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Agenda subject to change.

Please note all times listed are Singapore Time Zone (SGT)

Thursday,29 October 2020

  • Conference Topics

    The live conference will take place on 5-6 November 2020.

    Asia Chemical Conference Online pre-recorded presentations available on 29 October 2020.

  • Plenary Session: Economy, Energy and Megatrends
    • Global and APAC Economic Outlook
      Rajiv Biswas, Executive Director and Asia-Pacific Chief Economist, IHS Markit
    • Crude Oil Markets: The Battle Continues
      Victor Shum, Vice President, Energy Consulting, IHS Markit
    • Global Chemicals: Recovery from COVID-19 and Beyond
      Garrie Li, Vice President, Business Development, IHS Markit

      When lockdowns were imposed around the world earlier this year to stop the spread of COVID-19, economic activity was severely curtailed. As a result, the world was plunged into the deepest recession since World War II. Since chemicals are the building blocks of consumer goods or enablers for their manufacture, the global chemical industry has been negatively impacted. This presentation examines how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the global chemical industry and, in particular, how key market fundamentals (demand, capacity, pricing, margins) have changed in the face of a global economic recession and lower crude oil prices. It presents an outlook of the global economy and a trajectory that the chemical industry will likely follow, taking into account the effects of the overbuilding that began in 2019. It also discusses how long-term trends will shape the global chemical and refining industries in the 2020s. These trends include global mega trends, sustainability, energy transition, and developments in mainland China's Chemical industry.
    • The Sustainability Agenda is Well and Alive
      Robin Waters, Director, Plastics Planning and Analysis, IHS Markit
    • Refinery-Petchem Integration: More Critical in a Crisis
      Stephen Jew, Director, Global Refining and Marketing, IHS Markit
    • Specialty Chemicals Industry
      Vivien Yang, Director, Chemical Insights, IHS Markit
  • Session 1: Acrylonitrile, Fiber and Derivatives
    • Acrylonitrile and Derivatives 2020
      Kevin Longworth, Director, Acrylonitrile , IHS Markit
    • Acrylonitrile Market Producer Perspective
      Motoshi Nukita, General Manager, Acrylonitrile Marketing, Basic Materials SBU, Asahi Kasei Corporation
    • Acrylic Fibres: Holding it Together
      Thomas Varghese, Business Head (Domestic textile, oversea spinning & Acrylic fibre Business), Aditya Birla Group
    • ABS: Navigating a Pandemic Driven Market
      Daniel Siow, Director, Styrenics, IHS Markit
    • Impact of COVID-19 and Low Crude Oil Price on Global Propylene Market
      William Chen,Executive Director, Asia Olefins, IHS Markit
    • Overview of the Global Ammonia Market
      Georgy Eliseev, Principal Ammonia Analyst, IHS Markit
    • Polyester & Cotton Outlook: Understanding the threats
      Ashish Pujari, Executive Director, Aromatics & Fibres, IHS Markit
      Kieran Garland,Principal Analyst, Acrylonitrile, IHS Markit
  • Session 2: Olefins and Derivatives
    • Ethylene: Who has the Advantage?
      Steve Lewandowski, Vice President, Olefins, IHS Markit
    • Impact of COVID-19 and Low Crude Oil Price on Global Propylene Market
      William Chen, Executive Director, Asia Olefins, IHS Markit
    • Petrochemical Feedstocks: A glimpse of a distant future
      Premasish Das, Executive Director, Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream for Asia, IHS Markit
    • C4 & Butadiene Market Outlook
      Anthony Song, Director, Asia C4 Olefins, IHS Markit
    • Polyethylene: Prospects for Recovery
      Utpal Sheth, Executive Director, Plastics Asia, IHS Markit
    • Propylene Outlook: A year of stalled demand…What's next?
      JP Nah, Director, Polyolefins, IHS Markit
    • The Global Methanol Market: A Bumpy Ride Ahead
      Xiaomeng Ma, Director, Methanol Industry, Base Chemical, IHS Markit
    • 2020 Asian Acetyls Market Updates and Outlook
      Leshan Hou, Director, Methanol, IHS Markit

