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  • Monday 19 MarchExcursions
  • Tuesday 20 MarchWorkshops & Special Programs
  • Wednesday 21 MarchExecutive Conference
  • Thursday 22 MarchBreakout Tracks
  • Friday 23 MarchWorkshops & Special Programs
  • 12:00pm
    Monday 19 March
    12:00pm - 3:45pm
    Educational Excursion – Private Boat Tour of Port Houston

    Educational Excursion – Private Boat Tour of Port Houston

    Educational Excursion — Arrive before the conference begins and join a private boat tour of the Port of Houston. We'll begin our excursion from the Sam Houston Monument and view the Barbours Cut Terminal on board the MV Sam Houston.

    Pre-registration required.

    12:00pm – 3:45pm

    Schedule:

    • Pick up your badge at WPC Registration - Meet at hotel 12:00pm
    • Bus departs at 12:45 promptly
    • Board at dock: 1:15
    • Lunch will be served on the boat
    • Returns to dock at 3:00
    • Bus leaves for Hotel 3:15
    • Arrives back at 3:45

    *Due to Port Houston’s commitment to safety and security, all attendees must have a current photo ID to enter Port Houston’s property.

    Limited to 60 delegates on a first-come-first basis.

    Background on the Houston Port:

    Each year, more than 241 million tons of cargo move through the greater Port of Houston, carried by more than 8,200 vessels and 223,000 barges. The port is consistently ranked 1st in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage; 1st in US imports; 1st in US export tonnage and 2nd in the US in total tonnage. It is also the nation's leading breakbulk port, handling 41% of project cargo at Gulf Coast ports.

    The Barbours Cut terminal is undergoing a modernization, with $700 million earmarked for improvements at the facility in coming years. Four new wharf cranes were installed at the terminal last year.

    [Monday 19 March][Educational Excursion – Private Boat Tour of Port Houston][][Educational Excursion – Private Boat Tour of Port Houston]
  • 8:00am
    Tuesday 20 March
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Tuesday Workshop

    Workshop
    Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals Workshop

    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.

    [Tuesday 20 March][Tuesday Workshop][Workshop][Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals Workshop][Workshop][Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals][Anthony Palmer][Roger Green][Mike Smith][Mark Morgan]
  • 8:00am
    Tuesday 20 March
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Tuesday Workshop

    Workshop
    Specialty Chemical Industry Workshop

    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.

    [Tuesday 20 March][Tuesday Workshop][Workshop][Specialty Chemical Industry Workshop][Workshop][Specialty Chemical Industry][Stefan Müller][Yoshio Inoguchi][Rita Wu][Adam Gao][Mike Malveda]
  • 8:00am
    Tuesday 20 March
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Tuesday Workshop

    Workshop
    Use of Naphtha & NGL as Feedstock Workshop

    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.

    [Tuesday 20 March][Tuesday Workshop][Workshop][Use of Naphtha & NGL as Feedstock Workshop][Workshop][Use of Naphtha & NGL as Feedstock][Debnil Chowdhury][Walt Hart]
  • 8:00am
    Tuesday 20 March
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    Tuesday Workshop

    Refining 101 Workshop

    This course is designed for anyone who wants an overview of strategic sourcing in the petrochemical industry, from industry newcomers to experienced professionals needing a refresher on this topic. The course should be of interest to purchasing professionals and others involved in sourcing key chemical-related products, as well as individuals seeking a deeper understanding of chemical industry dynamics.

    [Tuesday 20 March][Tuesday Workshop][][Refining 101 Workshop][Fellipe Balieiro][Glenn Giacobbe]
  • 8:30am
    Tuesday 20 March
    8:30am - 8:45am
    Technology Seminar

    TS: Welcome Remarks – Technology Seminar
    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Welcome Remarks – Technology Seminar][TS: Technology Seminar][Don Bari][Jeffrey Plotkin]
  • 8:30am
    Tuesday 20 March
    8:30am - 8:45am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Welcome Remarks – Transportation & Logistics Summit
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Welcome Remarks – Transportation & Logistics Summit][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Joseph Bonney]
  • 8:45am
    Tuesday 20 March
    8:45am - 9:15am
    Technology Seminar

    TS: Keynote – Chemical Industry Dynamics and the Implications for Innovation and Technology Development

    Shale gas revitalized the U.S. chemical industry. The dark years when it looked like ethane was gone are now distant memories. R&D organizations responded during the dark years, moving efforts from gas-based processes to alternatives like coal, biomass and waste. The gas-rich future we see before us is again shaping R&D activities. Product and process research are shaped by a future with abundant NGL resources. Innovations continue to deliver a rich and varied polyolefin portfolio, pushing performance to new levels. New process technologies promise greater efficiency. Innovation delivery will be essential to business success in this dynamic environment.

    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Keynote – Chemical Industry Dynamics and the Implications for Innovation and Technology Development][TS: Technology Seminar][Bob Maughon]
  • 8:45am
    Tuesday 20 March
    8:45am - 9:10am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Keynote: Global Economic Forecast][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Nariman Behravesh]
  • 9:10am
    Tuesday 20 March
    9:10am - 9:30am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][LPG & Ethane Exports: Where are They Going and Why We Can’t Consume It All in the US?][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Scott Gray]
  • 9:15am
    Tuesday 20 March
    9:15am - 9:45am
    Technology Seminar

    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Crude Oil to Chemicals – Industry Development and Technology Choices][TS: Technology Seminar][R. J. Chang]
  • 9:30am
    Tuesday 20 March
    9:30am - 9:50am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][PE/PP US Capacity and the Impact on Exports until 2022][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Joel Morales]
  • 9:45am
    Tuesday 20 March
    9:45am - 10:15am
    Technology Seminar

    TS: Thermal Reclamation and Polystyrene-to-Styrene Monomer Technologies
    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Thermal Reclamation and Polystyrene-to-Styrene Monomer Technologies][TS: Technology Seminar][Joseph Vaillancourt]
  • 9:50am
    Tuesday 20 March
    9:50am - 10:00am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Group Q&A
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Group Q&A][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Joseph Bonney]
  • 10:00am
    Tuesday 20 March
    10:00am - 10:25am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Morning Break
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Morning Break][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit]
  • 10:15am
    Tuesday 20 March
    10:15am - 10:50am
    Technology Seminar

    TS: Morning Break
    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Morning Break][TS: Technology Seminar]
  • 10:25am
    Tuesday 20 March
    10:25am - 10:40am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Logistics Solutions for Growth][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Doug Craven]
  • 10:40am
    Tuesday 20 March
    10:40am - 11:00am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Packaging and Distribution][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Frank Vingerhoets]
  • 10:50am
    Tuesday 20 March
    10:50am - 11:20am
    Technology Seminar

    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Fluidized-bed Methanol-based Technologies][TS: Technology Seminar][Fei Wei Cheungkong]
  • 11:00am
    Tuesday 20 March
    11:00am - 11:10am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit]
  • 11:00am
    Tuesday 20 March
    11:00am - 11:15am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Group Q&A
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Group Q&A][Special Program][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Joel Morales]
  • 11:15am
    Tuesday 20 March
    11:15am - 11:35am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Container Shipping and Petrochemicals][Special Program][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Howard Finkel]
  • 11:20am
    Tuesday 20 March
    11:20am - 11:50am
    Technology Seminar

    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Direct Conversion of Synthesis Gas to Olefins (without a methanol intermediate)][TS: Technology Seminar][Syed Naqvi]
  • 11:35am
    Tuesday 20 March
    11:35am - 11:50am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Contracting with your Carrier
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Contracting with your Carrier][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Marc Marling]
  • 11:50am
    Tuesday 20 March
    11:50am - 12:20pm
    Technology Seminar

    TS: Naphtha Catalytic Cracking: Can It Fill the Propylene Need?

