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  • Monday March 20Workshops
  • Tuesday March 21Executive Conference
  • Wednesday March 22Breakout Tracks
  • Thursday March 23Special Programs and Workshops
  • Friday March 24Networking
  • 6:05am
    Monday March 20
    6:05am - 6:20am
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    TestTimeSlot_WPC

    [Monday March 20][TestTimeSlot_WPC][][TestSession_WPC][Networking][TS: Technology Seminar][CF: China Forum][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals][Bochun Shou]
  • 8:00am
    Monday March 20
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Monday Workshop

    IHS Markit chemical courses and workshops are designed to be of interest and value to both new and experienced professionals from the chemical, energy, refining and renewables industries, or those in adjacent industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive and financial services. These courses will benefit anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding across chemical and energy value chains or those who want to gain strategic points viewpoints on end-markets, processes and trends.

    Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies

    This new course will examine the commercial impact of olefins and polyolefins technologies on cost competitiveness, market dynamics and trade. It is especially important for industry newcomers is that our instructors will clarify the technical jargon commonly used in the petrochemical industry.

      [Monday March 20][Monday Workshop][][Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies][Workshop][Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies][Dr. Mark Morgan][Robin Waters][Mark Wegenka]
    • 8:00am
      Monday March 20
      8:00am - 5:00pm
      Monday Workshop

      IHS Markit chemical courses and workshops are designed to be of interest and value to both new and experienced professionals from the chemical, energy, refining and renewables industries, or those in adjacent industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive and financial services. These courses will benefit anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding across chemical and energy value chains or those who want to gain strategic points viewpoints on end-markets, processes and trends.

      Workshop
      Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals

      This workshop reviews key industry fundamentals starting with the foundation of the petrochemical industry – feedstocks, including natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil fractions, especially naphtha, coal and renewables. The feedstock session then leads into a thorough discussion of the industry building blocks – olefins (ethylene, propylene, butadiene) and aromatics (benzene, toluene, xylenes) businesses. Finally, the large volume thermoplastics including the polyethylenes (LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE), polypropylene, PVC, polystyrene and polyester/PET as well as C1-based chemicals synthesis gas (syngas), ammonia and methanol are covered. Within each of these topics key suppliers, demand profiles and pricing is discussed. Especially important for industry newcomers is that our instructors will clarify the technical jargon commonly used in the petrochemical industry.

        [Monday March 20][Monday Workshop][Workshop][Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals][Workshop][Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals][Tony Palmer][Tony Potter][Roger Green][Mike Smith][Sanjay Sharma][Mike Kratochwill]
      • 8:00am
        Monday March 20
        8:00am - 5:00pm
        Monday Workshop

        IHS Markit chemical courses and workshops are designed to be of interest and value to both new and experienced professionals from the chemical, energy, refining and renewables industries, or those in adjacent industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive and financial services. These courses will benefit anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding across chemical and energy value chains or those who want to gain strategic points viewpoints on end-markets, processes and trends.

        Workshop
        Specialty Chemical Industry

        With the ongoing transformation of the chemical industry into commodity and specialty oriented enterprises, it is imperative to have a good understanding of key industry fundamentals of the specialty chemical industry. This workshop reviews these fundamentals, starting with the definition and differences of specialties versus commodities and fine chemicals, and how specialty chemicals impact our daily lives. Other topics to be covered include key market players, market segmentation by functionality, application areas and regions, importance of a strong service component, and key factors to be successful in the specialty chemicals business. Especially important for industry newcomers is that our instructors will clarify the technical jargon commonly used in the specialty-chemical industry.

        As illustration of the above scope topics, various specialty chemical sectors with their markets and players will be presented. Demand drivers in the different regions will be compared and their outlook discussed.

          [Monday March 20][Monday Workshop][Workshop][Specialty Chemical Industry][Workshop][Specialty Chemical Industry][Stefan Müller][Aida Jebens][Masahiro Yoneyama]
        • 8:00am
          Monday March 20
          8:00am - 5:00pm
          Monday Workshop

          IHS Markit chemical courses and workshops are designed to be of interest and value to both new and experienced professionals from the chemical, energy, refining and renewables industries, or those in adjacent industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive and financial services. These courses will benefit anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding across chemical and energy value chains or those who want to gain strategic points viewpoints on end-markets, processes and trends.

          Workshop
          Petrochemical Trading

          This workshop provides participants with a broad overview of how petrochemical products are commercially transacted/traded and taught through usage of multiple case examples.

          The dynamics of the global petrochemical industry are changing rapidly and in profound ways. There is more volatility in the markets and many industry participants are adjusting towards J.I.T. sales and purchase agreements in this new paradigm. A good understanding of the petrochemical markets and how the various elements of feedstock, basic petrochemicals and derivatives interact and affect each other is essential for industry participants. This course puts all these in perspective and highlights contract structures and the commercial risk elements involved.

          Participants will leave the workshop armed with the knowledge and insights to make good decisions and effectively equipped with the skills to mitigate their future commercial risk exposure to protect industry and/or trading margins.

          [Monday March 20][Monday Workshop][Workshop][Petrochemical Trading][Workshop][Petrochemical Trading][Larry Tan]
        • 8:00am
          Monday March 20
          8:00am - 5:00pm
          Monday Workshop

          IHS Markit chemical courses and workshops are designed to be of interest and value to both new and experienced professionals from the chemical, energy, refining and renewables industries, or those in adjacent industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive and financial services. These courses will benefit anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding across chemical and energy value chains or those who want to gain strategic points viewpoints on end-markets, processes and trends.

          Workshop
          Use of Naphtha & NGL as Feedstock

          This workshop will begin with a discussion of the significant end use applications for the major olefins feedstocks, including both chemical and non-chemical competition. It will include coverage of industry jargon and definitions, and other basic information about olefins feedstocks. This course will also have a high level discussion of feedstock economics for the main consuming processes and end uses, as well as the basics of feedstock market valuation and pricing.

          This workshop will include an overview of regional feedstock availability supported by an analysis of feedstock production, consumption and trade, including freight implications and major supply drivers. Course attendees will learn how the major olefins feedstocks are consumed both by the petrochemicals industry and by other end users, and will provide insight about why the market values petrochemical feedstocks as it does.

          [Monday March 20][Monday Workshop][Workshop][Use of Naphtha & NGL as Feedstock][Workshop][Use of Naphtha & NGL as Feedstock][Walt Hart][Debnil Chowdhury]
        • 6:00pm
          Monday March 20
          6:00pm - 8:00pm
          Welcome Reception

          Networking
          Welcome Reception

          Sponsored by Shale Crescent USA

          [Monday March 20][Welcome Reception][Networking][Welcome Reception][Networking]
        • 7:00am
          Tuesday March 21
          7:00am - 8:30am
          Registration/Breakfast

          Registration/Breakfast
          [Tuesday March 21][Registration/Breakfast][][Registration/Breakfast]
        • 8:30am
          Tuesday March 21
          8:30am - 8:45am
          Executive Conference

          Welcome and Morning Moderator Remarks
          [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Welcome and Morning Moderator Remarks][Executive][Dave Witte][Lyn Tattum]
        • 8:45am
          Tuesday March 21
          8:45am - 9:10am
          Executive Conference

          Global Energy Outlook

          The global crude and feedstock market are moving from oversupply to a finely-tuned balance. This presentation will provide a view on the key balance drivers including OPEC compliance and supply; the restart of US tight oil growth; and demand for major refined products. For each of the balance levers, major risks implications for price will be explored.

          [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Global Energy Outlook][Executive][Kurt Barrow]
        • 9:10am
          Tuesday March 21
          9:10am - 9:35am
          Executive Conference

          The Global Economic Outlook – Pro-growth Populism or Protectionist Populism?

          The political earthquakes of 2016 have upended conventional thinking about the global economy and have—ironically—brightened the outlook. The expectation that the incoming Trump administration will enact sizeable fiscal stimulus has increased optimism about US and global growth. This, in turn, has pushed US stock indexes to record highs, while pushing up both interest rates (with a resulting rout in the bond market) and the dollar. A stronger dollar is mostly good news for Europe and Japan, but bad news for emerging markets. IHS Markit believes that the balance of these trends will be moderately positive for global growth, which is expected to increase from 2.5% in 2016 to 2.8% in 2017 and 3.1% in 2018. Unfortunately, political and policy uncertainties (and risks) are higher now than they were a year ago. The rise of anti-globalization movements in the United States and Europe could result in policies that hurt growth. In particular, a trade war could push the US and global economies into recession. On the other hand, business-friendly policies (including lower corporate taxes and a roll-back of regulation) could boost both short-term and long-term growth. Based on recent statements by President-elect Trump, his advisors and Congressional leaders, IHS Markit believes that the latter scenario is more likely than the former.

