04 febrero - 05 febrero 2020
London, UK

Argus Chlor-Alkali Conference

  • 08:30
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  • 09:20
  • Registration and refreshments
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks and antitrust reminder
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • Setting the scene: How global supply-demand dynamics have evolved since 2018
  • Overview of products and qualities in the market: US, China, Middle East and Europe
  • Outline of key market drivers that are influencing global trade flows
  • How has supply of products in Europe changed in the past 2-3 years?
 
  • 10:00
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  • 10:20
  • The largest European market: The German/Benelux region and self-sufficiency
  • Capacity in German/Benelux region: Are there prospects for new supply regions?
  • Is there potential for new production capacity in the region?
  • Which industries have the strongest demand for caustic soda and chlorine products?
  • 10:20
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  • 10:40
  • Interview: Is there commercial opportunity for European suppliers in the Turkish market and wider Mediterranean region?
  • Getting to grips with the Turkish market: Scale of the chlor-alkali industry
  • How is a shortage in the Mediterranean region filled?
  • Capabilities and capacities for imports and exports in the Mediterranean area
  • 10:40
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  • 11:25
  • Networking break
  • 11:25
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  • 11:45
  • Diversifying supply: Opportunities for importing chlor-alkali products to Europe
  • Case studies of new deals for caustic soda trade with Europe
  • Boundaries to importing caustic soda and how to overcome them
  • Do new deals pave the way for continuing sustained partnerships?
  • 11:45
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  • 12:05
  • Spotlight: Inside the mind of a Nordic buyer
  • Supply-demand trends in the Nordic region
  • Implicated costs for the buyer in sourcing caustic soda
  • When does a buyer go for long-term contracts vs spot purchases?
  • 12:05
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  • 12:40
  • Market competition: How European products compete in the global market
  • Where are the commercial growth opportunities for European caustic soda and chlorine derivatives suppliers? 
  • The costs of chlor-alkali production in Europe and internationally
  • Have European end-users changed their buying strategies?
  • 12:40
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  • 14:00
  • Lunch break
  • 13:20
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  • 13:50
  • During your lunch break, take the opportunity to meet your speakers
A selection of the speakers will be available to answer your questions directly, one-on-one.
  • 14:00
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  • 14:20
  • Keynote: The consequences of slowing economic growth for European industry
  • Are we heading for a global recession? Key indicators to watch out for
  • How slowing markets create new challenges for manufacturers?
  • Which industries are most at risk as the European economy slows?
  • 14:20
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  • 14:40
  • Signals from the automotive industry: Growth outlook and impact on the chlor-alkali markets
  • Costs for OEMs: Can production move outside of Europe?
  • Overview of the state of the European automotive sector
  • Are we witnessing decreasing demand for aluminium and isocyanates in the automotive sector?
  • 14:40
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  • 15:00
  • Trade wars: How will the alumina industry weather the storm?
  • To what extent has geopolitical instability impacted alumina demand and production?
  • How does the industry react to and prepare for changing tariffs
  • Where are the opportunities for growth in the alumina industry?
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Networking break
  • 15:30
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  • 15:50
  • Making the papers: Positive growth trends in the pulp and paper industry, increasing caustic soda demand
  • Are environmental pressures heightening demand in the pulp and paper industry?
  • Demand growth hot spots for pulp and paper manufacturing
  • Are there feasible alternatives such as soda ash in pulp and paper production?
  • 15:50
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  • 16:10
  • New revenue opportunities: What the fuel cell industry means for hydrogen demand
  • Do regulatory pressures support fuel cell development in a carbon-neutral transport mix?
  • What is the market share for hydrogen fuel cells as opposed to other clean transport methods?
  • Which countries have the potential to push demand and where can they source from?
  • 16:10
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  • 16:50
  • End-user envy: Meet industry experts across the diverse end-use markets
Join experts across developing market spaces, including steel, lithium, personal care and ion exchange, to uncover the changes and consequences of supplying these essential industries.
  • 16:50
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  • 17:00
  • Closing remarks
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Evening drinks reception Unique location to follow shortly
  • 08:50
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  • 09:20
  • Registration and refreshments
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks and antitrust reminder
  • 09:30
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  • 09:50
  • Trends and challenges in the PVC and EDC markets
  • Production capacity of PVC and EDC
  • Available volumes of ethylene and trade routes
  • Obstacles to increasing production
  • 09:50
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  • 10:10
  • Isocyanate production and opportunities for growth
  • Trade volumes and routes of isocyanates
  • Overview of MDI and TDI production in Europe and internationally
  • Demand sectors for MDI and TDI: Opportunities and limitations on growth
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Environmental pressures creating new obstacles for the PVC markets and repercussions on chlorine consumption
  • To what extent is there a switch to PE in the construction industry?
  • To what extent do PVC and chlorine recycling initiatives decrease the demand for chlorine and what are the implications on caustic soda supply?
  • How are PVC manufacturers tackling environmental pressures?
 
  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Networking break
  • 11:10
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  • 11:30
  • How to optimise chlor-alkali facilities through safety and responsible practices
  • Regulations and standards for safe and environmentally-friendly handling of hazardous materials
  • Equipment standards and best technology essential for the chlor-alkali industry
  • Training and management for best practice in HSE
  • 11:30
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  • 11:50
  • How has the energy price developed in Europe and how can manufacturers futureproof by understanding the price of electricity?
  • Overview: Trends and market drivers in energy pricing over the past five years
  • EUAs, electrification and clean energy: How this mix has consequences for electricity pricing
  • Clean energy mix: European plans to go green and the repercussions on electricity pricing
  • 11:50
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  • 12:20
  • What can industrials, including end-user manufacturers and chlor-alkali producers, do to prepare and cope with electricity costs?
  • Solutions for lowering energy costs
  • Key market changes that can affect the price
  • How best to source clean energy and reduce your carbon footprint
  • 12:20
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  • 13:40
  • Lunch break
  • 13:40
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  • 14:00
  • When does a storage terminal choose to store caustic soda over other products?
  • Available storage capacity for caustic soda and EDC across Europe
  • Storage expansions and new projects
  • Storage terminal perspective: Commerciality for storing caustic soda
  • 14:00
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  • 14:40
  • Cost-calculating: Implied costs for transport and logistics
  • How limitations of transport routes are changing in terms of vessel access and freight availability
  • IMO 2020: How did the transition pan out?
  • Preparing for costs from disruptions in the supply chain
 
  • 14:40
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  • 15:40
  • Roundtables and refreshments
  • 15:40
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  • 15:50
  • Closing remarks