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The latest thinking on petrochemicals markets in wake of covid-19

Times are uncertain for the petrochemicals industry. Volatility in upstream markets has trickled downstream, lockdowns imposed across the globe to control the coronavirus pandemic have caused huge disruption to demand, traditional trade flows, and life as we know it. Many parts of the petrochemicals industry have been particularly hard hit, while at the same time, the need for medical equipment has opened the door to new opportunities for some.
Global economies have been rocked, and petrochemicals industry pre-covid demand and activity seems a distance memory while the world braces for potential further lockdowns and restrictions.
Join us for the S&P Global Platts European Petrochemicals Virtual Conference, and hear key industry players share their insights on how the sector is adapting to these turbulent times. 


This is a content led virtual event bringing together speakers from around the Petrochemicals sector.

Thursday, November 5, 2020
  • 09:15 am Chair's welcoming remarks Ihsan Rahim, Manager-Client Development, S&P Global Platts
  • 09:25 am KEYNOTE: The petrochemical circular economy in an era of COVID Walmir Soller, VP Olefins/Polyolefins Europe and Asia, Braskem
  • 09:55 am European petrochemicals fundamentals in focus  • Assessing the current petrochemicals landscape in Europe
    • Expectations for demand recovery
    • Creating a resilient future: the EU recovery plan
    • Moving forward: what’s in-store for European Petrochemicals in 2021?
    György Halász, External Environment Analyst, MOL GROUP
Evaluating the green shoots of recovery in the circular economy
  • 10:10 am Petrochemical Risk Management, more important in volatile times• Development of the financial Petrochemicals market
    • Why it’s even more important to hedge Petrochemicals today
    • Case Study
    Paul Swienton, Vice President, Macquarie
  • 10:30 amRecycling impact on virgin plastics • Impact of covid-19 on virgin and recycled PET markets; do we see demand recovery on the horizon?
    • European PET bearing the brunt of Chinese exports
    • Virgin demand for 2020/21
    Ben Brooks, Global Market Lead, Recycled Plastics, S&P Global Platts
  • 11:00 amLEADER'S PANEL: Building a sustainable petrochemical future  • Has the coronavirus pandemic helped or hindered the energy transition for the petrochemicals industry?
    • Where does the petrochemicals industry fit in a net-zero world?
    •Plotting the emergence of green feedstocks: the future for petrochemicals?
    • Are there enough alternative more sustainable feedstocks available?
    Robert Tieman,Manager Sustainability & Business Development, LyondellBasell
    Frans Stokman, Executive Director, Petrochemicals Europe / Cefic
    Maxim Remchukov, Sustainable Development Director, SIBUR
    Moderated by: Luke Milner, Managing Editor, Olefins & Polymers – EMEA Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts
  • 11:40 am Question and answer with our experts (LIVE)
  • 12:00 pm Refreshment break & Networking time
Petrochemical Market Outlooks from those at the forefront
  • 12:15 pm Olefins market outlook• Impact of Covid-19 on Olefins markets: are we starting to see renewed demand?
    • US shale update: Bearish or bullish?
    • Is Butadiene the weak link in cracker process?
    • Competitiveness of naphtha as a feedstock for ethylene set to continue, and do we see US competiveness re-emerging as lockdowns ease?
    Michael McCafferty,Managing Analyst, Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts
  • 12:50 pm Aromatics market outlook • A review of the aromatics markets in 2020
    • Changing global trade flows: how does this impact aromatics going forward?
    • The polyester chain in focus, will demand balance global supply length?
    • The impact of macro-economic restrictions on aromatics
    Fang Wei Lim, Managing Director, Gravitas Energy Resources
  • 1:20 pm LEADERS PANEL: Evaluating the changes to petrochemical feedstocks in Europe • Crude oil volatility and effect on feedstocks
    • Covid-19 impact on feedstock prices: bearish for 2021?
    • Is the diversion of aromatics feedstocks set to continue?
    • Petrochemical feedstocks beyond Europe Rafael Domingo Larraz Mora, R&D Director, CEPSA
    Dorothee Arns, Director General, FECC
    Matthew George, General Manager (Petrochemicals), Indian Oil Corporation
    Phil Reeder, Managing Editor, European Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts
Risk mitigation and security of supply chain in an uncertain year
  • 2:05 pm Logistical challenges across the value chain in times of Covid-19 Jordi Anglès Jové, Commercial Coordinator, Port of Tarragona
    Josep Forcadell, Commercial, BD & CS Director, Vopak Terquimsa
  • 2:30 pm Question and answer with our experts (LIVE)
  • 2:45 pm Video networking reception with quiz
    New for this event, a networking tool for you to connect with other attendees through video 1-2-1 and group meetings.
  • 3:45 pm Close of conference


Gyorgy_Halasz100x100.png György Halász
Chief Economist Team, MOL GROUP
Walmir_Soler100x100.png Walmir Soller
VP Olefins/Polyolefins Europe and Asia, Braskem
19PGPTEM-WE-Petchems-Webinar-Series_Benjamin-Brooks_130x170.jpg Ben Brooks
Global Market Lead, Recycled Plastics, S&P Global Platts
RobertTieman100.gif Robert Tieman
Manager Sustainability & Business Development, LyondellBasell
Frans_Stockman100x100.png Frans Stockman
Executive Director, Petrochemicals Europe