          [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][The Global Economic Outlook – Pro-growth Populism or Protectionist Populism?][Executive][Nariman Behravesh]
        • 9:35am
          Tuesday March 21
          9:35am - 10:00am
          Executive Conference

          State of the Global Chemical Industry

          The global chemical industry continues to be buffeted by volatile changes in geo-politics, energy and industry structure. This presentation will review the global business performance for 2016, examine the impacts and expectations of the variables affecting chemical commerce, and prognosticate on the medium-term industry outlook.

          [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][State of the Global Chemical Industry][Executive][Dave Witte]
        • 10:00am
          Tuesday March 21
          10:00am - 10:15am
          Executive Conference

          Global Panel Discussion/Q&A
          [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Global Panel Discussion/Q&A][Executive][Lyn Tattum]
        • 10:15am
          Tuesday March 21
          10:15am - 10:45am
          Morning Networking/Coffee Break

          Morning Networking/Coffee Break
          [Tuesday March 21][Morning Networking/Coffee Break][][Morning Networking/Coffee Break][Networking]
        • 10:45am
          Tuesday March 21
          10:45am - 11:35am
          Executive Conference

          Executive Panel – Building a Foundation for Profitable Growth in Uncertain Markets
          [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Executive Panel – Building a Foundation for Profitable Growth in Uncertain Markets][Executive][Bob Patel][Mutlaq H. Al-Morished][Wayne Smith][Nadim Z. Qureshi]
        • 11:35am
          Tuesday March 21
          11:35am - 12:00pm
          Executive Conference

          Executive Panel Discussion/Q&A
          [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Executive Panel Discussion/Q&A][Executive][Lyn Tattum]
        • 12:00pm
          Tuesday March 21
          12:00pm - 1:30pm
          Executive Conference Networking Lunch

          Executive Conference Networking Lunch
          [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference Networking Lunch][][Executive Conference Networking Lunch][Executive]
        • 12:30pm
          Tuesday March 21
          12:30pm - 1:00pm
          Executive Conference

          Lunch Keynote – Shale Energy Powers US Chemical Manufacturing Growth
          [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Lunch Keynote – Shale Energy Powers US Chemical Manufacturing Growth][Keynote][Executive][Karen McKee]
        • 1:30pm
          Tuesday March 21
          1:30pm - 1:35pm
          Executive Conference

          Afternoon Moderator Remarks
          [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Afternoon Moderator Remarks][John Page]
        • 1:35pm
          Tuesday March 21
          1:35pm - 2:10pm
          Executive Conference

          Tour of the World – China Chemical Market Developments

          Importance of China to the World
          Paul Pang, Vice President, IHS Markit

          China has been the key driver for global growth in both chemical demand and investment since 2000. China accounts for one-third of the demand for global base chemicals, and is by far the largest driver for both consumption and production. As China enters into a “New Normal”, the demand growth for chemical is expect the slow down. In this presentation, I will discuss whether China can continue to lead the global growth; how Chinese market will evolve, and how it will impact and benefit the rest of world.

          CNOOC Is Onshore – CNOOC’s Footprint on Petrochemical Business
          Bi Chen, Senior Vice President, China National Offshore Oil Corp

          China’s huge population and continued urbanization in combination with people’s desire for better life, will greatly drive the demand for chemicals, particularly high quality chemicals.

          Petrochina's Chemical Business & Development Strategy
          Chengbao He, Vice President, Petrochemical Research Institute, PetroChina

          A brief summary of Petrochina and its chemical business. The opportunities and challenges of China’s chemical industry, and development strategy to drive growth via technology and new products.

            [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Tour of the World – China Chemical Market Developments][Executive][Paul Pang][Bi Chen][Chengbao He]
          • 2:10pm
            Tuesday March 21
            2:10pm - 2:30pm
            Executive Conference

            China – Panel Discussion/Q&A
            [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][China – Panel Discussion/Q&A][Executive][John Page]
          • 2:30pm
            Tuesday March 21
            2:30pm - 2:55pm
            Executive Conference

            Tour of the World – Americas: Strategies for Profitable Growth
            [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Tour of the World – Americas: Strategies for Profitable Growth][Executive][Steven Bender]
          • 2:55pm
            Tuesday March 21
            2:55pm - 3:20pm
            Executive Conference

            Tour of the World – Europe: Keys to a Profitable Future for Europe: Feedstock and Investment Strategies for Revitalizing Europe
            [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Tour of the World – Europe: Keys to a Profitable Future for Europe: Feedstock and Investment Strategies for Revitalizing Europe][Executive][Tom Crotty]
          • 3:20pm
            Tuesday March 21
            3:20pm - 3:35pm
            Executive Conference

            Americas & Europe – Panel Discussion/Q&A
            [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Americas & Europe – Panel Discussion/Q&A][Executive][John Page]
          • 3:35pm
            Tuesday March 21
            3:35pm - 4:05pm
            Afternoon Networking/Coffee Break

            Afternoon Networking/Coffee Break
            [Tuesday March 21][Afternoon Networking/Coffee Break][][Afternoon Networking/Coffee Break][Executive]
          • 4:05pm
            Tuesday March 21
            4:05pm - 5:00pm
            Executive Conference

            Engineering and Construction Panel: Global Trends in Capital Expenditure

            Optimizing Project Performance to deliver Value for Customers and Stakeholders
            Charles A. Cappello – Principal Vice President, Oil, Gas, and Chemicals; Operations Manager, Downstream and Chemicals, Bechtel

            Mr. Cappello will discuss how focusing on performance delivers lowest cost and optimized schedules. He will emphasize the benefits of integrated EPC, direct hire construction, early contractor involvement in front-end planning and optimization, and innovative module design and execution.

            Delivering Capital Efficiency to the Global Petrochemical Market
            Gary Donovan – Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, Fluor Corporation

            In his presentation, Mr. Donovan will discuss how the capital costs of major projects have risen over the past decade and the efforts being made to reverse this trend. He will provide an overview of approaches being implemented to improve productivity, encourage innovation and deliver a step-change improvement in the capital efficiency of petrochemical projects globally.

            [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Engineering and Construction Panel: Global Trends in Capital Expenditure][Executive][Charles A. Cappello][Gary Donovan][Kevin Courville][Dave Witte]
          • 5:00pm
            Tuesday March 21
            5:00pm - 5:30pm
            Executive Conference

            Tour of the World – Global Petrochemical Markets Outlook
            [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Tour of the World – Global Petrochemical Markets Outlook][Executive][Mark Eramo]
          • 5:30pm
            Tuesday March 21
            5:30pm - 5:35pm
            Executive Conference

            Closing Remarks
            [Tuesday March 21][Executive Conference][][Closing Remarks][Executive][John Page]
          • 6:30pm
            Tuesday March 21
            6:30pm - 9:30pm
            Country & Western Reception

            Country & Western Reception
            [Tuesday March 21][Country & Western Reception][][Country & Western Reception]
          • 8:10am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:10am - 8:15am
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Moderator Opening Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Moderator Opening Remarks][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Tony Potter]
          • 8:10am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:10am - 8:15am
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: Moderator Opening Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][Moderator Opening Remarks][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Mike Smith]
          • 8:10am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:10am - 8:15am
            Track 3

            TR3: Moderator Opening Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][][Moderator Opening Remarks][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Dewey Johnson]
          • 8:10am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:10am - 8:15am
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Moderator Opening Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Moderator Opening Remarks][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Adrian Beale]
          • 8:15am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:15am - 8:30am
            Track 1

            TR1: Strategic Assessment of Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][][Strategic Assessment of Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Tony Potter]
          • 8:15am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:15am - 8:30am
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Strategic Assessment of Olefins & Derivatives
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Strategic Assessment of Olefins & Derivatives][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Dewey Johnson]
          • 8:15am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:15am - 8:30am
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Strategic Assessment of Specialty Chemicals
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Strategic Assessment of Specialty Chemicals][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Adrian Beale]
          • 8:15am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:15am - 8:30am
            Track 2

