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  • Wednesday October 11
  • Thursday October 12
  • Friday October 13
  • 8:30am
    Wednesday October 11
    8:30am - 9:00am
    Registration & Continental Breakfast

    [Wednesday October 11][Registration & Continental Breakfast]
  • 9:00am
    Wednesday October 11
    9:00am - 6:00pm
    Workshop

    The Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies on Cost Competitiveness, Market Dynamics and Trade
      [Wednesday October 11][Workshop][][The Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies on Cost Competitiveness, Market Dynamics and Trade][Robin Waters][Anthony Palmer][Pam Giordano]
    • 9:00am
      Wednesday October 11
      9:00am - 6:00pm
      Workshop

      The Thermoplastics Industry
      [Wednesday October 11][Workshop][][The Thermoplastics Industry][Robin Waters][Joel Morales][Javier Ortiz][Rina Quijada][Priya Ravindranath][Paul Blanchard][Brendan Dooley][Kailin Fu]
    • 6:00pm
      Wednesday October 11
      6:00pm - 7:30pm
      Cocktail Welcome Reception

      [Wednesday October 11][Cocktail Welcome Reception]
    • 7:00am
      Thursday October 12
      7:00am - 7:50am
      Registration & Continental Breakfast

      [Thursday October 12][Registration & Continental Breakfast]
    • 8:00am
      Thursday October 12
      8:00am - 8:20am
      Welcome Address

      Welcome Address
      [Thursday October 12][Welcome Address][][Welcome Address][Dave Witte][Bill Carteaux]
    • 8:20am
      Thursday October 12
      8:20am - 8:45am
      Global Economic Outlook and Country Risk

      Zbyszko Tabernacki, Senior Vice President Economics and Country Risk, IHS Markit

      Global Economic Outlook and Country Risk

      Zbyszko Tabernacki, Senior Vice President Economics and Country Risk, IHS Markit

      [Thursday October 12][Global Economic Outlook and Country Risk][][Global Economic Outlook and Country Risk]
    • 8:45am
      Thursday October 12
      8:45am - 9:05am
      Plastics Global Economic Overview

      Global economic expansion is expected to continue in 2018. However, economic growth by country will stay uneven affecting plastics trade. Given broad-based applications of plastics in the production of goods and their uses in services, challenges and opportunities in the plastics industry will coexist as the global economy moves forward.

      Plastics Global Economic Overview

      Global economic expansion is expected to continue in 2018. However, economic growth by country will stay uneven affecting plastics trade. Given broad-based applications of plastics in the production of goods and their uses in services, challenges and opportunities in the plastics industry will coexist as the global economy moves forward.

      [Thursday October 12][Plastics Global Economic Overview][][Plastics Global Economic Overview][Perc Pineda]
    • 9:05am
      Thursday October 12
      9:05am - 9:25am
      Energy & Feedstock Outlook

      Energy & Feedstock Outlook

      IHS Markit energy outlook calls for a recovery in crude oil pricing as oil exporting countries rebalance the world by cutting production, which is being partially offset by a cost-recalibration at lower prices, resulting in increasing production from higher-cost sources. The importance of associated gas in the supply outlook for North America, means that the world oil price, as well as the Henry Hub gas price, will be significant drivers of North American natural gas supply. The outlook calls for low and steady natural gas prices for the foreseeable future. Uncertainty in the energy outlook is one of many factors having a significant impact on making future investment decisions in the chemical industry. This paper will explore these energy market dynamics from the perspective of downstream plastics producers and implications for regional competitiveness and global trade.

      [Thursday October 12][Energy & Feedstock Outlook][][Energy & Feedstock Outlook][Mark Eramo]
    • 9:25am
      Thursday October 12
      9:25am - 9:45am
      Morning Group Q&A

      Morning Group Q&A
      [Thursday October 12][Morning Group Q&A][][Morning Group Q&A][Lyn Tattum]
    • 9:45am
      Thursday October 12
      9:45am - 10:15am
      Morning Break

      [Thursday October 12][Morning Break]
    • 10:15am
      Thursday October 12
      10:15am - 10:50am
      Keynote: Dow

      Ensuring a Sustainable Future of Growth for Plastics

      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.