    Ethylene is the world’s most important petrochemical, and steam cracking is by far the dominant method of production. In recent years, several economic trends have arisen that have motivated producers to examine alternative means for the cracking of hydrocarbons. Based on recent and expected future market and energy feedstock dynamics, there will be continued pressure to increase propylene supply demand.

    These trends have led producers to search for alternative ways to produce propylene. Several of these—propane dehydrogenation and metathesis, for example—have seen large numbers of newly constructed plants in recent years. Another avenue producers have examined is fluid catalytic cracking (FCC). FCC is the world’s second largest source of propylene. This propylene is essentially a byproduct of refinery gasoline production. However, in recent years, an effort has been made to increase ethylene and propylene yields to the point that these light olefins become the primary products. Also, in the refinery, the usual feed to an FCC unit is a heavy hydrocarbon. The question is: can a viable process be developed whereby naphtha is fed to an FCC unit that is optimized for light olefins; and with a claimed propylene-to-ethylene ratio of 1:1 (as compared to 0.6-0.7 for conventional steam cracking of naphtha)?

    This paper will discuss this question and examine one such technology. SK Energy, in partnership with KBR, has developed a process called Advanced Catalytic Olefins® (ACO). We will also present from a techno- perspective, pro-forma scenarios where naphtha catalytic cracking could achieve a competitive advantage.

    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Naphtha Catalytic Cracking: Can It Fill the Propylene Need?][TS: Technology Seminar][Don Bari]
  • 11:50am
    Tuesday 20 March
    11:50am - 11:55am
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Group Q&A
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Group Q&A][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Joseph Bonney]
  • 11:55am
    Tuesday 20 March
    11:55am - 12:15pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Successful Partnering with 3rd Party Logistics (3PL)
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Successful Partnering with 3rd Party Logistics (3PL)][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Roger D. Lekberg]
  • 12:15pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    12:15pm - 12:20pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Q&A
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Q&A][Special Program][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Joseph Bonney]
  • 12:20pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    12:20pm - 1:35pm
    Technology Seminar

    TS: Lunch
    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Lunch][TS: Technology Seminar][Greg Hirsch]
  • 12:20pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    12:20pm - 1:35pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Lunch
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Lunch][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Greg Hirsch]
  • 1:35pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    1:35pm - 2:05pm
    Technology Seminar

    TS: Chemurgy: Renewable Innovation

    While many consider the production of renewable, bio-based chemicals a new field, the foundations of Chemurgy have a rich history. Since the company was founded in 1902, ADM has made a strong commitment to the development of new technologies and industrial products from agricultural resources. ADM’s initiatives in renewable chemicals continue to leverage ADM’s strength as a diversified agricultural commodity company. A perspective on challenges and opportunities in the field of Chemurgy will be discussed. The presentation will also feature technology recently honored with the 2017 Innovation in BioPlastics Award from the Plastics Industry Association.

    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Chemurgy: Renewable Innovation][TS: Technology Seminar][Paul Bloom]
  • 1:35pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    1:35pm - 2:40pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Global Port Updates – Are Ports Prepared for the North American Shale Imports and Exports
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Global Port Updates – Are Ports Prepared for the North American Shale Imports and Exports][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Scott Gray][Todd Brown][Jordan Frisby][Tony Quinn]
  • 2:05pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    2:05pm - 2:45pm
    Technology Seminar

    TS: New Production Processes of Basic Chemicals: BB-FLEX and E-FLEX
    Asahi KASEI has developed two new production processes of basic chemicals, BB-FLEX and E-FLEX. BB-FLEX is an on purpose production technology of 1,3-butadiene by oxidative dehydrogenation reaction of n-butenes and E-FLEX is a catalytic conversion technology for propylene production with fluidized bed reactor.BB-FLEX has advantages of providing good control of the catalyst, high 1,3-butadiene yield and process stability. Due to the excellent catalyst, E-FLEX achieved high yield production of propylene using ethylene direct feed from ethane crackers and its process stability has been confirmed through the demo plant operation.
    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][New Production Processes of Basic Chemicals: BB-FLEX and E-FLEX][TS: Technology Seminar][Hiroyuki Yano][Ryusuke Miyazaki]
  • 2:40pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    2:40pm - 3:00pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Integrating Technology and Sharing Information to Increase Profits and Reduce the Driver Shortage
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Integrating Technology and Sharing Information to Increase Profits and Reduce the Driver Shortage][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Shaun Leone]
  • 2:45pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    2:45pm - 3:05pm
    Technology Seminar

    TS: Afternoon Break
    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Afternoon Break][TS: Technology Seminar]
  • 3:00pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    3:00pm - 3:10pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Q&A
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Q&A][Special Program][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Joel Morales]
  • 3:05pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    3:05pm - 4:10pm
    Technology Seminar

    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Panel Discussion: Capital Project Cost Risk Mitigation][TS: Technology Seminar][Richard Charlesworth][John Rizopoulos][Chen Huimei][Kevin Courville]
  • 3:10pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    3:10pm - 3:45pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Afternoon Break
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Afternoon Break][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit]
  • 3:45pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    3:45pm - 3:55pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Enabling Secure and Efficient Transactions Across the Supply Chain
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Enabling Secure and Efficient Transactions Across the Supply Chain][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Jason Kelley]
  • 3:55pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    3:55pm - 4:05pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: The Future of Digitization Across the Entire Supply Chain
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][The Future of Digitization Across the Entire Supply Chain][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Lars Kastrup]
  • 4:05pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    4:05pm - 4:15pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Producer Perspective][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Karen Bryant]
  • 4:10pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    4:10pm - 5:25pm
    Technology Seminar

    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Panel Discussion: Operation Cost Minimization][TS: Technology Seminar][Richard Charlesworth][David Gaertner][Eric Koenig][Mark Hall][Ken Lamb]
  • 4:15pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    4:15pm - 4:45pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Group Q&A
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Group Q&A][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Joel Morales]
  • 4:45pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    4:45pm - 4:50pm
    Transportation & Logistics Summit

    TLS: Closing Remarks – Transportation & Logistics Summit
    [Tuesday 20 March][Transportation & Logistics Summit][][Closing Remarks – Transportation & Logistics Summit][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit][Joseph Bonney]
  • 5:25pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    5:25pm - 5:30pm
    Technology Seminar

    TS: Closing Remarks
    [Tuesday 20 March][Technology Seminar][][Closing Remarks][TS: Technology Seminar][Don Bari]
  • 6:00pm
    Tuesday 20 March
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Welcome Reception

    TLS: Welcome Reception
    [Tuesday 20 March][Welcome Reception][][Welcome Reception][Networking][TS: Technology Seminar][TLS: Transportation & Logistics Summit]
  • 7:00am
    Wednesday 21 March
    7:00am - 8:30am
    Executive Conference

    Registration/Breakfast
    [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Registration/Breakfast]
  • 8:30am
    Wednesday 21 March
    8:30am - 8:35am
    Executive Conference

    Welcome Remarks
    [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Welcome Remarks][Executive Conference][Dave Witte]
  • 8:35am
    Wednesday 21 March
    8:35am - 8:45am
    Executive Conference

    Moderator Opening Remarks
    [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Moderator Opening Remarks][Executive Conference][Lyn Tattum]
  • 8:45am
    Wednesday 21 March
    8:45am - 9:10am
    Executive Conference

    The Global Economic Outlook: How Long Can the Good Times Roll?

