2 dates for the diary

Aromatics 2014Last May’s China Transformation webinar with John Richardson attracted great interest.  We are therefore arranging a free follow-up webinar on Tuesday 9 September.  As before, it will be run twice, to allow blog readers in different regions to attend.

This ‘China Economic Transformation II’ webinar will cover these key areas:

  • The likely impact on global markets of the unwinding of China’s vast stocks of metals, PE and other commodities
  • Problems faced by the PTA and polyester industry: Severe oversupply and a collapse of global cotton prices
  • The new Chinese leadership’s reform drive and what it means for petrochemicals growth
  • The need for companies to reposition themselves as China’s economy changes

Please click here to register for the free Webinar.

13TH WORLD AROMATICS AND DERIVATIVES CONFERENCE
The blog is also pleased to announce the initial speaker line-up for the 13th annual World Aromatics and Derivatives Conference, to be held in Berlin on 18-19 November.  As always, it is  co-organised by International eChem and ICIS. 

Key speakers will include:

ExxonMobil.  Tim Stedman, Europe Business Director for Basic Chemicals will provide a global outlook
Dow Chemical.  Pieter Platteeuw, Global Business Director, will focus on benzene and what lies ahead for its markets
BASF.  Klaus Ries, Business Manager, Styrenic foams and monomers will discuss the styrenics value chain in Europe
International Energy Agency.  Fabian Kesicki, Energy Analyst, will give the IEA’s view of the energy outlook to 2035, focusing on the likely impact of shale gas

Please click here for the full agenda and registration details – the Early Bird discount closes next week.

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.