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World Petrochemical Conference on March 20 in Houston

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2013

From IHS Chemical:

HOUSTON (March 5, 2013) – José Luis Uriegas, chief executive officer of Grupo IDESA, and Susan Esserman, chair of the international department at Steptoe and Johnson LLP, and former deputy U.S. trade representative, will speak Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the World Petrochemical Conference at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston.


Uriegas will address “Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges in an Emerging Landscape,” and joins an executive panel consisting of Stephen D. Pryor, president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company; Moayyed Al Qurtas, Ph.D., chief executive officer, Tasnee, and Graeme Burnett, senior vice president, refining and chemicals, Americas, at TOTAL SA. Pryor will address “Americas: Strategies for a Sustainable Future,” and will be followed on the podium by Al Qurtas, who will discuss “Next Steps in Developing a Mideast Chemical Industry.” Burnett will discuss “Europe: Reshaping of the Industry for a Higher Value Future.”


Esserman will deliver the Wednesday, March 20 luncheon keynote entitled “Trade Challenges and Opportunities.” 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.


IHS Chemical will host the 2013 IHS World Petrochemical Conference and Workshops March 19 – 21, 2013. 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.


During the Wednesday session, Gary Adams, chief advisor, IHS Chemical; 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.


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 as well as other topics, including the coal market, will be discussed. Xizhou Zhou, director, gas and power, and head of China energy for IHS, will discuss address has the Coal Market Reached the Top of a Super Cycle? : Implications for China and Beyond.”


In addition, in conjunction with the World Petrochemical Conference 2013, five 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


Registration for the conference only is $1,800 per registrant. 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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