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Argus Petrochemical Markets 2018

Your opportunity to network with senior decision-makers in the global petrochemical market

Do you need to understand which new investments in the global market will affect your operations? Does your business want to hear about new techniques to enhance your daily processes through innovation?

Join the Argus Petrochemical Markets 2018 conference in Antwerp, Belgium, 22-24 May, to gain a thorough understanding of future supply/demand opportunities across the global petrochemicals industry.

 This is your opportunity to network with experts and get the answers to your most pressing questions, such as:

  • What tools does Europe have to maintain competitiveness against its global peers?
  • How could new investments and capacity in the US change trade flows, the European market and your business?
  • Where will you see growing demand for chemicals globally?
  • How will you be affected by forecasts on the feedstock and polymer markets, and the current pricing landscape?
  • What infrastructure is available for you to deal with new imports?

Register now and join representatives from petrochemical and chemical companies, traders, shipping companies and other key industry players. Have your say and help to shape the future of the international industry.

Gallery from Argus Petrochemical Markets 2017

APM gallery 1
APM gallery 2
APM gallery 3

Companies that attended last year's event

DOW Europe
Grupa LOTOS S.A.
Aschem Petrochemical Co.
Safra Company
Indian Oil Corporation
Perstorp AB
MOL Plc.
Spanish Chemical Federation (FEIQUE)
Koole Tanktransport BV
CLX Logistics
Total Petrochemicals and Refining
Standic B.V.
SK Gas
Port of Tarragona
Saybolt España SAU
Tradebe Port Services (TPS)
Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Europe

Don't just take our word for it

 “A first-level event host by Argus! I was delighted to attend this extremely interesting conference, covering all the topics the industry needs. Without any doubt, I strongly recommend attendance next edition”.
Nuria Blasco, TEPSA

“Systematic and well organized event! Presenters were well prepared and knowledgeable”.
Nikolina Jaksic, MOL Plc

“I'm really impressed of the knowledge of the speakers and their global vision of the geo-political, industrial and economic situation in the petrochemical world”.
Vicent Arjó Borrell, BASF

Contact us:

For more information or to be kept up to date regarding the 2018 event, please contact us:

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Information Contact Bryony Senczyszyn for more information about the event: 

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Conference Day One - 22 May 2018


Morning registration and networking

09.00 Chairperson’s opening remarks 


09.10  Keynote speech: Examining the outlook of global petrochemical landscape
  • Exploring the drivers for growth in global markets to remain competitive
  • Where do we see growing demand for petrochemicals globally? 
  • Where do we see pockets for chemical demand across the globe?
  • How much influence will new capacity in the US impact the global supply landscape?
  • Assessing cost competitiveness in the global market 
  • How innovation and digitalisation is revolutionising the industry 
  • Understanding the industry’s growing environmental concerns and working collaboratively for a greener future
09.40  Europe’s position in the global picture: What will the future look like?
  • Exploring Europe’s role in the global petrochemical landscape
  • Understanding the impact of new global trade flows on European supply 
  • Where in Europe do we see new chemical investments? 
  • How will new policies and regulations impact materials being produced 
  • What new infrastructure will have to be available for new inbound flows?
  • Will the growth of the global polymer market encourage Europe’s sites to shut down?
 10.10 Speed networking and business card exchange
Meet all attendees in the room within 30 minutes, exchange business cards, and set up meetings for later in the conference

 10.30 Morning coffee and networking



Exploring the outlook on the European olefins market and potential future shortage of certain polymers

  • What future feedstock will be available given new supply and refining capacity?
  • Exploring major ethane-based investment programmes globally
  • What is the outlook of Europe’s propane versus a future shortage?
  • Identifying cost curves and the increase in cost-advantaged ethylene and polyethylene
  • Examining polypropylene investments and how they will shape the market
11.20 Aromatic balances – an outlook on the future European landscape  
  • Exploring the declining feedstock base  
  • What is the future for refining in Europe and how will this affect aromatics balances?
  • How is the European refining landscape impacting aromatic production
  • Assessing aromatic balances in the US, India and Middle East and impact on Europe
  • The outlook of aromatic prices 
11.50  A Brexit market: UK’s chemical industry and policies to help retain and stimulate growth
  • How will the UK chemical industry adapt to a new Brexit market 
  • Cementing a future for the chemical industry and policies to stimulate growth
  • How are companies viewing Brexit and their roadmaps to remaining competitive
  • Understanding strategies and priorities including single market access and affordable energy
 12.20 Networking lunch


