Monday 26 November 2018 | Day 0

09:00 – 17:00

Registration, welcome refreshments and exhibition

Sponsored by:
SipChem
RCJY

09:30 – 10:45

Masterclass session 1

Masterclass

Masterclass 1-A:

Digitalization in the chemical industry

In this masterclass, leading chemical industry information executives will give practical examples of how digitalization is transforming their businesses and highlight the opportunities they have observed in introducing the new technologies. They will reflect on the challenges posed both internally, within their own organizations, and, most importantly, in working with clients. The session will also feature a presentation from McKinsey & Co showcasing the results of a survey conducted with GPCA members earlier in the year; three use cases will be identified – in strategy, manufacturing and sales – where digital is making a big difference. Speakers will include:

Anders Brun, Partner McKinsey & Co

Viraj Deshpande, CIO, Petrochemicals, Reliance Industries

Frithjof Netzer, Chief Digital Officer, BASF

Richard Verity, Partner, McKinsey & Co

Thorsten Wenzel, VP and Global Head of Chemicals, SAP

Moderated by: John Pearson, Founder and CEO, Chemical Industry Roundtables

Masterclass 1-B:

Women in the chemical industry

In this masterclass, the panelists will discuss why the chemical and petrochemical industry remains largely the domain of men, what progress has been made in recent years in recruiting women, and what the future holds for female entrants to the industry. Speakers will include:

Fatema Al Nuaimi, CEO, ADNOC LNG

Abeer Al-Omar, Senior Executive, Corporate Communications and Government Affairs, EQUATE

Nathalie Brunelle, SVP, Corporate Affairs Refining and Chemicals, Total

Gina Fyffe, CEO, Integra

Moderated by: Lyn Tattum, Group VP, IHS Markit

11:15 – 12:30

Masterclass session 2

Masterclass

Masterclass 2-A:

Cyber security in the chemical industry

In this masterclass, the panelists will discuss the changing nature of cyber security threats to the chemical industry and what can be done about them.

Speakers will include:

Dan Caban, Managing Consultant for Incident Response and Digital Forensics, Mandiant, FireEye

Khalid Harbi, Chief Information Security Officer, Saudi Aramco

Murhaf Al-Madani, VP, Global Information Technology and CIO, SABIC

Moderated by: John Pearson, Founder and CEO, Chemical Industry Roundtables

Masterclass 2-B:

The global chemical industry in an era of protectionism

In this masterclass, the panelists will discuss emerging threats to the current trading arrangements for chemicals. They will give advice on how companies and national industries can prepare for a more protectionist political environment without sacrificing the gains that globalization has brought to the industry in the past 20 years. Speakers will include:

Ahmad Al Saleh, Global Business Director, Ethylene Glycol, EQUATE and Vice Chairman, International Trade Committee, GPCA

Paul Harnick, Global Head of Chemicals and Performance Technologies, KPMG

René van Sloten, Executive Director, Industrial Policy, European Chemical Industry Council

Michael Walls, VP, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council

Moderated by: John Richardson, Senior Consultant, Asia, ICIS

12:30 – 14:30

Lunch and business networking

Social networking

Sponsored by:
SABIC

14:30 – 18:00

Knowledge Partners’ seminar

A series of insightful presentations delivered by experts in their field

Seminar

Global energy transition: Friend or foe to the chemicals sector in the Middle East?

This presentation will detail Wood Mackenzie’s base case outlook as to the timing and scale of various megatrends, focusing on the impact on the chemicals sector in terms of both chemical demand and feedstock availability. The impact on the Middle East will be explored through identification of the critical success factors required to thrive under this outlook, and the competitive position of the Middle Eastern chemical industry will be assessed. The key risks and uncertainties in this outlook will be identified, highlighting key signposts to watch out for.
Led by Wood Mackenzie

Patterns of value creation in the global chemical and petrochemical industries

This presentation includes insights from the most recent report of the Boston Consulting Group on value creation patterns in the chemical industry. The report will be published towards the end of 2018 and the participants in the session will receive a detailed preview. The session will also uncover how different segments within the chemical industry have created value: namely, a 20-year, 10-year and five-year comparison between different chemical segments. In addition, the value creation prospects of different business models will be explored.
Led by Boston Consulting Group

