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Argus Olefins and Aromatics European Seminar 2017

Argus Olefins and Aromatics European Seminar 2017

Saturday, 30th September 2017

Morning registration and networking

09.00 Welcome and introduction by Argus 

Chuck Venezia, Senior Vice-President, Petrochemicals, Argus
09.10 Keynote speech: European developments in a political context: A view from Brussels
  • Exploring the current European petrochemical landscape
  • Looking at new policies and regulations impacting market developments
  • How can the industry remain competitive in the current political landscape?
Dorothée Arns, Executive Director, Petrochemicals Europe, Council for the European Chemicals Industry (Cefic)

Feedstocks: Outlook for crude, naphtha and LPG prices

  • Global crude markets — when will the market rebalance and prices increase? What about US exports of crude oil?
  • Will the naphtha market continue to be well supplied, depressing spreads versus crude? 
  • Growing LPG supplies versus increasing demand — will the global market balance?

Steve Weber, Vice-President, Petrochemicals, Argus

10.10 Ethylene: Does upcoming US shale based capacity threaten European production?
  • Over-view of the Argus 10 year global ethylene balance 
  • Investments made by European cracker operators to remain competitive
  • Barriers to entry for PE importers
  • Our views on the likely impact on European producers
Sarah Rae, Vice-President Olefins and Derivatives, Argus

Morning coffee and networking


Propylene: Impact of evolving production sources

  • Discuss regional trends and global impact of new production routes
  • Explore the selection and growth on-purpose propylene production process 
  • Analyze emerging price dynamics and future trends as the market evolves
Paige Marie Morse, Vice President, Propylene and Derivatives, Argus


Butadiene: Changing global balances and effects on pricing

  • Exploring the global butadiene demand outlook
  • Inter-regional product flows
Paul E. Brisson, Vice-President, C4 Olefins and Derivatives, Argus
12.10 China: What will the next five years bring?

Joe Duffy
Principal, Argus

Networking lunch


Refining: Global outlook and implication for European operations

  • Review of recent developments in European and global refining margins
  • Global product supply and demand outlook and implications for European operations
  • Impact of recent or and forthcoming legislation, such as IMO bunker fuels or Russian tax regime changes
  • Forecast margins, and future opportunities and challenges
Charles Jans, Senior Manager, Argus

Polyester: Engulfed by new Asian supply?

  • Exploring the current dynamics of the polyester market in Asia
  • New projects and timing for new capacity increase
  • Understanding the impact of new projects to the supply landscape
  • Assessing regional and inter-regional balances
Sam Carew, Senior Reporter, Argus

Afternoon coffee and networking


Benzene: Growing deficits in diverse regions

  • Europe’s declining feedstock base
  • China’s growing demand – how short for how long?
  • Where can the US go for incremental supply?
  • Balances in India and the Middle East

Andy Nicholson, Vice-President, Business Development, Argus

 15.40 Styrene monomer: Will new Chinese projects lead to shift trade flows?

Chuck Venezia, Senior Vice-President, Petrochemicals, Argus
16:10 Chairman's closing remarks

Steve Weber
, Vice-President, Petrochemicals, Argus

Networking drinks reception

17.30 Close of Conference

*Agenda is subject to change.

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