 13.20 How new plants and capacity in the US will change global trade flows 
  • Examining new capacity in the US: where will new supply come from?
  • Forecasting how much new supply will be in the market and where this will be absorbed
  • Which feedstock and polymers will be exported?
  • Increasing exports and infrastructure available to transport globally
 13.50 Building new production sites in the Middle East and petrochemical developments 
  • Strategies to take advantage of raw material resources 
  • An outlook on integration strategies to improve operational efficiencies
  • Where will new manufacturing products go?
  • A Middle East perspective: how Europe is viewed as a new supply market
Global panel discussion: Exploring current and future supply demand dynamics and the impact of new capacity in the US and Middle Eastern on future global trade flows?

  • What does the current global supply and demand landscape look like?
  • Where do we see new capacity developments globally?
  • How much of new products will come into Europe?
  • Will local European capacity go down and be replaced with imports?
  • Where will demand for speciality chemicals come from?
  • How much new polyolefins will come to Europe and how will trade flows change?
  • How will increase capacity in the US change the supply and demand balance? 
  • Could the increase of supply of polyolefins have an influence on price levels?
 15.20 Afternoon coffee and networking


15.50 New supporting role for Port of Antwerp to chemical industry: Infrastructure pipelines acquisition
  • Establishing logistical flows in and around the Port – the importance of pipelines 
  • Creating growth opportunities as part of the energy transition
  • Investing in new pipelines and routes for a more connected chemical cluster 
  • Identifying the measures taken for safe transportation of dangerous goods
  • How does the infrastructure aid new routes imported and distributed around Europe?
 16.20 Integrating the supply chain: Setting up a full integration model for increased operational efficiency 
  • What infrastructure is available for full support of logistic services?
  • Exploring facilities at the port for unloading and loading of chemicals
  • How are companies improving digitalisation services for a smooth operation
  • Delivering smarter logistics to help cut down overall costs
  • Identifying new innovation strategies 
 16.40 How the storage landscape is equipped for an increasing global market
  • Taking a look at the current storage landscape in Antwerp 
  • What capacity is available for companies looking to increase storage at the Port?
  • How the European energy transition impacting demand for storage of petrochemicals
  • Identifying niche markets for storage including renewables and waste products
 17.00 Chairperson's closing remarks
 17.10  Networking drinks reception

18.40  Close of conference day one

Conference Day Two - 23 May 2018 

Morning registration and networking
09.30 Chairperson’s opening remarks


 09.40 Europe case study: Future investments in the European polypropylene market to ensure long-term growth in to meet demand
  • Supporting the increase of growth of polymer demand 
  • Timelines for new investments in polypropylene capacity
  • Ensuring a reliable and integrated value chain from feedstock to customers
  • Committing to be the innovative propylene supplier
  • Case study: Investing in a PDH (propane dehydrogenation) plant and new supply in Europe 
10.10  Case study: Creating new joint ventures for advancements of petrochemical complexes 
  • Exploring the advantages of building new chemical clusters
  • Benefitting from joint ventures by tapping into new global markets
  • Investing in integration of co-sited petrochemicals for a merging  
  • Building pipelines and infrastructure to serve the market
 10.40 Asia case study: Benefiting from refinery and petrochemical integration  
  • Integrating the refining and petrochemical processes for a harmonised approach
  • Exploring the product landscape and feeds into the petrochemical plant
  • Latest approaches to integration on an operational level
  • Moving towards digitalisation to optimise refinery technology integration
 11.10 Morning coffee and networking


11.40  Case study: Preparing for a new age of the chemical industry by investing in digitalisation
  • Taking advantage of the opportunities of digitalisation – the new technical era
  • Increasing innovative strength and competitiveness by utilising new digital technologies 
  • Improving operational efficiency through new computer systems
  • Creating value for customers including real time information for supply and forecasts
 12.10 Panel discussion: How the movement towards digitalisation will change the foundations of the chemical industry 
  • Which aspects of the chemical process can implement automatic and digital changes?
  • Will the new move change the industry, and by how much?
  • Are there new platforms and new opportunities to change relationships and will change supply chains?
  • What techniques are available in the market to change the way products are sold? 
  • How can companies use data to better forecast maintenance requirements of plants to reduce shutdowns time?
 12.50 Networking lunch