Break

Feedstock push hits the demand wall

Major oil companies in the Middle East and elsewhere see petrochemicals as the future because of increasing feedstock availability and declining demand growth for gasoline and diesel. This has resulted in a wave of new investments in petrochemical capacity, which is being led by Middle Eastern and American companies. But polymer demand is stalling, and, at the same time, the politics are changing. This presentation will analyze how these currents come together, and where the pain points will be, while assessing the likely effects on chemicals and polymers across all the major regions.
Led by ICIS

New materials and new processes for the 2020s

The past decade has seen petrochemical manufacture in the Arabian Gulf move downstream into areas such as engineering thermoplastics, polyurethanes and epoxy resins. Manufacturing is now in the throes of massive change involving computer aided design and process control, together with moves to weight reduction, especially for transport applications. The polymer industry has a vital role in providing the materials needed for these new initiatives. Two techniques stand out: composites manufacturing and additive manufacturing. These will be explored and explained, together with comments on the advantages that various polymers bring to the manufacturing process.
Led by Tecnon OrbiChem

19:30 – 22:30

Welcome dinner

Social networking

Sponsored by:

Tuesday 27 November 2018 | Day 1

08.00 – 17:00

Registration, welcome refreshments and exhibition

Sponsored by:
SipChem
RCJY

09:00 – 09:25

Opening session and welcome address

Conference session

09:25 – 09:45

Inaugural address

Conference session

09:45 – 10:05

Keynote address

Conference session

10:15 – 10:45

Panel discussion and questions

Panel

10:45 – 11:10

Morning refreshments

Social networking

Sponsored by:
RCJY

11:10 – 11:30

Transformation through merger and dealing with structural change

Conference session

11:30 – 11:50

Transformational investment and regional partnership as routes to growth

  • Determining whether organic growth or acquisition best suits your organization’s strategic objectives
  • Surveying a landscape of expensive acquisitions in a booming petrochemical industry
  • Overview of the US Gulf Coast Petrochemical Project (USGCPP), CPChem’s recent ‘organic growth mega project’
  • How the industry is seeking partners as a risk mitigation strategy: CPChem’s strategy in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East
  • Dealing with the rise in construction costs, from the design and engineering phase through to final completion, and maintaining a healthy ROI
  • Looking to the future of CPChem’s investment strategy

Conference session

11:50 – 12:10

Leading the circular economy transformation in the chemical industry

  • Overcoming the linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model and embracing the circular economy
  • Exploring the international debate, political and regulatory challenges, and the EU’s commitment to playing a leading role in the development of this new model
  • How a shift towards a circular economy offers an opportunity to improve competitiveness and a chance for the chemical industry to restore its image in terms of sustainability
  • How the circular economy involves more than a series of specific projects and requires a significant rethink of current business models, taking into account the combined value chain of products and sustainability throughout the entire life cycle
  • Overview of the Eni/Versalis approach to the circular economy

Conference session

12:10 – 12:30

Panel discussion and questions

Panel

12:30 – 14:30

Lunch and business networking

Social networking

Sponsored by:
Aramco

14:30 – 17:30

Circular economy seminar

This seminar will introduce the audience to the concepts of the circular economy, the locations in which it is growing in importance, how it interacts with sustainability in corporate planning, and how it affects Middle Eastern petrochemical players. The seminar will also touch on how to ‘think circular’, and how to organize for a circular future. It will be peppered with real-life examples of companies developing circular economy strategies and products.

Lorraine Francourt, Director, Chemicals Management Policy and Circular Economy, Dow Chemical Company

Craig Halgreen, Director, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Borealis

James Seward, VP, Sustainability, Technology and JVs, LyondellBasell and Chairman, World Plastics Council

Dave Andrew, VP, Sustainability, ExxonMobil

Moderated by: John Pearson, Founder and CEO, Chemical Industry Roundtables

Seminar

14:30 – 17:30

Business networking and exhibition

Social networking

19:30 – 22:30

Gala dinner

Social networking

Sponsored by:
Borouge

Wednesday 28 November 2018 | Day 2

08:00 – 15:00

Registration, welcome refreshments and exhibition

Sponsored by:
SipChem
RCJY

09:00 – 09:10

Opening and introductory remarks

Conference session

09:10 – 09:35

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on society, business and governance

