04 февраля - 05 февраля 2020
London, UK

Argus Chlor-Alkali Conference

  • 08:30
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  • 09:30
  • Registration and refreshments
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks and antitrust reminder Andy Nicholson - Vice-President, Market Development Petrochemicals, Argus
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Setting the scene: How global supply-demand dynamics have evolved since 2018 Stephanie Koenig - Editor, Argus Chlor-Alkali and Derivatives
  • Overview of products and qualities in the market: US, China, Middle East and Europe
  • Outline of key market drivers that are influencing global trade flows
  • How has supply of products in Europe changed in the past 2-3 years?
 
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Interview: Is there commercial opportunity for European suppliers in the Iberian region? Andre de Albuquerque - Executive Director, Bondalti Chemicals
  • Getting to grips with the Iberian market: Scale of the chlor-alkali industry

  • How is a shortage in the Mediterranean region filled?

  • Capabilities and capacities for imports and exports in the Mediterranean

  • 10:40
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  • 11:25
  • Networking break
 
  • 11:25
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  • 11:55
  • Indian Chlor-Alkali Market: Outlook and Evaluating The Market Drivers for Caustic Soda Arun Tiyagi - Head of Marketing, Nuberg
  • Growth structure of the chlor-alkali industry
  • Current outlook for chlor-alkali projects
  • Assessment of growth market and regional needs
  • 11:55
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  • 12:40
  • Panel Discussion: Market competition: How European products compete in the global market
  • Where are the commercial growth opportunities for European chlor-alkali suppliers?

  • The costs of chlor-alkali production in Europe and internationally

  • Have European end-users changed their buying strategies?

Andy Nicholson, Vice-President, Argus

Plamen Angelov, Product and Marketing Director, Dow

Stephanie Koening, Editor, Argus Chlor-Alkali and Derivatives, Argus

Adrian Warren, General Manager, Chemicals, Mitsui

  • 12:40
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  • 14:10
  • Lunch break

13:20 – 13:50

During your lunch break, take the opportunity to meet your speakers. A selection of the speakers will be available to answer your questions directly, one-on-one.

  • 14:10
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  • 14:30
  • Spotlight: Drivers dictating the buyer’s decision in the Nordic region Rajesh Shethia - Managing Director, Hiranyavarnaam Alkalis B.V
  • Overview: Supply/demand outlook in the Nordic region

  • Implicated costs for the buyer in sourcing caustic soda

  • When does a buyer go for long-term contracts vs. spot purchases?


  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • The consequences of slowing economic growth for European industry Francis Osborne - Head of Forecasting, Argus
  • Are we heading for a global recession? Key indicators to watch out for

  • How slowing markets create new challenges for manufacturers?

  • Which industries are most at risk as the European economy slows?

  • 15:00
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  • 15:20
  • New revenue opportunities: What the fuel cell industry means for hydrogen demand Diana Raine - Managing Consultant, E4tech
  • Do regulatory pressures support fuel cell development in a carbon-neutral transport mix?

  • What is the market share for hydrogen fuel cells as opposed to other clean transport methods?

  • Which countries have the potential to push demand and where can they source from?

  • 15:20
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  • 15:50
  • Networking break
 
  • 15:50
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  • 16:20
  • Trade wars: How will the aluminium industry weather the storm? Martin Haller - Aluminium Industry Consultant, Haller Metals Economics
  • To what extent has geopolitical instability impacted alumina demand and production?
  • How does the industry react to and prepare for changing tariffs
  • Where are the opportunities for growth in the alumina industry?
  • 16:20
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  • 16:40
  • US Chlor-Alkali: Advancements in sustainable and secure distribution of chlor-alkali products Frank Reiner - President, Chlorine Institute
  • Production capacity in North America

  • Technical and regulatory developments in the safe transportation of products

  • How are chlor-alkali facilities becoming more sustainable?


  • 16:40
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  • 16:50
  • Closing remarks
 
  • 16:50
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  • Evening drinks reception
 
  • 08:30
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  • 09:10
  • Registration and refreshments
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks and antitrust reminder Andy Nicholson - Vice-President, Market Development Petrochemicals, Argus
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • Vinyls outlook: Trends and changes in the vinyls market Will Collins - Senior Reporter, Polymers, Europe, Argus Media
  • Focus: European vinyl supply/demand trends

  • Ethylene availability and implications on PVC production

  • How sustainability issues are affecting vinyl demand

  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Interview: Environmental pressures creating new obstacles for the PVC markets and repercussions on chlorine consumption Juergen Luderer - Director of Sales and Product Management, Business Unit Head, Vinnolit
  • To what extent is there a switch to PE in the construction industry?
  • To what extent do PVC and chlorine recycling initiatives decrease the demand for chlorine and what are the implications on caustic soda supply?
  • How are PVC manufacturers tackling environmental pressures?
Juergen Luderer, Sales and Product Director, Vinnolit
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • How has the energy price developed in Europe and how can manufacturers futureproof by understanding the price of electricity? Trevor Sikorski - Head of Coal, Gas and Carbon Research, Energy Aspects
  • Overview: Trends and market drivers in energy pricing over the past five years

  • EUAs, electrification and clean energy: How this mix has consequences for electricity pricing

  • Clean energy mix: European plans to go green and the repercussions on electricity pricing


  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Networking break
 
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • What can industrials, including end-user manufacturers and chlor-alkali producers, do to prepare and cope with electricity costs? Bondalti and Energy Aspects
  • Solutions for lowering energy costs
  • Key market changes that can affect the price
  • How best to source clean energy and reduce your carbon footprint

Chairman: Andy Nicholson, Vice-President, Argus
Teresa Marques, Manager of Logistics, Production Planning and Energy Management, Bondalti
Trevor Sikorski, Head of Coal, Gas and Carbon Research, Energy Aspects

  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Cost-calculating: Implied costs for transport and logistics
  • How limitations of transport routes are changing in terms of vessel access and freight availability

  • IMO 2020: How did the transition pan out?

  • Preparing for costs from disruptions in the supply chain

Chairman: Andy Nicholson, Vice-President, Argus

Adrian Brown, Senior Analyst, SSY Chemicals

Alejandro Bagnoli, Shipbroker, Atlas Marine


  • 12:30
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  • 13:30
  • Lunch break
 
  • 13:30
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  • 14:00
  • Roundtables and refreshments

Roundtable 1: Caustic soda flakes – The role of geopolitics in opportunity for European exports

Łukasz Jarzabek, Deputy of Commercial Director, PCC Rokita

 

Roundtable 2:  The effect of Asian markets on the global chlor-alkali industry

Rajesh Shethia, Managing Director, Hiranyavarnaam Alkalis B.V.

 

 

  • 14:00
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  • 14:10
  • Closing remarks Andy Nicholson - Vice-President, Market Development Petrochemicals, Argus