2018 PCI Wood Mackenzie Chicago Polyolefins Conference

  • Chicago, United States
“Examining The Risks To The Super-Cycle” For the past four years, the global olefins & polymers industry has experienced record levels of profitability. As with any commodity industry, strong prices and profitability can entice new supply and restrict demand, and the global olefins & polymers industry is indeed responding with many planned investments in North America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Russia. Although some analysts believe the industry is situated for a perpetual margin super cycle, this conference will consider the true implications of the new planned investments throughout the world. In addition, this conference will examine other key risks to the olefins & polymers industry: • China’s waste import ban and the unavoidable importance of plastic sustainability initiatives and waste reduction. • North America’s gas-based chemical and polymer investment waves. • China’s massive investment plans to become self-sufficient on chemicals & polymers. • Tariffs, trade wars and the breakdown of important trade partner relationships. • Peak transportation demand for crude oil and evolution in crude-to-polymers technologies. Join us as Wood Mackenzie's olefins and polymers experts answer these questions and forecast who will be the winners and losers in the future at the 1st Chicago Polyolefins Conference on October 2nd.

Agenda

  • 02 October 2018

    • Welcome coffee & Registration

    • Keynote speech - Morning session

    • Energy, Feedstocks & Olefins: How long Can Cheap NGLs Feedstocks Last?

      Will the Next Investment Waves in North America Be Successful? Risks: monomer length; olefin & NGL exports; capital cost escalation

      Speakers

      • Steve Zinger joined Wood Mackenzie in 2012 to develop a global chemical research team to compliment Wood Mackenzie’s existing capabilities in energy, metals, and mining. He now coordinates the Chemical Consulting Practice in the Americas. Steve currently contributes to research, multi-client, and private consulting studies using his expertise in the markets for ethylene, propylene, and butadiene. He regularly provides executive presentations about the outlook for the chemical industry for his customers’ private meetings as well as for key chemical industry events. Steve has over 25 years of international experience in the chemical industry, in various roles including Managing Director of Asia (Singapore) and Global Olefins Business Director (USA).

    • Networking break

    • Polyethylene: With all the new trends & investments, can the world absorb all the new polyethylene?

      Risks: Recycling & sustainability, China self-sufficiency, Tariffs & trade barriers

      Speakers

      • Currently leads PCI Wood Mackenzie’s polyolefins service, with a decade of experience in research and consulting for the commodity and specialty polyolefins; has developed strategic research tools and analytics products to integrate commodity polyolefins into the existing PCI Wood Mackenzie chemical research Has a broad background with projects ranging from refining to petrochemicals, solvents to specialty polymers and catalysts to plastics converted goods Before joining PCI Wood Mackenzie, Ashish held several roles at Chemical Market Resources, Inc. Here, he consulted numerous clients with market entry strategy, mergers and acquisition, project feasibility, opportunity analysis, technology evaluation and market assessment of chemicals, polyolefins and catalysts sector. Graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a BS and MS in Chemical and Biological Engineering

    • Networking lunch

    • Afternoon Keynote Speech

    • Polypropylene: will new North America Polypropylene investments balance the market?

      Risks: Over-investment, Recycling & sustainability, China self-sufficiency

      Speakers

      • Currently leads PCI Wood Mackenzie’s polyolefins service, with a decade of experience in research and consulting for the commodity and specialty polyolefins; has developed strategic research tools and analytics products to integrate commodity polyolefins into the existing PCI Wood Mackenzie chemical research Has a broad background with projects ranging from refining to petrochemicals, solvents to specialty polymers and catalysts to plastics converted goods Before joining PCI Wood Mackenzie, Ashish held several roles at Chemical Market Resources, Inc. Here, he consulted numerous clients with market entry strategy, mergers and acquisition, project feasibility, opportunity analysis, technology evaluation and market assessment of chemicals, polyolefins and catalysts sector. Graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a BS and MS in Chemical and Biological Engineering

    • Polystyrene: will weak PS demand prospects destroy current levels of profitability?

      Risks: Ethylene price escalation, Polystyrene regulation & recycling, Duties & trade barriers

      Speakers

      • Ryan joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemical Research team in 2012, with broad experience across aromatics and gasoline blending. He is developing new chemical research products and analytics that integrate Wood Mackenzie and PCI research models. He is also developing new models to further improve our existing research products. Ryan brings eight years of previous commercial petrochemical industry experience both at a trading organization and in market consulting. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

    • PET and Recycle-PET: can new North American capacity compete in a China dominated world?

      Risks: M&G Corpus Christi timing, Recycling & sustainability, Duties & trade barriers

    • PVC: Will Vinyls be a part of the 2nd and 3rd wave of north america investments?

      Risks: Backward & forward integration, China acetylene based capacity, Tariffs & trade barriers

      Speakers

      • Joel Lindahl joined Wood Mackenzie’s chemicals team in July 2013, bringing extensive experience in the chlor-alkali and vinyl industries to the petrochemical team in Houston. Joel’s experience extends across chlorine, caustic soda, EDC, VCM, PVC and related chemistry chains. Joel has twenty six years in manufacturing, engineering, management and procurement roles in the industry (heritage BFGoodrich/Geon/PolyOne) and seven years as Director of Chlor-alkali and Vinyl Studies at Chemical Market Associates (CMAI). Joel earned his BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Arizona and added a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Houston. Relevant client consulting experience includes: Americas market entry strategy for Korean chemical company looking to sell production output from a new caustic soda production facility. Global VCM supply strategy and sourcing outlook for a Southeast Asia PVC producer, comparing cost structures, forecast delivered prices and business attractiveness of major potential suppliers. EDC and caustic soda market analysis including demand, cost/margin/price forecast for U.S.-based joint venture in chlor-alkali/EDC. Chlor-alkali product analysis for major U.S. producer seeking to expand downstream into chlorine derivatives, including major products EDC, VCM and PVC, titanium dioxide, and minor derivatives of chlorine.

Fees

Conference Registration

$745.00