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Global Chlor-Alkali Conference 2018

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

  • 7:45 am
    • 7:45 amRegistration and Welcome Breakfast
    • 8:30 amTraining Workshop: Introduction to Chlor Alkali

      Featuring sessions on:

      • Process Technology - Nick Kovics, Executive Director, Inorganics, IHS Markit
      • Process Technology – Chlor-alkali Installations - Dr. Adrian Schervan, Head of Global Sales, Thyssenkrupp-Uhde and Nicolas Stoeckel, Head of Technology Center Basic Chemicals, Covestro
      • Chlor-alkali Economics - Hazel A.B. Kreuz, Executive Director, Global Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls Market Advisory Services, IHS Markit
      • The Chlor-alkali Market: A High Level Overview of Demand, Supply and Trade - Catherine Webster, Senior Analyst Chlor Alkali, IHS Markit
      • Tableau Exercise: Team Challenge on Supply, Demand and Economics - Henry Morecroft, Senior Research Analyst, IHS Markit
      • The Chlor-alkali Market: A Deep Dive Examination Demand, Supply and Trade - Eddie Kok, Executive Director, Inorganics (Global Vinyls), IHS Markit
      • Pricing - Hazel A.B. Kreuz, Executive Director, Global Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls Market Advisory Services, IHS Markit

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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.

      Speakers:

      • Arun Singh Tyagi, Head - Marketing, Nuberg Engineering Ltd.
      • Emre Bozkurt, Engineering Director, Hyrec

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

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

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

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

    • 9:00 amThe Big Picture: Outlook for the Global Chemical Market

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

    • 9:30 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.

    • 10:00 amChlor-Alkali Industry in the Americas

      Damian Gumpel, Vice President, Global Caustic, KOH & Vinyls, Olin Corporation

    • 10:30 amQ and A

      Moderator: Eddie Kok, Executive Director, Inorganics (Global Vinyls), IHS Markit

    • 10:45 amNetworking Break
    • 11:15 amAsia (Trader Perspective)

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

    • 11:45 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.

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

    • 2:35 pmTechnology Innovation Panel

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

      Panelists:

      • Arun Singh Tyagi, Head - Marketing, Nuberg Engineering Ltd.
      • Dr. Adrian Schervan, Head of Global Sales, Thyssenkrupp-Uhde
      • Nicolas Stoeckel, Head of Technology Center Basic Chemicals, Covestro
      • Emre Bozkurt, Engineering Director, Hyrec
    • 2:50 pmPanel Discussion/ Q and A

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

    • 3:15 pmNetworking Break
    • 3:45 pmGlobal Vinyls

      Luc Castin, President Business Unit GP Vinyls, Inovyn

      There is demand for increased global chlor-Vinyl capacity. Market evolution and regulatory changes create opportunities as well as challenges for the sector. Market economics have improved since the global financial crisis, but profitability of new greenfield investments still deliver poor performance in most of the regions in the world.
      The building and construction market in Europe has not yet fully recovered since the 2007 crisis. In parallel the European Chlor-Vinyl industry has been restructured with the creation of INOVYN  - bringing together high quality assets, people and leading product technology. INOVYN has prioritised enhancement of the customer value proposition through reinforcement of safety practices in the full chain, product and process innovation, and competitiveness improvement. INOVYN, as part of INEOS group benefits from good upstream integration and is able to secure competitive and reliable feedstock supplies.
      The VinylPlus sustainable development programme has enabled impressive progress with dramatically increased levels of PVC recycling. The PVC industry is now benefitting from improved perception and acceptance of our products and PVC is now re-qualified as the material of choice by influential specifiers. In the political arena the European PVC industry is now recognised as a leader towards the Circular Economy.
      Finally, INOVYN strongly believes that innovation is key to maintain sustainable development and to grow market share whilst continually enhancing the value that PVC products bring to society.
    • 4:15 pmMDI and TDI Markets and their Impact on the Chlor-alkali Industry

      James Elliott, Principal Analyst, IHS Markit

      MDI/TDI are the two largest isocyanate markets. Both have exhibited healthy demand growth over the previous five years; the demand outlook is similarly robust. MDI is consumed in rigid polyurethane foam, which is used as insulation in buildings and in refrigerators. TDI is consumed in flexible polyurethane foam, which is used in furniture, vehicle seating and mattresses. The MDI/TDI production process are complex and involve the confluence of different chemical value chains, one of which is chlor-alkali. Chlorine is required in the production of phosgene, a reaction facilitator in the final step of the MDI and TDI production processes. With MDI demand growth particularly strong, the equivalent of a new world scale MDI facility is required each year. Chlorine demand into the isocyanates will similarly grow at such rates, potentially necessitating further chlor-alkali capacity additions. With increased MDI/TDI production, increased volumes of by-product HCl is produced and isocyanate producers must have a strategy to remove the HCl from their production system, otherwise isocyanate operating rates can be constrained. During this presentation, the relationship between MDI/TDI and chlor-alkali will be explored and the latest isocyanate market developments and the implications for chlor-alkali will be discussed.

    • 4:45 pmQ and A

      Lauren Zeiss, Associate Director, EMEA Chlor-alkali, IHS Markit

    • 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

    • 5:40 pmReception
*Agenda subject to change.
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