      [Thursday October 12][Keynote: Dow][][Ensuring a Sustainable Future of Growth for Plastics][Diego Donoso]
    • 10:50am
      Thursday October 12
      10:50am - 11:50am
      “Faster Together – From Pellets to Package” Collaboration Across the Value Chain

      In this talk, we will discuss how our three companies are working together to design and market a recyclable stand-up-pouch. Join us to learn more:

    • How widening the lens have allowed us to leverage each company’s strengths
    • The critical elements that have enhanced our collaborative engagement
    • Ultimately why this has been a great approach for this project
    • “Faster Together – From Pellets to Package” Collaboration Across the Value Chain
        Keynote Panel Q&A
        [Thursday October 12][“Faster Together – From Pellets to Package” Collaboration Across the Value Chain][][“Faster Together – From Pellets to Package” Collaboration Across the Value Chain][Todd Becker][Kathy Bolhous][David Potter][][Keynote Panel Q&A][Lyn Tattum]
      • 11:50am
        Thursday October 12
        11:50am - 1:20pm
        Lunch

        [Thursday October 12][Lunch]
      • 1:20pm
        Thursday October 12
        1:20pm - 1:45pm
        And So It Begins: Market Impact of New Global PE Capacity

        The long anticipated wave of new global PE production capacity is approaching. New capacity has already started in Mexico, China, the US and Saudi Arabia. Significantly more US based capacity is expected to start up by year end 2017. How will this new cost competitive production capacity impact global PE prices, margins, trade flows, and supplier relationships?

        And So It Begins: Market Impact of New Global PE Capacity

        The long anticipated wave of new global PE production capacity is approaching. New capacity has already started in Mexico, China, the US and Saudi Arabia. Significantly more US based capacity is expected to start up by year end 2017. How will this new cost competitive production capacity impact global PE prices, margins, trade flows, and supplier relationships?

        [Thursday October 12][And So It Begins: Market Impact of New Global PE Capacity][][And So It Begins: Market Impact of New Global PE Capacity][Nick Vafiadis]
      • 1:45pm
        Thursday October 12
        1:45pm - 2:05pm
        Plastics and Latin America

        Speaker to be announced

        North American Polypropylene – Revival or the Forgotten Polymer
        [Thursday October 12][Plastics and Latin America][][North American Polypropylene – Revival or the Forgotten Polymer][Mark G. Nikolich]
      • 2:05pm
        Thursday October 12
        2:05pm - 2:25pm
        India’s Fast Growing Opportunity for Polymer Manufacture and Trade

        India’s Fast Growing Opportunity for Polymer Manufacture and Trade

        Expansion by Reliance in Polyolefins and PVC is driving activity in India along with other entrants. A new production and trade dynamic is been created. What will be the impact on regional and global trade patterns as India emerges as a significant player?

        [Thursday October 12][India’s Fast Growing Opportunity for Polymer Manufacture and Trade][][India’s Fast Growing Opportunity for Polymer Manufacture and Trade][Kamal Nanavaty]
      • 2:25pm
        Thursday October 12
        2:25pm - 2:50pm
        Absorbing New PP Chinese Capacity and its Impact on Global Markets

        Absorbing New PP Chinese Capacity and its Impact on Global Markets

        The global market has been heavily focused on the impact of new capacity in China that is well beyond their near term demand needs. This presentation will review potential impacts that regional overcapacity on Asia could have on the more regionally balanced markets of WEP and the Americas.