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution, shaped by rapid and simultaneous advances in various technologies, is rapidly transforming businesses and society and challenging current governance models
  • Organizations frequently find themselves in the ‘too late zone’, i.e. by the time they know how to respond, a new development will have taken place. This is particularly true of governments, owing to the speed of regulation not keeping up with the pace of change
  • What is the role of experts when knowledge ‘times out’ much faster than it has ever done previously?
  • How can we ensure the development of AI algorithms that are ethical? Who owns the data, what can one do with it, and who gets rewarded? How can cross-border data flows be effectively regulated?
  • What impact will the evolution of increasingly intelligent machines have on jobs, the education system, social security, taxation and healthcare?
  • Formulating a forward-looking holistic approach to ensure that the revolution benefits the whole of society and not just the few

Conference session

09:35 – 10:00

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the global chemical industry

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution has unleashed a dramatic transformation of industry ecosystems – well beyond what we know as the digital transformation of industries
  • Understanding that transformation will be critical for the ‘industry in the middle’: the chemicals and materials industry
  • Activity within the chemical industry is being transformed in multiple ways. Examples include models for collaborative innovation, biological technologies, and trade and supply chain systems
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution is redefining sustainability and introducing new approaches to environmental responsibility, the understanding of lifecycles, and to climate and energy efficiency
  • The technology governance challenge is relevant to the chemical industry and calls for more than proactive leadership to co-define and implement new models
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution is human-centred; but what does this mean for a chemical industry in transformation?

Conference session

10:00 – 10:15

Panel discussion and questions

Panel

10:15 – 10:30

Recognition ceremony for outgoing GPCA board members

10:30 – 11:00

Morning refreshments

Social networking

Sponsored by:
RCJY

11:00 – 11:20

Petrochemical investment as a cornerstone of economic growth

Conference session

11:20 – 11:40

Transform and divest to thrive

Conference session

11:40 – 12:10

Panel discussion and questions

Panel

12:10 – 12:45

Closing address for conference sessions

Conference session

12:45 – 14:15

Lunch and business networking

Social networking

Sponsored by:
SABIC

14:15 – 15:00

Business networking and exhibition

Social networking

26 November 2018

Monday 26 November 2018 | Day 0

09:00 – 17:00

Registration, welcome refreshments and exhibition

Sponsored by:
SipChem
RCJY

09:30 – 10:45

Masterclass session 1

Masterclass

Masterclass 1-A:

Digitalization in the chemical industry

In this masterclass, leading chemical industry information executives will give practical examples of how digitalization is transforming their businesses and highlight the opportunities they have observed in introducing the new technologies. They will reflect on the challenges posed both internally, within their own organizations, and, most importantly, in working with clients. The session will also feature a presentation from McKinsey & Co showcasing the results of a survey conducted with GPCA members earlier in the year; three use cases will be identified – in strategy, manufacturing and sales – where digital is making a big difference. Speakers will include:

Anders Brun, Partner McKinsey & Co

Viraj Deshpande, CIO, Petrochemicals, Reliance Industries

Frithjof Netzer, Chief Digital Officer, BASF

Richard Verity, Partner, McKinsey & Co

Thorsten Wenzel, VP and Global Head of Chemicals, SAP

Moderated by: John Pearson, Founder and CEO, Chemical Industry Roundtables

Masterclass 1-B:

Women in the chemical industry

In this masterclass, the panelists will discuss why the chemical and petrochemical industry remains largely the domain of men, what progress has been made in recent years in recruiting women, and what the future holds for female entrants to the industry. Speakers will include:

Fatema Al Nuaimi, CEO, ADNOC LNG

Abeer Al-Omar, Senior Executive, Corporate Communications and Government Affairs, EQUATE

Nathalie Brunelle, SVP, Corporate Affairs Refining and Chemicals, Total

Gina Fyffe, CEO, Integra

Moderated by: Lyn Tattum, Group VP, IHS Markit

11:15 – 12:30

Masterclass session 2

Masterclass

Masterclass 2-A:

Cyber security in the chemical industry

In this masterclass, the panelists will discuss the changing nature of cyber security threats to the chemical industry and what can be done about them.