On 1 May 2020, Frans Stokman took up the position of Executive Director of Petrochemicals Europe, an industry sector of Cefic. Frans has extensive experience in the global oil, gas and petrochemical industry. He has a proven track record in striking complex deals between the private and public sectors. He worked for over 25 years for Shell before joining Cefic. Frans is chemical engineer and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Throughout his career, he has held a broad range of senior management positions including Global Marketing & Sales Manager in London and The Hague, Director of Shell Lubricants Supply Co. and Business Manager of the Gas-To-Liquids JV between Shell Global Lubricants and Qatar Petroleum (QP). He has global experience in the fields of chemicals, lubricants, base oils, Gas to Liquid, gas, floating liquified natural gas and has worked all over the world including in the US, Middle East, Far East and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Frans is particularly experienced in helping companies or businesses manage change and transitions. He was appointed Shell Policy & Commercial Manager Earthquake Damages when the Dutch province of Groningen was hit by earthquakes due to gas production. He developed and established policies and protocols and facilitated the handover of these activities to the Dutch State. He believes that the Green Deal and the European Recovery Plan will provide new challenges and opportunities for the petrochemicals industry. .

maxim_Remchukov100x100.png Maxim Remchukov
Sustainable Development Director, SIBUR

Born in 1976. In 2000 graduated from RUDN, Master of Economics. In 2003 studied on different Executive MBA programs in USA.
1999 - 2016 - Basic Element group (RUSAL, GAZ, Investment projects at the South regions of Russia). Joined SIBUR in September of 2016, from January of 2019 - Head of Sustainable Development function, responsible for implementation of ESG Strategy and execution of Circular Economy projects (mechanical and chemical recycling).

FangWeiLim_100x100.png Fang Wei Lim
Managing Director, Gravitas Energy Resources

Fang Wei founded Gravitas Energy Resources in late 2015 as a consultant to help companies grow into viable global entities in the oil and petrochemicals industry. In 2019, he was engaged by Kolkata-based Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd’s wholly owned Singapore subsidiary, HPL Global Pte Ltd, as their Strategic Advisor.

He had acquired 23 years of leading and managing trading teams at AFCO, China Aviation Oil (Singapore), BP, Shell, Noble Group and Voestalpine. He started his working career in 1990 with Singapore Aerospace as a manufacturing engineer and then in private equity with San Francisco-based investment bank Hambrecht & Quist.

Fang Wei is a qualified international arbitrator and Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a qualified trainer with an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). He holds a MSc in Management of Technology from NUS and B.MechEng (Distinction) from University of Minnesota.

Mike_McCafferty100x100.png Michael McCafferty
Managing Analyst, Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts
Rafael_Domingo_Larraz_100.jpg Rafael Domingo Larraz Mora
R&D Director, CEPSA
DorotheeArns100.gif Dorothee Arns, Director General, FECC
Mathew_George100x100.png Matthew George
General Manager (Petrochemicals), Indian Oil Corporation

Mathew George is Head of Petrochemical Exports at Indian Oil Corporation in Mumbai. An Indian Oil veteran of 30 years, he is a mechanical engineer from the University of Kerala and has an MBA in finance from XLRI. He has a postgraduate diploma in brand management from Ashridge Business School in the UK. He is an alumnus of the Calvert School Baltimore in the US and India’s Lawrence School, and is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and a member of the Aeronautical Society of India. Mathew has held a number of key assignments at Indian Oil, including heading the polymer marketing group, heading the lubricants group at subsidiary company Lanka IOC in Colombo, and assignments spread across many locations in the lubricants and aviation departments. In the field of petrochemicals he has handled polymers, PX, PTA, benzene, LAB, glycols and butadiene business. A well-known supply chain and ERP/CRM expert and analyst, he also has core experience in ship chartering for chemicals and petroleum. Mathew has been a regular speaker at international conferences in the areas of petrochemical feedstocks, polymers, ERP, CRM, detergents and benzene. He has also been a guest faculty at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, taking the course Business ina World Without Borders –Bridging the Cultural and Linguistic Divide.

Philip_Reeder100x100.png Phil Reeder
Managing Editor, European Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts

Phil Reeder is the managing editor for aromatics at Platts, which includes coverage across gasoline components, aromatics and methanol markets. He previously covered the Europe light ends markets at Platts, including naphtha, gasoline and LPG. Prior to Platts, Phil covered upstream oil and gas news.

18BMPTEM-3P-FM-EPCA_Luke-Milner-2_70x90.jpg Luke Milner
Managing Editor, Olefins & Polymers – EMEA Petrochemicals, S&P Global Platts

Luke Milner joined Platts in October 2017 and is currently managing editor of the European olefins and polymers team. Luke has over six years’ experience reporting on petrochemical markets in Europe and, prior to moving into the petrochemical markets, spent several years reporting on a diverse range of industries, including banking, shipping and retail. Luke studied Modern European Languages at the University of Durham and has spent time working in Italy, France and Brazil, as well as in the UK.

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