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World Petrochemical Conference in March in Houston

By Bob Downing Published: January 23, 2013

From a press release:

HOUSTON (January 22, 2013) – IHS Chemical will host the 2013 IHS World Petrochemical Conference and Workshops March 19 – 21, 2013, at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston. Now in its 28th year, the conference will focus on the emerging landscape in the global petrochemical industry and the challenges and opportunities that this new path forward, much of which stems from the resurgence in North American oil and gas production, presents for a sustainable future.


Stephen D. Pryor, president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, will deliver a keynote presentation on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, entitled, “Americas: Strategies for a Sustainable Future.” He will be followed on the podium by Moayyed Al Qurtas, Ph.D., chief executive officer, Tasnee, who will address “Next Steps in Developing a Mideast Chemical Industry;” and Graeme Burnett, senior vice president, refining and chemicals, Americas, at TOTAL SA, who will discuss “Europe: Reshaping of the Industry for a Higher Value Future.”


Charlie Drevna, president, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, will deliver the Thursday, March 21, 2013, luncheon keynote entitled, “The Regulatory Landscape and its Implications on the Chemical Industry.” The 2013 IHS World Petrochemical Conference also will feature executive leaders from chemical companies who will join IHS experts to deliver detailed regional and global outlooks for a rapidly changing industry.


“An abundance of U.S. shale energy resources is rapidly changing the outlook for the global chemical marketplace—the entire supply profile as well as trade balances are poised to shift, and so the overall outlook for the global industry is much more positive and vastly different than just a few years ago,” said Gary Adams, chief advisor, IHS Chemical. “For the first time in decades, we are seeing infrastructure investments in new North American basic chemicals and plastics units, while other regions such as Europe and parts of Asia are experiencing rationalization or capacity reductions. It is very different scenario than the industry envisioned even a few short years ago.”


During the Wednesday session, Adams and Dave Witte, senior vice president and general manager, IHS Chemical, will deliver an overview of the petrochemical industry. They will be preceded by Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS and one of the world’s most noted authorities on the global economy, who will offer his views on the world economic outlook. Bill Sanderson, IHS vice president, downstream research and consulting — energy insight, also will deliver his views regarding the world energy outlook.


Added Witte, “These new energy supplies in North America have a ripple effect across the entire industry, so leaders from across the globe will come together to share insights on how to manage investments and opportunities in a very strategic and sustainable way so that investments are long-lasting and higher-value for operators, but at the same time, provide value to the communities in which they operate.”


Afternoon discussions will offer different views of the petrochemical industry, including regional updates. On day two, the conference will provide in-depth perspectives regarding specific chemical value chains and markets divided into four concurrent sessions focused on:

  • Olefins and derivatives
  • Aromatics and fiber intermediates
  • Chlor-alkali and derivatives
  • End-use markets/specialty products


IHS analysts will also offer their insights on the end-use markets for chemicals in the automotive, electronics, construction and consumer products sectors. The global refining outlook will also be discussed. In addition, in conjunction with the World Petrochemical Conference 2013, six full-day training workshops will be held at the Hilton of the Americas. The first five will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, and the sixth on Wednesday, March 20, 2013:

  • Petrochemical Industry Fundamentals Workshop
  • Understanding Petrochemicals Made from Biomass Workshop
  • Introduction to Thermoplastics Workshop
  • Introduction to Monetizing Shale Gas, Natural Gas and Coal in Petrochemicals
  • Understanding NGL Feedstock Economics
  • Fundamentals of LPG Market Workshop (held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013)


Early-bird registration for the conference only is $1,500 per registrant, and is available until February 1, 2013. After that date, registration fees increase to $1,800. Additional fees apply for workshop participation. To view the current agenda for the 2013 IHS World Petrochemical Conference, and register for the event or the training workshops, please visit



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