LAPPC 2017: 7th Annual Latin American Petrochemicals and Polymers Conference

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Friday, Nov 10, 2017

    • Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals Workshop

      Agenda as of July 13, 2017.

      Learn more about the workshop here.

    • 8:00 amRegistration/ Continental Breakfast
    • 8:25 amWelcome Remarks

      Raul Arias Alvarez, Director Chemicals Consulting, IHS Markit

    • 8:30 amPetrochemicals Feedstocks

      Walt Hart, Vice President, NGL Research & Consulting, IHS Markit

    • 10:00 amMorning Break
    • 10:20 amFundamentals of the Olefins Business

      Todd Dina, Global Olefins Director - Propylene, IHS Markit

    • 11:30 amIntroduction to Polymers and Plastics & Inter-polymer Competition

      Joel Morales, Senior Director, Polyolefins Americas, IHS Markit & Raul Arias, Director, Chemicals Consulting, IHS Markit

    • 12:00 pmLunch
    • 1:30 pmPolyethylene - LDPE, HDPE, LLDPE

      Joel Morales, Senior Director, Polyolefins Americas, IHS Markit

    • 2:00 pmPolypropylene - Homopolymer, Impact Copolymer, Random Copolymer

      Joel Morales, Senior Director, Polyolefins Americas, IHS Markit

    • 2:30 pmVinyls Business - Chlor/Alkali, VCM and PVC

      Hazel Kreuz, Global Director Chlor-Alkali//Vinyls, IHS Markit

    • 3:00 pmAfternoon Break
    • 3:20 pmFundamentals of the Aromatics Business - Benzene, Toluene and Xylenes

      Peter Feng, Senior Director, Aromatics, IHS Markit

    • 4:00 pmPolyester Business - PTA, PET

      Tison Keel, Senior Director, PET, PTA, EO & Derivatives, IHS Markit

    • 4:30 pm Styrenics Business - Polystyrene, EPS

      Raul Arias Alvarez, Director, Chemicals Consulting, IHS Markit

    • 5:30 pmReception

Saturday, Nov 11, 2017

    • 8:00 amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
    • 8:30 amWelcome Remarks

      Rina Quijada, Senior Director Business Development Latin America, IHS Markit

    • 8:35 amSetting the Stage: Macro Trends Affecting Petrochemicals and Plastics Today

      Dave Witte, Senior Vice President and General Manager, OMDC, IHS Markit

      Despite the appearance of stability in global energy and geo-political drivers, the chemical industry continues to be buffeted by significant uncertainty leading to changes in industry structure and strategies. This paper will provide an introduction to the key high-level macro trends in energy, the economy and chemicals that are impacting the Latin American industry and is key to setting the overall backdrop for the detailed presentations to follow.

    • 8:50 amEnergy Markets: Implications for Feedstock Availability in Latin America

      Walt Hart, Vice President, NGL Research & Consulting, IHS Markit

      Efforts by OPEC to regain crude oil market share and subsequent efforts to raise oil prices have demonstrated the persistence of the tight oil and gas industry in the US and Canada. Latin American energy production has also reacted to low energy prices. North American shale development has changed global feedstock trade dynamics. Global crude oil prices and the pace of continued North American oil and gas production growth will impact the availability of feedstocks that can be exported to Latin America.

    • 9:10 amGlobal Olefins: Navigating the New Currents

      Todd Dina, Global Olefins Director - Propylene, IHS Markit

      North America is roaring to life with new ethylene and propylene assets poised to adding nearly 13 million metric tons per year new capacity to a thirsty market. How does this flood of new investment impact the global market and how does Latin America navigate these swirling waters skillfully?

    • 9:30 amGroup Q and A

      Moderator: Lyn Tattum, Vice President, Oil, Mid-Downstream and Chemical, IHS Markit

    • 9:40 amNetworking Break
    • New Capacity/Strategy for Latin America Panel
    • 9:55 amArgentina: Update on Vaca Muerta and its Impact on Petrochemicals

      Marcos Sabelli, Chemical Executive Manager, YPF

    • 10:15 amDow’s Global Capacity Expansions and Latin American Markets

      Ana Laura Allegue, LAA Product Director - Performance Plastics LAA, The Dow Chemical Company

      Polyethylene demand is rising, as the world population continues to grow. In this scenario, Dow is making steady progress to expand capacity around the globe, which will bring more solutions and new technologies to Latin America. In addition, the newly created Materials Science Division now has one of the world’s deepest and most differentiated performance plastics portfolios with solutions and technologies that address consumer and brand owner demand for increased packaging convenience, reduce food waste, and advance the global development of telecommunications and electrical transmission and distribution infrastructure.

    • 10:40 amBraskem: A Global Player in the Polyolefin Market in Latin America

      Roger Marchioni, PP Business Director, Braskem S.A.