        [Thursday October 12][Absorbing New PP Chinese Capacity and its Impact on Global Markets][][Absorbing New PP Chinese Capacity and its Impact on Global Markets][Joel Morales]
      • 2:50pm
        Thursday October 12
        2:50pm - 3:05pm
        Global PE/PP Q&A

        Global PE/PP Q&A
        [Thursday October 12][Global PE/PP Q&A][][Global PE/PP Q&A][Lyn Tattum]
      • 3:05pm
        Thursday October 12
        3:05pm - 3:35pm
        Afternoon Break

        [Thursday October 12][Afternoon Break]
      • 3:35pm
        Thursday October 12
        3:35pm - 3:50pm
        US Policy

        US Policy
        [Thursday October 12][US Policy][][US Policy][Ron Johnson]
      • 3:50pm
        Thursday October 12
        3:50pm - 4:00pm
        US Policy Q&A

        US Policy Q&A
        [Thursday October 12][US Policy Q&A][][US Policy Q&A][Ron Johnson][Lyn Tattum]
      • 4:00pm
        Thursday October 12
        4:00pm - 4:40pm
        Risk Management in the Plastics Industry

        BP Risk Management in the Plastics Industry & Hedging Plastics at Starbucks

        In today’s dynamic market, risk management should be an integral part of every business. Managing price risk is common practice across much of the commodities space, however it is still a relatively new concept when it comes to plastics. Whether your goal is budget certainty or margin management, financial hedging can offer several benefits to your business, and possibly even give you a competitive advantage.

        In this session, you will hear from John McGuire of BP, who will walk you through one of these financial products and how you can apply it to your business. Nina Sidneva, Starbucks commodities risk manager will then share perspective on what it took to implement a new hedging strategy in a still illiquid plastics market.

        [Thursday October 12][Risk Management in the Plastics Industry][][BP Risk Management in the Plastics Industry & Hedging Plastics at Starbucks][John R. McGuire, CFA][Nina Sidneva]
      • 4:40pm
        Thursday October 12
        4:40pm - 4:55pm
        Group Q&A

        Group Q&A
        [Thursday October 12][Group Q&A][][Group Q&A][Dewey Johnson]
      • 4:55pm
        Thursday October 12
        4:55pm - 5:20pm
        The Shale Gas Revolution and the New Landscape of the U.S. Plastics Industry

        Speakers to be announced

        The Shale Gas Revolution and the New Landscape of the US Plastics Industry

        Much attention has been paid to how the US shale gas is driving the growth of the plastics industry in the US Gulf Region. Recent reports have now proven that the US Northeast is also experiencing a strong period of growth as the largest producing region for shale gas and NGL. Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals has initiated construction of a $6 billion ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pennsylvania and PTT Global Chemical has recently secured land for a proposed ethane cracker in Belmont County, Ohio.

        The US Northeast offers abundant, reliable, and low-cost natural gas and NGL feedstocks in addition to robust existing plastics industry and two of the top five accredited plastics engineering programs in the country. Join this presentation to hear more about upcoming trends and predictions for growth in the region through 2030.

        [Thursday October 12][The Shale Gas Revolution and the New Landscape of the U.S. Plastics Industry][][The Shale Gas Revolution and the New Landscape of the US Plastics Industry][Denise Brinley][Jason Williams]
      • 5:20pm
        Thursday October 12
        5:20pm - 5:30pm
        Shale Gas Q&A

        Shale Gas Q&A
        [Thursday October 12][Shale Gas Q&A][][Shale Gas Q&A][Perc Pineda]
      • 5:30pm
        Thursday October 12
        5:30pm - 5:35pm
        Day 1 Concludes

        [Thursday October 12][Day 1 Concludes]
      • 6:30pm
        Thursday October 12
        6:30pm - 8:00pm
        Cocktail Reception & Solution Showcase

        [Thursday October 12][Cocktail Reception & Solution Showcase]
      • 7:00am
        Friday October 13
        7:00am - 7:50am
        Registration & Continental Breakfast

        [Friday October 13][Registration & Continental Breakfast]
      • 8:00am
        Friday October 13
        8:00am - 8:15am
        Welcome Remarks

        Welcome Remarks
        [Friday October 13][Welcome Remarks][][Welcome Remarks][Patty Long][Nick Vafiadis]
      • 8:15am
        Friday October 13
        8:15am - 8:35am
        Age of Innovation

