19 March 2007 00:00 [Source: ICB]
Venue Shanghai, China
Website www.icis.com/conferences/ asianpolymers2007
THE 3RD ICIS Asian polymers conference, which is scheduled to take place in Shanghai, China, on 16-17 April, will provide a major networking opportunity for executives in the Asian polymers markets to hear about the latest market trends in their sector.
ICIS conferences director Alan Tyler comments: "With China once again providing the engine for growth across the region, it was a natural choice for us to again select Shanghai as the venue for this year's conference.
"As a group, we are gaining more and more traction in China, and now [that] we hold events in the country more than half our total delegates are from the mainland."
Tyler says that Asia's petrochemicals industry is expected to be bullish in 2007, as supply will likely remain tight until at least 2008.
Additionally, as chemical companies position themselves to gain access to cheaper feedstock through mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the Middle East, the polymers market could remain competitive. In Asia, China is the fastest-growing market for chemicals. Consultancy company KPMG says that the country's market for petrochemicals is expected to grow more rapidly than its economy.
This is because it is boosted by demand from the manufacturing and construction industries, and investment in facilities.
Growth sectors in China include plastic resins, and consumption is likely to increase by between 8% and 10%/year from 2007 to 2012.
Issues from raw material supply to the main end-user sectors will all be covered in the Asian polymers conference.
Venue Radisson SAS Park Lane Hotel, Antwerp, Belgium
The 4th ICIS World Olefins conference has become a key event for the olefins industry.
It provides an ideal opportunity for delegates to gain a clear and first-hand picture of the major developments that are likely to affect their companies.
This year's event will examine the global olefins supply-and-demand balance, and how European production can compete.
High crude oil prices and the potential impact on the global economy is a major concern that will also be addressed at the conference.
How can European production remain competitive, and will Asia remain a key driver on the derivatives markets?
Additional highlights of the conference are set to include:
profitability and volatility: upstream versus downstream - views on recent attempts to find a suitable contract mechanism
insight into central and east European and Russian markets, projects and possibilities for future growth and developments
update on olefins projects in the Middle East and Iran
update on LME plastics futures market
reflection of crude oil developments - global economy perspective
economic outlook for Asia and China - how long will it drive global markets
derivative updates - polyolefins and other chemical derivatives
C4 stream - often overlooked - what is outlook on supply and demand?
technical view of olefins industry - what limits the drive for larger-scale capacities?
Sponsored by Petronas
Venue Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website www.icis.com/conferences/ asianbaseoils2007
Organised by Tecnon Orbichem and ICIS
Venue Shanghai, China
Website www.icis.com/conferences/ asianchloralkali2007
Venue The Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore
Website www.icis.com/conferences/ asianaromatics2007
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The 1st Polyurethane conference
The 1st Polycarbonates conference
The 1st Biodiesel conference
The 6th World Oleochemicals conference
Asia Biodiesel conference
The 25th US Petrochemicals meeting
The European Finance & Investment conference
The 13th Fine Chemicals conference
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