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World Soda Ash Conference 2017

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

  • 8:00 am
    • 8:00 amRegistration
    • 8:30 amTraining Workshop
    • 6:00 pmWelcome Reception at the Revelin Fortress

      Sponsored by Intersac

      Join us at the Revelin Fortress for the Welcome Reception. Built in 1462 to protect the harbor and the eastern part of the city, Revelin Fortress is now one of the premier historic venues in Dubrovnik Old Town as it offers premium views of the Old Town and Old Town Port. It provides a stunning backdrop to network with your fellow conference attendees while enjoying drinks and canapés. Transportation to and from the Fortress will be provided.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

  • 8:00 am
    • 8:00 amRegistration and Welcome Refreshments
    • 9:00 amWelcome Remarks

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

    • 9:10 amOutlook for Soda Ash Demand Growth and Implications of the New Turkish Supply

      Marguerite Morrin, Senior Director, Soda Ash, IHS Markit

      Turkey is to set to add 3 million mt of new natural soda ash capacity by the end of 2017, the biggest single capacity increase outside China this industry has ever seen. What will the short and long-term implications be? How long will it take for demand to match this huge increase in supply? Where will this product go? Will existing producers be at risk? Will this new capacity change the global soda ash landscape irreversibly? These questions will be addressed in this presentation.

    • 9:45 amStatus of Soda Ash Expansions in Turkey

      Sinan Solaklar, Vice President of Glass and Chemical Group, Ciner

    • 10:20 amPanel Discussion/ Q and A

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

    • 10:35 amNetworking Break
    • 11:10 amChinese Soda Ash Outlook

      Chaoran Ding, President, China Soda Industry Association

      This presentation will explore the current situation of China soda ash industry, including the soda ash capacity and production in the last 5 years. The market prospect and future development direction of China soda ash will also be discussed, and some key issues and technologies will be covered.

    • 11:45 amChinese Ammonium Chloride vs. Urea: Who will Come out on Top?

      Ryan Monis, Consultant, IHS Markit

      This year, Chinese ammonium chloride and urea have fared rather differently. Urea production and exports are significantly reduced while ammonium chloride is around the level of 2016. Why two divergent fates for these fertilisers? Ryan will discuss this, and explain the implications for the Chinese soda ash market.

    • 12:20 pmPanel Discussion/ Q and A

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

    • 12:35 pmNetworking Lunch
    • 2:30 pmExperience of Reducing CO2 Feedstock Costs by 50% for Soda Ash / Bicarb Plants

      Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, Carbonclean

    • 3:00 pmGlobal Overview about Use of Additives for Flue Gas Cleaning (FGC)

      Dr. Bernd Morun, Managing Director DrySoTec GmbH and ReNabi GmbH

      • Different systems - Different additives
        • Typical additives
        • Advantage/disadvantage of different additives
      • Customer's learning curve at Germany/Back to the future?
      • Special cases: Waste incineration; industrial plants; power plants; ship DeSOx
      • How to handle residues from FGC: Deposit vs. recycling/multi-use of NaHCO3; ReNabi
    • 3:30 pmChina Soda Ash Technology: A Case Study from TCC

      Li Xiangfu, Vice General Engineer, China Tianchen Engineering Company

      This presentation will provide an overview of recent technological developments in the Chinese soda ash industry. Specifically this will focus on progress in equipment and process, including DCS. The presentation will cover Solvay and Hou technologies, both of which have been adopted in China, as well as raw material consumption in Chinese soda ash plants. TCC will also outline a case study featuring its soda ash technology and experience of its soda ash project.

    • 4:00 pmNew Membrane Concentrator Improving Soda Ash Upstream Costs

      Basel Abusharkh, CTO, ISW and Hyrec

      Hyrec invented a membrane concentrator for sea water that produces desalinated water as a by-product. The concentrator can produce a concentrated brine with very low divalent ion content that can be used as feedstock for the soda ash and chloroalkali industries. The process utilizes low cost membranes and is characterized by low energy consumption.

    • 4:15 pmPanel Discussion/ Q and A

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

    • 4:30 pmDay One Concludes
    • 5:30 pmNetworking Reception

Thursday, 21 September 2017

  • 8:30 am
    • 8:30 amMorning Refreshments
    • 9:00 amOpening Remarks

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

    • 9:10 amSolvay's Perspective on the Industry Dynamics, Challenges and Opportunities

      Christophe Clemente, President of Soda Ash & Derivatives Business, Solvay

      Solvay will share its perspective on the soda ash industry dynamics, the challenges and opportunities it provides, and its commitment towards the customers.

    • 9:50 amConsumer Perspectives on the Current and Future State of the Soda Ash Industry in India

      Atul Jain, Vice Chairman, Kiran Global Chemicals Limited

    • 10:30 amNetworking Break
    • 11:10 amShipping Outlook for Soda Ash: Dry Bulk & Container

      Jürgen Sorgenfrei, Director – Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

      Supply and Demand in Dry Bulk and Container Shipping is out of balance since years, and a relatively high level of expected fleet supply is also a headwind for 2018. For both markets we will provide an outlook, based on trade forecasts, order book and fleet statistics.

    • 11:45 amKnauf Insulation Cullet Position & Soda Ash Demand Drivers in Glass Wool

      Laurent Wolters, Central Purchasing Manager, Head of Batch Materials, Knauf Insulation

      Within the mineral wool industry, soda ash consumption correlates with various parameters. This presentation will provide guidance on understanding the main links and properly identify what this industry seeks. Ambitious short- and long-term strategies should mitigate supply risk and enhance agility in the market.

    • 12:20 pmPanel Discussion/ Q and A

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

    • 12:35 pmNetworking Lunch
    • 2:30 pmGlobal Energy Trends: Outlook for Coal and Natural Gas

      Chris Holmes, Managing Director, Global Gas & LNG Consulting, Energy, IHS Markit

      The global natural gas industry entering an extended period of oversupply with the result that spot prices are expected to remain weak. This presentation will examine the drivers of gas oversupply and the fuel’s competitive position against coal, a fuel that has experienced reverse dynamics that has seen stronger prices as global exports failed to match an increase in Chinese imports.

    • 3:10 pmElectric Vehicles and Energy Storage, and their Effect on Lithium and Soda Ash Demand in South America and Elsewhere

      Matthew Hancock, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit

      As the effects of emissions from transportation on global climate change become more apparent, and the cost of renewable energy generation decreases, demand for battery capacity as a means of propulsion and energy storage is set to skyrocket. Currently the incumbent technology for this end is the Lithium Ion battery. As the demand for Lithium batteries grows, so too will the demand for Lithium Carbonate and the soda ash required to produce it.

      With a large proportion of the world’s accessible Lithium reserves found in South America’s Lithium triangle, this opens further opportunities for soda ash producers to supply this growing market. This presentation will look at the drivers and challenges for this soda ash demand sector, and who is best placed to benefit from its future growth.

    • 3:50 pmAfrican Soda Ash Outlook

      Montwedi Mphathi, Managing Director, Botswana Ash

    • 4:30 pmConcluding Remarks
    • 4:35 pmConference Ends

Friday, 22 September 2017

  • 9:00 am
    • 9:00 amNetworking Walking Tour of Dubrovnik and Lunch (Optional)

      9:00 am - 1:00 pm*

      *Timing subject to slight revision

*Agenda subject to change

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