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  • Tuesday 30 October
  • Wednesday 31 October
  • Thursday 1 November
  • 8:30am
    Tuesday 30 October
    8:30am - 9:00am
    Registration & Continental Breakfast

    Workshop Registration & Continental Breakfast
    [Tuesday 30 October][Registration & Continental Breakfast][][Workshop Registration & Continental Breakfast]
  • 9:00am
    Tuesday 30 October
    9:00am - 6:00pm
    Workshop

    Workshop: The Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies on Cost Competitiveness, Market Dynamics and Trade
    This workshop is not included in the regular conference fee. Additional fees apply. View more details.
    [Tuesday 30 October][Workshop][][Workshop: The Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies on Cost Competitiveness, Market Dynamics and Trade][Robin Waters][Anthony Palmer]
  • 9:00am
    Tuesday 30 October
    9:00am - 6:00pm
    Workshop

    Workshop: The Thermoplastics Industry
    This workshop is not included in the regular conference fee. Additional fees apply. View more details.
    [Tuesday 30 October][Workshop][][Workshop: The Thermoplastics Industry][Brendan Dooley][Tison Keel][Ana Lopez][Joel Morales][Javier Ortiz][Preeti Sriram][Robin Waters]
  • 6:00pm
    Tuesday 30 October
    6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Cocktail Welcome Reception

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    Cocktail Welcome Reception
    [Tuesday 30 October][Cocktail Welcome Reception][0][Cocktail Welcome Reception]
  • 7:00am
    Wednesday 31 October
    7:00am - 7:50am
    Registration & Continental Breakfast

    Registration & Continental Breakfast
    [Wednesday 31 October][Registration & Continental Breakfast][][Registration & Continental Breakfast]
  • 7:30am
    Wednesday 31 October
    7:30am - 7:50am
    Breakfast Briefing: Managing Petrochemical Price Risk through Hedging

    As is the case with many commodities, the petrochemical markets are highly susceptible to the ever-changing and often unpredictable market conditions brought on by among other things, foreign trade policy or hurricanes in the US Gulf. With rapid capacity expansion in the US and increased liquidity and at many times volatility in the chemical spot markets, market players are now looking for new ways to hedge their price risk across the petrochemical value chain. By locking in feedstock pricing for a future period, you can potentially remove an unknown from an equation that could change overnight.

    This session is open to all delegates

    Breakfast Briefing: Managing Petrochemical Price Risk through Hedging

    As is the case with many commodities, the petrochemical markets are highly susceptible to the ever-changing and often unpredictable market conditions brought on by among other things, foreign trade policy or hurricanes in the US Gulf. With rapid capacity expansion in the US and increased liquidity and at many times volatility in the chemical spot markets, market players are now looking for new ways to hedge their price risk across the petrochemical value chain. By locking in feedstock pricing for a future period, you can potentially remove an unknown from an equation that could change overnight.

    This session is open to all delegates

    [Wednesday 31 October][Breakfast Briefing: Managing Petrochemical Price Risk through Hedging][][Breakfast Briefing: Managing Petrochemical Price Risk through Hedging][Chris Wheeler]
  • 8:00am
    Wednesday 31 October
    8:00am - 8:20am
    Welcome Address

    Welcome Address
    [Wednesday 31 October][Welcome Address][][Welcome Address][Nick Vafiadis][Patty Long]
  • 8:20am
    Wednesday 31 October
    8:20am - 8:45am
    Global Economic Outlook

    The Global Economic Outlook Ten Years After the Financial Crisis

    Ten years ago, a garden variety recession that had begun in December 2007 morphed into the worst global financial crisis and economic downturn since the 1930s Great Depression. While much has been written about the causes, timing, and depth of what has come to be known as the Great Recession, trouble had been brewing for many years. During the past decade, the economic and political fallout from this unfortunate meltdown has been painful—and will likely continue to be felt for many years to come. While the outlook for the US economy has become brighter recently, in other parts of the world the challenges remain daunting.

    [Wednesday 31 October][Global Economic Outlook][][The Global Economic Outlook Ten Years After the Financial Crisis][Nariman Behravesh]
  • 8:45am
    Wednesday 31 October
    8:45am - 9:05am
    Plastics Global Economic Overview

    Plastics Global Economic Review: Prospects and Challenges

    Plastics trade mirrored global trade in goods for years. Last year was no different. Trade in plastics expanded along with synchronized global economic growth. This year, plastics trade marches on against the backdrop of uneven economic growth. As U.S. growth outpaces other countries, international trade dynamics are responding to the U.S. modernizing trade agreements, pursuing new free trade partnerships, and imposing tariffs. What’s in store for plastics industry? PLASTICS will release its Global Plastics RankingTM in the Global Trends Report. Will the global players in plastics change? Learn the challenges and opportunities as global trends in plastics continue to evolve.

