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A World Chlor-Alkali Conference in Energy Turbulent Times

A World Chlor-Alkali Conference in Energy Turbulent Times

Planning and preparation for the 27th World Chlor-Alkali Conference is in hand. ResourceWise (formerly Tecnon OrbiChem) and partner I•C•I•S, who inaugurated the event in the 1990s, are finalizing the agenda as we write. 

It will occur at The Parkroyal Collection Pickering Hotel on Upper Pickering Street, close to Singapore's central business district.

It will once again unite the industry's leading experts and decision-makers in discussing the latest developments and challenges facing the vital caustic soda, chlorine, and derivatives markets.

Book your delegate ticket before Friday, 12 April, to secure the early bird rate using the code TECNOCEBEXT

Exploring Chlor-Alkali's Far-reaching Commodities

As a chemicals market sector that impacts every industry worldwide, either directly or indirectly, chlor-alkali's two major chemicals, caustic soda and chlorine, are essential commodities.

And therein lies a unique challenge. Finding the right balance between supply volume and demand requirements of both end-user markets is a key challenge. That duality is one thing that makes this 27-year-old conference so important.

Market-oriented conferences on chlor-alkali subjects were initiated in 1980 by one of the world's oldest petrochemicals consultancies—Tecnon OrbiChem (now ResourceWise)—in London, UK.

As the new millennium approached, that relatively small event became the Asia Chlor-Alkali Conference. It was later renamed the World Chlor-Alkali Conference. 


Day One – 27 June

       08.00 Registration & Refreshments 
       09.00 Welcome speech
       09.10 Opening remarks
09.20 Setting the scene: Global chlor-Alkali market overview

An overview of the regional variations seen in chlor-alkali industry trajectories by experts from conference co-organizers ResourceWise and I•C•I•S.

Featuring: ResourceWise senior chemicals consultants Hira Saeed (below center) and Carol Li (below left). UK-based Saeed focuses on US and European markets while Li, who is based in China, monitors Asian caustic soda and chlorine markets.

I•C•I•S-driven insight will come from the company's markets editor, Jonathan Chou (below right).

Headshot of speakers at The World Chlor-alkali Conference in Singapore in June 2024.

The trio will present the business challenges unique to their regions and areas of expertise. Their presentations will show the differences in demand projections for caustic soda and chlorine and changing supply scenarios.

Saeed, Li, and Chou will explore select regions and countries globally, considering key developments and outlining challenges and investment opportunities.

Delegates will have an opportunity to ask each of them direct questions in the panel discussion immediately following their presentations.

10.10 Regional Updates

  • European market: How has the market progressed in the face of the energy crisis? 
  • Southeast Asia: Leading the way to building a stronger demand for the industry
 11.10 Networking refreshment break
11.40 Caustic soda and PVC: Middle East & Africa

Naiha Pervez, deputy manager of petrochemical analysis, comes from Engro Eximp FZE, an Engro subsidiary trading company formed in 2021.

Pervez will present the current landscape and explore the challenges facing caustic soda and PVC market participants in the Middle East and Africa.

12.10 Developments in India’s chlor-alkali industry A headshot of World Chlor-Alkali speaker Ankur Singh from India's DCM Shriram.

DCM Shriram's VP and Head of Strategy Chemicals Business Ankur Singh will explore what India can offer the chlor-alkali sector and outline the country's unique framework in this sector.

How can India create a more balanced caustic soda and chlorine value chain?

12.40 Lunch & networking

14.00 Spotlight on-demand drivers

A closer look: Asian PVC markets.

I•C•I•S Markets Editor Jonathan Chou considers the global influences and regional changes in chlor-alkali market dynamics. 

14.00 Networking refreshment break
15.30 Pulp and paper industry

Matt-Elhardt_20211123In the coming years, 70 million tons of new pulp and paper capacity is poised to come onstream.

As businesses prepare, ResourceWise Chief Revenue Officer Matt Elhardt explores the global landscape, innovation, and prospects for growth. 

How will changes in core pulp and paper markets—packaging, tissue, and towels—impact the chlor-alkali sector?

16.00 Powering electric vehicles: Caustic soda and future mobility

How is caustic soda helping to usher in a sustainable transportation revolution? The lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles rely on caustic soda for production processes. How is demand for caustic soda supply chains evolving as the automotive sector transitions to a more sustainable future? 

16.30 Closing remarks followed by a drinks reception


Day TWO – 28 June


09.00 Reconvening remarks

09.10 Key trends shaping the global economy

  • Ever-changing geopolitical landscape: Looking at key impacts on trade globally
  • Insight into economic recovery: What should we expect?
  • A look into the future of the global economy: 2024 and beyond

A headshot of World Chlor-Alkali speaker, Technip's Licensing Manager Marc Manyeres.

09.40 Sustainability and the chlor-alkali sector

Technip's Licensing Manager, Marc Manyeres, will spotlight biobased epichlorohydrin production and brine treatment. 

His presentation will outline the efficiencies Technip and its customers have achieved through technology and innovation. 

Manyeres' presentation will be followed by a panel discussion exploring sustainability and the wider chlor-alkali sector.

10.10 Panel discussion points include:

  • Green caustic soda—how can it drive carbon neutrality?
  • Powering chlor-alkali production with hydrogen and clean energy: What to expect?
  • How is industry contributing to the global drive towards sustainability?
10.40 Insight into energy and electricity 
  • Delving deeper into the energy scenario: How is the current landscape changing?
  • Impact of changes in the energy sector on electricity
  • Asian market perspective: What should we expect?

A headshot of Worold Chlor-alkali speaker Mike Thomas from the Lantau Group.Lantau Group Managing Director Mike Thomas will map the opportunities presented amid current chlor-alkali sector uncertainties. 

Thomas's talk will be a must for chlor-alkali sector market participants eager to find out how the landscape has evolved since ResourceWise (formerly Tecnon OrbiChem) and the Lantau Group collaborated on the groundbreaking study—Benchmarking of the Chlor-Alkali Plants in China—previewed here.


11.10 Networking refreshment break

11.40 Spotlight on supply chains

Managing supply chain effectiveness amid shipping issues and other logistics challenges 

  • As geopolitical tension changes global trade flows, how are logistics holding up?
  • Balancing challenges and opportunities: How the logistics sector is keeping up with the scramble to secure supply
  • High energy costs in Europe, global oil price volatility, and other factors that affect logistics costs

12.10 Feedstock in focus

An update on salt markets and an overview of the industry

  • What are the key trends driving the salt industry today?
  • Outlining the qualities of salt and how it affects the chlor-alkali production
  • Cost drivers, shipping, and logistics in the salt markets

12.40 - 14.00 Chair’s closing remarks followed by lunch

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