    Global growth in 2017 was the strongest in six years. 2018 looks to be another good year. What could darken this pretty picture? While is no shortage of risks, most are low-level threats. That said, keep an eye on rising inflationary pressures, which could mean much higher interest rates. Also keep an eye on policy mistakes, including trade wars, a US government shutdown, and poorly managed de-leveraging program in China.

    [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][The Global Economic Outlook: How Long Can the Good Times Roll?][Executive Conference][Nariman Behravesh]
  • 9:10am
    Wednesday 21 March
    9:10am - 9:35am
    Executive Conference

    [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Global Crude Oil Outlook][Executive Conference][Kurt Barrow]
  • 9:35am
    Wednesday 21 March
    9:35am - 10:00am
    Executive Conference

    The Outlook for the Global Chemical Industry

    Underpinned by strong economic growth and a period of subdued capital investment, the chemical industry ended 2017 with another strong year of profits and relatively stability. Behind the scenes longer-term energy and environmental trends have combined with a continued focus on strategic portfolio realignment to substantively reshape country and sector dynamics. How will these impact industry fundamentals? What can derail what the current longest-running cycle on record? What are the key risks and uncertainties that could unfold? This presentation will examine the key drivers and trends that will shape the potential future outcomes.

    [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][The Outlook for the Global Chemical Industry][Executive Conference][Dave Witte]
  • 10:00am
    Wednesday 21 March
    10:00am - 10:15am
    Executive Conference

    Panel Discussion/Q&A
    [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Panel Discussion/Q&A][Executive Conference][Lyn Tattum]
  • 10:15am
    Wednesday 21 March
    10:15am - 10:45am
    Executive Conference

    Morning Networking/Coffee Break
    [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Morning Networking/Coffee Break][Executive Conference][Networking]
  • 10:45am
    Wednesday 21 March
    10:45am - 10:50am
    Executive Conference

    Moderator Remarks
    [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Moderator Remarks][Lyn Tattum]
  • 10:50am
    Wednesday 21 March
    10:50am - 12:15pm
    Executive Conference

    [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Executive Panel – Strategies for Prospering in an Extended Upcycle][Executive Conference][Lyn Tattum][Mark E. Lashier][Peter Huntsman][Thomas Casparie][Nick Clausi][Bi Chen][Tom Salmon]
  • 12:15pm
    Wednesday 21 March
    12:15pm - 2:00pm
    Networking Lunch

    Lunch Dialogue: Outlook for Regulatory Framework and Impact on Chemicals Investment
      [Wednesday 21 March][Networking Lunch][][Lunch Dialogue: Outlook for Regulatory Framework and Impact on Chemicals Investment][Networking][Mark Eramo][Chet M. Thompson][Cal Dooley]
    • 2:00pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      2:00pm - 2:05pm
      Executive Conference

      Afternoon Moderator Remarks – Tour of the World
      [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Afternoon Moderator Remarks – Tour of the World][Executive Conference][John Page]
    • 2:05pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      2:05pm - 2:30pm
      Executive Conference

      China Next: Evolution to Revolution

      After nearly two-decades of rapid growth, China has started steering its manufacturing from “raw growth’ model to “quality” growth model. Phasing out outdated capacity, upgrading value chain, tightening control on environment, encouraging energy efficiency and “Green” economy will be key themes for the next decade, and also will be the next growth arena. The presentation will focus changes happening in China and opportunities for oil and chemical companies.

      [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][China Next: Evolution to Revolution][Executive Conference][Paul Pang]
    • 2:30pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      2:30pm - 2:50pm
      Executive Conference

      [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][India Market Outlook][Executive Conference][Vipul Shah]
    • 2:50pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      2:50pm - 3:10pm
      Executive Conference

      Americas – Strategies for Profitable Growth

      Dow’s global strategy plays out differently region by region, with its asset investments becoming a visible indicator of that strategy in action. Location and timing are paramount. Lessons learned through history, as well as foresight, inform Dow’s investment decisions, which will undoubtedly impact its competitiveness for decades to come. Four key priorities factor into Dow’s location and timing equations: market outlook for oil, gas and/or alternative raw materials; location-specific feedstock integration/flexibility; region-specific skilled labor/construction costs; and customer innovation and value chain design.

      Dow intentionally locates its integrated complexes to provide low-cost advantage, while considering risk. The company’s innovation centers along with marketing and sales hubs are strategically located to serve regional/local customer needs and growth markets. And finally, Dow designs efficient, robust supply chain capabilities to connect them. With this context, Mr May will discuss how Dow as a global derivatives manufacturer evaluates North America versus other regions as part of this tour of the world. He will also discuss considerations within North America as Dow evaluates where its next wave of investments will take the company, to “Crest the Wave” and prosper in this extended up cycle.

      [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Americas – Strategies for Profitable Growth][Executive Conference][Doug May]
    • 3:10pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      3:10pm - 3:30pm
      Executive Conference

      [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Europe – Brighter Prospects][Executive Conference][Thomas Van De Velde]
    • 3:30pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      3:30pm - 3:45pm
      Executive Conference

      Panel Discussion/Q&A
      [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Panel Discussion/Q&A][Executive Conference][John Page]
    • 3:45pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      3:45pm - 4:15pm
      Executive Conference

      Afternoon Networking/Coffee Break
      [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Afternoon Networking/Coffee Break][Executive Conference]
    • 4:15pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      4:15pm - 5:10pm
      Executive Conference

      [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Panel: Next Wave of North America’s Economic Development and Implications for the Chemical Industry][Executive Conference][John Page][Anthony Palmer][David W Hooker][Hilary Mercer][Joe Thompson]
    • 5:10pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      5:10pm - 5:40pm
      Executive Conference

      [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Global Petrochemical Markets Outlook][Executive Conference][Mark Eramo]
    • 5:40pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      5:40pm - 5:45pm
      Executive Conference

      Closing Remarks
      [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Closing Remarks][Executive Conference]
    • 5:45pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      5:45pm - 5:50pm
      Executive Conference

      Day One Concludes
      [Wednesday 21 March][Executive Conference][][Day One Concludes][Executive Conference]
    • 6:30pm
      Wednesday 21 March
      6:30pm - 9:00pm
      Country & Western Reception

      Country & Western Reception
      [Wednesday 21 March][Country & Western Reception][][Country & Western Reception][Networking]
    • 7:00am
      Thursday 22 March
      7:00am - 8:00am
      Breakfast Briefing

      Mobility and the Future Impact on Chemicals

      IHS Markit concluded a major new multiclient study — Reinventing the Wheel — that assessed the pace and scale of transformation of the automotive industry and its repercussions on the energy and chemical industries. The study assessed emerging dynamics that will shape the future of mobility and connectivity, with a specific focus on the interdependency with the automotive, transportation fuels, and chemical industries.

      In this breakfast briefing, we will discuss major disruptive forces in mobility and explore what technological, environmental, societal, and business issues are driving these changes.

