12 5月 - 13 5月 2022
Nice, France

Argus Bitumen & Asphalt Europe Conference

Welcome to the Argus European Bitumen and Asphalt Conference 2022

Start End
  • 17:00
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  • 18:30
  • Argus Welcome Happy Hour Location: Madison Terrace

Day One

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  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:00
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  • 09:05
  • Conference welcome from Argus Belle Andrews - Conference Producer, Argus
  • 09:05
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson's opening remarks Keyvan Hedvat - Europe/Africa Editor—Argus Bitumen, Argus
  • 09:10
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  • 09:20
  • Host sponsor address Dr. Robert Heger - Vice President - Business Management Polymer Dispersions for Architectural Coatings & Construction EMEA, BASF
  • 09:20
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  • 10:00
  • Argus presents: the bitumen market past and present Jonathan Weston and Keyvan Hedvat - Argus Bitumen Editorial

Argus editorial will delve into the current and historical status of the European bitumen market. 

  • What have been the biggest challenges in the bitumen market this past year? 
  • There has been a significant amount of unexpected market volatility over the past two years. What has historically been the cause of this? 
  • Updates on general supply and demand issues and opportunities in the market

Speakers:

Jonathan Weston, Editor—Specialty Products, Argus 
Keyvan Hedvat, Europe/Africa Editor—Argus Bitumen, Argus

 

Getting back to basics and looking at logistics

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  • 10:00
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  • 10:40
  • Panel discussion: the evolving crude oil and refining landscape: what are the impacts for the bitumen market? Speakers include: - Total Energies, Nynas
  •  As the political climate and market evolves, will Iran and Venezuela enter the global crude market again? 
  • What are the consequences (both negative and positive) of the EU energy transition goals on the crude market’s ability to produce, sell, and use crude products such as  bitumen?
  •  What are the impacts of a changing feedstock and crude supply? 

Speakers:
Sebastien Le Corre, Bitumen International Supply Manager, Total Energies
Rafael Renaudeau, Vice-President, Bitumen, Nynas 

Moderator: 
Jonathan Weston, Editor—Specialty Products , Argus 

 

 
  • 10:40
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  • 11:30
  • Coffee and discussion break
  • 11:30
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  • 11:50
  • Colas presentation: the challenge of bitumen supply in Europe Arnaud Wache - Business Development Manager at Continental Bitumen, Colas

An introductory presentation on the declining supply of bitumen in European from Arnaud Wache Business Development Manager at Continental Bitumen, the new bitumen supply arm of Colas

  •  What perspective can Colas offer on the status of bitumen supply in Europe? 
  • Why has local production of this crucial crude product declined over the past decade? 
  • From the perspective of Colas, how will the term regional supply evolve in the future? 

Speaker:

Arnaud Wache , Business Development Manager, Continental Bitumen Colas 

 
  • 11:50
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  • 12:30
  • Bye bye local supply: solutions for European bitumen quality Speakers include: - BASF, Nordbit


Following the Colas presentation, the conference will turn its attention to buy-side concerns surrounding bitumen quality and consistency.

  • What are the issues with bitumen quality from the demand side of the market? 
  • From the buy-side perspective, how can chemical companies and asphalt producers help to remedy the issue of quality and inconsistency?
  • Policy wise, what are some ideas on how to update bitumen quality specifications and hold producers accountable for them? 

Speakers:
Dr. Mario Sandor, Head of Business Management Asphalt Performance EMEA, BASF
Irina Cotiuga, Technical Manager, Nordbit 

Moderator:
Keyvan Hedvat, Europe/Africa Editor—Argus Bitumen, Argus

 
 
  • 12:30
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  • 12:50
  • Fireside chat: Mediterranean exports and trends from a refiners perspective Speakers include: - Alma Petroli
  • From a refiner’s perspective what effects have HSFO had on bitumen economics in the Mediterranean and the wider European market?
  • Updates on the export market and trends in the Mediterranean: Where is the bitumen going? Who are the main consumers? 
  • Is the Mediterranean bitumen market a viable and sustainable - for Europe? 

Speaker:
Sergio Bovo, Chief Executive, Alma Petroli  

Moderator:
Keyvan Hedvat, Europe/Africa Editor—Argus Bitumen, Argus 

 

 

  • 12:50
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  • 14:10
  • Lunch break

End-buyers and in-between: looking across the bitumen supply chain

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  • 14:10
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  • 14:55
  • The construction company perspective: looking at post-pandemic plans, projects, and market predictions Panellists include: - Peab Asfalt AB, Skanska, BMI Group, Veidekke

This panel will include four of the largest construction companies in Europe.

  • How has a decline in local bitumen supply affected the construction industry?
  • What changes or efforts is the construction industry making to improve the market’s carbon footprint and remain aligned with the EU’s carbon emissions reduction goals?
  • The panel aims to also provide updates on various companies’ current and future projects

Speakers:

Mikael Arnestrand, Bitumen Manager, Peab Asfalt AB
Fredrik Norman, Nordic Bitumen Manager, Skanska
Jean Louis Pettier, Group Category Director, Bitumen, BMI Group

Morten Kiran, Head of Procurement, Veidekke

Moderator:

Jonathan Weston, Editor, Specialty Products, Argus 

 
  • 14:55
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  • 15:30
  • The search for terminal space: the role of new and existing terminals in Europe Speakers include: - Service Terminals Rotterdam, TEC Container Solutions, Owens Corning
  • As local supply begins to dwindle and imports become more prevalent, will the bitumen market in Europe have to start thinking about creating more robust terminal infrastructure? 
  • Where are the best, and most geographically available, locations for terminals to be developed? 
  • If you are unable to invest in a terminal system what other alternatives are available for on-site storage and transport?
  • What are some of the leading technologies for sustainable and efficient bitumen storage? 

