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

Day 1 - Thursday 18 May 2017


Chair’s opening remarks

Neil A Burns (chair), Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

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?

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?

Networking break


Branched Alcohol Surfactants: High performance and biodegradable

Gail E Bragin, Environmental Toxicologist, ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc

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

Lunch and networking break


Oleo and Petro detergent alcohols: A shifting balance of power?

  • Perspective on supply and demand dynamics
  • Primary factors for oleo chemical vs petrochemical feedstock comparison: sustainability, cost, performance
  • Future trends and investments

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 opportunities for surfactants suppliers

Networking break


What’s on the industry’s mind: Results of the Surfactants Survey 2017

Neil A Burns, Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

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

What’s happening in the Ethylene Oxide market?

  • Supply, demand and new capacity developments
  • Regional analysis
  • Shale gas and crude oil impacts

Chair’s closing remarks


Drinks reception and end close of conference Day One


The ICIS Surfactants Awards Ceremony

Day 2 - Friday 19 May 2017


Chair’s reconvening remarks

Neil A Burns (chair), Managing Partner, NEIL A BURNS LLC

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?

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

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
David Levine, Co-founder and CEO, American Sustainable Business Council

Morning Break


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

Succeeding in the high-stakes pressure cooker that is homecare

  • Environmental impact as the market driver
  • Highlighting regulatory considerations
  • Innovation challenges

Chair’s closing remarks


Lunch and end of conference

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