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

Day 1 - Thursday 18 May 2017

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

Day 2 - Friday 19 May 2017

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


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