            TR2: Strategic Assessment of Chlor-Alkali & Vinyls
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][][Strategic Assessment of Chlor-Alkali & Vinyls][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Mike Smith]
          • 8:30am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:30am - 9:00am
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Naphtha & Octane Need Gasoline

            Propane and naphtha are in the state of oversupply where most regions can get all the volume that they can structurally process. As a result, prices have been low and arbitrages for marginal trade routes have been closed for majority of 2016. IHS Markit doesn’t expect that crude prices will be able to significantly increase during 2017, keeping propane and naphtha prices in competition. With ethane and propane replacing naphtha in steam crackers, gasoline has until recently remained the last bastion of significant naphtha demand and price support. However, very low octane values and slow growth in the aromatics demand do not signal much stronger naphtha prices in 2017.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Naphtha & Octane Need Gasoline][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Nick Rados]
          • 8:30am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:30am - 9:00am
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: Caustic Soda: Cracking the Code of Global Trade
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][Caustic Soda: Cracking the Code of Global Trade][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Hazel Kreuz]
          • 8:30am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:30am - 9:00am
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Olefins Market Developments – A Producer’s Perspective
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Olefins Market Developments – A Producer’s Perspective][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Mark E. Lashier]
          • 8:30am
            Wednesday March 22
            8:30am - 9:00am
            Track 4

            TR4: Water as a Strategic Resource in the Chemical Industry

            Learn why water should be treated as a strategic asset and what tools can be utilized to assess water’s value for your organization based on risks related to water scarcity, regulatory, quality and cost.

            This information should be used as part of strategic planning in determining short and long term capital expansions and greenfield sites in a water challenged world.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][][Water as a Strategic Resource in the Chemical Industry][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Julie Lindley]
          • 9:00am
            Wednesday March 22
            9:00am - 9:30am
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Global Benzene: Déjà vu or New World Order
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Global Benzene: Déjà vu or New World Order][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Peter Feng]
          • 9:00am
            Wednesday March 22
            9:00am - 9:30am
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: Perspectives of a Major Pulp & Paper Producer

            Presentation provides an insight into the Pulp, Paper and Board industry as one of the main customer segments of Caustic Soda. It covers the production process, end product outlook, historical volumes and future production forecast. The presentation also enlightens what customer centricity could mean for producers in this segment.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][Perspectives of a Major Pulp & Paper Producer][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Tuomas Mustonen]
          • 9:00am
            Wednesday March 22
            9:00am - 9:30am
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Global Ethylene – The GOAL and Constraints

            A margin view for ethylene is developed by balancing the global system supply and demand. This includes the operations of existing assets, start up of new assets and the inventory float in the system to absorb disruptions. The bullish call on ethylene is derived from the convergence of these three factors. The GOAL is to understand the constraints to drive to this view.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Global Ethylene – The GOAL and Constraints][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Steve Lewandowski]
          • 9:00am
            Wednesday March 22
            9:00am - 9:30am
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Water-soluble Polymers: The Swiss Army Knife of the Chemical Industry

            The term water-soluble polymer encompasses a wide range of synthetic, semisynthetic, and natural materials. Like a Swiss Army knife, these polymers have multiple uses, including water treatment, food processing, building products, and oil field chemicals. Challenges facing this fragmented industry include commoditization, raw material shortages, and evolving consumer tastes.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Water-soluble Polymers: The Swiss Army Knife of the Chemical Industry][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Marifaith Hackett]
          • 9:30am
            Wednesday March 22
            9:30am - 10:00am
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Global Styrene, PS and EPS Outlook
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Global Styrene, PS and EPS Outlook][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Brian Lee]
          • 9:30am
            Wednesday March 22
            9:30am - 10:00am
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: Changing Trends in Chlorine Regulations
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][Changing Trends in Chlorine Regulations][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Frank Reiner]
          • 9:30am
            Wednesday March 22
            9:30am - 10:00am
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Global Propylene: On-purpose Production Leads the Market Direction

            There has been much investment in producing propylene independent of ethylene crackers and gasoline reactors to meet strong demand for its downstream products. This trend is changing traditional regional and global pricing relationships. How does this new dynamic affect the global markets for propylene and its derivatives now and in the future?

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Global Propylene: On-purpose Production Leads the Market Direction][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Todd Dina]
          • 9:30am
            Wednesday March 22
            9:30am - 10:00am
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Construction Chemicals: Let’s Build Something Together

            This presentation will first present some statistics on the current health and outlook for the global construction industry. Then, we will discuss four specific specialty chemicals that are experiencing above industry average growth rates, and the outlook for increased demand in the future.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Construction Chemicals: Let’s Build Something Together][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Eric Linak]
          • 10:00am
            Wednesday March 22
            10:00am - 10:15am
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Panel Discussion/Q&A Part I
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Panel Discussion/Q&A Part I][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Tony Potter]
          • 10:00am
            Wednesday March 22
            10:00am - 10:15am
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: Panel Discussion/Q&A Part I
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][Panel Discussion/Q&A Part I][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Mike Smith]
          • 10:00am
            Wednesday March 22
            10:00am - 10:15am
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Panel Discussion/Q&A Part I
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Panel Discussion/Q&A Part I][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Dewey Johnson]
          • 10:00am
            Wednesday March 22
            10:00am - 10:15am
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Panel Discussion/Q&A Part I
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Panel Discussion/Q&A Part I][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Adrian Beale]
          • 10:15am
            Wednesday March 22
            10:15am - 10:45am
            Morning Refreshment Break

            Breakout
            TR1: Morning Refreshment Break
            TR2: Morning Refreshment Break
            Breakout
            TR3: Morning Refreshment Break
            Breakout
            TR4: Morning Refreshment Break
            [Wednesday March 22][Morning Refreshment Break][Breakout][Morning Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][][Morning Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Breakout][Morning Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Breakout][Morning Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets]
          • 10:45am
            Wednesday March 22
            10:45am - 11:15am
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Global Phenolics: The Dynamic Static Market

            Global phenolics will be challenged in 2017 as new capacity comes online in Saudi Arabia and India, adding to already oversupplied markets. Why will capacity be added in different corners of the world and what does it mean for existing producers as well as downstream consumers? Producers will strive for any advantage relative to their competitors and supply customers at adequate margins. However, phenol will be plentiful and its co-product, acetone, with its inability to keep pace with propylene, is creating a further drag on profitability. Along the chain there are varying dynamics which will result in changing global trade flows while challenging the supply demand fundamentals.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Global Phenolics: The Dynamic Static Market][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Tobias Spyra]
          • 10:45am
            Wednesday March 22
            10:45am - 11:20am
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: European Chlor-Alkali Market Changes & Implications
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][European Chlor-Alkali Market Changes & Implications][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Vincent Ledoux-Pedailles]
          • 10:45am
            Wednesday March 22
            10:45am - 11:10am
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Global Polyethylene
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Global Polyethylene][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Nick Vafiadis]
          • 10:45am
            Wednesday March 22
            10:45am - 11:15am
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Global Urea

            Urea is one of the most popular chemicals in use today. This presentation will provide an overview of the global urea market and the trends that drive the market. There is a shift in the capacity balance, which will result in changing global trade flows while balancing supply and demand in the market.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Global Urea][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Yuko Yamaguchi]
          • 11:10am
            Wednesday March 22
            11:10am - 11:35am
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Global PP: Enter the Dragon

            Global PP: Enter the dragon, time to make room for Chinese production will focus on the impact on global markets from significant, ongoing Chinese capacity additions. The effects on global trade, supply, demand, pricing, and margin will be analyzed for the major consuming regions.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Global PP: Enter the Dragon][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Joel Morales]
          • 11:15am
            Wednesday March 22
            11:15am - 11:40am
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Linear Alpha Olefins – The Long and Short of It

            Linear alpha olefins serve a multitude of industries including commodity and specialty polymers, synthetic lubricants, surfactants, oilfield chemicals as well as intermediates for numerous chemical specialties. IHS Chemical provides a strategic perspective on the future development of the industry covering market dynamics, the competitive landscape regarding value chain integration and the challenges facing producers as they balance the wants and needs of a very diverse customer base.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Linear Alpha Olefins – The Long and Short of It][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Adam Bland]
          • 11:15am
            Wednesday March 22
            11:15am - 11:35am
            Track 1