    [Wednesday 31 October][Plastics Global Economic Overview][][Plastics Global Economic Review: Prospects and Challenges][Perc Pineda]
  • 9:05am
    Wednesday 31 October
    9:05am - 9:25am
    Energy & Feedstock Outlook

    Energy & Feedstocks Outlook
    [Wednesday 31 October][Energy & Feedstock Outlook][][Energy & Feedstocks Outlook][Dewey Johnson]
  • 9:25am
    Wednesday 31 October
    9:25am - 9:45am
    Morning Group Q&A

    Morning Group Q&A
    [Wednesday 31 October][Morning Group Q&A][][Morning Group Q&A][Lyn Tattum]
  • 9:45am
    Wednesday 31 October
    9:45am - 10:15am
    Morning Break

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    Morning Break
    [Wednesday 31 October][Morning Break][0][Morning Break]
  • 10:15am
    Wednesday 31 October
    10:15am - 10:50am
    Keynote: Global Polyethylene – The Exciting Opportunity for Continued Responsible Growth

    Keynote: Global Polyethylene – The Exciting Opportunity for Continued Responsible Growth

    Fueled by increased demand across the globe and incentivized by abundant, low cost feedstocks in the United States, the plastics industry is undergoing a manufacturing shift from East to West with an unprecedented wave of new investments in polyethylene capacity of nearly 10MM KTA, phased for ramp up from now until 2021. For value chains, these investments will bring new catalyst and process technologies, differentiated products and innovation to support the growing need of plastics for applications in food packaging, health and hygiene, automotive, supply chain and industrial uses, transmission pipe and even artificial turf. Plastics has proven to be a reliable and sustainable choice for multiple types of high performance applications and a future of growth seems certain for our industry. But there is an Achilles heel to this bright scenario – the rising amount of plastics waste that is polluting our ocean, environments, and communities. We must acknowledge that the world has a severe waste management issue, and plastics is the poster child of our trash problem with disturbing images of overflowing landfills, debris strewn beaches, rivers and seas. Every day, voices are getting louder and challenging the use of plastic packaging. Special interest groups are mobilizing. We must work together as an industry to drive end-of-life options for plastics that support a circular economy that will take plastics out of the waste stream and recycle for energy or another strategic purpose. This is just not a reputational issue… it is business critical. In order to preserve our ability to sustain a preference for plastics with consumers and the value chain, we must close the loop on the recyclability of plastics.

    [Wednesday 31 October][Keynote: Global Polyethylene – The Exciting Opportunity for Continued Responsible Growth][][Keynote: Global Polyethylene – The Exciting Opportunity for Continued Responsible Growth][David Morgan]
  • 10:50am
    Wednesday 31 October
    10:50am - 10:55am
    Keynote: Q&A

    Keynote: Q&A
    [Wednesday 31 October][Keynote: Q&A][][Keynote: Q&A][Lyn Tattum]
  • 10:55am
    Wednesday 31 October
    10:55am - 11:40am
    Keynote Panel: The Industry’s Role in Plastic Preservation – Producer, Processor and Industry Association

    Keynote Panel: Part of the Solution — The Plastics Supply Chain’s Efforts to Address Marine Debris and Anti-Plastics Sentiment

    Marine debris has become one of the most visible environmental issues of this generation. The plastics industry is committed to addressing recovery efforts for our products in the U.S. and around the globe as well as the negative public perception that creates a false choice for consumers between the environment and plastics. Harnessing their industry associations, material suppliers, converters and brand owners are collaborating with governments, researchers, NGOs and other stakeholders to seek tangible solutions. In this interactive session, Bill Carteaux, CEO of the Plastics Industry Association, will interview key stakeholders in the plastics supply chain on their individual company perspectives, efforts to engage employees and others in the dialogue, and tangible initiatives to provide solutions for the future.

