22 mayo - 23 mayo 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana, US

Argus US Chlor-Alkali Summit

Day 1

Start End
  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and coffee
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson's opening remarks and antitrust reminder Chuck Venezia - Senior Vice-President, Petrochemicals, Argus
  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • Outlining the scope of production capacity in America George Eisenhauer - Outlining the scope of production capacity in America
  • Assessing the spread of new projects in chlor-alkali
  • Reviewing market drivers in caustic soda and chlorine
  • 09:40
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  • 10:00
  • Global overview: Understanding import and export trends Christopher Robinson - Analyst, United States International Trade Commission
  • Outlining trade global trade flows
  • Reviewing import and export capacities
  • 10:00
  • -
  • 10:45
  • Networking break
  • 10:45
  • -
  • 11:30
  • Panel discussion: Evolving trade flows and the implication on markets in the Americas
  • Discussing global trading dynamics and the role of the US
  • Understanding the impact of Indian regulations on US markets
  • Analysing the US export capabilities – capacities and barriers

Chairman: Chuck Venezia, Senior Vice-President, Petrochemicals, Argus

Fabio Barbosa, Commercial Director, Braskem

George Eisenhauer, Editor, Americas, Argus Chlor-Alkali and Derivatives

  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Analysing vinyl markets Michelle Klump - US Polymers Editor, Argus
  • Assessing new projects in vinyl production
  • Reviewing project timelines, material procurement, technologies and production capacity
  • 12:00
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  • 13:30
  • Lunch break
  • 13:30
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  • 14:00
  • Reviewing trends in EDC production and exports Chuck Venezia - Senior Vice-President, Petrochemicals, Argus
  • Outlining current volumes and trade flows of EDC products
  • Analysing the role of ethylene availability in the US and the implications on production capacity
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Case study: International trade boundaries and opportunities in the alumina industry Silvio Ferraioli, - Procurement Executive Manager, Alunorte
  • Outlining the current demand for caustic soda in the alumina industry
  • Understanding fundamentals driving growth in the alumina industry
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Networking break
  • 15:10
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  • 15:30
  • Case study: How is the availability and sourcing challenges of materials in the pulp and paper industry impacting growth Stefan Duda - Manager, Purchasing, Zellstoff Celgar/Mercer International
  • Reviewing the factors driving increasing demand for pulp and paper
  • Assessing the impact of lima availability on sector growth
  • Is soda ash a feasible alternative to caustic soda?
  • 15:30
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  • 16:30
  • Analytics exploration: Balancing chlor-alkali production against the industry's demand for the co-products
  • Analysing risks to demand for co-products
  • Understanding fundamentals in end-user industry growth
    • This session will include breakout tables. 6 industry professionals, with expertise in the variety of products and fundamentals driving the chlor-alkali industry will host specialised tables. Each table will last 10 minutes, and hosts will switch table through the session. Experience a crash-course session in areas including the role of fracking, the impact of changes in refrigerant regulation, the potential of an uptake in soda ash, to help you in understanding the complex and diverse aspects of the market.

Gerry Colamarino, Managing Director, TiPMC Consulting

Megan Tibbs, Commodity Manager, Chemicals, Archer Daniel Midland

  • 16:30
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  • 16:40
  • Chairperson's closing remarks
  • 17:00
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  • Networking drinks reception

Day 2

Start End
  • 08:30
  • -
  • 09:20
  • Registration and coffee
  • 09:20
  • -
  • 09:30
  • Chairperson's opening remarks Chuck Venezia - Senior Vice-President, Petrochemicals, Argus
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • US producer’s keynote Wes Smith - Marketing Manager, Olin
  • Outlining the scope of production capacity in America
  • Assessing the spread of new projects in chlor-alkali
 
  • 10:00
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  • 10:20
  • Understanding regulatory standards in US chlor-alkali productio Frank Reiner - President, The Chlorine Institute
  • Analysing US changing regulation and the requirements for industry players
  • Assessing the production capacity in the US
  • 10:20
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  • 10:40
  • Best practice in health and safety, and cost reduction through effective systems Mark Grasso - President, APEX Engineering Products
  • Reviewing effective methods in safe handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals
  • An overview: Standards and equipment to meet health and safety requirements
  • 10:40
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  • 11:00
  • Networking break
  • 11:00
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  • 12:00
  • The Americas: Interactive spotlights

A series of round tables focused on the continent's dynamic opportunities and challenges:

  • Brazil: To what extent will it remain a domestic market?
  • Venezuela: Can stability bring opportunity?
  • Mexico: Capacity and demand
  • Canada: Specialties and challenges

 

  • 12:00
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  • 12:10
  • Closing remarks