      This session is complimentary to all delegates

      [Thursday 22 March][Breakfast Briefing][][Mobility and the Future Impact on Chemicals][Fellipe Balieiro][Anthony Palmer]
    • 8:10am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:10am - 8:15am
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Morning Session: Refining & Petrochemicals at the Interface – Moderator Opening Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Morning Session: Refining & Petrochemicals at the Interface – Moderator Opening Remarks][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Kurt Barrow]
    • 8:10am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:10am - 8:15am
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Moderator Opening Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Moderator Opening Remarks][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Dewey Johnson]
    • 8:10am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:10am - 8:15am
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Moderator Opening Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Moderator Opening Remarks][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Tony Potter]
    • 8:10am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:10am - 8:15am
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Moderator Opening Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Moderator Opening Remarks][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Mike Smith]
    • 8:15am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:15am - 8:30am
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Strategic Assessment of Refining & Aromatics
      Speaker to be announced.
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Strategic Assessment of Refining & Aromatics][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Kurt Barrow]
    • 8:15am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:15am - 8:35am
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Olefins Market Developments – A Producer’s Perspective
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Olefins Market Developments – A Producer’s Perspective][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Naushad Jamani]
    • 8:15am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:15am - 8:30am
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Strategic Assessment of Specialty Chemicals
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Strategic Assessment of Specialty Chemicals][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Tony Potter]
    • 8:15am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:15am - 8:30am
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Strategic Assessment of Inorganics & Derivatives
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Strategic Assessment of Inorganics & Derivatives][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Mike Smith]
    • 8:30am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:30am - 9:00am
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Naphtha and Octane – Drivers for Integration

      Explore supply-side and demand-side drivers affecting naphtha markets and octane. Refinery runs outlook and the impact of crude oil quality changes, including North American tight. How will reduced crude runs of future influence the supply of light and heavy naphtha for petrochemical feedstock? Shifts in octane values due to gasoline market demand and quality changes and biofuels influence. Discuss the naphtha supply, trade and pricing implications.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Naphtha and Octane – Drivers for Integration][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Nick Rados]
    • 8:30am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:30am - 9:00am
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Caustic Soda – A New Global Equilibrium

      2017 was a pivotal year for the global caustic soda market with disparate forces generating waves of change on multiple continents. The resurgence of the global alumina market after the 2015-2016 cyclical trough aligned with the culmination of a multi-year technology change on the European continent that resulted in 6.5% capacity reduction in that region. Simultaneously, market perturbations in the Northeast Asian caustic market rippled across the Pacific Ocean as caustic shortage in China translated to triple digit increases in intercontinental caustic trading prices. With a fresh new year, this discussion will explore how shocks to the caustic soda world in 2017 are developing into a new global caustic equilibrium in 2018.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Caustic Soda – A New Global Equilibrium][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Hazel Kreuz]
    • 8:30am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:30am - 9:00am
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Fluorocarbons – Are We Still Warming Towards Them ?

      The rapid growth in the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as replacements for ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) has now presented a new concern regarding the global warming potential of these HFC products. Presenting a five-year outlook into the global market for fluorocarbons and the rise of replacement products, as the industry adjusts to tightening regulation.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Fluorocarbons – Are We Still Warming Towards Them ?][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Adam Stephen Bland]
    • 8:35am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:35am - 8:55am
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Opportunities for Plastics Processors][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Stanley B. Bikulege]
    • 8:55am
      Thursday 22 March
      8:55am - 9:05am
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Panel Discussion/ Q&A
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Panel Discussion/ Q&A][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Dewey Johnson]
    • 9:00am
      Thursday 22 March
      9:00am - 9:30am
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Chinese Fuels Market – Trends, Dislocations and Implications

      The Chinese refined products markets demand growth and quality improvements have strongly influenced Asian and even world fuels and petrochemicals markets. Now slowing gasoline demand growth, new NEV regulations and upcoming stringent fuel standards are creating strong forces on both gasoline and petrochemical markets. What is the outlook, key uncertainties and signposts to watch for?

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Chinese Fuels Market – Trends, Dislocations and Implications][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Premasish Das]
    • 9:00am
      Thursday 22 March
      9:00am - 9:30am
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: A Producer’s Perspective on the Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls Market
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][A Producer’s Perspective on the Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls Market][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Noel Irizarry Martell]
    • 9:00am
      Thursday 22 March
      9:00am - 9:30am
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Extending the Cracker Value Chain through Specialty Chemicals – Potential and Possibilities][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Mark Morgan]
    • 9:05am
      Thursday 22 March
      9:05am - 9:35am
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Global Ethylene Surplus? Less of the Same

      One year has elapsed since last year’s WPC and messages from last year’s speech have more clarity: a) global economy is healthier than anticipated, b) new ethylene capacity to produce product has not come on stream as planned, c) MTO operations have been economically challenged and rates reduced due to this, d) new import recycles policies have been strictly enforced in China, and e) environmental issues in China have caused industrial rate reductions to control pollution. The take away from WPC 2017 is reinforced at WPC 2018, “Ethylene chain will continue to be CONSTRAINED by ethylene supply”. This presentation will give an update on all of these drivers, explaining what has happened and what the outlook is for the next five year operating window.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Global Ethylene Surplus? Less of the Same][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Steve Lewandowski]
    • 9:30am
      Thursday 22 March
      9:30am - 10:00am
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Trends in Mega-Integrated Refining/Petrochemical Capacity

      The need for new refining capacity East of Suez and in other emerging markets will continue to increase, buoyed by strong demand growth. At same time, traditional refining economics have been challenged and mature markets are entering demand decline and electrification of the vehicle fleet might cause global demand declines with a refinery project cash flow projection. This session will explore the scale and economics that new refining investments require and how this impacts the need for process integration with world scale petrochemical plants.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Trends in Mega-Integrated Refining/Petrochemical Capacity][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Sandeep Sayal]
    • 9:30am
      Thursday 22 March
      9:30am - 10:00am
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Prospects for the Global Chlorine Market – Same Question Everywhere: What To Do With the Chlorine?

      Chlorine in its elemental form is highly reactive and thus mostly consumed as it is produced. This consumption pattern is in stark contrast to caustic soda, which is easily stored and transported making it a fully fungible commodity. When demand growth for caustic soda outpaces demand growth for chlorine, chlor-alkali producers look for additional outlets of incremental chlorine production in order to satisfy caustic soda demand. This presentation provides insight into the various chlorine derivatives that can provide the needed incremental chlorine consumption.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Prospects for the Global Chlorine Market – Same Question Everywhere: What To Do With the Chlorine?][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Chuck Carr]
    • 9:30am
      Thursday 22 March
      9:30am - 10:00am
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Coatings in China: Growing & Optimizing][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Maoshi Guan]
    • 9:35am
      Thursday 22 March
      9:35am - 10:05am
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Global Propylene – Surfing the Hurricane of Demand

      In recent years, the winds of the global economy whipped the propylene demand markets into a frenzy of activity. However, when global sentiment softened, the subsequent doldrums gave pause to investment decisions. Now the winds are returning to the global markets again potentially leaving the market fighting the undertow of insufficient supply. The question becomes one of where the investments will be made and which processes are favored. This presentation will provide insight on how to read the currents facing the markets of today and tomorrow.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Global Propylene – Surfing the Hurricane of Demand][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Todd Dina]
    • 10:00am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:00am - 10:15am
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Session 1: Panel Discussion/Q&A
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Session 1: Panel Discussion/Q&A][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Kurt Barrow]
    • 10:00am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:00am - 10:15am
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Panel Discussion/Q&A
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Panel Discussion/Q&A][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Mike Smith]
    • 10:00am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:00am - 10:15am
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Panel Discussion/Q&A
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Panel Discussion/Q&A][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals]
    • 10:05am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:05am - 10:15am
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Panel Discussion/Q&A
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Panel Discussion/Q&A][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives]
    • 10:15am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:15am - 10:45am
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Morning Refreshment Break
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Morning Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives]
    • 10:15am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:15am - 10:45am
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Morning Refreshment Break
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Morning Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics]
    • 10:15am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:15am - 10:45am
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Morning Refreshment Break
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Morning Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives]
    • 10:15am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:15am - 10:45am
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Morning Refreshment Break
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Morning Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals]
    • 10:45am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:45am - 11:15am
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Global Polyethylene: Extending the Run?

