EVENT

Europe 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

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Tech Check | Test your connection before the event begins

9:00 AM

9:00 AM - 10:35 AM

Session 1: The Big Picture

10:40 AM

10:40 AM - 11:55 AM

Session 2: Europe Industry View

12:00 PM

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

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Tech Check | Test your connection before the event begins

9:00 AM

9:00 AM - 11:55 AM

Session 1 – Polyester Stream

Afsar Hussain

Senior Research Analyst, Benzene & Styrene EMEA

Wood Mackenzie

Joyce Grigorey

Principal Analyst - Aromatics

Wood Mackenzie

Jason Anderson Raj

Senior Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

9:00 AM - 11:55 AM

Session 1 – Olefins and Base Chemicals Stream

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

12:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 2 – Polyester Stream

Salmon Lee

Head of Polyesters

Wood Mackenzie

Chloe Kinner

Research Associate, RPET

Wood Mackenzie

12:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 2 – Olefins and Base Chemicals Stream

12:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 2 –Thermoplastics Stream

Lei Liu

Business Consultant – PBT Business

Wood Mackenzie

Crystal Chiang

Director of Asia Nylon

Wood Mackenzie

Alexei Sinitsa

Fibres Consultant

Wood Mackenzie

Speakers

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Sponsors

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Get the opportunity to promote your brand and products at our conferences, and network with professionals within procurement, sales and marketing and research.

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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

Region Focus

Sustainability leader: what is the future shape of polymer value chains in Europe?

The European Union continues to lead the world in the use of regulation to drive more sustainable outcomes. In 2021 alone, the chemicals industry will be impacted by proposals for faster carbon emissions reductions, a new strategy for more sustainable textiles, and a new intervention to reduce packaging waste.

What will the cumulative impact of this change mean for feedstock selection, investment in new technologies, and growth of recycling markets? And, does greater circularity require more local production networks?

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.

Afsar Hussain

Senior Research Analyst, Benzene & Styrene EMEA

Wood Mackenzie

Afsar Hussain has over 8 years of market research experience in various petrochemical commodities and oil markets. He currently leads Wood Mackenzie’s research for Benzene & Styrene for the EMEA region. Afsar joined Wood Mackenzie in 2013 as an analyst in the petrochemicals team, and initially helped build out the olefins suite of products including the long term commodity reports and the ethylene asset cost tool. He then moved down the value chain and was responsible for the polyethylene and polypropylene global commodity reports, generating a view of supply, demand (including demand segmentation), trade and price forecasting. Afsar then moved across to the oils research team, prior to his current role, to take responsibility for oils demand analysis for the EMEA region. Afsar joined us from ICIS where he was an analyst producing business profitability reports for a whole range of petrochemical commodities. Before joining ICIS, Afsar worked as a process development scientist within the biotechnology industry. Afsar graduated in 2007 from University College London with a BEng degree in Biochemical Engineering.

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.

Jason Anderson Raj

Senior Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

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.

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.

Salmon Lee

Head of Polyesters

Wood Mackenzie

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.

Chloe Kinner

Research Associate, RPET

Wood Mackenzie

Chloe is a researcher on the PET & RPET team within our Chemicals division, covering recycled PET in the EMEARC region with a particular focus on short- and long-term European market dynamics and outlooks. She also develops new chemical research products and analytics within the recycling space. Chloe joined Wood Mackenzie in 2016, having previously worked in the construction sustainability sector. BA (Hons), English Literature, Queen Mary University of London

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.

Crystal Chiang

Director of Asia Nylon

Wood Mackenzie

Dr. Crystal Chiang is a native of Taiwan and graduated with a BS in chemistry from Soochow University in Taipei. And she went on to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Massachusetts, Lowell in United States. After graduation, Crystal worked for BASF Taiwan for her first job in petrochemical industry in 1998, and then moved to only caprolactam producer in Taiwan, CPDC (China Petrochemical Development Corporation) for 7 years. In 2007, Crystal joined CMAI focusing on nylon intermediates, polymers and related businesses in Singapore. She joined PCI continuing her professional life in the nylon industry in 2010.

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.