Speakers:
Leo Brons, Chief Executive, Service Terminals 
Jon Whittall, General Manager, TEC

Johan Van Roey, Sales Manager BENELUX Industry Business, Owens Corning 

Moderator:
Keyvan Hedvat, Europe/Africa Editor—Argus Bitumen, Argus
 

 
  • 15:30
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  • 16:30
  • Coffee and roundtable break BASF, Argus

Roundtable 1: 

The European Green Deal: chances for asphalt performance

Roundtable leader:

 Michael Dietzsch , Development Manager Polymer Dispersions for Construction, BASF

Roundtable 2:

Changing Picture of Trade Flows in Europe

Roundtable leader: 

Keyvan Hedvat, Africa/Europe-- Bitumen, Argus

Roundtable 3:

Bitumen Pricing Trends

Roundtable leader:

Jonathan Weston, Editor--Specialty Products, Argus

Roundtable 4:

Bitumen Trends and Flows in the Americas

Roundtable leader:

Maria Ahmad, NY Deputy Bureau Chief--Editorial, Argus

  • 16:30
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  • 16:45
  • Argus presents: Americas asphalt market and westbound arbitrage - Argus Bitumen Editorial, Argus
 
  • 16:45
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  • 17:20
  • Bitumen transportation: what does it take to build sustainable and efficient bitumen transportation systems? Speakers include: - Iver Ships B.V, Queensway Navigation, IPCO

A panel of transport companies and end-buyers that are investing in different forms of transportation for bitumen products.  

  • The panel will discuss progress on new builds as well as challenges and opportunities in the bitumen transportation market. 
  • What technologies are being introduced to ensure that the bitumen transport industry is being environmentally sound?  
  • Updates on transportation and freight costs and what else is at play in the market? 

Speakers:
Lorenzo Benussi, Charter, NL Iver Ships 
Ulrich Nanz, GPM for Chemicals and Solidification Specialist, IPCO
George Cholis, Chartering Department, Queensway Navigation 

Moderator:
Keyvan Hedvat, Europe/Africa Editor—Argus Bitumen, Argus 

 
  • 17:30
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  • 18:45
  • Shell presents: drinks on the French Rivera
An opportunity for delegates to relax and enjoy wine and each other’s company. The aim is to provide a non-business and relaxed environment for networking and conversation. 

Future of bitumen in Europe

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  • 09:00
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  • 09:30
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Opening Remarks Irina Vinogradova - Manager—Consulting , Argus
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Keynote: EU Commission briefing on infrastructure plans Speakers include: - EU Commission
A representative from the EU commission will discuss budget/policy for road and highway expansion as well as the commissions’ future plans to support sustainability in the construction industry in Europe
What technology and/or projects does the commission expect to invest in or spend money on for road and highway expansion in over the next 10 years?
How does the commission plan to uphold and support sustainability efforts in the construction industry across the European market?
What can the market expect policy wise from the commission in the coming years? 
 
Confirmed Speaker:

Philippe Moseley, Policy Officer DG Grow: Construction Unit, EU Commission– Virtual speaker

  • 10:10
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  • 10:50
  • Future plans for infastructure post-covid pandemic Speakers include: - Ditecpesa, Swedish Transport Association

 

  • What are the plans for future investment in infrastructure projects following the significant down-turn caused by covid-19?
  • Is there an appetite for investment in sustainable construction products as these projects move forward? 

Speakers:
Jose Javier Garcia Pardenilla, Managing Director Ditecpesa 
Jan-Erik Lundmark, Senior Advisor Pavement Maintenance, Swedish Transport Association 

Moderator:
Irina Vinogradova ,Manager—Consulting, Argus

 

 
 
  • 10:50
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  • 11:30
  • Coffee and discussion break

Bitumen Alternatives

Start End
  • 11:30
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  • 12:25
  • The future of sustainable and technologically advanced asphalt: are Bio-Bitumen and RAP (Recycled Asphalt Pavement) the answer? Speakers include: - Shell, Cargill, BASF

 

  •  How can new additives and polymers technologies like bio-bitumen help support Europe’s energy transition?   
  • What impact will bio-bitumen and other sustainable alternatives have on the bitumen market?
  • Why is RAP more prevalent in northern Europe? What can other countries and regions learn from those markets’ utilisation of RAP?
  • What other technologies are available for sustainable bitumen/asphalt in the market? Can other recyclable products be used? 

Speakers:
Dr. Hassan Tabatabaee, Global Technical Manager for Asphalt Solutions, Cargill
Sebastien Miesem, Senior Technical Marketing Manager Asphalt Performance, BASF
Jean-Nicolas Desprez, EUAF Technical Manager, Shell

Moderator:
Irina Vinogradova, Manager—Consulting, Argus 

 

 

  • 12:25
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  • 13:00
  • Back to the future--in 50 years--roads: a short conversation with Shell Speakers include: - Shell

 

  • Looking towards the future, will bitumen still be a viable option for road construction or can other binders be used?
  • What will roads in Europe look like in 50 years as more sustainable cars are in circulation?
  • What research is being conducted now to help anticipate what roads technology will look like over the next 50 years?  

Speaker:
Richard Taylor, Global Technical Development Manager, Shell

 
  • 13:00
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  • 13:05
  • Closing remarks
  • 13:05
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  • 14:05
  • Goodbye lunch and final networking session

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