      The global PE industry has been on an impressive run as integrated margins for polyethylene producers around the world have remained near historic highs. Solid demand driven by healthy global gdp performance, evolving environmental policies, and continued delays in the start up and ramp up of new PE production capacity are among the issues that have kept effective operating rates high and margins at healthy levels. How long can the industry sustain this level of performance and what are the key drivers that will shape the market over the next five years? This presentation will examine this question and provide some perspective on the outlook for” extending the run”.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Global Polyethylene: Extending the Run?][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Nick Vafiadis]
    • 10:45am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:45am - 11:15am
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Crude Oil to Chemicals- Industry Development and Strategic Implications

      The long history of refining and petrochemical facility integration is entering a new phase with advancements in direct crude feedstock conversion petrochemicals. These technologies are important elements in closing the refined products/petrochemical feedstock balances.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Crude Oil to Chemicals- Industry Development and Strategic Implications][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][R. J. Chang]
    • 10:45am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:45am - 11:20am
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Shifting Environmental Landscape and its Impact on China Chlor-alkali & Vinyls Sector][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Eddie Kok]
    • 10:45am
      Thursday 22 March
      10:45am - 11:15am
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Global Carbon Dioxide Markets][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Bala Suresh]
    • 11:15am
      Thursday 22 March
      11:15am - 11:45am
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: The Future of FCC Units and Reformers

      Slowing demand for gasoline could create an opportunity to increase olefins and aromatics production from spare FCC and reformer capacity. This session will consider how technology advances can help turn unprofitable and petrochemical future role of the FCC and reformers.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][The Future of FCC Units and Reformers][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Keith Couch]
    • 11:15am
      Thursday 22 March
      11:15am - 11:45am
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Global Polypropylene – Entering Unchartered Waters Amidst Tightening Global Supply and Demand Dynamics

      In recent years the global focus has centered on the potential for near term over supply due to a multitude of global PP project expansions, primarily led by Chinese investment. However due to capacity delays and poor near term production rates coupled with improved global demand, the near term to medium term outlook is fundamentally shifting to a balanced to tight market. Now the focus turns to whether or not there is adequate supplies of PP to meet global demand and what could an acceleration in PP prices and margins do to global demand? The presentation will review recent changes in these global dynamics and the expected likely results in the near to medium term forecast.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Global Polypropylene – Entering Unchartered Waters Amidst Tightening Global Supply and Demand Dynamics][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Joel Morales]
    • 11:15am
      Thursday 22 March
      11:15am - 11:45am
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Nutraceutical Ingredients][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Rita Wu]
    • 11:20am
      Thursday 22 March
      11:20am - 12:00pm
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Pulp Friction – Where Does All the Caustic Soda Go, a Pulp and Paper Story

      Consuming nearly 15% of global caustic soda production, the pulp and paper sector has a noticeable impact on future chlor-alkali demand. Unlike other caustic soda consuming sectors, pulp and paper is not a uniform segment and is made up of a plethora of end products, multiple grades, production technologies, and varying demand requirements. This presentation provides visibility into the often-confusing world of pulp and paper to make the connection between global and regional paper product trends and their linkage to caustic soda demand.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Pulp Friction – Where Does All the Caustic Soda Go, a Pulp and Paper Story][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Nick Kovics]
    • 11:45am
      Thursday 22 March
      11:45am - 12:00pm
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Session 2: Panel Discussion/Q&A
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Session 2: Panel Discussion/Q&A][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Blake Eskew]
    • 11:45am
      Thursday 22 March
      11:45am - 12:00pm
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Panel Discussion/Q&A
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Panel Discussion/Q&A][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives]
    • 11:45am
      Thursday 22 March
      11:45am - 12:00pm
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Panel Discussion/Q&A
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Panel Discussion/Q&A][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals]
    • 12:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      12:00pm - 1:30pm
      Luncheon

      TR1: Luncheon
      [Thursday 22 March][Luncheon][][Luncheon][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives]
    • 12:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      12:00pm - 1:30pm
      Luncheon

      TR2: Luncheon
      [Thursday 22 March][Luncheon][][Luncheon][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals]
    • 12:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      12:00pm - 1:30pm
      Luncheon

      TR3: Luncheon
      [Thursday 22 March][Luncheon][][Luncheon][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives]
    • 12:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      12:00pm - 1:30pm
      Luncheon

      TR4: Luncheon
      [Thursday 22 March][Luncheon][][Luncheon][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics]
    • 1:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      1:30pm - 1:35pm
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Afternoon Moderator Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Afternoon Moderator Remarks][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Chuck Carr]
    • 1:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      1:30pm - 1:40pm
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Afternoon Moderator Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Afternoon Moderator Remarks][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Steve Lewandowski]
    • 1:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      1:30pm - 1:40pm
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Afternoon Moderator Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Afternoon Moderator Remarks][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Mike Smith]
    • 1:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      1:30pm - 1:40pm
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Afternoon Session: Aromatics & Fibers – Moderator Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Afternoon Session: Aromatics & Fibers – Moderator Remarks][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Duncan Clark]
    • 1:35pm
      Thursday 22 March
      1:35pm - 2:10pm
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Chemetry eShuttle™ Process: Chlorine-Free Production of Ethylene Dichloride
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Chemetry eShuttle™ Process: Chlorine-Free Production of Ethylene Dichloride][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Kyle Self]
    • 1:40pm
      Thursday 22 March
      1:40pm - 2:10pm
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Global NGLs: Jumping into China’s NGL Feedstock Pull

      NGL supply from the US and Canada will continue to increase driven by shale development. US NGL exports have helped to clear the US market of NGLs that couldn’t be consumed domestically. With China’s established and growing PDH industry and its eyes on US ethane, will China begin to pull feedstocks away from the US domestic market?