    [Wednesday 31 October][Keynote Panel: The Industry’s Role in Plastic Preservation – Producer, Processor and Industry Association][][Keynote Panel: Part of the Solution — The Plastics Supply Chain’s Efforts to Address Marine Debris and Anti-Plastics Sentiment][Scott Farmer][Paul Augustowski][Jay Olson][Bill Carteaux]
  • 11:40am
    Wednesday 31 October
    11:40am - 11:50am
    Keynote Panel: Q&A

    Keynote Panel Q&A
    [Wednesday 31 October][Keynote Panel: Q&A][][Keynote Panel Q&A][Bill Carteaux]
  • 11:50am
    Wednesday 31 October
    11:50am - 12:10pm
    Protecting Statewide Uniformity of Product Regulations

    Protecting Statewide Uniformity of Product Regulations

    If at first they don’t succeed, go to the local level. Activist organizations have developed a playbook that uses the pain created by a patchwork of local ordinances to achieve their ultimate goals at a statewide level. From bans to taxes, efforts to regulate plastic products have focused on towns, cities, and counties by overwhelming local elected officials and demanding action under the banner of environmentalism. Many states have now adopted statewide uniformity laws that leave decisions to regulate products with state legislators and let local officials focus on their core missions.

    [Wednesday 31 October][Protecting Statewide Uniformity of Product Regulations][][Protecting Statewide Uniformity of Product Regulations][Matt Seaholm]
  • 12:10pm
    Wednesday 31 October
    12:10pm - 12:15pm
    Q&A

    Q&A
    [Wednesday 31 October][Q&A][][Q&A][Bill Carteaux]
  • 12:15pm
    Wednesday 31 October
    12:15pm - 1:45pm
    Lunch

    Strategic Luncheon Dialogue
    During lunch, we will offer several tables where experts will be leading discussions on key industry topics. You may sit at the table of your choice! Choose from the following topics on the day of the event:
    • Table 1: Global PP Market — led by Joel Morales, Senior Director, Polyolefins Americas, IHS Markit
    • Table 2: Global PE Market — led by Nick Vafiadis, Vice President, Plastics, IHS Markit
    • Table 3: Polyolefins in Latin America — led by Javier Ortiz, Associate Director, Polyolefins - Americas, IHS Markit
    • Table 4: Engineering Resins — led by Brendan Dooley, Global Director, Engineering Resins, IHS Markit
    • Table 5: Daily Pricing and Benchmarking — led by Chris Wheeler, Director, Market Daily Services, IHS Markit
    • Table 6: Industry Programs for Sustainable Manufacturing — led by Patty Long, Executive Vice President, Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)
    • Table 7: Workforce Development — led by George Southworth, Senior Director, Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)
    • Table 8: Plastics Pathway to Sustainability — led by Robin Waters, Director, Plastics Planning and Analysis, IHS Markit; and Lyn Tattum, Vice President, Oil, Mid-Downstream and Chemical, IHS Markit
    • Table 9: Marcellus-Utica Shale Development, and Supply Chain Advantages to the North American Demand Center — led by Anthony Palmer, Vice President, Consulting, IHS Markit
    • Tables 10-12: The world has changed according to a recent IHS Markit Study, "Shale Crescent USA - World class resources creating an unprecedented economic advantage for the plastics industry." What you need to know to take advantage.

      Hosted by representatives from Shale Crescent USA and IHS Markit
    Luncheon sponsored by Shale Crescent USA
    [Wednesday 31 October][Lunch][][Strategic Luncheon Dialogue]
  • 1:45pm
    Wednesday 31 October
    1:45pm - 2:15pm
    Global PE Capacity

    Polyethylene: Issues and Trends Reshaping the Industry
    [Wednesday 31 October][Global PE Capacity][][Polyethylene: Issues and Trends Reshaping the Industry][Nick Vafiadis]
  • 2:15pm
    Wednesday 31 October
    2:15pm - 2:45pm
    The Return on Canadian Polypropylene Project: Inter Pipeline Expands into Plastics

    The Return on Canadian Polypropylene Project: Inter Pipeline Expands into Plastics
    [Wednesday 31 October][The Return on Canadian Polypropylene Project: Inter Pipeline Expands into Plastics][][The Return on Canadian Polypropylene Project: Inter Pipeline Expands into Plastics][David Chappell]
  • 2:45pm
    Wednesday 31 October
    2:45pm - 3:15pm
    PP Capacity and its Impact on Global Markets

    Global Polypropylene: Tighter Supply and Demand Elevating Prices

    Global PP operating rates are forecast to reach new heights in the near to medium term as a strong global economy continues to lend itself well with a very versatile, dynamic resin in polypropylene (pp). This talk will focus on competitiveness of PP globally and regionally against alternative product options or increasing trade flow of resin imports of finished and semi-finished goods. Particular emphasis will be placed on North America and the recent struggles between PP production and propylene monomer supply. Future capacity projections and their impact on the markets will be highlighted.

