EVENT

Chemicals and Polymers Conference: Europe

3 October 2022

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EET

Berlin, Germany

About the conference:

Navigating near-term volatility whilst investing for long-term sustainability

Our flagship conference for EMEA combines integrated analysis across the Polyester and Olefins value chains to deliver a clear view of the bigger picture underpinned by in-depth market discussions.

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

  • Russia/Ukraine – how the war has changed the petrochemical landscape
  • Surging energy costs, rampant inflation, raw material shortages and logistical challenges
  • Brand sustainability commitments and their achievability in the current climate

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.

Conference ticket options: 

Single registration                               €995
Group discount (3+ attendees)         €895.50

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Registration

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Agenda

9:00 AM

EET

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Welcome and Introduction

9:10 AM

EET

9:10 AM - 9:45 AM

Introduction to Wood Mackenzie Chemicals (Optional breakout)

9:10 AM - 9:45 AM

Crude Oil to Base Chemicals: Impact of Russia/Ukraine conflict on petrochemical feedstocks

Alan Gelder

VP Refining, Chemicals and Oil Markets, Downstream Global SME

Wood Mackenzie

9:45 AM

EET

9:45 AM - 10:20 AM

Global ethylene – where are we in the cycle?

Patrick Kirby

Principal Analyst - EMEARC Olefins

Wood Mackenzie

9:45 AM - 10:20 AM

Sustainable strategies in the Chemicals market (Optional breakout)

Rob Gilfillan

Head of Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

10:20 AM

EET

10:20 AM - 10:30 AM

Q&A Session

Patrick Kirby

Principal Analyst - EMEARC Olefins

Wood Mackenzie

Alan Gelder

VP Refining, Chemicals and Oil Markets, Downstream Global SME

Wood Mackenzie

10:30 AM

EET

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM

EET

11:00 AM - 11:35 AM

Are Emerging PX and PTA Market Dynamics Sustainable

11:00 AM - 11:35 AM

Chemical Recycling: Can advanced recycling close the circularity gap in Europe? (Optional breakout)

David Buckby

Senior Analyst, Films & Flexible Packaging

Wood Mackenzie

Guy Bailey

Head of Intermediates and Applications

Wood Mackenzie

11:35 AM

EET

11:35 AM - 12:10 PM

MEG dynamics in an oversupply market. Can EO derivatives and bio-MEG save producers?

Steve Wilkerson

Principal Analyst, EO/EG

Wood Mackenzie

11:35 AM - 12:10 PM

Propylene & Polypropylene: Market drivers for the C3 petrochemical value-chain (Optional breakout)

Patrick Kirby

Principal Analyst - EMEARC Olefins

Wood Mackenzie

Michael McDermott

Senior Analyst EMEARC Polyolefins

Wood Mackenzie

12:10 PM

EET

12:10 PM - 12:20 PM

Q&A Session

12:20 PM

EET

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM

Lunch Break

1:20 PM

EET

1:20 PM - 1:55 PM

A New Era for PET Markets: Sustainably Sourcing Both PET and RPET

Matt Slutzker

Senior Analyst - PET & RPET

Wood Mackenzie

1:20 PM - 2:30 PM

Industry profitability deep-dives: Understanding risk through asset benchmarking (Optional breakout)

Patrick Kirby

Principal Analyst - EMEARC Olefins

Wood Mackenzie

Michael McDermott

Senior Analyst EMEARC Polyolefins

Wood Mackenzie

1:55 PM

EET

1:55 PM - 2:30 PM

Polyester fibres Europe: in search of sustainability

Alexei Sinitsa

Fibres Consultant

Wood Mackenzie

2:30 PM

EET

2:30 PM - 2:40 PM

Q&A Session

Alexei Sinitsa

Fibres Consultant

Wood Mackenzie

2:40 PM

EET

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Coffee Break

3:00 PM

EET

3:00 PM - 3:35 PM

Polyolefins markets: steering through a challenging environment

Michael McDermott

Senior Analyst EMEARC Polyolefins

Wood Mackenzie

3:00 PM - 3:35 PM

Petrochemical Feedstocks – In-depth Q&A and open discussion (Optional breakout)

Ashish Chitalia

Head of Global Polyolefins

Wood Mackenzie

3:35 PM

EET

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM

Styrene/Benzene: Managing through oversupply (Optional breakout)

Farrukh Novruzov

Senior Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM

Sustainable flexible packaging: slowly stuttering or on track for transformation?