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Global NGLs: Jumping into China’s NGL Feedstock Pull][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Walt Hart]
    • 1:40pm
      Thursday 22 March
      1:40pm - 2:10pm
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Global Benzene Outlook][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Peter Feng]
    • 1:40pm
      Thursday 22 March
      1:40pm - 2:10pm
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: The Vital Role of Battery Raw Materials in the Development of Electric Vehicles

      The development of electric vehicles will be powered by 6 main factors: legislation, battery cost, infrastructure, incentives, technology and fuel cost; legislation and battery costs are the most important drivers behind EV growth. The most critical component of the battery is lithium but the speciality chemical might be too scarce. The lithium industry is booming but despite a growing interest from the financial community, investment is still lagging and it is feared by downstream users, such as EV producers, that insufficient lithium will be available to feed the dramatic growth in E-mobility. With demand out-pacing supply, prices have surged and despite some new supply coming on-stream the market is likely to remain on the short site, especially for high battery grade lithium. In this presentation, we will highlight where and the timing with which new lithium sources will come to market, analyse demand through the entire battery supply chain, starting with cathodes and finishing with various E-mobility applications and finally, explain how lithium is critical today but might not be in 20 years.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][The Vital Role of Battery Raw Materials in the Development of Electric Vehicles][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Vincent Ledoux-Pedailles]
    • 2:10pm
      Thursday 22 March
      2:10pm - 2:40pm
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][PVC Sustainability, Opportunity, and Threats – An Industry Association View][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Cristian Barcan]
    • 2:10pm
      Thursday 22 March
      2:10pm - 2:40pm
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Double Disruptive Technologies- Positioning to Impact the Petrochemical Industry

      Thou that holds the feedstock, holds the gold; an indisputable fact in the commodity petrochemical industry. What makes this particularly challenging but at the same time rewarding, is that that value ascertained from feedstocks is literality a moving target, in a geophysical and technical sense. Geophysical, from their availability; and technical, from their usefulness. The speed of technology innovation that converts naturally occurring low-cost energy molecules to high value, non-energy products, has been very broad far reaching across the spectra of feedstock types and chemical products.

      Moreover, a symbiotic development is that with their vast scale and speed of project implementation of some technologies, there has also been a shift in regional-driven completeness, potentially causing a “double-disruption” in the market.

      The paper will discuss from a techno-economic perspective, the various so-called disruptive technologies, their status and potential competitive impact. And opine on what could be a double disruption.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Double Disruptive Technologies- Positioning to Impact the Petrochemical Industry][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Don Bari]
    • 2:10pm
      Thursday 22 March
      2:10pm - 2:40pm
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Global Styrene: Are We On the Cusp of an Extinction Event?

      In recent years, we have discussed the styrene industry from the perspective of survival, where the strong survive and the weak perish. We then turned to consider the concept of evolution, in which it is not the strongest that survive but rather those that best demonstrate the ability to adapt to change. Last year, we took a detour in to Sun Tzu’s Art of War and determined that one must know oneself and one’s adversaries in order to prosper. In 2018, we will be returning to the natural world for comparison and inspiration, and asking the question: Due to the rapid expansion of the industry in Northeast Asia and the potential introduction of Anti-Dumping Duties on certain producing countries, is the industry, in fact, on the verge of an extinction event outside Northeast Asia. We shall review this through an examination of global balances, trade flows, capacity expansions and tariffs and, while we may or may not draw a definitive conclusion, we shall certainly leave you, our clients, with plenty to ponder.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Global Styrene: Are We On the Cusp of an Extinction Event?][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][David Byrne]
    • 2:10pm
      Thursday 22 March
      2:10pm - 2:40pm
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Electronic Chemicals

      Semiconductors are everywhere. They have enabled all the electronic devices and equipment we use today. This presentation highlights the chemicals used in semiconductor manufacturing, their markets, and key trends driving growth including the influence of IoT and China.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Electronic Chemicals][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Yoshio Inoguchi]
    • 2:40pm
      Thursday 22 March
      2:40pm - 3:10pm
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Asia Olefins – Returning to Conventional Ways or Continue Transformation?

      Shale gas revolution from North America has been impacting Asia pertrochemical industry a lot in terms of more flexible feedstock usage and alternative propylene processes during 2011~2015. However, low crude oil prices in recent years encourage many olefin producers in Asia to invest conventional way to produce ethylene and propylene especially in China and India. Is this mean Asia olefin industry will return to use heavier feedstock in the future?

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Asia Olefins – Returning to Conventional Ways or Continue Transformation?][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Jinsu Yim]
    • 2:40pm
      Thursday 22 March
      2:40pm - 3:10pm
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Engineering Plastics: The Winds of Change Have Arrived

      Engineering polymers demand are in an unusual period of robust demand, high operating rates, constrained supply and shifting trade patterns. Come and see the data and hear about the outlook for the global industry.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Engineering Plastics: The Winds of Change Have Arrived][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Brendan Dooley]
    • 2:40pm
      Thursday 22 March
      2:40pm - 3:10pm
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Cumene/Phenol/Acetone Outlook

      The speech will address the challenging global phenolics environment in 2018 as new capacity comes online in China and India, while capacity closes in the US. What will the capacity changes mean for an already oversupplied market? What are the implied export opportunities and logistics issues for cumene, phenol and acetone, in particular with the constant threat of anti-dumping investigations? Why will further capacity be added beyond 2019 in different corners of the world and what does it mean for existing producers as well as downstream consumers? Along the chain there are varying dynamics which will result in changing global trade flows while challenging the supply demand fundamentals.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Cumene/Phenol/Acetone Outlook][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Tobias Spyra]
    • 2:40pm
      Thursday 22 March
      2:40pm - 3:15pm
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Global Vinyls – Time to Throw Caution to the Wind?

      The global PVC industry faces conflicting pressures. We will investigate the many ramifications of a tightening market including, cash costs, margins, prices, investment options, and supply/demand and trade dynamics across the most important markets and regions. The presentation will also review the impact of caustic soda’s resurgence on vinyls.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Global Vinyls – Time to Throw Caution to the Wind?][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Henry Warren]
    • 3:10pm
      Thursday 22 March
      3:10pm - 3:30pm
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Feeding the Beast: What Next for EMEA Olefins?][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Matthew Thoelke]
    • 3:10pm
      Thursday 22 March
      3:10pm - 3:30pm
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Afternoon Refreshment Break
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Afternoon Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals]
    • 3:10pm
      Thursday 22 March
      3:10pm - 3:30pm
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Afternoon Refreshment Break
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Afternoon Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Peter Feng]
    • 3:15pm
      Thursday 22 March
      3:15pm - 3:30pm
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Afternoon Refreshment Break
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Afternoon Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives]
    • 3:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      3:30pm - 4:00pm
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Afternoon Refreshment Break
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Afternoon Refreshment Break][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives]
    • 3:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      3:30pm - 4:00pm
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Global Paraxylene & PTA

      Due to a strong Chinese polyester market, the paraxylene (PX) and terephthalic acid (PTA) markets have benefitted from better demand in 2017, but not necessarily improved profitability. A surge in gasoline demand in the second half of the year hit paraxylene margins again and financial difficulties faced a couple of polyester resin companies building new PTA plants in India and the US. The sector continues to be a difficult environment into which to invest but China and the Middle East plan to add more capacity. How this affects other global players in the industry will be analysed? What future margins look like and when they recover will be reviewed. What is a realistic outlook for these sectors?

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Global Paraxylene & PTA][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Duncan Clark]
    • 3:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      3:30pm - 4:00pm
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: The HCl Market: Regional or Global? Exploring What is Happening – and What is Possible – in Each Distinct Regional HCl Market

      Hydrochloric acid is a chlorine derivative which has different production processes. In most cases, HCl is a by-product of other petrochemical and chemical processes. However, of most importance is the on-purpose production route, which helps to balance the supply/demand in this market. Through this presentation I will discuss the contrasts in market fundamentals between the three major producing regions, as well as the major end uses for HCl, and the impact of new projects and regulations on by-product acid availability.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][The HCl Market: Regional or Global? Exploring What is Happening – and What is Possible – in Each Distinct Regional HCl Market][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Ana Lopez]
    • 3:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      3:30pm - 4:00pm
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Hooked on Plasticizers

      Our presentation will look at the plasticizers market and their important uses and applications. We’ll discuss the types of plasticizers used along with how the market continues to change due to health and environmental issues. Also, consider the impact of producers, retailers, and consumers.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Hooked on Plasticizers][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Mike Malveda]
    • 4:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      4:00pm - 4:30pm
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Soda Ash & The Environment: How Environmental Considerations Influence Both Soda Ash Production and Demand][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Marguerite Morrin]
    • 4:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      4:00pm - 4:30pm
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Global Methanol Value Chain][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Mike Nash]
    • 4:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      4:00pm - 4:30pm
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Acrylic Acid Value Chain: Has the Tide Turned?

