EVENT

Americas Chemicals and Polymers Conference

September 14 - September 15

08:30 BST / 09:30 CET

Virtual Event

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About the Conference

Our new flagship conferences combine three of our most popular events into one. Benefit from our integrated analysis across the chemicals and polymers value chains, on top of the commodity insights our Olefins, Polyester, and Thermoplastics Conference series has always delivered.

Hear from senior industry leaders and our experts about how the market is developing in response to:

  • Covid-19 and next steps to recovery
  • Growing impact of sustainability commitments
  • Refinery to petrochemical integration and the evolution of feedstock trends.

The conference will include sessions focused on base chemical, polymer, and key application markets, deep dives into emerging trends and technologies, and discussions on the hottest topics facing the industry.

Day one: the bigger picture.
Our experts’ detailed integrated views of how the industry is evolving, from petroleum feedstocks through to plastics applications.

Day two: your piece of the puzzle.
Dive even deeper with short and mid-term views across our three content streams and take the opportunity to build your own agenda.

  • 400+

    Attendees from across the chemicals industry

  • 200+

    Companies attending

  • 40+

    In depth presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions

  • 10+

    Housr ro organise meeting with speakers and fellow attendees

Highlighted Speakers

Connect with and hear from leading experts, helping you make smarter business decisions and develop your long-term strategy. Learn from businesses leaders about current challenges and solutions, sessions presented by Wood Mackenzie research and guest speakers

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Agenda

8:30 AM

CT

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Tech Check | Test your connection before the event begins

9:00 AM

CT

9:00 AM - 10:35 AM

Session 1: The Big Picture

10:40 AM

CT

10:40 AM - 11:55 AM

Session 2: Americas Industry View

12:00 PM

CT

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

Networking/Interactive Session 1

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

Networking/Interactive Session 2

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

Networking/Interactive Session 3

8:30 AM

CT

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Tech Check | Test your connection before the event begins

9:00 AM

CT

9:00 AM - 11:55 AM

Session 1 – Polyester Stream

Gustavo Hernandez

Director, Aromatics Research

Wood Mackenzie

9:00 AM - 11:55 AM

Session 1 – Olefins and Base Chemicals Stream

Nathan Schaffer

Vice President Petrochemicals

Wood Mackenzie

9:00 AM - 11:55 AM

Session 1 – Thermoplastics Stream

Quentin De Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

Timur Zilbershteyn

Consultant – Chemicals, Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

12:15 PM

CT

12:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 2 – Polyester Stream

Alexandra Tennant

Sr. Research Analyst, PET/RPET

Wood Mackenzie

Joyce Grigorey

Principal Analyst - Aromatics

Wood Mackenzie

12:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 2 – Olefins and Base Chemicals Stream

Ashish Chitalia

Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

12:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 2 –Thermoplastics Stream

Quentin De Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

Laura Murphy

Research Director - Fibers

Wood Mackenzie

Lei Liu

Business Consultant – PBT Business

Wood Mackenzie

Speakers

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Be part of the conferences' story and share your most recent findings and challenges to industry peers. Unveil your thought leadership expertise and distribute your latest white papers to a crowd of targeted individuals.

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Sponsors

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Be part of the conferences' story and share your most recent findings and challenges to industry peers. Unveil your thought leadership expertise and distribute your latest white papers to a crowd of targeted individuals.

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Why attend?

  • Hear from our industry experts and guest speakers as they present integrated analysis across chemicals and polymers value chains
  • Have access to content across 3 streams: Olefins & Derivatives, Polyester and Thermoplastics - build your own agenda by selecting sessions that best suit your content needs
  • Be part of a global network, connect, learn and share with attendees across the world - gain access to industry peers via our event communities and 1:1 meeting tool
  • One

    Integrated industry view

  • Two

    Days of analysis and discussion

  • Three

    Content streams to choose from

Regional Focus

Recovery and regulations: how will they impact North American petrochemical investments?

The pandemic led to structural shifts in global polymer demand and consequently the petrochemical industry. As the economic recovery in North America sets in, the industry is likely to face new regulations demanding a more sustainable plastics value chain, increasing competition from new investments in China, and further supply chain volatility brought about by weather and trade-related disruptions.

What will it take to be a winner in this new normal?  And what decisions today can provide robust capital and portfolio allocation to survive future volatility?

Conference Topics

What does the growth of electric vehicles mean for petrochemical feedstocks?

As fuel demand slows and then declines, petrochemicals are seen as a key source of growth for oil demand. We’ll explore what this means for the evolution of petrochemical feedstocks, and at what a winning strategy for integrated companies might look like.

How does a carbon-based industry adapt to a net zero world?

With carbon embedded in the heart of polymer value chains, how can the industry contribute to the journey to net zero? We’ll look at how leading companies are addressing the challenge, and at which technologies will play a key role in the transition.

What does a resilient chemicals business look like in a world of overcapacity and black swan events?

2020 will live long in the memory, but weather and logistics shocks in Q1 2021 show that operational risks are not going away. With several segments of the industry facing structural over-supply as well, we’ll examine what it takes to build a resilient business in the current environment.

Can consumer brands meet their sustainability goals?

As commitments to address packaging waste stack up, how likely is it that the system can rise to the challenge? In the conference, we’ll explore the key pivot points in the industry and new technologies and materials that could contribute to the goal of a more sustainable industry.

 

Chemicals and Polymers Conference

A wider view. The same sharp focus.