    • 11:00 amGroup Q and A

      Moderator: Lyn Tattum, Vice President, Oil, Mid-Downstream and Chemical, IHS Markit

    • 11:15 amNetworking Break
    • Sustainability Panel
    • 11:35 amBASF and Sustainable Development

      Ralph Schweens, President, BASF South America

    • 11:55 amBraskem’s Role in Sustainability

      Edison Terra Filho, Executive Vice President, Braskem S.A.

    • 12:15 pmDow’s Sustainability Goals

      Julio Natalense, LAA Sustainability Director, The Dow Chemical Company

    • 12:35 pmQ and A

      Moderator: Lyn Tattum, Vice President, Oil, Mid-Downstream and Chemical, IHS Markit

    • 12:50 pmLunch
    • Petrochemicals Panel
    • 2:20 pmWhen Complex Market Forces Converge: The Global Chlor-Alkali Market Outlook through 2020

      Hazel Kreuz, Director Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls, Chemicals, IHS Markit

      Multiple forces are converging to create flux in today’s global chlor-alkali market. A healthy growth outlook in multiple regions and a stagnant near-term outlook for capacity are shifting forces in intercontinental trade routes and challenging recent caustic soda price levels. Additionally, emerging environmental regulations in Northeast Asia add a layer of complexity to expectations for chlorine and caustic supply, demand and price trends in the global arena over the coming five years. This presentation will explore the current and forecast states of key factors that influence expectations for global chlor-alkali trends from now through the early 2020s.

    • 2:45 pmAromatics - Opportunities and Threats in a Changing World

      Peter Feng, Senior Director, Aromatics-BTX, IHS Markit

      Large aromatics projects in South America continue to be at a standstill as low oil prices, corruption scandals and local recessions have stymied interest in new projects. Despite this, there are still opportunities in South America. Some are making smaller investments to debottleneck and expand. Others are buying assets at below the cost of construction. This presentation will discuss the outlook for aromatics and the implications for South America.

    • 3:10 pmPET, Polyester Markets and Raw Material Drivers

      Tison Keel, Director, PET, PTA & EO Derivatives, IHS Markit

      The PET industry is globally oversupplied; each major region has added capacity over and above growth in demand, which has slowed down. While polyester fibers have sustained demand growth for the major raw materials, PX, PTA and MEG, those materials may also face short term surplus capacity.

    • 3:40 pmGroup Q and A

      Moderator: Lyn Tattum, Vice President, Oil, Mid-Downstream and Chemical, IHS Markit

    • 3:55 pmNetworking Break
    • Resins Panel
    • 4:10 pmLatin America Petrochemicals: Changing Market Dynamics

      Rina Quijada, Senior Director Business Development Latin America, IHS Markit

      Market dynamics are changing. IHS Markit will present views on Latin America’s petrochemical industry and how it will adjust to accommodate for significant capacity changes coming onstream in North America during the first expansion wave 2017-2020. Feedstock availability in North America will change market dynamics in coming years and will reshape petrochemicals in the Region.

    • 4:25 pmThe Arrival of US PE Capacity and its Impact on Global Markets

      Nick Vafiadis, Vice President, Plastics, IHS Markit

      The long anticipated wave of new global PE production capacity is approaching. New capacity has already started in Mexico, China, the US and Saudi Arabia. Significantly more US based capacity is expected to start up by year end 2017. How will this new cost competitive production capacity impact PE prices, margins, trade flows, and supplier relationships in Latin America?

    • 4:50 pmLooking Outside the Region for Supply: How the Americas will Cope with Limited Investment in New Capacity before 2020

      Joel Morales, Senior Director, Polyolefins Americas, IHS Markit

      An expected recovery in the South America economy along with steady growth in North America are likely to strain domestic polypropylene supplies and require additional resin from global markets in the near term. This presentation will review potential solutions and how supply, demand, and price could be affected.

    • 5:15 pmLatin America Resin Markets: A Balance Between Self-Sufficiency and Competitive Imports

      Javier Ortiz, Principal Analyst, IHS Markit

      Amid capacity expansions in North America and a Latin American economy that is rebounding, this presentation will look at the current state of the major resin markets in the region, potential trends for demand growth in the coming years, and the various supply options that plastic converters will have to satisfy future consumption.

    • 5:35 pmLatin American Chemicals Distribution

      Marco Quirino, President Latin America, Univar

      Latin American distribution market is fragmented and very diverse. In general, distribution of chemical products is handled by family owned companies with local operations and limited reach. This scenario is changing rapidly based on mergers and acquisitions that started a couple of decades ago and still on going. This is happening throughout the region and international companies are becoming more present in all countries.

    • 5:55 pmGroup Q and A

      Moderator: Lyn Tattum, Vice President, Oil, Mid-Downstream and Chemical, IHS Markit

    • 6:10 pmClosing Remarks

      Rina Quijada, Senior Director Business Development Latin America, IHS Markit

* Agenda subject to change

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