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Global Chlor-Alkali Conference 2018

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    • 8:45 amRegistration and Welcome Breakfast
    • 9:30 amTraining Workshop: Introduction to Chlor Alkali

      Featuring sessions on:

      • Process Technology
      • Process Technology – Chlor-alkali Installations
      • Chlor-alkali Economics
      • The Chlor-alkali Market: An Overview of Demand, Supply and Trade
      • Tableau Exercise: Team challenge on supply, demand and economics
      • The Chlor-alkali Market: An Overview of Demand, Supply and Trade
      • Pricing
      • Functional Alternatives

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    • 5:00 pmInnovation Fair & Welcome Reception

      This fair provides the wider community of the chlor-alkali industry thought leaders, researchers and young professional the opportunity to connect and explore innovative technology and services. There will be presentations by industry business leaders & technical researchers for a deeper dive into their companies technology offerings.

      The Innovation Fair & Welcome Reception is complimentary to Chlor Alkali and Vinyls Industry.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

    • 7:45 amRegistration and Breakfast
    • 8:45 amWelcome Remarks

      Chuck Carr, Global Business Director Inorganics, Chemical Market Services, IHS Markit

    • 9:00 amTranslating Short-term Dynamics to the Long-term Outlook for the Global Chlor-alkali Market

      Hazel Kreuz, Executive Director, Global Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls Market Advisory Services, IHS Markit

      When unexpected perturbations of market dynamics appear, conflicting signals from the market can cloud the picture in the long-term chlor-alkali market outlook crystal ball. European supply reliability uncertainty has cleared up now that the technology conversion is complete, only to be replaced by uncertainties associated with potential tariffs and trade wars and new environmental protection initiatives in China. This presentation will explore how recent events are impacting the market and whether the current conditions are altering the long-term outlook or not.

    • 9:30 amChlor-Alkali Industry in the Americas

      Rogério da Costa Silva, Commercial Director, Unipar

    • 10:00 amAsia (Trader Perspective)

      Shi Weimin, Partner and Business Director, Asia Pacific, Tricon Energy (China)

    • 10:30 amEuropean Chlor-alkali Market : New Owners, Same Problems?

      Yves Heroes, Sales & Marketing, Kem One

      Supply-demand 6 months after the conversion dead line.

      Impact of recycling and environmental pressure on supply-demand for chlorine as well as caustic soda.

      Skewed ROI of chloralkali unit versus the vinyl plants has led to divestments and asset milking rather than investments, but also other chlorine derivatives are rather by-products of caustic soda than drivers.

      The major reason for this is not a high variable cost but poor marketing during at least a couple of decades. Buyers and sellers need to change their mindset.

    • 11:00 amQ and A

      Moderator: Chuck Carr, Global Business Director Inorganics, Chemical Market Services, IHS Markit

    • 11:15 amNetworking Break
    • 11:45 amNew Wave of Investment

      Speaker to be announced.

    • 12:15 pmQ and A

      Moderator: Hazel Kreuz, Executive Director, Global Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls Market Advisory Services, IHS Markit

    • 12:30 pmLunch

      Visit exhibitors.

    • 2:00 pmPulp and Paper Commentary

      Brian McClay, Principal Consultant, Brian McClay & Associates Inc.

    • 2:20 pmHow will the Pulp Business Affect Chlor- alkali?

      Nick Kovics, Executive Director, Inorganics (Global - Bleaching Chemicals, Americas - Chlor Alkali), IHS Markit

    • 2:30 pmQ and A

      Moderator: Nick Kovics, Executive Director, Inorganics (Global - Bleaching Chemicals, Americas - Chlor Alkali), IHS Markit

    • 2:35 pmTechnology Innovation Panel

      Moderator: Nick Kovics, Executive Director, Inorganics (Global - Bleaching Chemicals, Americas - Chlor Alkali), IHS Markit

      Panelists

      • Dr. Adrian Schervan, Head of Global Sales, Thyssenkrupp-Uhde
    • 2:55 pmPanel Discussion/ Q and A

      Moderator: Nick Kovics, Executive Director, Inorganics (Global - Bleaching Chemicals, Americas - Chlor Alkali), IHS Markit

    • 3:20 pmGlobal Vinyls

      Luc Castin, President Business Unit GP Vinyls, Inovyn

    • 3:50 pmMDI + TDI

      Speaker to be announced.

    • 4:15 pmQ and A
    • 4:30 pmNetworking Break
    • 5:00 pmThe Energy Commodity Cycle and Implications for Energy Procurement

      Michael Stoppard, Chief Strategist, Global Gas, IHS Markit

      Energy markets have changed dramatically over the last 12 months. The mantra of ‘lower for longer’ has given way to talk of ‘higher sooner’. Oil prices are up buoyed by geopolitical worries and strong demand. The oversupply of global gas has not materialised. Coal prices have strengthened and in Europe the carbon market has soared. This session will consider whether this marks a change in the commodity cycle and balance of price risk or a more fickle and fragile change in market sentiment. We will also address the dramatic increases in oil and gas supply in North America , especially from the Permian basin.

    • 5:30 pmClosing Remarks

      Hazel Kreuz, Executive Director, Global Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls Market Advisory Services, IHS Markit

    • 6:00 pmReception
*Agenda subject to change.
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