Speakers will include:

Dan Caban, Managing Consultant for Incident Response and Digital Forensics, Mandiant, FireEye

Khalid Harbi, Chief Information Security Officer, Saudi Aramco

Murhaf Al-Madani, VP, Global Information Technology and CIO, SABIC

Moderated by: John Pearson, Founder and CEO, Chemical Industry Roundtables

Masterclass 2-B:

The global chemical industry in an era of protectionism

In this masterclass, the panelists will discuss emerging threats to the current trading arrangements for chemicals. They will give advice on how companies and national industries can prepare for a more protectionist political environment without sacrificing the gains that globalization has brought to the industry in the past 20 years. Speakers will include:

Ahmad Al Saleh, Global Business Director, Ethylene Glycol, EQUATE and Vice Chairman, International Trade Committee, GPCA

Paul Harnick, Global Head of Chemicals and Performance Technologies, KPMG

René van Sloten, Executive Director, Industrial Policy, European Chemical Industry Council

Michael Walls, VP, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council

Moderated by: John Richardson, Senior Consultant, Asia, ICIS

12:30 – 14:30

Lunch and business networking

Social networking

Sponsored by:
SABIC

14:30 – 18:00

Knowledge Partners’ seminar

A series of insightful presentations delivered by experts in their field

Seminar

Global energy transition: Friend or foe to the chemicals sector in the Middle East?

This presentation will detail Wood Mackenzie’s base case outlook as to the timing and scale of various megatrends, focusing on the impact on the chemicals sector in terms of both chemical demand and feedstock availability. The impact on the Middle East will be explored through identification of the critical success factors required to thrive under this outlook, and the competitive position of the Middle Eastern chemical industry will be assessed. The key risks and uncertainties in this outlook will be identified, highlighting key signposts to watch out for.
Led by Wood Mackenzie

Patterns of value creation in the global chemical and petrochemical industries

This presentation includes insights from the most recent report of the Boston Consulting Group on value creation patterns in the chemical industry. The report will be published towards the end of 2018 and the participants in the session will receive a detailed preview. The session will also uncover how different segments within the chemical industry have created value: namely, a 20-year, 10-year and five-year comparison between different chemical segments. In addition, the value creation prospects of different business models will be explored.
Led by Boston Consulting Group

Break

Feedstock push hits the demand wall

Major oil companies in the Middle East and elsewhere see petrochemicals as the future because of increasing feedstock availability and declining demand growth for gasoline and diesel. This has resulted in a wave of new investments in petrochemical capacity, which is being led by Middle Eastern and American companies. But polymer demand is stalling, and, at the same time, the politics are changing. This presentation will analyze how these currents come together, and where the pain points will be, while assessing the likely effects on chemicals and polymers across all the major regions.
Led by ICIS

New materials and new processes for the 2020s

The past decade has seen petrochemical manufacture in the Arabian Gulf move downstream into areas such as engineering thermoplastics, polyurethanes and epoxy resins. Manufacturing is now in the throes of massive change involving computer aided design and process control, together with moves to weight reduction, especially for transport applications. The polymer industry has a vital role in providing the materials needed for these new initiatives. Two techniques stand out: composites manufacturing and additive manufacturing. These will be explored and explained, together with comments on the advantages that various polymers bring to the manufacturing process.
Led by Tecnon OrbiChem

19:30 – 22:30

Welcome dinner

Social networking

Sponsored by:
27 November 2018

Tuesday 27 November 2018 | Day 1

08.00 – 17:00

Registration, welcome refreshments and exhibition

Sponsored by:
SipChem
RCJY

09:00 – 09:25

Opening session and welcome address

Conference session

09:25 – 09:45

Inaugural address

Conference session

09:45 – 10:05

Keynote address

Conference session

10:15 – 10:45

Panel discussion and questions

Panel

10:45 – 11:10

Morning refreshments

Social networking

Sponsored by:
RCJY

11:10 – 11:30

Transformation through merger and dealing with structural change

Conference session

11:30 – 11:50

Transformational investment and regional partnership as routes to growth

  • Determining whether organic growth or acquisition best suits your organization’s strategic objectives
  • Surveying a landscape of expensive acquisitions in a booming petrochemical industry
  • Overview of the US Gulf Coast Petrochemical Project (USGCPP), CPChem’s recent ‘organic growth mega project’
  • How the industry is seeking partners as a risk mitigation strategy: CPChem’s strategy in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East
  • Dealing with the rise in construction costs, from the design and engineering phase through to final completion, and maintaining a healthy ROI
  • Looking to the future of CPChem’s investment strategy