            TR1: Global Acrylonitrile Outlook
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][][Global Acrylonitrile Outlook][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Simon Garmston]
          • 11:20am
            Wednesday March 22
            11:20am - 12:00pm
            Track 2

            TR2: Aluminum and the Revolving Global Economy

            Demand for primary aluminum production has been growing over the last 10 years at an average annual rate of close to 5 percent. Forecasting primary aluminum demand growth is many times just linked to GDP, but a closer look into the details could reveal some surprising results.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][][Aluminum and the Revolving Global Economy][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Chuck Carr]
          • 11:35am
            Wednesday March 22
            11:35am - 12:00pm
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: A Brand Owner’s View of the Polymers Market

            Mr. Swartz will discuss Procter & Gamble participation in the global polymer market. An overview of the company’s portfolio, unmet needs, challenges, and game-changing opportunities that are ahead of the CPG and polymer industries.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][A Brand Owner’s View of the Polymers Market][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Max Swartz]
          • 11:45am
            Wednesday March 22
            11:45am - 12:00pm
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Panel Discussion/Q&A Part II
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Panel Discussion/Q&A Part II][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Duncan Clark]
          • 11:45am
            Wednesday March 22
            11:45am - 12:00pm
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Panel Discussion/Q&A Part II
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Panel Discussion/Q&A Part II][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Adrian Beale]
          • 11:50am
            Wednesday March 22
            11:50am - 12:05pm
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Role of Polyolefins in Addressing Packaging Challenges
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Role of Polyolefins in Addressing Packaging Challenges][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Allison Lin]
          • 12:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            12:00pm - 1:30pm
            Luncheon

            TR1: Luncheon
            [Wednesday March 22][Luncheon][][Luncheon][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates]
          • 12:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            12:00pm - 1:30pm
            Luncheon

            TR2: Luncheon
            [Wednesday March 22][Luncheon][][Luncheon][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives]
          • 12:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            12:00pm - 1:30pm
            Luncheon

            TR4: Luncheon
            [Wednesday March 22][Luncheon][][Luncheon][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets]
          • 12:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            12:00pm - 1:30pm
            Track 1

            TR1: Strategic Dialogue Lunch: “How IBM Blockchain Innovation Is Transforming Traditional Business Models” – Sponsored by IBM

            Space in Strategic Dialogue is limited to 50 participants. First-come, first-served.

            Supply chain relationships, regulatory compliance requirements and finance management in the Chemicals and Petroleum industry are as vast and intricate as the geographies in which they operate. Each participant in a supply chain must maintain their own records, which must then be reconciled among all other participants in the network.

            How can your business effectively eliminate time-consuming, costly reconciliation processes that are susceptible to errors and fraud? Join Aron Dutta, vice president of blockchain and IBM’s Chemicals and Petroleum industry team, for a candid discussion on where your company can get the most value from blockchain technologies and how to develop an adoption strategy.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][][Strategic Dialogue Lunch: “How IBM Blockchain Innovation Is Transforming Traditional Business Models” – Sponsored by IBM][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Aron Dutta]
          • 12:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            12:00pm - 1:30pm
            Track 2

            TR2: Strategic Dialogue Lunch: “How IBM Blockchain Innovation Is Transforming Traditional Business Models” – Sponsored by IBM

            Space in Strategic Dialogue is limited to 50 participants. First-come, first-served.

            Supply chain relationships, regulatory compliance requirements and finance management in the Chemicals and Petroleum industry are as vast and intricate as the geographies in which they operate. Each participant in a supply chain must maintain their own records, which must then be reconciled among all other participants in the network.

            How can your business effectively eliminate time-consuming, costly reconciliation processes that are susceptible to errors and fraud? Join Aron Dutta, vice president of blockchain and IBM’s Chemicals and Petroleum industry team, for a candid discussion on where your company can get the most value from blockchain technologies and how to develop an adoption strategy.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][][Strategic Dialogue Lunch: “How IBM Blockchain Innovation Is Transforming Traditional Business Models” – Sponsored by IBM][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Aron Dutta]
          • 12:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            12:00pm - 1:30pm
            Track 3

            TR3: Strategic Dialogue Lunch: “How IBM Blockchain Innovation Is Transforming Traditional Business Models” – Sponsored by IBM

            Space in Strategic Dialogue is limited to 50 participants. First-come, first-served.

            Supply chain relationships, regulatory compliance requirements and finance management in the Chemicals and Petroleum industry are as vast and intricate as the geographies in which they operate. Each participant in a supply chain must maintain their own records, which must then be reconciled among all other participants in the network.

            How can your business effectively eliminate time-consuming, costly reconciliation processes that are susceptible to errors and fraud? Join Aron Dutta, vice president of blockchain and IBM’s Chemicals and Petroleum industry team, for a candid discussion on where your company can get the most value from blockchain technologies and how to develop an adoption strategy.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][][Strategic Dialogue Lunch: “How IBM Blockchain Innovation Is Transforming Traditional Business Models” – Sponsored by IBM][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Aron Dutta]
          • 12:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            12:00pm - 1:30pm
            Track 4

            TR4: Strategic Dialogue Lunch: “How IBM Blockchain Innovation Is Transforming Traditional Business Models” – Sponsored by IBM

            Space in Strategic Dialogue is limited to 50 participants. First-come, first-served.

            Supply chain relationships, regulatory compliance requirements and finance management in the Chemicals and Petroleum industry are as vast and intricate as the geographies in which they operate. Each participant in a supply chain must maintain their own records, which must then be reconciled among all other participants in the network.

            How can your business effectively eliminate time-consuming, costly reconciliation processes that are susceptible to errors and fraud? Join Aron Dutta, vice president of blockchain and IBM’s Chemicals and Petroleum industry team, for a candid discussion on where your company can get the most value from blockchain technologies and how to develop an adoption strategy.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][][Strategic Dialogue Lunch: “How IBM Blockchain Innovation Is Transforming Traditional Business Models” – Sponsored by IBM][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Aron Dutta]
          • 12:05pm
            Wednesday March 22
            12:05pm - 12:15pm
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Panel Discussion/Q&A Part II
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Panel Discussion/Q&A Part II][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Dewey Johnson]
          • 12:15pm
            Wednesday March 22
            12:15pm - 1:30pm
            Luncheon

            TR3: Luncheon
            [Wednesday March 22][Luncheon][][Luncheon][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives]
          • 1:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            1:30pm - 1:45pm
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Afternoon Moderator Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Afternoon Moderator Remarks][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Peter Feng]
          • 1:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            1:30pm - 1:35pm
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: Afternoon Moderator Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][Afternoon Moderator Remarks][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Chuck Carr]
          • 1:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            1:30pm - 1:40pm
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Afternoon Moderator Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Afternoon Moderator Remarks][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Steve Lewandowski]
          • 1:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            1:30pm - 2:15pm
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Afternoon Moderator Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Afternoon Moderator Remarks][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Mike Smith]
          • 1:35pm
            Wednesday March 22
            1:35pm - 2:10pm
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: Global Chlorine Market, Recovery Now?

            Historical chlorine demand growth is characterized by a boom and bust cycle that tracks the growth rate of global GDP closely. Typically, demand would rebound immediately after every decline in growth and this cycle seems to repeat itself every 6 to 8 years. True enough; the decline in 2015 was follow by a swift recovery last year. What happens? How would the road to recovery looks like in the next 5 years’ time.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][Global Chlorine Market, Recovery Now?][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Eddie Kok]
          • 1:40pm
            Wednesday March 22
            1:40pm - 2:10pm
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Global Paraxylene and PTA – The End of Trade?
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Global Paraxylene and PTA – The End of Trade?][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Duncan Clark]
          • 1:40pm
            Wednesday March 22
            1:40pm - 2:10pm
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Olefins and NGL Availability – Dreams and Reality
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Olefins and NGL Availability – Dreams and Reality][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Walt Hart]
          • 1:40pm
            Wednesday March 22
            1:40pm - 2:10pm
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Reinventing the Wheel: The Automotive Transformation
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Reinventing the Wheel: The Automotive Transformation][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Tony Palmer]
          • 2:10pm
            Wednesday March 22
            2:10pm - 2:40pm
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Global MEG Outlook
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Global MEG Outlook][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Tison Keel]
          • 2:10pm
            Wednesday March 22
            2:10pm - 2:40pm
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: Will EDC and VCM Look in the Same Direction?

