Pricing and Purchasing Summit

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Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017

    • 7:30 amRegistration and Breakfast
    • 8:30 amWelcoming Remarks

      Laura Hodges, Director, IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service

    • 8:40 amGlobal economy poised for faster growth

      Chris Williamson, Director, Global Economics

      IHS Markit forecasts that global economic growth will gain momentum over the next year, led by the United States and emerging markets. The outlook presentation will discuss the likely make-up of growth: What will be the main growth drivers in the next two years and which countries will see the strongest expansion? The impact on commodity prices and inflation, including policy and exchange-rate implications, will round off a comprehensive overview of the key economic themes for the future.

    • 9:30 amRally or retreat: What lies ahead in commodity markets?

      John Mothersole, Director of Research, IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service
      Ted Semesnyei, Senior Economist, IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service
      Karim Fawaz, Research and Analysis Director, Financial Services, IHS Energy

      The past year has seen commodity markets exhibit their characteristic volatility. Optimism at the end of 2016 triggered a strong rise in prices that carried into February. This optimism, however, dissipated in the first quarter, with prices then falling for four straight months. Another upcycle was introduced in the third quarter, even though deep structural problems remained. OPEC, for instance, continues to face a mission impossible in trying to balance oil markets, while the steel industry is grappling with excess global capacity and creating trade friction. IHS Markit will outline the material outlook for 2018.

    • 10:45 amNetworking Break
    • 11:00 amPositioning your supply chain for the future: Insights from our 2017 Sourcing Survey

      Paul Robinson, Principal Economist
      Carlos Caicedo, Senior Principal Analyst, Country Risk Analysis and Forecasting, IHS Markit

      An examination of the results, including sourcing trends and risks, from our 2017 Sourcing Survey as well as a detailed outlook for supply-chain risks in Mexico.

    • 12:00 pmLunch
    • 1:00 pmSteel outlook: Price, availability and risk

      John Anton, Senior Principal Economist, IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service
      Amanda Eglinton, Senior Economist, IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service

      This session will answer the three most important 2018 budgeting questions for steel: How much will it cost, will there be shortages and are there risks to guard against? Prices and supply will be analysed for North America, Europe, India and China. Guidance will be offered for carbon, stainless, flat and long products.

    • 2:00 pmMaking your logistics budget travel further

      Paul Robinson, Principal Economist
      Emily Crowley, Senior Economist, IHS Pricing and Purchasing
      Deni Koenhemsi, Economist, IHS Pricing and Purchasing
      Cole Hassay, Economist, IHS Pricing and Purchasing

      A complete look at logistics costs and what to watch; the focus will be on fuel and labour costs, a transportation outlook by mode, and the outlook for warehouse costs.

    • 2:45 pmNetworking Break
    • 3:00 pmMinor metals: Powering the future

      KC Chang, Senior Economist, Non Ferrous Metals, IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service
      John Mothersole, Director of Research, IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service

      Lithium, cobalt and rare earth elements are critical metals used in consumer electronics, electric vehicle batteries, and renewable energy projects. This session will give a supply and demand overview for each metal. We will also discuss the price outlook and sourcing risks that purchasing managers face in the minor metals industry.

    • 3:40 pmNew pricing tools from IHS Markit

      Amanda Eglinton, Senior Economist, IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service
      John Bauman, Principal Economist, IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service
      Ted Semesnyei, Senior Economist, IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service

      IHS Markit has recently developed several tools to assist clients in their buying and sourcing decisions. Some of these tools include the Cost Impact Calculator and Polymer Cost Calculator. We will demonstrate the capability and applications of these new tools during this session.

    • 4:20 pmWhere do you have leverage (and the potential to save money)?

      Laura Hodges, Director, IHS Pricing and Purchasing Service

      While commodity prices are on the rise, not all commodities move at the same speed or direction. During this session, we will highlight materials and products where prices and costs have diverged and present opportunities for negotiation or risk for higher prices.

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017

    • 7:30 amAnalyst one-on-one meetings
    • 7:30 amPersonalized Connect platform training

      John Anton (Steel)
      John Bauman (Electronics & Equipment)
      Kayla Bruun (Services)
      KC Chang (Nonferrous Metals)
      Emily Crowley (Labor)
      Amanda Eglinton (Steel & Fabrication)
      Cole Hassay (Energy)
      Laura Hodges (Cost Modeling)
      Deni Koenhemsi (Building Materials)
      Ryland Maltsbarger (Agriculture)
      John Mothersole (Nonferrous Metals)
      Paul Robinson (Connect, Transportation)
      Brandon Ruschak (Equipment)
      Ted Semesnyei (Chemicals & Plastics)

* Agenda subject to change

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