • At what scale are China and the Middle East currently investing? 
Matt Tudball, Senior Editor, Turkey & Africa Polymers, ICIS
Chairman's closing remarks
Lunch and end of conference
 Informative, well organised, networking platform.
Senior Expert, SIBUR LLC
Interesting overview of the global PO market.
Procurement Director, Manucor
Comprehensive world view across value chain, well crafted in such a beautiful atmosphere.
Chief Manager & Head PR Business, Indian Oil Corp Ltd
 Great assortment of market stakeholders. 
Senior Research Analyst, Beroe
 Relevant topics and useful information.  
Global Procurement Manager, Fibervisions

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