            This presentation will discuss the current market dynamics of EDC and VCM and the reason why they don’t follow the same direction. The PVC market says “hang in there, time to come with me.”

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][Will EDC and VCM Look in the Same Direction?][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Kyle Choi]
          • 2:10pm
            Wednesday March 22
            2:10pm - 2:40pm
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Global Methanol Value Chain
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Global Methanol Value Chain][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Mike Nash]
          • 2:10pm
            Wednesday March 22
            2:10pm - 2:40pm
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Polyurethane: Changing Dynamics in the Foam Market
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Polyurethane: Changing Dynamics in the Foam Market][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Masahiro Yoneyama]
          • 2:40pm
            Wednesday March 22
            2:40pm - 3:10pm
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Global Polyester Fibers Outlook
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Global Polyester Fibers Outlook][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Ashish Pujari]
          • 2:40pm
            Wednesday March 22
            2:40pm - 3:15pm
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: PVC: A World of Opportunities and Threats

            The global PVC industry is heading into a new era of tightness. Capacity growth has slowed dramatically and in some regions it has gone into reverse due to multiple headwinds. Meanwhile, demand continues to catch up. PVC economics must be sustained to drive the next wave of investment.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][PVC: A World of Opportunities and Threats][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Henry Warren]
          • 2:40pm
            Wednesday March 22
            2:40pm - 3:10pm
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Asia Olefins & Derivatives
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Asia Olefins & Derivatives][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Jinsu Yim]
          • 2:40pm
            Wednesday March 22
            2:40pm - 3:10pm
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Engineering Thermoplastics: Is PBT the Canary in the Coal Mine?

            The relentless shift in the balance of polymer capacity towards Asia is changing trade patterns and creating strategic challenges for producers and some consumers in the engineering resins market. We will examine the trends and identify opportunities and threats posed for the major engineering resin families over the next five years.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Engineering Thermoplastics: Is PBT the Canary in the Coal Mine?][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Paul Blanchard]
          • 3:10pm
            Wednesday March 22
            3:10pm - 3:30pm
            Afternoon Refreshment Break

            TR1: Afternoon Refreshment Break
            [Wednesday March 22][Afternoon Refreshment Break][][Afternoon Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates]
          • 3:10pm
            Wednesday March 22
            3:10pm - 3:30pm
            Afternoon Refreshment Break

            Breakout
            TR4: Afternoon Refreshment Break
            [Wednesday March 22][Afternoon Refreshment Break][Breakout][Afternoon Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets]
          • 3:10pm
            Wednesday March 22
            3:10pm - 3:30pm
            Afternoon Refreshment Break

            TR3: Afternoon Refreshment Break
            [Wednesday March 22][Afternoon Refreshment Break][][Afternoon Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives]
          • 3:15pm
            Wednesday March 22
            3:15pm - 3:30pm
            Afternoon Refreshment Break

            TR2: Afternoon Refreshment Break
            [Wednesday March 22][Afternoon Refreshment Break][][Afternoon Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives]
          • 3:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            3:30pm - 4:00pm
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: PET Life Cycle – The Ongoing Disconnect Between Supply & Demand
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][PET Life Cycle – The Ongoing Disconnect Between Supply & Demand][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Martin Wiesweg]
          • 3:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            3:30pm - 4:00pm
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: MDI & TDI Review
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][MDI & TDI Review][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][James Elliott]
          • 3:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            3:30pm - 4:00pm
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: The Art of Investing in EMEA Olefins

            The investment world has changed as have the olefin markets. The ‘who’, the ‘why’ and the ‘where’ are evolving in this new world. There has been a shift in the shape of projects, in the weighting of cost versus market, of producer versus consumer. The resulting opportunities for ethylene and propylene investors in the Middle East, Africa and Europe have changed dramatically.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][The Art of Investing in EMEA Olefins][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Matthew Thoelke]
          • 3:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            3:30pm - 4:00pm
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Asking Questions: Acrylates and Super Absorbent Polymers

            The paper presents a review of the recent history of the global acrylic acid, acrylates and Super Absorbent Polymer markets. What have been the historical drivers for these markets? What changes are required to ensure the evolution and survival of a healthy value chain?

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Asking Questions: Acrylates and Super Absorbent Polymers][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][David Byrne]
          • 4:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            4:00pm - 4:30pm
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Global Nylon: The Tide is Turning
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Global Nylon: The Tide is Turning][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Meiko Woo]
          • 4:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            4:00pm - 4:30pm
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: Titanium Dioxide: Market Overview and the Impact on the Global Chlor-Alkali Market
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][Titanium Dioxide: Market Overview and the Impact on the Global Chlor-Alkali Market][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Samantha Wietlisbach]
          • 4:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            4:00pm - 4:30pm
            Track 3

            Breakout
            TR3: Increased Uncertainty in Global Butadiene Markets

            For a few years it appeared that the global butadiene markets were settling into a period of secure supply and reasonable margins. However, more recently, price spikes reminiscent of 2011 and supply challenges have returned. What caused the change and, more importantly, will this be a recurring market dynamic in the medium term?

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][Breakout][Increased Uncertainty in Global Butadiene Markets][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Bill Hyde]
          • 4:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            4:00pm - 4:30pm
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Cosmetic Chemicals: Better Looking Through Chemistry

            Specialty chemicals play an important role in the production of personal care products. They enable cosmetic companies such as L’Oreal and Procter & Gamble to deliver a wide array of cosmetics and toiletries to the consumer. This presentation will provide an overview of the global cosmetic chemical industry, the players, and the trends that drive the industry.

            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Cosmetic Chemicals: Better Looking Through Chemistry][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Aida Jebens]
          • 4:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            4:30pm - 4:40pm
            Track 1

            Breakout
            TR1: Closing Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 1][Breakout][Closing Remarks][Breakout Track][TR1: Aromatics & Fiber Intermediates][Peter Feng]
          • 4:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            4:30pm - 5:00pm
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: Global Soda Ash Outlook & Role of Trade
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][Global Soda Ash Outlook & Role of Trade][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Marguerite Morrin]
          • 4:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            4:30pm - 4:40pm
            Track 3

            TR3: Closing Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 3][][Closing Remarks][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins & Derivatives][Steve Lewandowski]
          • 4:30pm
            Wednesday March 22
            4:30pm - 4:40pm
            Track 4

            Breakout
            TR4: Closing Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 4][Breakout][Closing Remarks][Breakout Track][TR4: Specialty Chemicals & End-Use Markets][Mike Smith]
          • 5:00pm
            Wednesday March 22
            5:00pm - 5:10pm
            Track 2

            Breakout
            TR2: Closing Remarks
            [Wednesday March 22][Track 2][Breakout][Closing Remarks][Breakout Track][TR2: Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives][Chuck Carr]
          • 8:00am
            Thursday March 23
            8:00am - 5:00pm
            Thursday Workshop

            IHS Markit chemical courses and workshops are designed to be of interest and value to both new and experienced professionals from the chemical, energy, refining and renewables industries, or those in adjacent industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive and financial services. These courses will benefit anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding across chemical and energy value chains or those who want to gain strategic points viewpoints on end-markets, processes and trends.

            Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals

            This workshop reviews key industry fundamentals starting with the foundation of the petrochemical industry – feedstocks, including natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil fractions, especially naphtha, coal and renewables. The feedstock session then leads into a thorough discussion of the industry building blocks – olefins (ethylene, propylene, butadiene) and aromatics (benzene, toluene, xylenes) businesses. Finally, the large volume thermoplastics including the polyethylenes (LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE), polypropylene, PVC, polystyrene and polyester/PET as well as C1-based chemicals synthesis gas (syngas), ammonia and methanol are covered. Within each of these topics key suppliers, demand profiles and pricing is discussed. Especially important for industry newcomers is that our instructors will clarify the technical jargon commonly used in the petrochemical industry.

              [Thursday March 23][Thursday Workshop][][Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals][Workshop][Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals][Tony Palmer][Tony Potter][Roger Green][Mike Smith][Sanjay Sharma][Mike Kratochwill]
            • 8:00am
              Thursday March 23
              8:00am - 5:00pm
              Thursday Workshop

              IHS Markit chemical courses and workshops are designed to be of interest and value to both new and experienced professionals from the chemical, energy, refining and renewables industries, or those in adjacent industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive and financial services. These courses will benefit anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding across chemical and energy value chains or those who want to gain strategic points viewpoints on end-markets, processes and trends.