      The Asian acetic acid and its derivatives were each impacted to varying degrees by the pandemic. While the acetate esters and VAM markets suffered from weak demand caused by the pandemic, the acetic anhydride market performed strong with healthy demand. Supported by tight supply, the price of the Asian acetic acid also remained relatively high despite the pandemic. With the focus now on recovery, how do we expect the market to behave in the coming months? Will each of these derivatives experience similar recovery trends? What are the other factors influencing their recoveries? This presentation will provide updates on each of these markets and discuss these key questions.
    • Synthetic Rubber Market Outlook
      Minmin Hu, Senior Research Analyst, Global Olefins, IHS Markit
    • Oxo and Plasticizer Market Outlook
      Frank Jia, Principal Research Analyst, Global Olefins, IHS Markit
    • Acrylic Acid, Acrylates, and SAP Market Outlook
      Mike Park, Director, Olefins, IHS Markit
  • Session 3: Aromatics and Derivatives
    • Benzene Market Outlook
      Omi Tatsuo, Executive Director, Aromatics & Fibres, IHS Markit
    • Styrene Market Outlook
      Brian Lee, Executive Director, Asian Aromatics, IHS Markit
    • When will the Global Recovery Begin for PX and PTA?
      Duncan Clark, Vice President, Aromatics & Fibres, IHS Markit

      The paraxylene and PTA industries are currently experiencing significant excess global capacity, which has largely been created due to new massive paraxylene plants being built in China over the last two years and further expansions of PTA capacity by Chinese producers. The clear market oversupply has been exacerbated by the impact on demand caused by COVID19, which has crashed polyester market growth to its lowest level since 2008. Margins within the paraxylene and PTA businesses have collapsed, leading to financial hardship for many producers globally and utilization rates have been pulled lower to minimize profit losses. Exporters of paraxylene to China have been particularly badly affected and some are considering the long term health of the industry. More paraxylene and PTA capacity is being planned in China, which will worsen market conditions for the next few years, posing the question, "when will the global recovery begin for PX and PTA?" The presentation will discuss the current market dynamics, including structural changes occurring in the major Chinese market and its implications for the rest of the world's suppliers and shed light on what is needed for the recovery to start taking place.
    • Polyester Outlook: The long, short and recycle
      Ashish Pujari, Executive Director, Aromatics & Fibres, IHS Markit
    • EO&EG: A long journey from luxury to frugality
      Alan Lu, Director, Aromatics & Fibres China, IHS Markit
    • Nylon 6 & Feedstock Market Outlook - Moving into the Brave New World
      Anthony Tso, Principal Research Analyst, Aromatics & Fibers, IHS Markit
    • The Phenolics End Game
      Terence Peh, Senior Research Analyst, Aromatics & Fibers, OMDC, IHS Markit

Tuesday,03 November 2020

  • Training Workshops Part 1

    All delegates will receive:

    • Live classroom-style interactive training via video

    • Access to IHS Markit experts during and after the training

    • Access to on-demand video of training

    • PDF copy of the full workshop materials available for download after the training

    • Certificate of course completion on request

    • 2:00 PM Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals Pt. 1

      Instructors:

      • Garrie Li, Vice President, IHS Markit

      • Ashish Pujari, Executive Director, Aromatics & Fibres, IHS Markit

      • William Chen, Executive Director, Aromatics & Fibers, IHS Markit

      • Yiling Tan, Associate Director, Polyolefins, IHS Markit

  • 5:00 PM End of Training Workshops Part 1

Wednesday,04 November 2020

  • Training Workshops Part 2

    All delegates will receive:

    • Live classroom-style interactive training via video

    • Access to IHS Markit experts during and after the training

    • Access to on-demand video of training

    • PDF copy of the full workshop materials available for download after the training

    • Certificate of course completion on request

    • 2:00 PM Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals Pt. 2

      Instructors:

      • Garrie Li, Vice President, IHS Markit

      • Ashish Pujari, Executive Director, Aromatics & Fibres, IHS Markit

      • William Chen, Executive Director, Aromatics & Fibers, IHS Markit

  • 5:00 PM End of Training Workshops Part 2

Thursday,05 November 2020

  • 2:00 PM Live Session: Economy, Energy and Megatrends

    Moderator: Garrie Li, Vice President, IHS Markit

  • 3:15 PM Break
  • 3:30 PM Live Session: Acrylonitrile, Fibre and Derivatives

    Moderator: Kevin Longworth, Director, Acrylonitrile , IHS Markit

  • 4:45 PM End of Day 1 Live Sessions

Friday,06 November 2020

  • 2:00 PM Live Session: Olefins and Derivatives

    Moderator: Garrie Li,Vice President, IHS Markit

  • 3:15 PM Break
  • 3:30 PM Live Session: Aromatics and Derivatives

    Moderator: Duncan Clark, Vice President, Aromatics & Fibres, IHS Markit

  • 4:45 PM End of Day 2 Live Sessions
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