    [Wednesday 31 October][PP Capacity and its Impact on Global Markets][][Global Polypropylene: Tighter Supply and Demand Elevating Prices][Joel Morales]
  • 3:15pm
    Wednesday 31 October
    3:15pm - 3:30pm
    Group Q&A

    Group Q&A
    [Wednesday 31 October][Group Q&A][][Group Q&A][Dewey Johnson]
  • 3:30pm
    Wednesday 31 October
    3:30pm - 4:00pm
    Afternoon Break

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    Afternoon Break
    [Wednesday 31 October][Afternoon Break][0][Afternoon Break]
  • 4:00pm
    Wednesday 31 October
    4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Building a Robust and Resilient Supply Chain Panel

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    Panel: Building a Robust and Resilient Supply Chain

    This panel will discuss the broad themes of disruption in the market and the importance of capacity while the industry is going through shifts.

    Optionality and Innovation in the Plastics Supply Chain Bernard Lachance, Director, Marketing, Petroleum and Chemicals Product, CN CN is the only North American rail carrier with access to three-coasts and direct service into the North American petrochemical hubs of South-west Ontario, Alberta, and the US Gulf Coast. CN has been a major player in plastics distribution for years. But what’s new with the Class 1? CN’s continued focus on the end to end Supply Chain – from raw materials to end products – is now coupled with an unprecedented capital investment plan to improve fluidity and resiliency in times of disruption. Also, having international freight forwarding capabilities is indispensable for shippers driving  exports to foreign markets.  In addition to programs such as Storage in Transit and a network of CN-branded CargoFlo and partner distribution facilities, a new plastics distribution model is now being piloted. With the goal of building more robust supply chains and increasing optionality for shippers, the model is akin to a Diesel Depot.

      [Wednesday 31 October][Building a Robust and Resilient Supply Chain Panel][0][Panel: Building a Robust and Resilient Supply Chain][Bernard Lachance][Will Whitehouse][Thomas Capozzi]
    • 5:00pm
      Wednesday 31 October
      5:00pm - 5:10pm
      Group Q&A

      Group Q&A
      [Wednesday 31 October][Group Q&A][][Group Q&A][Joel Morales]
    • 5:10pm
      Wednesday 31 October
      5:10pm - 5:15pm
      Day 1 Closing Remarks

      Closing Remarks
      [Wednesday 31 October][Day 1 Closing Remarks][][Closing Remarks][Dewey Johnson]
    • 6:30pm
      Wednesday 31 October
      6:30pm - 8:00pm
      Cocktail Reception & Solutions Showcase

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      Cocktail Reception & Solutions Showcase

      Reception Sponsor: Team Pennsylvania

      [Wednesday 31 October][Cocktail Reception & Solutions Showcase][0][Cocktail Reception & Solutions Showcase]
    • 7:00am
      Thursday 1 November
      7:00am - 7:50am
      Registration & Continental Breakfast

      Registration & Continental Breakfast
      [Thursday 1 November][Registration & Continental Breakfast][][Registration & Continental Breakfast]
    • 8:00am
      Thursday 1 November
      8:00am - 8:15am
      Welcome Remarks

      Welcome Remarks
      [Thursday 1 November][Welcome Remarks][][Welcome Remarks][Nick Vafiadis][Patty Long]
    • 8:15am
      Thursday 1 November
      8:15am - 8:40am
      Higher Demand for Sustainable Solutions in Packaging Driving Innovation

      Sustainability is becoming a key priority for consumers, customers and value chains. This increased focus on sustainability could be viewed as a threat to the Plastics Industry. Instead, sustainability can be a catalyst for innovation. This session will discuss the overall concept of sustainability as it relates to the Plastics Industry, the challenges that result, as well as the leadership role Plastics can and does play to drive improved product sustainability. Key process, product, and packaging design innovations at The Dow Chemical Company that advance sustainability will be highlighted.

      Higher Demand for Sustainable Solutions in Packaging Driving Innovation
      Sustainability is becoming a key priority for consumers, customers and value chains. This increased focus on sustainability could be viewed as a threat to the Plastics Industry. Instead, sustainability can be a catalyst for innovation. This session will discuss the overall concept of sustainability as it relates to the Plastics Industry, the challenges that result, as well as the leadership role Plastics can and does play to drive improved product sustainability. Key process, product, and packaging design innovations at The Dow Chemical Company that advance sustainability will be highlighted.
      [Thursday 1 November][Higher Demand for Sustainable Solutions in Packaging Driving Innovation][][Higher Demand for Sustainable Solutions in Packaging Driving Innovation][Bob Maughon]
    • 8:40am
      Thursday 1 November
      8:40am - 9:00am
      Turning Plastic Waste into Building Blocks

