30 November - 01 December 2022
In-person: Singapore & Online Access

Argus Bitumen & Bituminous Products Asia Conference

  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:05
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  • 09:10
  • Conference welcome Belle Andrews - Conference Producer, Argus
  • 09:05
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks
  • 09:10
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  • 09:50
  • A refiner’s perspective: how the global evolution of refining will affect the Asia-Pacific bitumen market
 
  • How have the impacts of global commitments to ending climate change affected the refining process in Asia? 
  • Are low-sulphur fuels more prevalent? If so, what does this mean for bitumen production and supply? 
  • What do refineries make of the current supply/demand outlook for the coming year?  
  • 09:50
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  • 10:15
  • Argus Presents: a fresh perspective on price volatility in the bitumen market today
  • An outlook and update regarding supply and demand in the Asian bitumen market  
  • Price has become a major issue over the past several months, what has caused this volatility?  
  • How has the bitumen supply chain evolved over the past two years? What role did the pandemic and various geopolitical events play in this evolution?  
  • 10:15
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  • 10:45
  • The foundation of the bitumen market: crude price and availability outlook for 2023
  • It is no secret that the crude price over the past couple years has faced intense volatility. What is causing this uncertainty? 
  • How have different players across the supply chain reacted to this recent price increase?  
  • What can end users expect in the coming year in regard to crude price and availability?   
  • 10:45
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  • 11:15
  • Speed networking
  • A structured speed networking session to provide delegates with an introduction to people from across the industry. 
  • After the speed networking exercise, delegates will be encouraged to continue conversations with their new, and old, contacts during the coffee break before the next session.
  • 11:15
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  • 11:45
  • Coffee break
  • 11:45
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  • 12:30
  • Specifications: how has the lack of uniformity among countries affected the Asian bitumen market?
  • What has prevented overarching specifications from being put in place for the Asian market or for each region?  
  • How have varying specification requirements affected producers and traders in this market? 
  • What strategies are being put in place today to help mitigate the lack of uniformity surrounding country specifications? Are these long-term solutions or will the market have to re-evaluate? 
  • 12:30
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  • 13:55
  • Lunch Break
  • 13:55
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  • 14:30
  • The infamous freight rate: how this significant price increase is impacting the bottom line
  • What has caused this significant jump in freight rate pricing?  
  • How has the shipping industry weathered the storm? From a shipping perspective, what can the market expect for the near future?  
  • How has the freight rate impacted end users and overall bitumen supply? 
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Road infrastructure in Asia: an overview of all markets
  • High-level summary of all the regions in Asia that are currently looking to re-evaluate investment in infrastructure  
  • What countries should the market keep an eye on in terms of up-and-coming projects?  
  • Will sustainability, or green technology, play a role in any of the Asian regions? What can we expect from the market, in terms of sustainability, as these projects move forward? 
  • 15:00
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  • 15:45
  • Coffee break and roundtables
  • Green Corridors – the future of zero-emission solutions in the shipping sector: What technologies are being introduced to ensure that the bitumen transport industry is being environmentally conscious?   
  • Let’s talk solutions: How are market participants weathering the price volality storm? 
  • Outside Asia – looking at Europe and the Americas 
  • 15:45
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  • 16:20
  • A new approach to the use of PMB technology
  • PMBs are frequently used throughout Asia, but how can this technology be utilised to support sustainability and environmental efforts?  
  • How can PMB technology continue to evolve? In other words, how can the market bridge the gap between high-performing asphalt and sustainable practices? 

     
  • 16.20
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  • 17:15
  • The end users: a more detail-oriented perspective on the impacts of bitumen and freight price on road infrastructure projects across Asia

Three to four panellists from major road construction companies and government agencies who have projects in the works and insight into the future of infrastructure in their countries.

 

  • A short presentation (10 mins maximum) on the countries’ plans for infrastructure projects that pertain to the bitumen market. How bitumen/crude price and the freight rate issue may impact these plans, and what strategies are in place to mitigate these potential obstacles. 
  • How has climate change impacted the country’s use of and dependence on bitumen for infrastructure building? Have bitumen alternatives been discussed? If so, what are they?  
  • 17:15
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  • 17:20
  • Closing Remarks
  • 17:20
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  • 18:50
  • Drinks Reception
  • 09:00
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  • 09:30
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • The truth behind the big polluter narrative: looking at carbon emissions in the Asian bitumen market
  • Why has the bitumen market endured so much backlash regarding emissions?  
  • How are countries reducing their emissions surrounding bitumen and asphalt? As bitumen is a by-product of the refining process for crude oil, will emission reduction fall on the shoulders of end users? 
  • Where and what can this market cut back on?
  • 10:10
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  • 10:30
  • Argus Presents: a European introduction to Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Where is bitumen supply for Sub-Saharan Africa coming from? How dependent are the different African regions on Asia-Pacific?  
  • Outlook on current road infrastructure projects in Africa 
  • 10:30
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  • 11:10
  • Key market movers (part one): how the Middle East and African regions interact with Asia Pacific
  • Updates on trade flows as well as supply and demand in the Middle East and Africa 
  • Where is bitumen from these regions (Africa and Middle East) being exported to? 
  •  Are Asian markets at all reliant on and/or interested in Iranian bitumen? 
  • 11:10
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  • 11:45
  • Coffee and networking break
  • 11:45
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  • 12:30
  • The future of green and technologically advanced bitumen in Asia 
  • How can new additive and polymer technology, such as bio-bitumen, help propel the fight for energy transition in Asia forward?  
  • Many market players in Asia believe that bio-bitumen and other sustainable alternatives have a marginal effect on today’s market. Is this true and when can the market expect to see drastic change? 
  • Will bio-bitumen, as it stands today, be able to adapt to the different climates and environments in Asia?  
  • Why is RAP more prevalent in Europe? What can Asian markets learn from the European market’s utilisation of RAP? 
  • 12:30
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  • 13:00
  • Key market movers (part two): a spotlight on China
  • Since the pandemic, China has been a silent giant. When it returns to the market, what can we expect its impact to be, specifically from a pricing standpoint?  
  • Will Chinese end users be investing in road infrastructure post pandemic? If so, what are their plans? 
  • 13:00
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  • 13:15
  • Closing Remarks