2018 Wood Mackenzie European Polyester Conference

  • Le Meridien Vienna
  • Vienna, Austria
Now in it's 26th year The European Polyester Conference brings together key industry players for a comprehensive overview of economic, technical, environmental and commercial themes affecting the European polyester industry. Senior business planners, procurement leads, heads of strategy, lead salespeople and marketers from around the globe attend this established annual event, seeking independent analysis of short and longer term commercial trends in the polyester industry.


  • 06 October 2018

    • Polyester Industry - Training Session

      A half day training session led by our Head of Polyester, Philip Marshall who will provide everything you or your team need to get up to speed with the Polyester industry. With many competing drivers in the polyester industry which surface Read More...

  • 07 October 2018

    • Registration

    • Welcome

    • Global economy: full steam ahead or running out of steam?

      Maturing cycle; structural slowing Risks: what could trigger the next recession? Dire demographics: headwind for economic growth over the longer term

    • Energy and feedstocks: - Rising feedstocks prices: Is the only way up?

      Key events for 2019 to watch that will drive the crude oil price Refining: the disruptive impact of bunker fuel legislation on naphtha and gasoline LPGs: Will the discounts remain?

    • PX: Western Hemisphere trade deficit emerges into a world of growing surplus

      Where will Western Hemisphere PX come from? Is there an impact on regional pricing structures? How much of a splash will the mega Chinese refining to PX projects make?

    • Networking Break

    • Global Ethylene - Living the dream

      Current market update (prices, margins, new plants under construction) Supply evolution: North America shale & China methanol to olefins – What's next? Demand evolution: China, China, China – What's next?

    • MEG: the rising flood tide

      Will the investments in MEG in the US find a marketplace and at what cost to Asian producers Out of control investments in China may lead to very depressed profitability of the sector – or trigger a trade war? What role, if any, does coal based DMO investments play in the near term future

    • Networking Lunch

    • PTA: Oversupply even with rationalisation but…

      Will PTA become tight in the next 2-3 years? Will Europe stop being reliant on Asian PTA? Has the time come for market based pricing again?

    • Strong demand for textile fibres threatened by trade rows and political instability

      Cotton and viscose/lyocell now sharing volume gains with polyester filament Can the domestic industry respond to high polyester fibre demand in Europe? Is environmental sustainability compatible with growing textile fibre volumes?

    • Networking Break

    • PET: Market supply overcapacity continues but...

      PET a year of tightness – can it continue What has been the effect of higher prices and tight supply Is PET set to benefit from the 'plastics backlash'

    • Rising demand for RPET in West Europe, is it sustainable?

      Strong demand for RPET but constrained supply – will this change Are rising RPET values doing more harm than good Brands/packaging producers – are they fully on board

    • The role of BOPET film in sustainable packaging

      Global packaging volumes are growing, but pressure is building on the negative impact packaging waste has on the environment - how has the flexible packaging industry responded? Flexible packaging is a key end use market for the BOPET film Read More...

    • Closing Comments

    • Drinks Reception


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