              Workshop
              Purchasing Excellence in Chemicals

              This class is a supplement to the Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals training course, and is designed for purchasers of chemicals and chemically dependent materials, components and systems. It provides insights on how prices of key raw materials are set and a discussion of tools available for buyers of these products. The class reviews pricing concepts relevant to the chemical industry and inputs used by suppliers to set prices. It also examines the pricing dynamics and price setting mechanisms for selected products. Other topics include trends affecting chemical pricing, raw material sourcing strategy considerations, and a discussion of selected case studies.

              [Thursday March 23][Thursday Workshop][Workshop][Purchasing Excellence in Chemicals][Workshop][Purchasing Excellence in Chemicals][John Mulholland][Russell Heinen]
            • 8:00am
              Thursday March 23
              8:00am - 5:00pm
              Thursday Workshop

              IHS Markit chemical courses and workshops are designed to be of interest and value to both new and experienced professionals from the chemical, energy, refining and renewables industries, or those in adjacent industries such as agriculture, oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive and financial services. These courses will benefit anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and understanding across chemical and energy value chains or those who want to gain strategic points viewpoints on end-markets, processes and trends.

              Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies

              This new course will examine the commercial impact of olefins and polyolefins technologies on cost competitiveness, market dynamics and trade. It is especially important for industry newcomers is that our instructors will clarify the technical jargon commonly used in the petrochemical industry.

                [Thursday March 23][Thursday Workshop][][Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies][Workshop][Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies][Dr. Mark Morgan][Robin Waters][Mark Wegenka]
              • 8:15am
                Thursday March 23
                8:15am - 8:30am
                TS: Welcome Remarks – Technology Seminar

                TS: Welcome Remarks – Technology Seminar
                [Thursday March 23][TS: Welcome Remarks – Technology Seminar][][Welcome Remarks – Technology Seminar][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Don Bari][Jeffrey S. Plotkin, Ph.D.]
              • 8:30am
                Thursday March 23
                8:30am - 9:00am
                TS: R&D Trends – The Arc of Petrochemical Industry Process Technology Evolution

                TS: R&D Trends – The Arc of Petrochemical Industry Process Technology Evolution

                The petrochemical industry has been on a long, never ending journey of developing cheaper and cheaper process technology for manufacturing useful products from very basic raw materials. This cost efficiency march has not always been in a smooth straight line and has often involved baby steps, side-steps, back-tracks, stumbles and every once in while great leaps. This presentation is intended to briefly track this arc of petrochemical process development with an eye to setting the stage for our esteemed speakers participating in the technology seminar.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: R&D Trends – The Arc of Petrochemical Industry Process Technology Evolution][][R&D Trends – The Arc of Petrochemical Industry Process Technology Evolution][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Jeffrey S. Plotkin, Ph.D.]
              • 8:30am
                Thursday March 23
                8:30am - 8:35am
                LAPS: Welcome Remarks – Latin American Petrochemical Summit

                LAPS: Welcome Remarks – Latin American Petrochemical Summit
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Welcome Remarks – Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Welcome Remarks – Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Rina Quijada]
              • 8:30am
                Thursday March 23
                8:30am - 8:35am
                CF: Welcome Remarks – China Forum

                CF: Welcome Remarks – China Forum
                [Thursday March 23][CF: Welcome Remarks – China Forum][][Welcome Remarks – China Forum][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Dave Witte]
              • 8:35am
                Thursday March 23
                8:35am - 8:45am
                LAPS: Networking Exercise – Latin American Petrochemical Summit

                LAPS: Networking Exercise
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Networking Exercise – Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Networking Exercise][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit]
              • 8:35am
                Thursday March 23
                8:35am - 9:00am
                CF: China Energy and Chemical Industry Overview (Status, Policy, Challenges and Opportunities)

                CF: China Energy and Chemical Industry Overview (Status, Policy, Challenges and Opportunities)
                [Thursday March 23][CF: China Energy and Chemical Industry Overview (Status, Policy, Challenges and Opportunities)][][China Energy and Chemical Industry Overview (Status, Policy, Challenges and Opportunities)][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Shousheng Li]
              • 8:45am
                Thursday March 23
                8:45am - 9:00am
                LAPS: Latin America Economic Overview

                LAPS: Latin America Economic Overview
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Latin America Economic Overview][][Latin America Economic Overview][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Rina Quijada]
              • 9:00am
                Thursday March 23
                9:00am - 9:30am
                TS: Advantaged Technology and Application of Methanol to Fuel and Chemicals

                TS: Advantaged Technology and Application of Methanol to Fuel and Chemicals

                Methanol is one of the most important chemicals. SEG can provide methanol to olefin and methanol to gasoline technologies with partners based on it’s advantages of more than 50 years engineering experiences on fluid bed technologies. SEG is open to cooperate with international partners to provide total solutions for clients.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: Advantaged Technology and Application of Methanol to Fuel and Chemicals][][Advantaged Technology and Application of Methanol to Fuel and Chemicals][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Kezhi Lin]
              • 9:00am
                Thursday March 23
                9:00am - 9:15am
                LAPS: Feedstock in Latin America: Setting the Stage

                LAPS: Feedstock in Latin America: Setting the Stage
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Feedstock in Latin America: Setting the Stage][][Feedstock in Latin America: Setting the Stage][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Walt Hart]
              • 9:00am
                Thursday March 23
                9:00am - 9:25am
                CF: North America: Opportunities for Chemical Sector Investments

                CF: North America: Opportunities for Chemical Sector Investments
                [Thursday March 23][CF: North America: Opportunities for Chemical Sector Investments][][North America: Opportunities for Chemical Sector Investments][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Mark Eramo]
              • 9:15am
                Thursday March 23
                9:15am - 9:30am
                LAPS: Feedstock Availability for Petrochemicals in Argentina

                LAPS: Feedstock Availability for Petrochemicals in Argentina
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Feedstock Availability for Petrochemicals in Argentina][][Feedstock Availability for Petrochemicals in Argentina][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Jorge de Zavaleta]
              • 9:25am
                Thursday March 23
                9:25am - 9:50am
                CF: Chinese Company’s Oversea Investment Strategy

                CF: Chinese Company’s Oversea Investment Strategy
                [Thursday March 23][CF: Chinese Company’s Oversea Investment Strategy][][Chinese Company’s Oversea Investment Strategy][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Carl Weiqi Hua]
              • 9:30am
                Thursday March 23
                9:30am - 10:00am
                TS: STAR Process® Technology – Advanced On-purpose Propylene Production

                TS: STAR Process® Technology – Advanced On-purpose Propylene Production

                The STAR process® technology of Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (TKIS) is used for the production of propylene and butylenes by dehydrogenation of propane (PDH) and butanes (BDH), respectively.

                Especially propylene shows continuous growth driven by the demand for polypropylene (PP) and other derivatives. It is assumed that propylene production will increase from 100 to 120 million metric tons per year till 2022. In the same period the share of on-purpose technologies like PDH or metathesis will increase from approx. 15% to over 30% (Source: IHS Inc., 2013). The STAR process® with a licensed capacity of more than 1.7 million tons per year is one of the leading on-purpose technologies.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: STAR Process® Technology – Advanced On-purpose Propylene Production][][STAR Process® Technology – Advanced On-purpose Propylene Production][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Sascha Wenzel]
              • 9:30am
                Thursday March 23
                9:30am - 9:45am
                LAPS: Mexico Raw Material Challenges

                LAPS: Mexico Raw Material Challenges

                A summary of the Raw Material Challenges faced by the Mexican Petrochemical industry. From the birth of Mexico's Petrochemical industry, promoted by an abundance of raw materials (natural gas and ethane) in the 1970s, to a problematic supply position nowadays given a decline of the oil and gas fields and the new opportunities given by Mexico's Energy Reform.

                Past, present and future are presented to explain the current scenario.

                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Mexico Raw Material Challenges][][Mexico Raw Material Challenges][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Luis Montanaro]
              • 9:45am
                Thursday March 23
                9:45am - 10:00am
                LAPS: Brazil Feedstock Update: Moving Away from Naphtha?

