02 March - 04 March 2020
Miami, Florida, US

Argus Americas Asphalt Summit

Conference day one

Start End
  • 13:00
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  • 17:00
  • Pre-conference technical workshop

9,999 specifications on the wall

Recognize the State-to-State diversity of testing protocol

  • Differing performance objectives drive different specification limits
  • Technical method validation or adoption based on trust in selected test methods
  • Continuing evolution of more accurate methods to address changing asphalt
  • Impacts of growing list of more sophisticated chemical additives & polymers

  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Opening networking reception

Conference day two

Start End
  • 08:00
  • -
  • 09:00
  • Breakfast and registration
  • 09:00
  • -
  • 09:10
  • Chair’s opening remarks and antitrust compliance
  • 09:10
  • -
  • 09:55
  • Presentation: Potential impacts on crude oil dynamics driven by IMO 2020
  • How are geopolitical constraints impacting the crude market?
  • What effects will the presidential election have on the crude and asphalt market?
  • Outlook for refinery margins after IMO implementation

  • 09:55
  • -
  • 10:45
  • Session 1- A refining perspective- Asphalt in a post 2020 world
  • What have the past few months looked like and how is the market adapting?
  • How have changing crude slates impacted the quality or quantity of asphalt?
  • Should we expect more refinery upgrades?
  • Will some HSFO go to the asphalt market or be displaced elsewhere?
  • 10:45
  • -
  • 11:15
  • Networking break
  • 11:15
  • -
  • 12:30
  • Session 2 – Panel discussion: Asphalt trading trends and global market movements
  • What are the changing patterns of product flow globally?
  • Will the asphalt flow from Europe to the US East Coast continue to rise?
  • Future asphalt pricing trends and trade flows
  • 12:30
  • -
  • 14:00
  • Lunch
  • 14:00
  • -
  • 15:00
  • Session 4: How are the refineries around the Mediterranean poised to supply the US?
  • How might decreased US East Coast refining capacity impact European imports?
  • How will Mediterranean asphalt imports impact the balance in the US East Coast, Mid Con, and Gulf Coast regional asphalt markets?
  • How much European asphalt supply is going to the domestic market and how much will be left to source the US or Asia?
  • 15:00
  • -
  • 15:30
  • Networking break
  • 15:30
  • -
  • 16:30
  • Session 5: Supplying Latin America’s asphalt needs
  • How will demand from Latin America impact the US Gulf coast supply and demand balance?
  • How might Mexican production levels impact the US Gulf coast exports to the region?
  • Will IMO incentivize more European exports to Latin America?
  • Will the opening of Latin America’s markets influence companies to start looking abroad for supply?
  • 15:30
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  • 15:35
  • Chair's closing remarks
  • 15:35
  • -
  • 18:30
  • Networking reception

Conference day three

Start End
  • 08:00
  • -
  • 09:00
  • Breakfast and registration
  • 09:00
  • -
  • 09:10
  • Chair’s opening remarks and antitrust compliance
  • 09:10
  • -
  • 10:10
  • Session 6: Panel discussion: A retailer’s perspective on managing market volatility and purchasing
  • How will IMO 2020 impact strategies for purchasing patterns?
  • What are the potential scenarios for decreasing asphalt prices and oversupply?
  • Is there adequate storage capacity to handle the potential increase in asphalt supply?
  • 10:10
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  • 11:10
  • Session 7: Driving demand- North American funding, projects and growth prospects
  • Where are the projects that will drive asphalt demand?
  • What is the outlook for construction projects in various states?
  • What is the Federal Highway Administration’s view of federal funding?
  • How will highway funding and private sector growth impact the future of asphalt demand?
  • How will the economics of concrete vs. asphalt change due to IMO?
  • What have the states done to increase highway funding in lieu of federal funding?
  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • Networking break
  • 11:40
  • -
  • 12:40
  • Session 8: Future of the roofing market and quality considerations
  • How have changing crude slates impacted the quality of roofing flux?
  • What are the on-going concerns with consistency of supply?
  • What are the top asphalt challenges facing the roofing industry?
  • What are the supply and demand expectations?
  • How does the roofing industry protect itself from deliveries of poor quality product?
  • How do you manage the quality from the refiner to your tank?
  • 12:40
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  • 12:45
  • Chair’s closing remarks