S&P Global Platts at EPCA

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October 7 - 9, 2019

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Tiergarten II, Hotel Intercontinental Berlin
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The International Maritime Organization’s tighter sulfur emissions limits will bring a sea of change for the petrochemicals industry. Will changes in refinery output result in higher naphtha costs? To what extent and for how long will protectionist measures determine global trade flows?

Furthermore, burgeoning environmental consciousness in relation to plastics use is perhaps the most significant development of recent years and one that will remain high on the agenda in the decade ahead.

European brand-owners, governments and petrochemical producers are at the forefront of a global sea change, setting targets and taking voluntary commitments to increase plastics recycling, including banning single-use plastics and overhauling packaging design.

S&P Global Platts will be discussing all these themes at our pre-conference seminar and in our suite where you can come and meet the editors and analysts to continue discussion about the topics above as well as other market developments:

Get the latest insights
Our editors and analysts will be on hand to answer your questions. They’ll be sharing their insights and analysis, and will also be distributing copies of our most recent special reports.

See our analytics products in action
Our commodity specialist will be giving personalized demonstrations of our popular services, including our enhanced analytics products.

Schedule a one-to-one meeting
Whether your focus is global or regional, schedule a meeting and we’ll be delighted to discuss market developments, price trends and trade flows. Our editors and analysts will be in demand, so we recommend booking in advance.

Register for S&P Global Platts Pre-conference Seminar
Join our editors and analysts to discuss the latest market outlook, sustainability and protectionism and the factors shaping trade flows in 2020.

Learn about Platts eWindow and Market On Close
Platts eWindow facilitates the price assessment process by combining the Platts Market on Close (MOC) price assessment methodology with state-of-the-art technology customized for Platts and licensed from the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).

We’ll be giving demonstrations of the eWindow and MOC live from Singapore and London. Please get in touch to find out more.

S&P Global Platts Pre-conference Seminar at EPCA
Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 9 am – 11 am
Venue: Potsdam I & III rooms at the Hotel InterContinental Berlin

Join our networking reception
We hope you can come to our networking event.

S&P Global Platts networking reception at EPCA
Date: October 8, 2019
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Venue: Tiergarten II, Hotel Intercontinental Berlin


Anna Crowley

Anna Crowley

Editorial Director, EMEA Petrochemicals
S&P Global Platts

Luke Milner

Luke Milner

Managing Editor, EMEA Petrochemicals
S&P Global Platts

Hetain Mistry

Hetain Mistry

Managing Analyst, Petrochemicals
S&P Global Platts

Michael Mccafferty

Michael Mccafferty

Managing Analyst, Petrochemicals
S&P Global Platts

Philip Reeder

Philip Reeder

Managing Editor, Aromatics
S&P Global Platts

Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen

Global Aromatics, Lead
S&P Global Platts

Lara Berton

Lara Berton

Global Methanol, Lead
S&P Global Platts

Olu Shaw

Olu Shaw

Associate Editor,
EMEA Petrochemicals S&P Global Platts


Market Outlook, Sustainability and Protectionism: Shaping Trade Flows in 2020

8:30 am

Registration and networking

9 am

Crude-to-chemicals: Petrochemicals as crude oil demand driver

  • Impact of geopolitical tensions, sanctions and protectionism on global oil supply
  • Changing refining and arbitrage economics in light of IMO regulations
  • Global naphtha and LPG market update

Philip Reeder, Managing Editor, Aromatics, S&P Global Platts

9:10 am

Olefins: Production economics, new capacity set global agenda

  • Impact of feedstock prices and IMO specification changes on current and projected ethylene production economics and feedstock use
  • Review of the US NGL picture and upcoming olefin projects in North America and the rest of the world
  • Growth in refinery/petrochemical integration and on purpose production of propylene due to lighter cracking
  • Demand driven by polyethylene and polypropylenes
  • Ethylene and propylene price outlook

Michael Mccafferty, Managing Analyst, Petrochemicals S&P Global Platts

9:30 am

Polyethylene and polypropylene: Early 2020s to bring overcapacity, lower operating rates

  • Review of PE and PP expansions globally
  • Regional PE and PP demand overview
  • Impact of overcapacity on regional trade flows/balances
  • PE and PP price outlook
  • Growing trends in plastics recycling and impact on virgin demand

Hetain Mistry, Managing Analyst, Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts

10:00 am

Recycling: Driving innovation or killing virgin polymer demand?

  • Update on European legislation, industry commitments
  • Developing demand – the balance between virgin and recycled material
  • Collection rate developments: deposit schemes in Europe
  • What next? The lessons R-PET provides for recycling other polymers

Luke Milner, Managing Editor, EMEA Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts

10:30 am

Trade war disruption: Increasing protectionism and its impact on global markets
Panel discussion to reflect latest market developments in Q3 2019

  • Trade and tariff uncertainty
  • Protectionist measures and their role in shaping global trade flows

Moderator - Anna Crowley, Editorial Director, EMEA Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts

10:50 am


Agenda subject to change