Navigating a changing market and unlocking the potential of future growth

We are delighted to announce that the date for S&P Global Platts European Petrochemicals Conference has been confirmed for November 4, 2021.

The past 18 months have been a period of disruption in the petrochemicals industry, with the pandemic impacting long-term plans for sustainability and changing how the upstream interacts with the market.

In these times of great disruption, it is important to make smart decisions to remain competitive in an ever-changing petrochemical landscape. Whether this is realigning with sustainability goals or adopting new technologies, being in the know is vital for success in 2021 and beyond.

Join us on November 4 and hear key industry players share their insights on how the sector is adapting to these turbulent times and the road ahead.


Conference Focus Areas:

— 2021 in review: assessing the slow road to recovery for the global markets, and its impact on the petrochemicals industry
— A focus on feedstocks and the emergence of green feedstocks
— Recycled plastics - Will Europe reach its 2025 plastics recycling targets?
— Outlook for Petrochemical sustainability in a post-covid market
— And much more


Going Virtual

While we're running this year’s event virtually, we'll still have the high-caliber content and speakers the industry depends upon. You can expect content-rich sessions, in-depth discussions, lively Q&A, networking, prizes, exhibit booths, and much more, all within an immersive online environment.

Preview the virtual experience    

Preview the Virtual Experience
Virtual Lobby

Virtual Auditorium

Virtual Networking Lounge

Virtual Exhibit Hall
Build your network
— See who else is registered
— Search for attendees by name, title, company, country, keyword, or shared interests
— Participate in group chats to meet new people
— Exchange contact information
— Optimize your profile to help people find you
— Add your LinkedIn profile to your contact card and invite new contacts to connect
— Engage in the public group chat
— Reach out using private 1:1 messaging
— Invite other attendees to join a private group chat
— Tour the exhibit hall to speak with solution provider reps
Customize your agenda
— Participate in the full agenda or add specific sessions to your briefcase
— Attend live sessions or come back later to watch the replay
Explore the exhibit hall
— Explore solution provider booths
— View and collect resources in your briefcase
— Speak directly with booth reps by team chat or 1:1 conversations
— Visit the Platts booth to access bonus material and to enter for a chance to win a prize
Have some fun
— Score points and watch the leaderboard to see where you stand
— Enter for a chance to win prizes at various exhibit hall booths
— Use your complimentary UberEats discount code for food and drinks during the event
* UberEats must be available in your country to claim
Enjoy extra content
— Access Platts market news, exclusive content, and more
— Receive speaker presentation materials
Take it with you
— Download the speaker presentations and other materials you collected throughout the event
— Visit the on-demand replay for a refresher or to catch up on something you missed
— Lookup contacts from the virtual environment

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
    • 09:15 am Chair’s welcoming remarks
    • 09:30 am KEYNOTE: Industry outlook: adapting to a reshaped global agendaThe outbreak of COVID knocked the global petrochemicals industry, rendering the global industrial production to remain at a standstill during Q2 and Q3 2020. Now, as we look forward to 2022 – what’s in store for a semi post- global industry?
    • 10:00 am PANEL DISCUSSION: Taking stock of changes to the European supply chain The industry is recovering from a disruption to global supply chains. New supply chain trends are emerging in the industry that are changing the rules for success. Much of the market (with the exception of those that already have global operations) have not focussed on cross-border opportunities. This is largely due to the restrictions on travel, the uncertainty of logistics and pandemic-related uncertainties in terms of shipping and cargo handling.

      — How has the European petrochemicals supply chain evolved in the last two years?
      — Has the pandemic caused small medium-sized players to turn to their domestic market to reduce risk?
      — There is no clarity on when demand will normalise - will a more cautious approach in operating rates for producers pose a risk to the supply chain?
      — Container freight availability challenges and the implications for shipping cross border going forward?
      — What does the formation of alliances in the container sector mean for petrochemical customers and sellers?

    • 10:40 am PANEL DISCUSSION Market growth, industry trends, scope and forecasts The expanding usage of petrochemicals in industrial applications including construction, automotive, aviation, food, electricals, paint and coatings, paper and pulp are a major factor in driving growth of the global petrochemical market. Additionally, capacity expansion of petrochemical by the major operating players is another factor expected to enhance growth in the coming years.

      — What are the developments in the various segments of the European petrochemicals industry?
      — How will the strategies of larger players evolve in times of continued uncertainty?
      — What will be the impact of the new energies sector?
      — Petrochemicals and infrastructure development – what’s next?
      — Which sector sees the most promise in terms of investment in Europe?

    • 11:20 am Break
    • 11:40 amFIRESIDE CHAT Sustainability - the role of the industry and authorities As the European industry endeavours to remain economically competitive on the world stage, it must look to protect the environment and communities. What is the role of industry and EU authorities in realising globally set sustainability goals? How can they work together to enhance sustainability in the petrochemical industry?

    • 12:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION Plastics and recycling – innovations and expectations Creating the products, the world needs in a sustainable way is the definable challenge across sectors and geographies. The plastics industry has a key role to play in the future of our society. As ESG picks up momentum, the pressure to do more than tick boxes for publicly listed companies is real. How can the industry move the sustainability agenda forward?

