EVENT

Chemicals and Polymers Conference: Thermoplastics

4 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 Thermoplastics value chains to deliver a clear view of the bigger picture underpinned by in-depth market analysis. 

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

  • Rolling crises including the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and soaring energy prices 
  • The shifts underway in PA66 markets, from shortage to overcapacity 
  • Sustainability strategies for the Thermoplastics industry 

The conference will include sessions focused on feedstock, 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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Agenda

5:00 PM

EET

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking Drinks Reception

9:00 AM

EET

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Quentin de Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

9:10 AM

EET

9:10 AM - 9:45 AM

Polyamide Intermediates: The polyamide industry after the global crisis.

Quentin de Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

9:45 AM

EET

9:45 AM - 10:20 AM

How China’s expansion is reshaping the landscape of nylon industry

Anna Zhao

Managing Consultant - Thermoplastics/Nylon

Wood Mackenzie

10:20 AM

EET

10:20 AM - 10:30 AM

Q&A Session

Quentin de Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

Anna Zhao

Managing Consultant - Thermoplastics/Nylon

Wood Mackenzie

10:30 AM

EET

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break

11:00 AM

EET

11:00 AM - 11:35 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

11:35 AM

EET

11:35 AM - 12:10 PM

Market pand-ammonium: 2022 ammonia market fluctuations and what lies ahead

Mariana Moreira

Principal Research Analyst, Chemicals of the Energy Transition

Wood Mackenzie

12:10 PM

EET

12:10 PM - 12:20 PM

Q&A Session

Alan Gelder

VP Refining, Chemicals and Oil Markets, Downstream Global SME

Wood Mackenzie

Mariana Moreira

Principal Research Analyst, Chemicals of the Energy Transition

Wood Mackenzie

12:20 PM

EET

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM

Lunch Break

1:20 PM

EET

1:20 PM - 1:55 PM

Struggling 2022 for PBT industry

Lei Liu

Managing Consultant, Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

1:55 PM

EET

1:55 PM - 2:20 PM

Good old polyamide-6 in the rapidly changing world

Timur Zilbershteyn

Consultant – Chemicals, Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

2:30 PM

EET

2:30 PM - 2:40 PM

Q&A Session

Timur Zilbershteyn

Consultant – Chemicals, Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Lei Liu

Managing Consultant, Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

3:00 PM

EET

3:00 PM - 3:35 PM

Automotive

Ram Chandrasekaran

Head of Road Transport

Wood Mackenzie

3:35 PM

EET

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM

Fibers world in the age of uncertainty

Alexei Sinitsa

Fibres Consultant

Wood Mackenzie

4:10 PM

EET

4:10 PM - 4:40 PM

Panel Discussion

4:40 PM

EET

4:40 PM - 4:50 PM

Q&A Session

Ram Chandrasekaran

Head of Road Transport

Wood Mackenzie

Alexei Sinitsa

Fibres Consultant

Wood Mackenzie

4:50 PM

EET

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Comments

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 thermoplastics chains 
  • Have access to 8 deep-dive sessions covering Polyamide Intermediates, China Market, Crude Oil to Base Chemicals, Ammonia Market, PA6, PBT, Fibres and Automotive.
  • 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:

How can the polyamide industry succeed in the face of continuous disruption? 

In recent years the polyamide industry has been rocked by an unprecedented series of crises which have put a strain on the fundamentals of this industry. Rising energy and feedstock prices, accelerated regionalization, demand disruption, and the transformation of the automotive sector all pose challenges to players across the value chain. What strategies are necessary to survive and thrive in this disrupted world? 

What does the switch to overcapacity mean for the PA66 industry, and the wider value chain? 

With a short market since 2018 – and consequent high prices across intermediates and PA66 – the industry now stands on the cusp of a new operating reality, posing a series of difficult questions. How will the transition from shortage to overcapacity occur, and at what speed? Are we at the dawn of a new ADN and HMD tsunami from China? What will this all mean for the prices of PA66 polymer and its intermediates? 

How do major environmental challenges directly or indirectly impact polyamide or PBT?  

A growing number of environmental factors are already impacting thermoplastics and promise to transform this industry from top to bottom. Physical or chemical recycling, bio-sourcing of intermediaries, and the impact of biodegradable polymers in thermoplastics are all challenges or opportunities to be dealt with without delay. 

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.

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.

Ram Chandrasekaran

Head of Road Transport

Wood Mackenzie

Ram is the global lead for transportation and mobility, based in Houston. He has more than 12 years of experience in the automotive industry, including product development, systems modelling, vehicle prototype testing and battery pack testing and modelling. He also has a wealth of knowledge in government regulations for corporate fleet fuel economy and processes for achieving them. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Ram spent six years at Ford Motor Company, working on tools and methods for predicting thermal response, optimising software release and fuel economy for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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.

Anna Zhao

Managing Consultant - Thermoplastics/Nylon

Wood Mackenzie

Anna joined Wood Mackenzie Chemicals in 2021 as a senior analyst for nylon value chains. Before that, she had been as a senior consultant at a petrochemical consultancy for more than ten years and worked on a series of commodities ranging from olefins, aromatics and polymers & intermediates. As a chemical engineering major, she started her career in sales & marketing roles for specialty chemicals and has experience in many industries including textiles, electronics and automobiles.

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.

Lei Liu

Managing Consultant, Thermoplastics

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 the National University of Singapore.

Mariana Moreira

Principal Research Analyst, Chemicals of the Energy Transition

Wood Mackenzie

Mariana is a Senior Research Analyst within Wood Chemicals; she joined the team in 2020. Mariana's research focuses on regional and global markets for Films & Flexible Packaging, providing short-term supply, demand and price monitoring and long-term strategic outlooks. Prior to this, Mariana was a Senior Research Analyst at IHS Markit where she was the regional expert for the South American chlor-alkali market while also covering bleaching chemicals markets in Europe and South America. Mariana holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.