      Turning Plastic Waste into Building Blocks
      [Thursday 1 November][Turning Plastic Waste into Building Blocks][][Turning Plastic Waste into Building Blocks][Donald Thomson]
    • 9:00am
      Thursday 1 November
      9:00am - 9:10am
      Q&A

      Q&A
      [Thursday 1 November][Q&A][][Q&A][Patty Long]
    • 9:10am
      Thursday 1 November
      9:10am - 9:20am
      Morning Break

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      Morning Break
      [Thursday 1 November][Morning Break][0][Morning Break]
    • 9:20am
      Thursday 1 November
      9:20am - 9:40am
      Game Changing Session: Manufacturing

      Game Changing Session: Manufacturing

      Moderator: Patty Long, Executive Vice President, PLASTICS

      Willem Sundblad, Founder and CEO, Oden Technologies
      A disruptive technology or disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network. The term is used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect. Although the term disruptive technology is widely used, disruptive innovation seems a more appropriate term in many contexts since few technologies are intrinsically disruptive; rather, it is the business model that the technology enables that creates the disruptive impact.

      [Thursday 1 November][Game Changing Session: Manufacturing][][Game Changing Session: Manufacturing][Willem Sundblad]
    • 9:40am
      Thursday 1 November
      9:40am - 9:45am
      Game Changing Session Q&A

      Game Changing Session Q&A
      [Thursday 1 November][Game Changing Session Q&A][][Game Changing Session Q&A][Patty Long]
    • 9:45am
      Thursday 1 November
      9:45am - 10:30am
      Game Changing Discussion: e-commerce and its Impact on Plastics Packaging

      This session will dive into the dramatic growth of e-commerce. In the past 50 plus years there has been nothing that has had such a monumental impact as e-commerce. During the session we will be discussing the key trends and implications to plastics and packaging.

      Game Changing Discussion: e-commerce and its Impact on Plastics Packaging

      This session will dive into the dramatic growth of e-commerce. In the past 50 plus years there has been nothing that has had such a monumental impact as e-commerce. During the session we will be discussing the key trends and implications to plastics and packaging.

      [Thursday 1 November][Game Changing Discussion: e-commerce and its Impact on Plastics Packaging][][Game Changing Discussion: e-commerce and its Impact on Plastics Packaging][Jonathan C. Quinn][Peter Apostoluk]
    • 10:30am
      Thursday 1 November
      10:30am - 11:00am
      Break

      Break
      [Thursday 1 November][Break][][Break]
    • 10:55am
      Thursday 1 November
      10:55am - 11:15am
      PET Markets and Raw Material Drivers

      Update on PET, Polyester Markets and their Raw Materials

      The North American PET industry experienced dramatic changes since late 2017. One major producer declared bankruptcy, assets have changed hands, and tariff structures are significantly altered. Meanwhile, the supply-demand drivers for global PET and its raw materials (PX, PTA and MEG) remain deeply influenced by players and events outside North America. This summary can offer valuable perspective to those managing a business that produces or purchases PET, summarizing IHS Markit global PET, Polyester, Aromatics and Glycols teams’ analysis of the current and future market conditions.

      [Thursday 1 November][PET Markets and Raw Material Drivers][][Update on PET, Polyester Markets and their Raw Materials][Tison Keel]
    • 11:15am
      Thursday 1 November
      11:15am - 11:40am
      Engineering Plastics

      Engineering Plastics
      [Thursday 1 November][Engineering Plastics][][Engineering Plastics][Brendan Dooley]
    • 11:40am
      Thursday 1 November
      11:40am - 12:00pm
      Polystyrene Global Market Outlook

      Polystyrene Global Market Outlook
      [Thursday 1 November][Polystyrene Global Market Outlook][][Polystyrene Global Market Outlook][Javier Ortiz]
    • 12:00pm
      Thursday 1 November
      12:00pm - 12:10pm
      Group Q&A

      Group Q&A
      [Thursday 1 November][Group Q&A][][Group Q&A][Nick Vafiadis]
    • 12:10pm
      Thursday 1 November
      12:10pm - 12:15pm
      Closing Remarks

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      Closing Remarks
      [Thursday 1 November][Closing Remarks][0][Closing Remarks][Nick Vafiadis]
    • 12:15pm
      Thursday 1 November
      12:15pm - 1:15pm
      Lunch

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      Lunch
      [Thursday 1 November][Lunch][0][Lunch]