      The acrylic acid value chain has provided an extremely difficult business environment in recent years. The overbuilding of capacity, mainly in China, had swung the industry from tight supply to over-supply. The future did not appear to be bright for market participants. However, we may be at a turning point. What are the industry’s prospects if the days of adding capacity to chase market share at any cost have passed?

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Acrylic Acid Value Chain: Has the Tide Turned?][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Denis Poussin]
    • 4:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      4:00pm - 4:30pm
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Alternative Technologies and Their Impacts on the Global MEG Market

      There is a large expansion of capacity under construction for EO, mostly going into Monoethylene Glycol (MEG), that will be starting up in 2018 – 2020. That additional capacity for conventional MEG technology alone would create a short-term surplus in capacity, compared with the projected demand growth in the same time frame. However, technologies to make MEG from coal in China and to regenerate MEG (and PTA) from PET resin have the potential to exacerbate and lengthen the period of over-supply.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Alternative Technologies and Their Impacts on the Global MEG Market][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Tison Keel]
    • 4:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      4:30pm - 5:00pm
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Titanium Dioxide Market Overview and Role of China

      The speech will address the global status of titanium dioxide industry. A detailed discussion will break into the industry's upstream chlor-alkali market as well as various downstream end-use markets. The dynamics of China playing the role as the world’s largest producing and consuming country of titanium dioxide will also be demonstrated.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Titanium Dioxide Market Overview and Role of China][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives][Adam Gao]
    • 4:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      4:30pm - 5:00pm
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Global Butadiene Markets Seem Headed Toward Calm Waters, Is That Really Possible?

      After what seems like a decade of difficult conditions, including unprecedented market disruption in late 2016 and early 2017, global butadiene markets seem to be entering a period of stability which will benefit both producers and consumers. Is that really possible? This presentation will include an analysis of the market dynamics that caused the difficult market environment. It will also look ahead to the key drivers of the more optimistic forecast base case. Most importantly, it will examine a number of forecast risks that could bring the return of more unsettled market conditions.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Global Butadiene Markets Seem Headed Toward Calm Waters, Is That Really Possible?][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][Bill Hyde]
    • 4:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      4:30pm - 5:00pm
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Polyester Fibers & PET: Highlights of a Strong Growth Market

      Polyester has today become an inseparable part of our daily lives, whether it is in textiles or in packaging. Up until 2010 demand for products increased twice as fast as the GDP and this created a huge investment opportunity in the Asian markets which benefited from low labour costs. Growth slows as markets mature, but between 2012 and 2016 the industry witnessed a slowdown that was driven by various external factors other than market maturity. Business conditions have changed rapidly since late 2016 and 2017 has been one of the healthiest years, both in terms of demand growth and margins. This presentation explores the possibilities for 2018 and beyond and help market participants plan a well-researched market strategy.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Polyester Fibers & PET: Highlights of a Strong Growth Market][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Ashish Pujari]
    • 4:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      4:30pm - 5:00pm
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Acrylonitrile & Derivatives Demand Growth but What Balance?

      Acrylonitrile is seeing very positive demand growth from all but one of its derivatives. Having been through a period of over-supply however, it is now facing a situation of dynamic growth couple to little or no capacity investment. The market will tighten quickly in the coming few years. The presentation will look at each derivative, total acrylonitrile demand and the forecast balance.

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Acrylonitrile & Derivatives Demand Growth but What Balance?][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][Simon Garmston]
    • 5:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      5:00pm - 5:15pm
      Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives

      TR1: Closing Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 1 – Inorganics & Derivatives][][Closing Remarks][Breakout Track][TR1: Inorganics & Derivatives]
    • 5:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      5:00pm - 5:15pm
      Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives

      TR3: Closing Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 3 – Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives][][Closing Remarks][Breakout Track][TR3: Olefins, Feedstocks & Derivatives]
    • 5:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      5:00pm - 5:15pm
      Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals

      TR2: Closing Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 2 – Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals][][Closing Remarks][Breakout Track][TR2: Intermediates & Specialty Chemicals]
    • 5:00pm
      Thursday 22 March
      5:00pm - 5:30pm
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Nylon: The World is Changing][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics][Bob Merrill]
    • 5:30pm
      Thursday 22 March
      5:30pm - 5:45pm
      Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics

      TR4: Closing Remarks
      [Thursday 22 March][Track 4 – Refining & Aromatics][][Closing Remarks][Breakout Track][TR4: Refining & Aromatics]
    • 8:00am
      Friday 23 March
      8:00am - 5:00pm
      Friday 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 Workshop

      Pre registration required. Please visit the registration desk if you would like to add this session to your agenda.

      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.

        [Friday 23 March][Friday Workshop][Workshop][Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals Workshop][Workshop][Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals][Sanjay Sharma][Jeffrey Plotkin][Rob Taylor]
      • 8:00am
        Friday 23 March
        8:00am - 5:00pm
        Friday Workshop

        Workshop
        Purchasing Excellence in Chemicals Workshop

        Pre registration required. Please visit the registration desk if you would like to add this session to your agenda.

        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.

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

          Workshop
          Commercial Impact of Olefins & Polyolefins Technologies Workshop

          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.

          [Friday 23 March][Friday Workshop][Workshop][Commercial Impact of Olefins & Polyolefins Technologies Workshop][Workshop][Commercial Impact of Olefins & Polyolefins Technologies][Robin Waters][Mark Wegenka]
        • 8:30am
          Friday 23 March
          8:30am - 8:35am
          China Forum

          CF: Welcome Remarks – China Forum
          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][Welcome Remarks – China Forum][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Dave Witte]
        • 8:30am
          Friday 23 March
          8:30am - 8:35am
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          LAPS: Welcome Remarks – Latin American Petrochemical Summit
          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Welcome Remarks – Latin American Petrochemical Summit][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Rina Quijada][Mark Eramo]
        • 8:35am
          Friday 23 March
          8:35am - 9:00am
          China Forum

          CF: Strategic Shifts in China’s Energy & Chemical Industry

          This paper will highlight the status of the refining and chemical industry and outline major government policies on deregulation of oil imports, the refining and chemical industry, tightening environmental and industry safety controls, carbon emissions, closures outdated plants, and relocation of chemical plants to industry parks.

          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][Strategic Shifts in China’s Energy & Chemical Industry][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Xiangsheng Fu]
        • 8:35am
          Friday 23 March
          8:35am - 8:45am
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          LAPS: Networking Exercise
          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Networking Exercise][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit]
        • 8:45am
          Friday 23 March
          8:45am - 9:00am
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          LAPS: Latin America Economic Overview and Industry Structural Changes

          During 2018, presidential elections across the region will help define its domestic policies and economic growth. Stretching roughly 7,000 miles from the Mexico to Patagonia, Latin America is truly a diverse region. Economic performance in the region ranges from Chaotic (Venezuela) to degrees of Stability (Argentina/Mexico/Chile). Economic growth in the Region has been tumbling recently while politically, some countries, like Argentina and Brazil moved away from radical left-wing regimes. The region’s largest economy, Brazil, is expected to recover from its deepest recession in decades, while Argentina’s new Administration is working to create a business environment that will attract much needed foreign direct investment (FDI). At the upcoming LATAM summit, we will present our views on economic growth and identify structural changes that should help attract additional FDI to the region.