13.50 Panel discussion: 2020 vision on sustainability – how much further do we need to go?
  • How much of a priority is sustainability for the petrochemical industry?
  • What measures are taking place to improve sustainability of the chemical industry?
  • Where do we see major investments taking place?
  • Are there any new technologies and techniques that help improve sustainability?
  • Which methods of carbon dioxide capture are available? 
  • Exploring how to implement new activities such as “operational clean sweep”


14.30 Understanding the crucial need to innovate and reinvent the European plastics industry 
  • Exploring the new strategy for plastics that is under development
  • What are the main challenges and opportunities within Europe to innovate?
  • Improving the current framework to encourage more investment and innovation
  • Bio-based plastics and biodegradable plastics: are these sustainable solutions? 
 15.00 A customer perspective: Adapting the plastic bottle to be more “green”
  • How companies are responding to the changing energy transition towards a greener future
  • How fast is the industry moving in terms of sustainable plastics?
  • What extent will it pick up in terms of development and priorities in R&D
  • Could there be a substitution for polymers in the future? 
  • Understanding the purchasing decisions and how producers could respond 
 15.30 Interactive roundtables

Sign up to roundtable sessions with like-minded peers — places are limited to ensure maximum interaction

Roundtable 1: Cluster competitiveness

Roundtable 2: Exploring supply and demand dynamics in Europe

Roundtable 3: Digitalisation

 16.30 Roundtable conclusions
 17.00 Chairperson’s closing remarks and close of conference
Networking lunch
Networking lunch
Networking lunch

Post-conference workshop - 24 May 2018

09.00 Registration and coffee
09.30 - 12.00
Feedstock changes and the outlook for olefins and aromatics balances
  • Changes in the US due to shale oil and shale gas
  • European feedstock changes and the impact on olefins slate
  • Aromatic balances in Europe
  • Mixed aromatics and changes in the refining industry
Who is this workshop for?

The workshop is for petrochemical experts looking to assess changing demand dynamics, and for directors, purchasing and sourcing managers in the petrochemicals sector to explore the outlook of the aromatic and olefins markets.

 12.00 Close of workshop

For more information or to be kept up to date regarding this event, please contact us:

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Conference rates:

Super Early Bird rate (Expires 9 February 2018) EUR (€)
Conference only pass (23-24 May)
Conference + pre-conference workshop pass (22-24 May)
Standard Rate EUR (€)
Conference only pass (23-24 May)
Conference + Workshop pass (22-24 May)

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Your registration includes:

Conference only:
  • Two-day pass to participate in all conference sessions
  • Networking lunch, refreshment breaks on both days
  • Networking drinks reception on 23 May
  • One set of conference documentation

Conference + pre-conference workshop pass:
In addition to the elements available with the two-day pass, delegates will also have access to the following:

  • Workshop on the morning 22 May
  • Tour of the Port of Antwerp on the afternoon of 22 May
  • Pre-conference drinks on 22 May
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Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. Argus Petrochemical Markets will provide participants with a high-level update and detailed analysis of the global petrochemical markets. The seminar sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Sponsor or Exhibit at Argus Petrochemical Markets

Gain direct access to senior level audience through enhanced visibility and exposure to attract new business. Sponsors at this highly targeted and focused event will benefit from:
  • Brand position - be at the forefront of your potential customers minds
  • Your company advertised to our database of petrochemical contacts 
  • Forge quality business relationships with new clients to ensure future success
  • Be seen as an industry leader
  • Keep up-to-date of key industry developments
  • Enjoy unique networking opportunities in an informal setting
  • Meet your marketing objectives with tailored packages
  • Exposure to our regular petrochemical attendees

 2018 Host Sponsor

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The Port of Antwerp

Welcome to the heart of the European oil and chemical industry.

The port of Antwerp holds a unique position at the centre of the “Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr” mega-cluster.
Linking together world-class value chains, the port’s logistics and storage facilities enable vast integration opportunities and synergies.

The long heritage of cluster development and operational excellence lives in our people, with their unsurpassed experience, skills and customer focus.
In a world of constant change the port of Antwerp offers stability, continuity and sustainable innovation. In a chemistry you can really feel.

If you are interested in sponsorship or exhibiting opportunities at next year's Argus Petrochemical Markets 2018 conference, please contact Marcel Mariano or Brad Cottle using the details below: 

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