David Buckby

Senior Analyst, Films & Flexible Packaging

Wood Mackenzie

4:10 PM

EET

4:10 PM - 4:40 PM

Recycling clinic: Understanding the recycling value chain across polymers (Optional breakout)

4:10 PM - 4:40 PM

Panel Discussion

4:40 PM

EET

4:40 PM - 4:50 PM

Q&A Session

Michael McDermott

Senior Analyst EMEARC Polyolefins

Wood Mackenzie

David Buckby

Senior Analyst, Films & Flexible Packaging

Wood Mackenzie

4:50 PM

EET

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Comments

5:00 PM

EET

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking Drinks Reception

Speakers

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In-Person Day - Venue Details & Covid-19 Health and Safety Policy

 

Hotel Dorint Kurfürstendamm Berlin

Augsburger Str. 41,

10789 Berlin, Germany

https://hotel-berlin.dorint.com/en/ 

Wood Mackenzie Event Health & Safety Guidelines/Policies*

Wood Mackenzie is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all event participants. Our decisions and preventive measures will be guided by the requirements and recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive and the UK Government. We are working with One Moorgate Place on implementing preventative measures to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 at the conference. Preventive measures include: 

  • Attestation of vaccination from all Wood Mackenzie employees and event attendees
  • Masks are strongly encouraged by all event participants at all times
  • Enhanced sanitisation of meeting and exhibit spaces
  • Extra venue space to allow for social distancing in meeting space
  • Hand sanitising stations throughout the meeting and exhibit spaces
  • Masks and testing kits will be available if needed

The responsibility for a safe and healthy event environment is shared among the event organiser, venues and every participant. All participants are expected to adhere to and abide by the safety precautions Wood Mackenzie is implementing to protect against the spread of COVID-19. 
 
As part of your responsibilities, you should not attend the event if you: 

  • are experiencing, or within the 10 days prior, have experienced signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • have traveled to any high COVID-risk area in the last 10 days
  • believe that you may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. 
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by the health care team responsible for your treatment. 

Conference attendees should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to contact the Events Team at conferences@verisk.com if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 within 2 days after the event. Should any positive cases be reported, Wood Mackenzie will communicate this information to all registered participants. Any private health or personal data received will be treated as confidential. 
 
Please note that by checking the box during the online registration process, you agree to adhere to the precautions and policies above and understand that you are knowingly and freely assuming all risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, by attending this event. You understand that refusal to adhere to these policies and abide by these precautions may result in immediate removal from the event and cancellation of the registration, without receiving a refund. 

 *All Wood Mackenzie policies are subject to change. Should changes be made, a notification will be sent to all registered attendees.    

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 two streams: Deep dives into Olefins & Derivatives and Polyester value chains, with break out sessions to dive into interactive, cross-cutting topics
  • 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

Who should attend?

Chemicals Manufacturers, Institutional Investors, Investment Banks, Packaging Companies, Brands, Converters, IOCs, Logistics and Transportation Companies. 

Agenda themes:

 

What will the sustained impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine be on petrochemical feedstocks?

Russia’s war in Ukraine has had a huge impact on the European energy market. We’ll explore how crude oil and refined product flows are changing. Given Europe’s reliance on Russian natural gas, how long will European prices stay high? Which petrochemical feedstocks will be advantaged in the medium term?

How do industry margins look in a world of over-capacity and rising raw material costs?

The global petrochemical industry is on average moving through a period of over-investment through the first half of the 2020s. Global operating rates will remain depressed even under a relatively positive economic growth and consumption outlook. Rising inflation and new Chinese lockdowns present additional downside risks. On top of this, rising energy and feedstock costs have jolted most major sectors of the wider petrochemical industry, significantly increasing production costs. How much will margins be squeezed by this double whammy effect and which regions will be the main winners and losers?

Are brands and converters still on track to meet their sustainability targets?

After two extraordinary years, is the packaging value chain set up to hit the sustainability targets looming large in the road ahead. We look at how important legislation and brand commitments will be in driving change and achieving these targets by 2025 and beyond. Given the current economic backdrop, are consumers able to pick up the cost of sustainable packaging? And where will the supply come from? We explore the risks and opportunities to the packaging and textile industries are they compete to secure a reliable supply of post-consumer material.

Rob Gilfillan

Head of Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Ashish Chitalia

Head of Global Polyolefins

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

Patrick Kirby

Principal Analyst - EMEARC Olefins

Wood Mackenzie

Patrick joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemicals team in 2013 as an experienced chemical industry professional, holding almost a decade of direct experience. Patrick is regularly sought out by clients and the industry for his detailed knowledge and insight into the regional olefins markets. He is a regular speaker at Wood Mackenzie events and external conferences across the olefins and derivatives space. In his current role, Patrick is integral to developing and forming Wood Mackenzie’s light olefins forecast for the EMEARC region. He also holds the responsibility of global service lead for Wood Mackenzie’s ethylene asset analysis. Patrick holds significant experience working in the CIS region.