Conference session

11:50 – 12:10

Leading the circular economy transformation in the chemical industry

  • Overcoming the linear ‘take-make-dispose’ model and embracing the circular economy
  • Exploring the international debate, political and regulatory challenges, and the EU’s commitment to playing a leading role in the development of this new model
  • How a shift towards a circular economy offers an opportunity to improve competitiveness and a chance for the chemical industry to restore its image in terms of sustainability
  • How the circular economy involves more than a series of specific projects and requires a significant rethink of current business models, taking into account the combined value chain of products and sustainability throughout the entire life cycle
  • Overview of the Eni/Versalis approach to the circular economy

Conference session

12:10 – 12:30

Panel discussion and questions

Panel

12:30 – 14:30

Lunch and business networking

Social networking

Sponsored by:
Aramco

14:30 – 17:30

Circular economy seminar

This seminar will introduce the audience to the concepts of the circular economy, the locations in which it is growing in importance, how it interacts with sustainability in corporate planning, and how it affects Middle Eastern petrochemical players. The seminar will also touch on how to ‘think circular’, and how to organize for a circular future. It will be peppered with real-life examples of companies developing circular economy strategies and products.

Lorraine Francourt, Director, Chemicals Management Policy and Circular Economy, Dow Chemical Company

Craig Halgreen, Director, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Borealis

James Seward, VP, Sustainability, Technology and JVs, LyondellBasell and Chairman, World Plastics Council

Dave Andrew, VP, Sustainability, ExxonMobil

Moderated by: John Pearson, Founder and CEO, Chemical Industry Roundtables

Seminar

14:30 – 17:30

Business networking and exhibition

Social networking

19:30 – 22:30

Gala dinner

Social networking

Sponsored by:
Borouge
28 November 2018

Wednesday 28 November 2018 | Day 2

08:00 – 15:00

Registration, welcome refreshments and exhibition

Sponsored by:
SipChem
RCJY

09:00 – 09:10

Opening and introductory remarks

Conference session

09:10 – 09:35

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on society, business and governance

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution, shaped by rapid and simultaneous advances in various technologies, is rapidly transforming businesses and society and challenging current governance models
  • Organizations frequently find themselves in the ‘too late zone’, i.e. by the time they know how to respond, a new development will have taken place. This is particularly true of governments, owing to the speed of regulation not keeping up with the pace of change
  • What is the role of experts when knowledge ‘times out’ much faster than it has ever done previously?
  • How can we ensure the development of AI algorithms that are ethical? Who owns the data, what can one do with it, and who gets rewarded? How can cross-border data flows be effectively regulated?
  • What impact will the evolution of increasingly intelligent machines have on jobs, the education system, social security, taxation and healthcare?
  • Formulating a forward-looking holistic approach to ensure that the revolution benefits the whole of society and not just the few

Conference session

09:35 – 10:00

The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the global chemical industry

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution has unleashed a dramatic transformation of industry ecosystems – well beyond what we know as the digital transformation of industries
  • Understanding that transformation will be critical for the ‘industry in the middle’: the chemicals and materials industry
  • Activity within the chemical industry is being transformed in multiple ways. Examples include models for collaborative innovation, biological technologies, and trade and supply chain systems
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution is redefining sustainability and introducing new approaches to environmental responsibility, the understanding of lifecycles, and to climate and energy efficiency
  • The technology governance challenge is relevant to the chemical industry and calls for more than proactive leadership to co-define and implement new models
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution is human-centred; but what does this mean for a chemical industry in transformation?

Conference session

10:00 – 10:15

Panel discussion and questions

Panel

10:15 – 10:30

Recognition ceremony for outgoing GPCA board members

10:30 – 11:00

Morning refreshments

Social networking

Sponsored by:
RCJY

11:00 – 11:20

Petrochemical investment as a cornerstone of economic growth

Conference session

11:20 – 11:40

Transform and divest to thrive

Conference session

11:40 – 12:10

Panel discussion and questions

Panel

12:10 – 12:45

Closing address for conference sessions

Conference session

12:45 – 14:15

Lunch and business networking

Social networking

Sponsored by:
SABIC

14:15 – 15:00

Business networking and exhibition

Social networking