          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Latin America Economic Overview and Industry Structural Changes][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Rina Quijada]
        • 9:00am
          Friday 23 March
          9:00am - 9:25am
          China Forum

          CF: State-Owned Enterprises: Growth Strategy in a New Competitive Landscape

          This presentation explores challenges and opportunities for China's major SOEs, their competitive advantage/disadvantages over private enterprises and MNCs as China opens up the refining and chemical industry. It will outline the strategic growth plans of SOEs against this backdrop and any major company management reform under the Chinese government’s SOE reform plan.

          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][State-Owned Enterprises: Growth Strategy in a New Competitive Landscape][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Yuan Wang]
        • 9:00am
          Friday 23 March
          9:00am - 9:20am
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Feedstock Availability for Petrochemicals (Mexico & US)][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Adrian Calcaneo]
        • 9:20am
          Friday 23 March
          9:20am - 9:40am
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          LAPS: Brazilian Petrochemical Feedstock Market Update
          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Brazilian Petrochemical Feedstock Market Update][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Otávio Carvalho]
        • 9:25am
          Friday 23 March
          9:25am - 9:50am
          China Forum

          CF: Multi-National Companies Investing in China

          Dr. Parikh will present a perspective of investment in China by multi-national companies based on his global insight as a leader within Clariant, a globally leading specialty chemicals company. Asia has become the single largest chemicals market in the world, led by China. Further, China will remain the main growth engine in the worldwide chemicals industry.

          By looking at China’s macroeconomic themes and recent characteristics of growth in China, Parikh will share Clariant’s story in China of building with a purpose. Clariant is on a journey in China by linking market perspectives, growth scenarios and prerequisites for growth. The way forward requires decisive measures. Through compelling data and real-word examples, Parikh will demonstrate that to be successful in China, MNCs must be positioned in attractive segments, have a strong focus and an integrated “China operating model.”

          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][Multi-National Companies Investing in China][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Deepak Parikh]
        • 9:40am
          Friday 23 March
          9:40am - 9:55am
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Latin America: A Strategic Market for North America][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Javier Ortiz]
        • 9:50am
          Friday 23 March
          9:50am - 10:15am
          China Forum

          CF: Growing Ties Between North America and China

          The speech will address the investment environment in the US for Chinese companies; export opportunities and logistics issues for feedstocks (NGLs, crude oil, methanol) to China; current status of major petrochemical projects; and product export to China. It will also address any potential disruption to the increasing trade ties such as logistic disruption, political friction, and trade dispute will also be addressed.

          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][Growing Ties Between North America and China][CF: China Forum][Mark Eramo]
        • 9:55am
          Friday 23 March
          9:55am - 10:10am
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          LAPS: Morning Q&A
          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Morning Q&A][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Rina Quijada]
        • 10:10am
          Friday 23 March
          10:10am - 10:30am
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          LAPS: Networking Break
          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Networking Break][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit]
        • 10:15am
          Friday 23 March
          10:15am - 10:30am
          China Forum

          CF: Panel Discussion/ Q&A
          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][Panel Discussion/ Q&A][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Paul Pang]
        • 10:30am
          Friday 23 March
          10:30am - 11:00am
          China Forum

          CF: Coffee Break
          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][Coffee Break][Special Program][CF: China Forum]
        • 10:30am
          Friday 23 March
          10:30am - 11:45am
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          LAPS: Re-structuring of the Mexican Petrochemical Industry
          LAPS: Dow/Dupont’s Position on Latin American Markets
          LAPS: Brazil and the Upcycle Trend in Latin America

          After a few years of economic crisis, Brazilian economy shows signs of recovery. Polyolefins markets surprisingly recovery started in 2017 is expected to continue, despite the political uncertainties. There are similar expectations on other countries like Argentina, Peru and Colombia. Mexico has a stronger correlation with US but the momentum is also up. Local producers are committed to fulfill market needs although some regions will continue to be net importers.

          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Panel: Latin American Challenges & Opportunities][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Walt Hart][][Feedstock Monetization in Latin America][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Bob Fryklund][][Re-structuring of the Mexican Petrochemical Industry][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Luis Montanaro][][Dow/Dupont’s Position on Latin American Markets][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Paloma Alonso][][Brazil and the Upcycle Trend in Latin America][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Edison Terra]
        • 11:00am
          Friday 23 March
          11:00am - 11:25am
          China Forum

          CF: China Refining and Fuel Market

          This presentation will discuss China refining industry and fuel whole and retail market. It will address the issues facing SOEs around challenges brought by tightening environmental regulations, emerging of private mega refineries, methanol/ethanol blending, and emergering technological changes.

          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][China Refining and Fuel Market][CF: China Forum][Aiguo Lin]
        • 11:25am
          Friday 23 March
          11:25am - 11:50am
          China Forum

          CF: Is China Coal Chemicals Over?

          The speech will address status of coal to methanol, coal-to-olefin, merchant methanol based MTO, coal-to-MEG; and also their economic competitiveness under low oil, their future growth, and limitations. The speech will also address operability of coal chemical plants, governmental policy, long-term viability, and how these emerging coal chemical companies will change landscape of Chinese chemical industry and down streams.

          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][Is China Coal Chemicals Over?][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Paul Pang]
        • 11:45am
          Friday 23 March
          11:45am - 12:00pm
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          LAPS: Regenerative Packaging

          How can we use single use packaging to build a better world?

          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Regenerative Packaging][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Donald Thomson]
        • 11:50am
          Friday 23 March
          11:50am - 12:15pm
          China Forum

          CF: Renaissance of China’s Petrochemical Industry

          The speech will address status of China olefin industry in PDH and naphtha crackers, and also the growth in investment in integrated refining and cracker complexes and import ethane/LPG crackers. The feedstock sourcing for PDH and NGL crackers will also discussed.

          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][Renaissance of China’s Petrochemical Industry][Special Program][CF: China Forum][William Chen]
        • 12:05pm
          Friday 23 March
          12:05pm - 12:10pm
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          LAPS: Closing Remarks
          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Closing Remarks][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit][Rina Quijada]
        • 12:10pm
          Friday 23 March
          12:10pm - 1:40pm
          Latin American Petrochemical Summit

          LAPS: Lunch
          [Friday 23 March][Latin American Petrochemical Summit][][Lunch][LAPS: Latin American Petrochemical Summit]
        • 12:15pm
          Friday 23 March
          12:15pm - 12:30pm
          China Forum

          CF: Panel Discussion/ Q&A
          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][Panel Discussion/ Q&A][Special Program][CF: China Forum][Mark Eramo]
        • 12:30pm
          Friday 23 March
          12:30pm - 12:40pm
          China Forum

          CF: Closing Remarks – China Forum
          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][Closing Remarks – China Forum][CF: China Forum][Mark Eramo]
        • 12:40pm
          Friday 23 March
          12:40pm - 1:40pm
          China Forum

          CF: Lunch
          [Friday 23 March][China Forum][][Lunch][Special Program][CF: China Forum]