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The changing landscape of the surfactants industry: defining sustainability and market growth opportunities

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The surfactants industry is rapidly evolving, with the growing consumer’s demand and quality requirements for end-user products. As sustainability becomes the major factor for innovation and emerging trends in the downstream sectors, companies are continuously driving their R&D efforts to keep up with the changing landscape.
 
Across the course of two days, more than 15 experts from the entire surfactants value chain will highlight the potential implications, global trends and scenarios for the industry in the coming years.
 
Conference highlights:
  • Current political climate and its implications for the chemical industry and trade
  • What is the next “big thing” in surfactants and the emerging areas for innovations and R&D?
  • Trends in personal and homecare sectors and how they impact the surfactant value chain
  • Oleo vs Petro detergent alcohols: A shifting balance of power?
  • Regional outlook for linear alpha olefins and ethylene oxide: supply, demand and investment landscape

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Agenda

The speaker program will address "The changing landscape of the surfactants industry: defining sustainability and market growth opportunities ".

Conference Day 1: Thursday 18 May

9:00
Chair’s opening remarks
Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
9:30
Examining the new political climate and implications for the industry and trade
  • Geopolitics: impact on business and trade dynamics
  • What does the 2016 US Election mean for the chemical industry?
  • What will Brexit mean for global and European trade?
  • How can the industry adapt to changes?
Robert Fry, Chief Economist, Robert Fry Economics LLC
10:10
Global trends affecting the surfactants industry today and tomorrow
  • Changing competitive landscape of the chemicals industry
  • Determining surfactant growth segments and key areas for investment
  • Sustainable chemistry in the value chain – impact on surfactants
  • Industry forecast: where is the industry going in the next few years?
Joel Houston, President, COLIN A HOUSTON & ASSOCIATES
10:50
Networking break
11:20
Branched Alcohols: Enabling high performance and biodegradable surfactants
Gail E Bragin, Environmental Toxicologist, ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc
12:00
Oleo and Petro detergent alcohols: A shifting balance of power?
  • Perspective on supply and demand dynamics
  • Primary factors for oleochemical vs petrochemical feedstock comparison: sustainability, cost, performance
  • Future trends and investments
Paul Sharko, Senior Engineer, Process Technology, SHELL
12:40
Lunch and networking break
13:40
Linear Alpha Olefins: Opportunities for an overlooked hydrophobe
  • North America market outlook: volume capacity, supply and demand
  • Demand drivers by application
  • On-going investments and technology insights
Jeff Gee, Research Chemist, CHEVRON PHILLIPS CHEMICAL COMPANY LLC
14:20
What’s happening in the Ethylene Oxide market?
  • Supply, demand and new capacity developments
  • Regional analysis
  • Shale gas and crude oil impacts
James Ray, Senior Consultant, ICIS CONSULTING
15:00
Networking break
15:30
What’s on the industry’s mind: Results of the Surfactants Survey 2017
Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
16:00
Looking good, feeling good, doing good: Personal Care’s many priorities
  • Factors driving consumer purchases
  • Sustainable consumer products: how do they affect the chemical value chain?
  • Goals and measurements
16:40
Surfactants in the global oil & gas sector
  • Key market trends across the business segments: EOR, unconventional drilling, offshore, etc.
  • Growth viability in light of the current oil market
  • Demand forecast for oilfield surfactants
  • Emerging opportunitites for surfactants suppliers
Anton Kaiser, Global Innovation Manager EOR & Scale, CLARIANT
17:20
Chair’s closing remarks
17:30
Drinks reception and end of Day One
18:30
The ICIS Surfactants Awards Ceremony

Conference Day 2: Friday 19 May

9:00
Chair’s reconvening remarks
Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC
9:10
Panel discussion: The next Big Thing in surfactants
  • What is it?
  • How can you benefit from it or protect yourself?
  • Current state and outlook for the future
  • Biosurfactants – are they commercially viable?
Martin Vollmer, Chief Technology Officer, CLARIANT
Chris Sayner, Vice President Customer Alliances, Corporate Sustainability, CRODA
Martin Herrington, President, North America, IP SPECIALITIES
9:50
Overcoming the challenges of Ethylene Oxide transportation
  • Demand for more sustainable solutions driven by customer and regulatory pressure
  • Latest regulation updates for EO transport via rail, road and shipment
  • Identifying supply chain factors and complexities
  • Lessons learnt from the industry
Eric Pudimott, Manager, Licensing, Scientific Design Company Inc.
10:30
The next phase of policy and market initiatives for safer chemicals
  • What policy changes can we expect under new US administration in 2017?
  • A growing market demand for safer ingredients
  • Improving transparency throughout the supply chain
  • Regulation updates and contribution of ASBC to the surfactants industry
Bryan McGannon, Policy Director, AMERICAN SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS COUNCIL
11:10
Morning Break
11:40
Latin America Outlook: household and personal care market trends
  • LATAM market landscape and its growth prospects
  • Demand and supply projections
  • Changing consumer trends: disposable income, demographics, lifestyle
  • Strategic opportunities for a fast growing market
12:20
Succeeding in the high-stakes pressure cooker that is homecare
  • Environmental impact as the market driver
  • Highlighting regulatory considerations
  • Innovation challenges
13:00
Chair’s closing remarks
13:10
Lunch and end of conference
Pre-conference Seminar

The seminar program will look at "Innovation in the surfactants industry: new technologies, biosurfactants and emerging trends". 

Speakers

The ICIS World Surfactants Conference agenda annually features a cutting edge speaker line-up of senior industry experts from the highest profile companies in the world. More speakers to be announced shortly...

Testimonials
Well balanced topics presented.
Purchasing Manager, BYK USA
Good overview of surfactants in broad range of industries, issues.
R & D Manager, CRODA
Very informative.
Senior Sales Manager, KSA
Very productive use of time and relevant subject matter.
President, DEFOREST
Overall very informative and comprehensive including a full range of surfactant markets and aspect of supply chain.
Marketing Manager, KAO SPECIALITIES AMERICAS
Quality speakers and good info.
VP R&D, MISCO PRODUCTS CORP
A very complete and informative conference.
BD Manager, IDESA
Excellent networking combined with great presentations.
Market Sales Manager, SASOL
Excellent presentations!!
LAB – Business, RELIANCE
Excellent.
CEO, HONGDA GROUP LTD

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