2018 Wood Mackenzie Asia Polyester Conference

  • The Westin Singapore
  • Singapore, Singapore
This year's Asia Polyester Conference will be taking place in Singapore on 12- 13 November. Join us and benefit from a truly integrated understanding of the Polyester industry. Hear from Wood Mackenzie Chemicals experts offering in-depth analysis of the driving forces across the business sectors from Economy, Recycle through to Paraxylene, Ethylene, PTA, EO-MEG, Polyester Fibres and PET Resin in Asia


  • 12 November 2018

    • Networking Evening

  • 13 November 2018

    • Registration

    • Outlook for the regional economy: 2019 and beyond

      Overview of the regional economy A look at Asia’s growth engines: China and India The economic impact of political risk in China and India


    • Energy & Feedstocks

    • China in the world of polyesters: the strengths of China, the weaknesses of China

      China as number one in capacity and production volumes, quality, costs and speed and raw materials What China cannot do in volumes, quality and value-added services China's other disadvantages, and why other polyester markets continue to grow Why China can dominate but not conquer the world of polyesters


      • Salmon Aidan Lee watches the Asian polyester chain from paraxylene all the way to the downstream markets, but with a special focus on the PTA and MEG markets in the Chinese- speaking world. He joined PCI Xylenes and Polyester China Limited on 1 October 2009. Previously, he had spent nine years reporting on the PTA and MEG markets at chemical news, intelligence and price reporting service ICIS; and two years before that at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat. In 2003 and 2008, Salmon had working stints respectively at China’s Yizheng Chemical Fiber Co, and Sinochem Trading (Singapore). Since the acquisition of the PCI group by Wood Mackenzie’s parent, Salmon has been officially based in Singapore from 1 April 2016, but devotes a significant portion of his time in China, as well as other Asian countries to keep abreast of the latest situation and market trends there. Salmon was educated in Singapore and France; he is fluent in English, Chinese and several other languages and/or dialects.

    • Morning Break

    • PTA: Is 2019 going to be another balanced year?

      Possible landscape change for global trade Appetite for new investments for net importing countries Trends in PTA pricing outside China


      • YJ Kim heads the PTA and polyester fibre and PET chain from Asia regional office in Malaysia with specific responsibility for supporting our Asian client base. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with over 30 years experience in petrochemicals in both commercial and financial roles, Mr. Kim formerly worked with Samsung where he was Finance and Sales manager responsible PTA plant projects, procurement for the feedstock, and sales of over 1 million tonnes of PTA globally. His specialisation in PTA and polyester stems from broad commercial and financial experience at various positions and many in-depth analysis reports have been produced by YJ including Asian PTA Cost Model, China Textile Chain Analysis, Polyester Production Cost Comparison, India’s Future Influence in Global Textiles.

    • Paraxylene in Asia – Will 2019 be the tipping point?

      2018 in review Update on new PX capacity (mega refinery-chemicals projects and plant restarts) Outlook on 2019


      • Darryl joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemical Research team in 2012 as a Research Analyst, with specialization in aromatics (benzene, xylene, toluene). Prior to this Darryl spent 7 years in ExxonMobil Chemical, with experience in both a manufacturing and a business environment. Darryl holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

    • Networking Lunch

    • MEG: The imminent threat of oversupply and forced rationalisation

      Coal-based MEG – How big is it really going to get? US – The new Middle East Survival of the fittest – Who will have to bow out?


      • Jason has been in the petrochemical business since 2012, specializing in ethylene glycols and ethylene oxide derivatives. Jason began his career in Malaysia’s PETRONAS after a brief stint in Intel Corp in 2011. He was responsible for the sales of ethylene glycol, butyl glycol ethers, ethanolamines, ethoxylates and oxo-alcohols coming out from the ex-OPTIMAL plant in Malaysia. In 2016 he moved to the marketing division where he was responsible for business strategies on glycols and solvent products in Asia. Jason joined PCI Wood Mackenzie in September 2017, being recruited for the Asian market. Jason with his colleagues Paul Clarke, Doug Rightler and Salmon Lee are a team that is recognised as the leading authority for EO, glycols and EODs in all regions and on a global basis. Jason graduated with a BT degree (Hons) in Business Information Systems from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS in 2011 and was involved in various projects and training throughout his career.

    • Is the world ready for a surge in polyester fibre capacity?

      Chinese volumes remain dominant but capacity also rising in other regions Widespread demand for polyester fibres across regions and applications Sustainability – opportunity and risk


      • Senior Consult for PCI Wood Mackenzie, initially part time since 2012, reporting on the Chinese nylon fibre market, and later spandex. Since summer 2015 Tracey has been our full-time consultant in China responsible for providing market reports, analysis and insight into the wider fibre market within China, including polyester, nylon, cellulosic, acrylic and spandex fibres. From 2010 with Jiangsu Holdsun-Zue Yarn & Textile Co., Ltd. (a Sino-Swiss joint venture). Assistant of the general manager. 2008-2010 Padma (Shanghai) Ltd. (A British representative office in Shanghai). 1993-2008 China Kingdom (Beijing) Import & Export Co., Ltd. 1986-1990 Nankai University, International Commerce & Business Institute (formerly Tianjin Institute of Foreign Trade), working as a teacher. 1982-1986 - University of International Business & Economics (Beijing) studying English of Foreign Trade (Bachelor’s degree).

    • Networking break

    • The Spring of China’s PET industry

      Global, Asia and China PET Demand and Supply in 2018 Margin Surge of China's PET and the reasons How long the good margin could maintain in China's PET industry


      • Angie was born in Shan Xi Province China and has a bachelor’s degree in International Trade from the Henan Industry University. Immediately prior to joining the PCI Group, Angie was in a senior sales position with the major Chinese PET producer Dragon Special Resin, where she headed up relationships with major brand owners in China. Angie now handles PCI Wood Mackenzie’s PET and RPET work in China, from a base in Xiamen, and also reports on market developments in the rest of Asia

    • Managing polyester environmental issues: Key industry challenges and successes

      What are the environmental issues facing the polyester value chain? Are there possible improvements for conventional polyester chip? Will there be trade-offs to consider?


      • Pieterjan (PJ) is a senior consultant in Wood Mackenzie’s Asia Pacific consulting team based in Singapore. He works across energy and chemicals sectors and has project experience in scenario modelling, commercial due diligence, cost modelling, carbon emissions, sustainability and life cycle assessment. PJ was previously with the PCI chemicals consulting team based in the United Kingdom. His PhD thesis formed the Polyester Sustainability Service, which assessed the economic and environmental position of sourcing routes: biomass, coal, and recycling, for polyester. The PCI group was acquired by Wood Mackenzie in 2015. His prior consulting experience was with a renewable energy consultancy in financial modelling for carbon capture and storage (CCS) networks as well as feed-in-tariffs for renewable energy sources. PJ graduated from the University of Cambridge with a PhD and MEng in chemical engineering.

    • Closing Comments


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