Our 13th annual World Aromatics & Derivatives Conference takes place in Berlin next week. Jointly organised as always by International eChem and ICIS, it features a must-hear list of speakers:
- ExxonMobil: Europe Business Director Tim Stedman will give a global market overview
- Dow Chemical: Global Business Director Pieter Platteeuw will discuss the future for benzene
- BASF: Business Manager Klaus Ries will look at the styrene value chain
- Shell: General Manager Elise Nowee will ask the question, “What about Europe?”
In addition, we will benefit from expert presentations on key issues:
- International Energy Agency: Analyst Fabian Kesicki will present the IEA’s energy outlook to 2035
- BMW: Senior Researcher Peter Phleps will look at how Mobility trends will impact car markets
- Nexant: Global Manager Stewart Hardy will focus on the outlook for paraxylene and polyester
- VCI: Senior Economist Christian Buenger will analyse global economic megatrends
- Biorizon: Business Development manager Florian Graichen will look at opportunities in the bio area
- ICIS price reporters Rhian O’Connor and Rob Peacock will highlight toluene and phenol/acetone developments
I will also be giving a presentation discussing the likely impact of the Great Unwinding of policymaker stimulus on the industry.
As the chart above highlights, chemical markets suggest a major economic slowdown is underway, caused by China’s new policies. We are therefore in the New Normal world of slow demand growth and deflation. How can companies create new markets for the future?