        Deriving Value from Secondhand Materials: Plastics as a Resource for New Chemistry & Chemical Recycling of Plastics

        Of the >30 million tons of plastic solid waste produced annually in the US, less than 10% of it is recycled. Technological limitations continue to be a principal contributor to these low numbers. Four techniques are currently implemented: primary, mechanical, chemical, and energy recovery. Incineration during energy recovery destroys valuable chemical functional groups in plastic but can extract energy from mixed plastic waste. In contrast, dominant approaches based on primary recycling require nearly pristine input and polymer properties are altered during re-processing. This talk will focus on innovations in recyclable network design and chemical recycling for monomer recovery from plastics.

        [Friday October 13][Age of Innovation][][Deriving Value from Secondhand Materials: Plastics as a Resource for New Chemistry & Chemical Recycling of Plastics][Dr. Jeannette Garcia]
      • 8:35am
        Friday October 13
        8:35am - 9:20am
        The Future of Technology

        The Future of Technology

        From artificial intelligence to nanotechnology, Jacobstein looks at what technology is coming our way and how it will affect the ways we work and live. He addresses the business, technical, and ethical implications of exponential technologies that double in price performance every two years. With presentations continuously updated with the latest breakthrough news and technology, he customizes each talk to the audience at hand, sharing one of the most thoughtful looks at what we can expect 5, 10 and 15 years out. Jacobstein highlights what audiences can learn about innovation from the disruptive technology accelerating all around them.

        [Friday October 13][The Future of Technology][][The Future of Technology][Neil Jacobstein]
      • 9:20am
        Friday October 13
        9:20am - 9:30am
        Q&A

        Q&A
        [Friday October 13][Q&A][][Q&A][Patty Long]
      • 9:30am
        Friday October 13
        9:30am - 9:40am
        Morning Break

        [Friday October 13][Morning Break]
      • 9:40am
        Friday October 13
        9:40am - 11:05am
        Game Changing Panel: The Future of Plastics in Key End Markets – Automotive & Transportation and Packaging & Medical Devices

        Game Changing Panel: The Future of Plastics in Key End Markets – Automotive & Transportation and Packaging & Medical Devices

        Polymer-based Optical Metamaterial for Large-scale Day-time Radiative Cooling

        Xiaobo Yin, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder

        Micro/nano-structured materials offer significantly new opportunities for high efficiency devices and systems for energy harvesting, conversion and storage. We demonstrated the scalable manufactured microstructured optical metamaterial with extreme light-material interaction provides a 24/7 continuous cooling power of 110 W/m2 without consuming electricity or water (Zhai, et al., Science 355, 1062).

        Zero Waste Packaging Process

        Donald Thomson, President , The Center for Regenerative Design and Collaboration

        An introduction to our circular business model REAP (Recover-Enrich-Appreciate-Prosper) and the future potential of Regenerative Consumption demonstrated using single use packaging designed with a feed back loop which provides consumers the mechanism and incentive to convert the waste stream into a contaminate free value stream.

        Medical - Skin

        Speaker to be announced.

        How Consumer Trends are Driving Innovation in Packaging

        Jason Paladino, Vice President Application Development, Berry Global

        A high-level look into the ways consumer preferences motivate our actions in business, packaging, and even resin. By anticipating consumer trends, we have a sneak peek into the future of our industry.

        Reinventing the Wheel: The Impact of the Automotive Industry’s Mobility Transformation on the Chemical Industry

        Anthony Palmer, Vice President, Consulting, IHS Markit

        The changes we are beginning to see in the mobility area parallel several prior, but not too distant, disruptive events that have shaped the current state of the chemicals industry. The impacts of changing powertrains, vehicle design, and vehicle sales volumes, have the potential to disrupt an industry that consumes as much as 15 percent of the value of the global chemical industry’s output. This presentation examines these evolving disruptive forces and explores what technological, environmental, societal, and business issues are driving these changes.