Alan Gelder

VP Refining, Chemicals and Oil Markets, Downstream Global SME

Wood Mackenzie

Alan is VP Refining, Chemicals and Oil Markets. As Downstream Global SME, he is responsible for formulating Wood Mackenzie’s research outlook and integrated cross-sector perspectives on this global sector. Alan Gelder joined Wood Mackenzie’s Downstream Consulting team in 2005 and became global head in 2009. He transitioned into research upon his return from Houston in 2011 and was Global Head of Refining and Chemicals. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Alan had 10 years of industry consulting after working for ExxonMobil in a variety of project planning and technical process design roles. Alan has a first class Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London, supplemented by an MBA from Henley Management College.

Michael McDermott

Senior Analyst EMEARC Polyolefins

Wood Mackenzie

Michael joined Wood Mackenzie Chemicals in 2018, bringing seven years of experience in the petrochemical consulting. He is responsible for research and analysis of the polyolefins market in EMEARC and providing support to polyolefins clients worldwide. He provides supporting research for olefins group and has worked to develop sustainability offerings, including experience in the RPET team. He also supports training for clients and colleagues. Michael’s industry experience includes market analysis, supply/demand modelling, pricing, cost models and technology, delivering individually and as a team leader. He has engaged in projects covering a range of various chemicals from olefins to downstream derivatives and polymers. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie Chemicals, Michael established himself in the consultancy industry working for Nexant for almost seven years. At Nexant he achieved the role of Global Manager for the Polyolefins Planning Service, he was a key contributor to Nexant’s Petrochemical Simulator and database, and was the author of reports covering a wide range of topics. Michael also has five years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working as a Group Leader and Chemist for a synthetic chemistry team at Pfizer in Sandwich. He holds a PhD in Organic and Organometallic Chemistry.

David Buckby

Senior Analyst, Films & Flexible Packaging

Wood Mackenzie

David is a Senior Research Analyst within Wood Mackenzie’s Films & Flexible Packaging team. He joined Wood Mackenzie in February 2021. He has almost 10 years of experience in strategic market research and consultancy, initially within transport and logistics before moving to plastics. His core research areas have previously included polymer demand, mechanical recycling and chemical recycling. His primary focus now is flexible packaging. David holds a MSc in Economics from the University of Bath.

Matt Slutzker

Senior Analyst - PET & RPET

Wood Mackenzie

Matt is currently a senior analyst covering the PET and RPET markets for the Americas. His work includes analysing key market insights and trends to create an integrated view of the polyester value chain to understand the circular economy. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech, Matt began working for Alpek Polyester in strategic planning for business development related to international M&A activity, financial reporting, and trade & market analytics. With five years’ experience in the PET industry, he joined Wood Mackenzie in 2022 while working towards his MBA from Wake Forest University

Steve Wilkerson

Principal Analyst, EO/EG

Wood Mackenzie

Steve joined Wood Mackenzie in 2020, with 12 previous years of experience in the chemical industry. He was most recently with Helm US Corp. as Product Manager for the Glycol’s North America business, where he managed a large portfolio of glycol products for domestic and international distribution. Prior to his years with Helm he worked for Berryman Chemical Inc., a world scale manufacturer of oilfield chemicals.   He is currently responsible for Ethylene Oxide and Ethylene Oxide derivatives analysis in the Americas region. His experience ranges within the chemicals business segments and their activities on Ethylene Glycol products. With a wealth of experience being involved in accounting, chemical blending and distribution, sales and procurement he can provide an inside perspective on EO/EG market analysis. Steve has a MS in accounting from The University of Houston Clear Lake campus and a bachelors degree in Exercise Sports Science from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.

Guy Bailey

Head of Intermediates and Applications

Wood Mackenzie

As our head of Intermediates and Applications, Guy leads a team of analysts focused on plastics, fibres and sustainability in the chemicals value chain. Guy joined Wood Mackenzie Chemicals in December 2018. Prior to this he was the head of analytics at risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft. In this role he led a team responsible for delivering quantitative analytics to support clients from the financial services, corporate and government sectors to measure and mitigate exposure to political, economic, environmental and societal risks. Guy’s previous roles included leading work on regulation at the Confederation of British Industry.

Alexei Sinitsa

Fibres Consultant

Wood Mackenzie

Dr Alexei Sinitsa has over 20 years experience in chemical industry, starting his journey with Rhône-Poulenc/Rhodia, and spanning technical, commercial, executive and consulting roles in the nylon chain, including intermediates, polymers, fibres and downstream applications. He graduated as organic chemist with honours from Kiev University, and did his doctoral research with Institute of Organic Chemistry, NAS Ukraine.

Farrukh Novruzov

Senior Research Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemicals Team in December 2021 as an experienced professional in petroleum products and petrochemicals trading with almost 10 years of experience. Responsible for creation of reports and services covering Benzene/Styrene in the EMEARC region. Previously gained experience with Socar Turkey where he worked in the position of commodity trader and operations manager and obtained solid understanding of cracker operations. Prior to working at Socar Turkey Farrukh worked in an international trading house where he worked as a trader and operations specialist for 5 years. Continued studies at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and holds a diploma in Tanker Chartering. Fluent in 5 languages.