                LAPS: Brazil Feedstock Update: Moving Away from Naphtha?
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Brazil Feedstock Update: Moving Away from Naphtha?][][Brazil Feedstock Update: Moving Away from Naphtha?][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Otávio Gattermann de Carvalho]
              • 9:50am
                Thursday March 23
                9:50am - 10:15am
                CF: North American Company’s Market Opportunity and Investment Strategy in China

                CF: North American Company’s Market Opportunity and Investment Strategy in China
                [Thursday March 23][CF: North American Company’s Market Opportunity and Investment Strategy in China][][North American Company’s Market Opportunity and Investment Strategy in China][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Manav Lahoti]
              • 10:00am
                Thursday March 23
                10:00am - 10:15am
                TS: Question & Answer I

                TS: Question & Answer I – Technology Seminar
                [Thursday March 23][TS: Question & Answer I][][Question & Answer I – Technology Seminar][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar]
              • 10:00am
                Thursday March 23
                10:00am - 10:15am
                LAPS: Question & Answer I – Latin American Petrochemical Summit

                LAPS: Question & Answer I – Latin American Petrochemical Summit
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Question & Answer I – Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Question & Answer I – Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Adrian Calcaneo]
              • 10:15am
                Thursday March 23
                10:15am - 10:30am
                TS: Break I

                TS: Morning Break
                [Thursday March 23][TS: Break I][][Morning Break][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar]
              • 10:15am
                Thursday March 23
                10:15am - 10:35am
                LAPS: Networking Break

                LAPS: Networking Break
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Networking Break][][Networking Break][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit]
              • 10:15am
                Thursday March 23
                10:15am - 10:35am
                CF: Panel Discussion I – China Forum

                CF: Panel Discussion I – China Forum
                [Thursday March 23][CF: Panel Discussion I – China Forum][][Panel Discussion I – China Forum][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Paul Pang]
              • 10:30am
                Thursday March 23
                10:30am - 11:00am
                TS: Advances in Oxidation Technology of Butene to Butadiene

                TS: Advances in Oxidation Technology of Butene to Butadiene
                [Thursday March 23][TS: Advances in Oxidation Technology of Butene to Butadiene][][Advances in Oxidation Technology of Butene to Butadiene][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Xiankuan Zhang]
              • 10:35am
                Thursday March 23
                10:35am - 10:50am
                LAPS: Petrochemical Overview: Fundamentals Behind Demand Growth in the Region

                LAPS: Petrochemical Overview: Fundamentals Behind Demand Growth in the Region
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Petrochemical Overview: Fundamentals Behind Demand Growth in the Region][][Petrochemical Overview: Fundamentals Behind Demand Growth in the Region][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Javier Ortiz]
              • 10:35am
                Thursday March 23
                10:35am - 11:00am
                CF: Coffee Break

                CF: Coffee Break
                [Thursday March 23][CF: Coffee Break][][Coffee Break][Special Program][CF: China Forum]
              • 10:50am
                Thursday March 23
                10:50am - 11:10am
                LAPS: New PE Capacity in Mexico: Update and Expected Trends for 2017

                LAPS: New PE Capacity in Mexico: Update and Expected Trends for 2017
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: New PE Capacity in Mexico: Update and Expected Trends for 2017][][New PE Capacity in Mexico: Update and Expected Trends for 2017][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Jorge Barreda]
              • 11:00am
                Thursday March 23
                11:00am - 11:30am
                TS: Ethane in NGL Separation – to Reject or to Recover?

                TS: Ethane in NGL Separation – to Reject or to Recover?

                The competitive NGL-based feedstocks have spurred a new wave of investment in ethane-based ethylene production in North America, including seven expansion projects of existing crackers, six new steam crackers under construction, and eight crackers in feasibility stage. These new projects require additional ethane supply of about 11 million tons of ethane by 2018 and another 11.1 million tons beyond 2018 for the eight crackers in the feasibility stage. Whether the midstream companies will be able to meet this growing demand depends on pipeline availability, exports, and most importantly NGL separation and fractionation economics. This presentation examines the ethane separation economics to determine when a midstream company will reject ethane (including it with methane for fuel use) or recover it as a petrochemical feedstock to get an assessment of future supply-based techno-economics analysis.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: Ethane in NGL Separation – to Reject or to Recover?][][Ethane in NGL Separation – to Reject or to Recover?][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][R. J. Chang]
              • 11:00am
                Thursday March 23
                11:00am - 11:25am
                CF: Connecting China with the Rest of World

                CF: Connecting China with the Rest of World
                [Thursday March 23][CF: Connecting China with the Rest of World][][Connecting China with the Rest of World][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Paul Pang]
              • 11:10am
                Thursday March 23
                11:10am - 11:30am
                LAPS: Mexican Automotive Industry: Expected Growth Trends in Trade

                LAPS: Mexican Automotive Industry: Expected Growth Trends in Trade
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Mexican Automotive Industry: Expected Growth Trends in Trade][][Mexican Automotive Industry: Expected Growth Trends in Trade][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Guido Vildozo]
              • 11:25am
                Thursday March 23
                11:25am - 11:50am
                CF: North America NGL Supply Outlook and Export Facility

                CF: North America NGL Supply Outlook and Export Facility
                [Thursday March 23][CF: North America NGL Supply Outlook and Export Facility][][North America NGL Supply Outlook and Export Facility][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Darryl Rogers]
              • 11:30am
                Thursday March 23
                11:30am - 12:00pm
                TS: Cost-Efficient Methanol Production by Means of Topsoe Autothermal Reforming

                TS: Cost-Efficient Methanol Production by Means of Topsoe Autothermal Reforming

                The leading methanol technology licensor Haldor Topsoe recently released a completely new route to methanol production. The new route eliminates the need for a steam reformer and thereby brings vast economic and operational benefits. The technology and its implications on project economics and implementation are presented.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: Cost-Efficient Methanol Production by Means of Topsoe Autothermal Reforming][][Cost-Efficient Methanol Production by Means of Topsoe Autothermal Reforming][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Esben Sorensen]
              • 11:30am
                Thursday March 23
                11:30am - 11:50am
                LAPS: Impact of Panama Canal Expansion on Trade

                LAPS: Impact of Panama Canal Expansion on Trade

                On June 26 Panama opened its long anticipated 3rd set of locks of the Panama Canal, a $5.4 billion, decade-long expansion project that roughly tripled the size of container ships and other vessels able to transit the waterway, the first expansion in the canal’s 102-year history. The opening has had an impact on how trade moves between Asia and North America and has affected the movement other commodities including energy, with more impact to come in 2017 and beyond, according to IHS Markit data.

                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Impact of Panama Canal Expansion on Trade][][Impact of Panama Canal Expansion on Trade][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Peter Tirschwell]
              • 11:50am
                Thursday March 23
                11:50am - 12:05pm
                LAPS: Question & Answer II

                LAPS: Question & Answer II – Latin American Petrochemical Summit
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Question & Answer II][][Question & Answer II – Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Joel Morales]
              • 11:50am
                Thursday March 23
                11:50am - 12:10pm
                CF: Outlook on China Olefin Industry and Feedstock Sourcing

                CF: Outlook on China Olefin Industry and Feedstock Sourcing
                [Thursday March 23][CF: Outlook on China Olefin Industry and Feedstock Sourcing][][Outlook on China Olefin Industry and Feedstock Sourcing][Special Program][CF: China Forum][William Chen]
              • 12:00pm
                Thursday March 23
                12:00pm - 12:30pm
                TS: Disruptive Technology in the Olefins Value Chain

                TS: Disruptive Technology in the Olefins Value Chain

                Siluria Technologies is changing the way basic chemicals and fuels like ethylene, propylene, and gasoline can be made. The company’s natural gas fed catalytic processes are compatible with existing petrochemical and refinery infrastructure, translating to lower costs, feedstock flexibility, and superior scalability than steam cracking or other on-purpose routes.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: Disruptive Technology in the Olefins Value Chain][][Disruptive Technology in the Olefins Value Chain][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Andrea Redford]
              • 12:05pm
                Thursday March 23
                12:05pm - 12:15pm
                LAPS: Closing Remarks

                LAPS: Closing Remarks – Latin American Petrochemical Summit
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Closing Remarks][][Closing Remarks – Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Rina Quijada]
              • 12:10pm
                Thursday March 23
                12:10pm - 12:30pm
                CF: China Market Opportunity for Foreign Companies