    • 12:50 pmNet Zero by 2050 – A roadmap for the European petrochemicals industry As gasoline demand changes, petrochemical feedstocks evolve, and the industry moves to resource effective production, what more needs to be done by the industry to meet Net Zero in 2050? What are the short, medium and long-term horizons for petrochemicals in relation to the Net Zero targets? What does the recent IPCC report mean for the industry?

    • 13:20 pmBreak

    • 13:50 pmPRESENTATION Recovering from challenge in the benzene-petrochemicals marketThe industry has seen a huge run in the benzine market globally caused by production problems in Europe. This created a circular arbitrage situation across the globe. In 2021 a compound annual growth rate of 12.6 was expected of the benzene- petrochemical industry as the companies rearranged their operations following the impact of the pandemic. Has that growth been realised? What is the potential for future growth?

    • 14:10 pmREGULATORY INTERVIEW Navigating regulatory change in European petrochemicals The petrochemicals industry is a highly regulated sector to protect the safety of workers, consumer health, and the environment. It is therefore subject to cumulative cost effects more than other sectors. What can the fossil fuel and petrochemicals industry expect in terms of direct oversight and mandates from regulators going forward?

    • 14:40 pmLEADERS PANEL DISCUSSION The future of the European petrochemicals industry As we emerge from the pandemic, leading executives from across the industry will discuss their key challenges and where they see opportunity, necessity and challenges going forward. What, in their opinion will secure the industries long-term competitiveness?

      — How will raw materials availability and prices impact the market going forward?
      — What are leader’s perspectives on naphtha versus natural gas?
      — How will excess of refining capacity impact the industry?
      — M&A scenarios – what to be expected in Europe? What will the implications of M&A in the business be?
      — How effectively can the industry prepare for future disruptions

      Dorothee Arns, Director General, FECC
    • 15:20 pmChair's closing remarks

    • 15:30 pmClose of virtual conference


If you are a leading expert in the Petrochemicals space and have insights to share, then we want to hear from you. If you are interested in joining this event as a speaker or panelist, please email [email protected]

Dorothee Dorothee Arns,
Director General, FECC

Of German nationality, Dorothee Arns is a seasoned public affairs and business professional with vast experience in successfully leading profit and nonprofit organisations. Her professional career in the chemical industry started in 1995 at BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany, where in the course of the years she held senior management positions in various areas of BASF chemicals' business, notably in marketing, sales, eBusiness and controlling.

In the non-profit area Dorothee Arns served as Executive Director of Petrochemicals Europe at Cefic from 2013 to 2019 and beforehand, from 2006 to 2011, she had already worked as Director General of the European Solvents Industry Group (ESIG). During all these years in Brussels, she has built up an extensive network of contacts within the EU Institutions and far beyond.

On 1 June 2019 she was appointed Managing Director of Fecc, the European Association of Chemical Distributors. Dorothee studied in Germany, Ireland and Spain and holds Master degrees in Business Administration as well as in Applied Languages & Linguistics.


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Position your business in expert company, distinct from your competitors. At S&P Global Platts European Petrochemicals Virtual Conference each sponsor has the opportunity to showcase their product or service to industry-wide professionals. We provide an environment that encourages an honest and open dialogue among attendees. If you would like to lead the conversation as an event sponsor, contact us for more details on available packages: Irina Bondareva on +44 (0) 7976 684 617 or [email protected].

Download the brochureDemonstrate your strengths, raise your company profile, and maximize your ROI as we bring key industry players and decision-makers to you. At the S&P Global Platts European Petrochemicals Virtual Conference, each sponsor has the opportunity to showcase their products and services and distinguish themselves from the competition. We offer a full range of opportunities and packages, and can even tailor solutions to suit your needs.

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Contact us to start a conversation about your goals and how you can lead the pack as an event sponsor: Irina Bondareva, Sponsorship Manager, at +44 (0) 7976 684 617 or [email protected].


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Register by November 4 

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How do I register?

We offer three easy ways to register:

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Email: [email protected]

Phone: +44 (0)20 7176 6111

What forms of payment do you accept?

For this event, we only accept payment by credit card.

I'm no longer able to attend. May I send someone else in my place?

If you’re not able to attend, we’re happy to transfer your registration to a member of your organization at no cost, up to 2 business days in advance of the event. Requests must be received in writing via email to [email protected], and are subject to approval.

For assistance, you may also reach out by phone:
+44 (0)20 7176 6111

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Cancellation is not available for this event. Once payment has been made, we are not able to offer a refund. If you're not able to attend or send a colleague in your place, you will still receive access to the on-demand replay of the event and all the materials (included with your registration).

To transfer your registration to a member of your organization at no cost, send your request by email to [email protected] up to 2 business days in advance of the event. Requests are subject to approval.

For assistance, you may also reach out by phone:
+44 (0)20 7176 6111

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Yes, we offer a variety of standard and tailor-made sponsorship opportunities to fit your marketing and business-to-business needs—and your budget. Please reach out directly to the Business Development Manager for this event:

Irina Bondareva
Phone: +44 (0) 7976 684 617
Email: [email protected]

Are there speaking opportunities?

Yes, we're always looking for the best voices in the industry to share their experience and perspective on opportunities, challenges, and trends. Please reach out directly to the Conference Producer to discuss availability and suitability:

Carmen Bamford
Email: [email protected]

Are press passes available?

Yes, we allow accredited media writing on behalf of major industry publications to cover the event at no charge. Please reach out to the contact below for press pass approval.

Avril Healy
Email: [email protected]

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