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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

    Workshop Registration & Continental Breakfast
    [Wednesday October 11][Registration & Continental Breakfast][][Workshop 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][Brendan Dooley][Kailin Fu][Tison Keel][Priya Ravindranath]
    • 6:00pm
      Wednesday October 11
      6:00pm - 7:30pm
      Cocktail Welcome Reception

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      Cocktail Welcome Reception
      [Wednesday October 11][Cocktail Welcome Reception][0][Cocktail Welcome Reception]
    • 7:00am
      Thursday October 12
      7:00am - 7:50am
      Registration & Continental Breakfast

      Registration Opens. Continental Breakfast Sponsored by CN
      [Thursday October 12][Registration & Continental Breakfast][][Registration Opens. Continental Breakfast Sponsored by CN]
    • 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

      Global Economic Outlook: Could politics undermine solid economic fundamentals? In 2017, global growth will be the strongest since 2011. Economic fundamentals in many parts of the world – especially the United States, the Eurozone and part of the emerging world – point to sustained growth. And yet, political and policy uncertainty in key economies such as those of the United States and United Kingdom are historically very high. A lot is riding on how this uncertainty gets resolved.

      [Thursday October 12][Global Economic Outlook and Country Risk][][Global Economic Outlook and Country Risk][Zbyszko Tabernacki]
    • 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 & Feedstocks: “Energy at the Extremes” Continues to Drive Strategy and Future Chemical Investment Decisions

      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 & Feedstocks: “Energy at the Extremes” Continues to Drive Strategy and Future Chemical Investment Decisions][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

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      Morning Break
      [Thursday October 12][Morning Break][0][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][Mark Saurin]
    • 10:50am
      Thursday October 12
      10:50am - 11:30am
      “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
        [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]
      • 11:30am
        Thursday October 12
        11:30am - 11:50am
        Keynote Panel Q&A

        Keynote Panel Q&A
        [Thursday October 12][Keynote Panel Q&A][][Keynote Panel Q&A][Lyn Tattum]
      • 11:50am
        Thursday October 12
        11:50am - 1:20pm
        Lunch

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        Strategic Dialogue Luncheon – Sponsored by Shale Crescent USA
        Theme of the Luncheon: "A New Growth Paradigm for Energy Intensive Industries in the Marcellus-Utica Region" This luncheon will feature roundtable discussions led by key industry experts IHS Markit and Shale Crescent USA.
        [Thursday October 12][Lunch][0][Strategic Dialogue Luncheon – Sponsored by Shale Crescent USA]
      • 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?

        Polyethylene: In the Eye of the Storm

        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][][Polyethylene: In the Eye of the Storm][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?

        North American producers of polypropylene have certainly seen the bad times in the last decade as nearly 20% of the propylene supply was wiped out from a cracker slate that has migrated away from LPG and naphtha toward cheap ethane. Propylene prices spiked and drove a wave of capacity shutdown across the industry. Times have changed. Margins have steadily improved driven by a demand recovery in key sectors including automotive compounding and rigid packaging. Propylene capacity has come sooner than the derivatives with the third, world-scale PDH about to begin production in N. America fueled by abundant, though not quite as cheap, propane. Polypropylene producers have re-invested, first in debottlenecks, and we've seen announcements about future capacity to be online early in the next decade. In a market consumed by chasing value in the C2-chain, is polypropylene back, or is it doomed to always be 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

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        Afternoon Break
        [Thursday October 12][Afternoon Break][0][Afternoon Break]
      • 3:35pm
        Thursday October 12
        3:35pm - 3:50pm
        US Policy

        Congressional Update

        What can we expect in the remainder of the first session of the 115th Congress? Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) will present a congressional update.

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

        Congressional Update Q&A
        [Thursday October 12][US Policy Q&A][][Congressional Update Q&A][Ron Johnson][Lyn Tattum]
      • 4:00pm
        Thursday October 12
        4:00pm - 4:25pm
        Risk Management in the Plastics Industry

        Shale, Hedging, & Harvey: Risk Management in an Uncertain World

        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.

        [Thursday October 12][Risk Management in the Plastics Industry][][Shale, Hedging, & Harvey: Risk Management in an Uncertain World][John R. McGuire, CFA]
      • 4:25pm
        Thursday October 12
        4:25pm - 4:40pm
        Port Houston Update

        Port Houston Update
        [Thursday October 12][Port Houston Update][][Port Houston Update][Jordan Frisby]
      • 4:40pm
        Thursday October 12
        4:40pm - 4:55pm
        The Shale Gas Revolution and the New Landscape of the US Plastics Industry

        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 US Plastics Industry][][The Shale Gas Revolution and the New Landscape of the US Plastics Industry][Denise Brinley][Jason Williams]
      • 4:55pm
        Thursday October 12
        4:55pm - 5:10pm
        Group Q&A

        Group Q&A
        [Thursday October 12][Group Q&A][][Group Q&A][Joel Morales]
      • 5:10pm
        Thursday October 12
        5:10pm - 5:15pm
        Day 1 Concludes

        Day 1 Concludes
          [Thursday October 12][Day 1 Concludes][][Day 1 Concludes]
        • 6:00pm
          Thursday October 12
          6:00pm - 7:30pm
          Cocktail Reception & Solutions Showcase

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          Cocktail Reception – Sponsored by Team PA
          [Thursday October 12][Cocktail Reception & Solutions Showcase][0][Cocktail Reception – Sponsored by Team PA]
        • 7:00am
          Friday October 13
          7:00am - 7:50am
          Registration & Continental Breakfast

          Registration Opens. Continental Breakfast Sponsored by CN
          [Friday October 13][Registration & Continental Breakfast][][Registration Opens. Continental Breakfast Sponsored by CN]
        • 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

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          Morning Break
          [Friday October 13][Morning Break][0][Morning Break]
        • 9:40am
          Friday October 13
          9:40am - 10:50am
          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

          Regenerative Consumption

          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.

          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][Donald Thomson][Jason Paladino][Anthony Palmer][Patty Long]
        • 10:50am
          Friday October 13
          10:50am - 11:20am
          Networking Break

          Networking Break
          [Friday October 13][Networking Break][][Networking 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

          [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][Nick Vafiadis]
        • 12:55pm
          Friday October 13
          12:55pm - 1:55pm
          Lunch

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          Lunch
          [Friday October 13][Lunch][0][Lunch]