                CF: China Market Opportunity for Foreign Companies
                [Thursday March 23][CF: China Market Opportunity for Foreign Companies][][China Market Opportunity for Foreign Companies][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Bochun Shou]
              • 12:15pm
                Thursday March 23
                12:15pm - 1:15pm
                LAPS: Lunch

                LAPS: Lunch
                [Thursday March 23][LAPS: Lunch][][Lunch][Special Program][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit]
              • 12:30pm
                Thursday March 23
                12:30pm - 12:45pm
                TS: Question & Answer II

                TS: Question & Answer II – Technology Seminar
                [Thursday March 23][TS: Question & Answer II][][Question & Answer II – Technology Seminar][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar]
              • 12:30pm
                Thursday March 23
                12:30pm - 1:00pm
                CF: Panel Discussion II – China Forum

                CF: Panel Discussion II – China Forum
                [Thursday March 23][CF: Panel Discussion II – China Forum][][Panel Discussion II – China Forum][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Mark Eramo]
              • 12:45pm
                Thursday March 23
                12:45pm - 1:45pm
                TS: Lunch

                TS: Lunch
                [Thursday March 23][TS: Lunch][][Lunch][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar]
              • 1:00pm
                Thursday March 23
                1:00pm - 1:05pm
                CF: Closing Remarks – China Forum

                CF: Closing Remarks – China Forum
                [Thursday March 23][CF: Closing Remarks – China Forum][][Closing Remarks – China Forum][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Mark Eramo]
              • 1:05pm
                Thursday March 23
                1:05pm - 2:05pm
                CF: Lunch

                CF: Lunch
                [Thursday March 23][CF: Lunch][][Lunch][Special Program][CF: China Forum]
              • 1:45pm
                Thursday March 23
                1:45pm - 2:15pm
                TS: The Dynamics of Global Plant Construction Location Factors

                TS: The Dynamics of Global Plant Construction Location Factors

                In discussions with IHS Markit clients in recent years, one of the topics that they bring up most frequently has been the rapid change in relative construction cost levels between different locations. Much of this cost fluctuation can be attributed to recent wide swings of exchange rates for most global currencies, but other factors such as labor rate changes, are also impactful. In light of this, IHS Markit developed a methodology to independently calculate and update our country location factors to reflect the ongoing reality in relative capital costs and cost competitiveness.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: The Dynamics of Global Plant Construction Location Factors][][The Dynamics of Global Plant Construction Location Factors][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Edward S. Glatzer]
              • 2:15pm
                Thursday March 23
                2:15pm - 2:45pm
                TS: New Cost-Effective Membrane Systems for Petrochemical Component Separation

                TS: New Cost-Effective Membrane Systems for Petrochemical Component Separation

                Compact Membrane Systems has developed a membrane that is highly effective at separating olefins and paraffins. The membrane has advantageous performance characteristics (flux and selectivity) and has demonstrated stability for >300 days. Use of the membrane provides significant economic benefit over existing separation methods in numerous petrochemical and refining applications.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: New Cost-Effective Membrane Systems for Petrochemical Component Separation][][New Cost-Effective Membrane Systems for Petrochemical Component Separation][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Hannah Murnen]
              • 2:45pm
                Thursday March 23
                2:45pm - 3:15pm
                TS: Cost Competitive Single-Step Conversion of Fuel Grade Ethanol to Renewable Propylene (or Isobutylene) and Hydrogen

                TS: Cost Competitive Single-Step Conversion of Fuel Grade Ethanol to Renewable Propylene (or Isobutylene) and Hydrogen

                Gevo Inc., a Bio-Fuels company, has developed a novel robust mixed metal oxide catalyst that selectively converts fuel grade/hydrous Ethanol to high purity Propylene in mass yields of 37% (80% of theoretical) along with Hydrogen such that 10 million gallon per year (30 KTA) ethanol provides 11 KTA propylene and 3.2 MM SCFD Hydrogen. Economic sensitivities are discussed.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: Cost Competitive Single-Step Conversion of Fuel Grade Ethanol to Renewable Propylene (or Isobutylene) and Hydrogen][][Cost Competitive Single-Step Conversion of Fuel Grade Ethanol to Renewable Propylene (or Isobutylene) and Hydrogen][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Jonathan Smith]
              • 3:15pm
                Thursday March 23
                3:15pm - 3:45pm
                TS: Design and Synthesis of a New Catalyst for the Polymeration of Propylene

                TS: Design and Synthesis of a New Catalyst for the Polymerization of Propylene

                In the polypropylene industry, phthalate-based catalysts are used widely because of their advantages in comprehensive performance. However, phthalates were found to be potentially harmful for health. It is necessary to develop novel phthalate-free catalyst with high activity and excellent stereoregularity. The new catalyst PSP-01 with new structure sulfonyl compounds as electron donor, instead of phthalates, was successfully synthesized and developed by our laboratory. The catalyst PSP-01 exhibits excellent catalytic performance, and is commercialized. Series of polypropylene products with high performance were developed, and used in the various walks of life.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: Design and Synthesis of a New Catalyst for the Polymeration of Propylene][][Design and Synthesis of a New Catalyst for the Polymerization of Propylene][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Jianjun Yi]
              • 3:45pm
                Thursday March 23
                3:45pm - 4:00pm
                TS: Question & Answer III

                TS: Question & Answer III – Technology Seminar
                [Thursday March 23][TS: Question & Answer III][][Question & Answer III – Technology Seminar][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar]
              • 4:00pm
                Thursday March 23
                4:00pm - 4:15pm
                TS: Break II

                TS: Afternoon Break
                [Thursday March 23][TS: Break II][][Afternoon Break][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar]
              • 4:15pm
                Thursday March 23
                4:15pm - 4:45pm
                TS: Process Intensification in the Chemical Industry “You must unlearn what you have learned”

                TS: Process Intensification in the Chemical Industry “You must unlearn what you have learned”

                Over the last 50 years, the pace of technological innovation in electronics and computing has been phenomenal. The same cannot be said for the chemical industry that uses the same basic process units albeit with improvements in capacities, catalysts and technology routes. This presentation will review the concept of process intensification for chemical plant, what process units could be intensified, the potential benefits, the barriers and the current players in this area of innovation.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: Process Intensification in the Chemical Industry “You must unlearn what you have learned”][][Process Intensification in the Chemical Industry “You must unlearn what you have learned”][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Richard Charlesworth]
              • 4:45pm
                Thursday March 23
                4:45pm - 5:15pm
                TS: Syngas Fermentation Processes

                TS: Syngas Fermentation Processes

                Fermentation technology is being developed using microorganisms called acetogens that have the ability to convert synthesis gas (syngas) components to multi-carbon compounds such as ethanol, 2,3-butanediol, acetate, butyrate, butanol, and lactate. Unlike conventional thermochemical processes, such acetogens do not require specific H2:CO ratios for converting the gas into chemicals. This paper examines syngas fermentation technologies, stage of development and their potential commercial scale economics.

                [Thursday March 23][TS: Syngas Fermentation Processes][][Syngas Fermentation Processes][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar][Don Bari]
              • 5:15pm
                Thursday March 23
                5:15pm - 5:30pm
                TS: Question & Answer/Closing Remarks

                TS: Question & Answer/Closing Remarks – Technology Seminar
                [Thursday March 23][TS: Question & Answer/Closing Remarks][][Question & Answer/Closing Remarks – Technology Seminar][Special Program][TS: Technology Seminar]
              • 10:30am
                Friday March 24
                10:30am - 2:30pm
                Networking Event

                Port Houston Boat Tour

                M/V Sam Houston boat tour along the Houston Ship Channel
                Space is limited: Rain or shine (the boat has a covered cabin)

                Named for the legendary military commander who led the fight for Texas independence from Mexico and later statehood, the M/V Sam Houston offers a 90-minute round-trip educational tour along the Houston Ship Channel. Embarking from the port's Sam Houston Pavilion, visitors aboard the M/V Sam Houston can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels, and operations at the port's Turning Basin Terminal.

                Agenda

                10:30amCheck-in at the Marriot Marquis Hotel
                11:00amBus will depart from the hotel
                12:00-1:30pmBoat Tour (includes box lunch)
                2:30pmHotel arrival (arrival time may vary due to traffic)

                Sponsored by: Port of Houston Authority

                Port of Houston Authority
                [Friday March 24][Networking Event][][Port Houston Boat Tour][Networking]