Quentin De Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

Quentin has over 30 years’ experience in the chemical industry in both France and Brazil, most recently with Rhodia, part of Solvay Group. Having held positions in marketing and market intelligence processing and tools, he has extensive project management, chemical process management and R&D experience. A Chemical Engineer graduation from UNICAMP (Campinas State University), Quentin holds an MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

Laura Murphy

Research Director - Fibers

Wood Mackenzie

Laura joined Wood Mackenzie in 2017 after more than 25 years in the nylon and polyester industrial fiber business. Prior to joining Woodmac, she worked for DuPont, Kordsa, Hailide America, and most recently Nexis Fibers. Her roles have included everything from process engineer to shift supervisor to market manager. Laura grew up in Rhode Island and received a chemical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In her spare time, she is an avid underwater photographer and is currently trying to improve her golf handicap. She enjoys the occasional glass of pinot noir in her suburban Philadelphia home.

Ashish Chitalia

Research Director

Wood Mackenzie

Currently leads 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 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 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

Nathan Schaffer

Vice President Petrochemicals

Wood Mackenzie

Nathan Schaffer is Vice President of Petrochemicals at Wood Mackenzie with over 25 years of industry experience in the upstream, refining and petrochemicals businesses. Most recently, he was a Partner at a boutique energy consulting firm focused on the changing dynamics of the oil and gas value chain. Nathan previously was a Director at PFC Energy (now IHS Markit) where he headed the North America downstream consulting practice. Prior to that, Nathan worked at ExxonMobil as a senior financial advisor with various assignments in the areas of refining and midstream. He began his career as a process engineer at Stone & Webster where he played key technical and managerial roles in a large number of global ethylene projects. Nathan holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an M.B.A from the University of Houston.

Gustavo Hernandez

Director, Aromatics Research

Wood Mackenzie

Gustavo Hernandez has 30 years of experience in the petrochemical industries. Gustavo joined Wood Mackenzie in 2019 joining the Research team in Houston after a long career of 30 years in Alpek based in Monterrey, Mexico where he was the technology licensing VP for Alpek. Between 1999-2011, Gustavo held various positions within Alpek, from managing all operations at Alpek’s Hong Kong office (covering from Japan to Indonesia and India) and later when returning to the Mexican head office for Alpek, Gustavo was in charge of coordinating all commercial operations with all customers. Since 2011, Gustavo was he head of the technology licensing business unit for Alpek’s PTA and PET technologies. Gustavo’s key area of expertise is in the polyester business where he has been called upon to advise clients in the technology, planning and commercial aspects in the industry. Prior to 199, Gustavo had a 11-year career with Petrotemex (part of Alpek) where he held various positions in commercial team handling PTA and PET.

Timur Zilbershteyn

Consultant – Chemicals, Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Timur joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemicals team in 2015, following the acquisition of PCI Group by Wood Mackenzie. He started at PCI in January, 2015 as a Business Analyst, responsible for preparing cost models, analysis of price tendencies and market situation in the nylon chain from petrochemical feedstock to fibres and engineering plastics. Prior to PCI, Timur was 7 years with SIBUR petrochemical company as a leading researcher, responsible for exploring business opportunities and leading in-house and collaborative R&D teams. He participated in feasibility studies, market analysis and chemical process evaluations. Timur graduated from the Moscow State University with a Specialist’s degree in Chemistry, and earned his doctor degree in Petroleum Chemistry from the Institute of Petroleum Chemistry, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science.

Lei Liu

Business Consultant – PBT Business

Wood Mackenzie

Lei joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemicals team in August 2018 as a Business Consultant. He is currently taking care of the PBT research in Asia region, including market study, pricing analysis, supply/demand analysis and other studies related to PBT and its intermediates. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Lei was 6 years with Bayer firstly as a Senior Process Engineer and later Operational Excellence Consultant. He has experience in process design & optimization in both polymer industry and fine chemicals industry. He is also experienced in Lean Six Sigma methodology and have led projects in various fields such as production, logistics, and corporate functions. Lei graduated from Tsing University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and then got his PhD degree also in Chemical Engineering from National University of Singapore.

Alexandra Tennant

Sr. Research Analyst, PET/RPET

Wood Mackenzie

Alexandra Tennant is a Senior Analyst with Wood Mackenzie covering PET and RPET for Mexico and South America. Alexandra initially joined the Houston office of Wood Mackenzie in 2018 in Consulting. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Alexandra was with ExxonMobil Chemical's Controller's organization beginning as a Financial Analyst for manufacturing sites and eventually as Global Financial Coordinator for the Chemicals Company. She began her career as a consultant at Accenture focused on energy and related manufacturing clients.   Alexandra holds a Bachelors of Arts degree (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Vanderbilt University in Economics and the History of Art as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the School of Management at Yale University.

Joyce Grigorey

Principal Analyst - Aromatics

Wood Mackenzie

Joyce originally joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemicals Research team as an Analyst in April 2013, where she played a major role in building the global aromatics service for Wood Mackenzie. Her primary product coverage included benzene and derivatives for EMEARC. She left Wood Mackenzie in 2016 and briefly worked for a shipping consultancy, where she covered a broad range of organic and inorganic chemicals. Thereafter, she joined Tecnon Orbichem in 2017 as a Consultant covering the olefins/polyolefins and polyurethane (MDI, TDI, PO/PG) chains. She re-joined Wood Mackenzie’s chemical team in July 2019 and currently covers the Aromatics chain, with a focus in paraxylene and PTA, as a Principal Analyst. In addition, she develops new chemical research products and other service enhancements, as well as assists in implementing process improvement projects across the team and ad hoc consulting projects. Joyce graduated from Villanova University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.