        Game Changing Panel Q&A

        Moderator: Patty Long, Executive Vice President, PLASTICS

        [Friday October 13][Game Changing Panel: The Future of Plastics in Key End Markets – Automotive & Transportation and Packaging & Medical Devices][][Game Changing Panel: The Future of Plastics in Key End Markets – Automotive & Transportation and Packaging & Medical Devices][Xiaobo Yin][Donald Thomson][Jason Paladino][Anthony Palmer][Patty Long]
      • 11:05am
        Friday October 13
        11:05am - 11:20am
        Break

        [Friday October 13][Break]
      • 11:20am
        Friday October 13
        11:20am - 11:35am
        Global Recycle Update: How does China’s National Sword Affect the Market

        Global Recycle Update: How does China’s National Sword Affect the Market

        Since crude oil price plummeted in 2014/2015, we have seen a significant amount of recycled materials being displaced by prime resins globally. China, the biggest market for recycled plastics, has reported substantial reductions in recycle demand in 2015 and 2016—which in turn lifted prime resin demand. In 2017, a new campaign called “National Sword” was implemented in China, aiming at cracking down imports of scrap and foreign wastes. This presentation will provide an update on “National Sword” and assess its potential impact on the future of recycle markets.

        [Friday October 13][Global Recycle Update: How does China’s National Sword Affect the Market][][Global Recycle Update: How does China’s National Sword Affect the Market][Kailin Fu]
      • 11:35am
        Friday October 13
        11:35am - 11:55am
        PET

        PET Markets and Raw Material Drivers

        The PET industry is globally oversupplied; each major region has added capacity over and above growth in demand, which has slowed down. While polyester fibers have sustained demand growth for the major raw materials, PX, PTA and MEG, those materials may also face short term surplus capacity.

        [Friday October 13][PET][][PET Markets and Raw Material Drivers][Tison Keel]
      • 11:55am
        Friday October 13
        11:55am - 12:20pm
        Engineering Plastic & Engineering Resins

        Engineering Plastics: Coping with the Shift in Gravity to the East

        The increasing concentration of new engineering resin capacity in Asia has consequences in North America and Europe as opportunities to export have declined. Plant rationalizations have occurred tightening supply. We will examine the expected impact of supply/demand trends and cost on the markets for polycarbonate, ABS, nylon and PBT.

        [Friday October 13][Engineering Plastic & Engineering Resins][][Engineering Plastics: Coping with the Shift in Gravity to the East][Paul Blanchard]
      • 12:20pm
        Friday October 13
        12:20pm - 12:40pm
        Polystyrene Global Market Outlook: Revival Mode

        The global polystyrene markets over the last five years had seen a slowdown in demand and at the same time faced an increase in capacity, inter-material competition and feedstock price volatility. However, rationalization and consolidation that was seen in North America/ Europe in recent years is expected to be replicated in the mature markets of Northeast Asia. As the market consolidates, the focus is expected to shift from volume to margin. At the same time, global PS demand is forecast to see a gradual recovery over the next five years.

        Polystyrene Global Market Outlook: Revival Mode

        The global polystyrene markets over the last five years had seen a slowdown in demand and at the same time faced an increase in capacity, inter-material competition and feedstock price volatility. However, rationalization and consolidation that was seen in North America/ Europe in recent years is expected to be replicated in the mature markets of Northeast Asia. As the market consolidates, the focus is expected to shift from volume to margin. At the same time, global PS demand is forecast to see a gradual recovery over the next five years.

        [Friday October 13][Polystyrene Global Market Outlook: Revival Mode][][Polystyrene Global Market Outlook: Revival Mode][Priya Ravindranath]
      • 12:40pm
        Friday October 13
        12:40pm - 12:50pm
        Group Q&A

        Group Q&A
        [Friday October 13][Group Q&A][][Group Q&A][Nick Vafiadis]
      • 12:50pm
        Friday October 13
        12:50pm - 12:55pm
        Closing Remarks

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        Closing Remarks
        [Friday October 13][Closing Remarks][0][Closing Remarks]
      • 12:55pm
        Friday October 13
        12:55pm - 1:55pm
        Lunch

        [Friday October 13][Lunch]