The 7th ICIS World Surfactants Conference :: Conference Agenda The 7th ICIS World Surfactants Conference :: Conference Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday 18 May 2017

8:00

Registration & Welcome Refreshments

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

  • Desirable product performance attributes of branched alcohol ethoxylates
  • Can branched alcohols be used for biodegradable surfactants?
  • Recent biodegradability test results from ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc.
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

  • What are alpha olefins?
  • Routes to their production
  • Opportunities for alpha olefins as surfactant feedstocks
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

Time for a more natural approach to personal care?

  • The next big thing in surfactants is... your biome
  • How probiotics could start a personal care revolution
Larry Weiss, Chief Medical Officer, AOBiome
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

Day 2 - Friday 19 May 2017

8:30

Registration & Welcome Refreshments

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, VP 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

Morning Break

11:00

Reinventing household care for South America

 

  • Appealing to the economizing consumer: Health and sustainability
  • Economic hardship and natural resource scarcity in South America
  • Opportunity for brands at the intersection of sustainability and frugality
Jamie Rosenberg, Senior Global Analyst, MINTEL
11:40

Succeeding in the high-stakes pressure cooker that is homecare

  • Combining innovation and sustainability
  • Convincing consumers to fire their current cleaning jobs and start new ones
Michael Ott, Vice President, R&D Cleaning-PPD-International, The Clorox Company
12:20

Chair’s closing remarks

12:30

Lunch and end of conference


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