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2017 Argus Petrochemical Summit

The Argus Petrochemical Summit is returning to Houston on March 23, 2017!

The Argus Petrochemical Summit is a one-day, content-packed conference that brings together a “who’s who” of the international petrochemical markets. This conference provides delegates with the intelligence and insight needed to position their companies for success in the near term. The 2017 event will feature content focused on ever-changing olefins and aromatics market dynamics. Join Argus in March to help you develop new commercial opportunities, plan your business and gain insight!

Topics to be discussed

  • New olefins production capacity
  • Feedstock demand shifts
  • Infrastructure and logistical constraints
  • ...and more!
Information View the preliminary agenda

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You will meet professionals involved in...

Trade - Supply Chain - Business Development - Sales - Feedstocks Management - Export Management - Petrochemical Production - Planning & Logistics - Transportation - Midstream - Brokerage - Distribution - Sales - Procurement - Shipping


Past attendees include delegates from:

 A&R Logistics •Accenture LLP •ADM Evolution Chemicals •Agility Logistics •Air Liquide •Americas Styrenics LLC •AMPCO Marketing, L.L.C. •AmSty •Apex Energy, Services LLC •APLA •Archer Daniels Midland •Atlantic Methanol •Avery Dennison •BASF •BASF Intertrade Corp. •BASF SE •BBVA Research U.S. •Bostik, Inc. •Braskem •Braskem Idesa-Mexico •Buffalo Marine Service, Inc •Buffalo STX Energy •C4U Trade International •Cabot Corporation •Canadian National Railway •Cascadia Resources •Chevron Phillips Chemical •Citi Investment Research •Conchemco, Ltd. •ConocoPhillips •Cosmo Oil of USA Inc •Cowen and Company •CPChem •CTC International •DeWitt and Company Incorporated •Dexco Polymers LP •Dow Chemical •Dow Chemical Canada •Dow Europe •Dow Europe GmbH •Dow Hydrocarbon & Resources •DSM Sourcing B.V. •DuPont •Eastman Chemical •EKT Interactive •Evonik Corporation •Evonik Industries AG •ExxonMobil •Five Chem Inc. •Fortrec Chemicals & Petroleum P L •Gefinor Capital •GlobalView Software •GlycosBio •Goodyear Chemical •H.B. Fuller •Haldor Topsoe •Honeywell UOP •Huntsman International, LLC •Industrial Info Resources •INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA •Inge Steensland •Innova •Integra •Intertape Polymer Group •JX Nippon Chemical Texas Inc •KBR Technology •Kiewit •Kinder Morgan Liquids Terminals •Kolmar Americas •Kolon USA •LANXESS Deutschland GmbH •Luminus Management, LLC •Lyondell Chemical •LyondellBasell •Marathon Petroleum Company LP •Markwest Energy Partners •Martin Midstream •Marubeni •Mitsui & Co, LTD •Mitsui Rail Capital •Moffatt & Nichol •Muse, Stancil & Co. •Nagase & Co., Ltd. •Navigator Gas •Negromex •Nexeo Solution •Noahs Ark Chemicals Ltd. •Nordic Tankers •NOVA Chemicals Corporation •OCI Beaumont LLC •Odfjell Holdings US •Odfjell Terminals BV •Odfjell USA (Houston) •Olin Chlor Alkali •Olin Corporation •Omega 7 Consulting Limited •OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH •OXEA Chemicals •Oxiteno •Oxyde •Pall Corporation •PEMEX Petroquimica •Pepsi Co •Perin Resources, LLC •Perstorp AB •Petrobras •PetroChina Intl. (America) •Phillips 66 Company •Plaza Group •PMI COMERCIO INTERNACIONAL S.A. DE C.V. •Polymer Trading USA •PolyOne Corporation •Procter & Gamble •Propilco •PT Panca Budi Pratama •Refinery Operations •Reliance Holding •Reliance Industries LTD •Reynolds Group Holding •Rice University •SABIC •SamaraNefteOrgSintez Management Company LLC •Samsung C&T Inc. •SANORS •Sasol •Saudi Aramco •SCF Partners •Scientific Design Company, Inc. •SEACOR Ocean Transport •Shell •Shell Chemical LP •SK global Chemical •SOLVAY •Solvin •South Louisiana Methanol •Southern Chemical Corp. •Sovay •Statoil •Styrolution Group GmbH •Styron •Sulzer Pumps •Sumitomo Corporation •Tauber •The Plaza Group •TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. •Total Petrochemicals & Refining •TPC Group •Trinity Industries •TrinityRail •Trinseo Europe GmbH •Unigel S.A. •University of Houston •UNIVEX SA •Valero •Versalis SpA •ViaMar AS •Wacker Chemie AG •WaterRock Communications, LLC •"Wells Fargo Securities, •LLC" •Westlake Petrochemicals LLC •Westlake Styrene LLC •Westway Terminal Company, LLC •Williams Energy Canada •Yeochem NCC Co. LTD •ZE PowerGroup Inc. •ZEEP

*topics, speakers and session timing are subject to change

Thursday, March 23
08:30 - 09:00 Opening Remarks
09:00 - 10:30 Session 1: New Olefins Production Capacity: If We Build it, Will They Come?

A comprehensive presentation of ethylene, propylene and polymer market dynamics

Jimmy Levine, Vice President, Olefins - Ethylene, Argus
Paige Marie Morse, PhD, Vice President, Propylene and Derivatives, Argus
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:15 Session 2: Feedstock Demand Shifts and Impacts on Cracker Co-Products

Feedstock competition and sourcing through the supply chain.

Paco Rengel,
Vice President, Aromatics, Argus
Paul Brisson, Vice President, C4 Olefins & Derivatives, Argus
12:15 - 13:45  Lunch
13:45 - 15:00 Session 3: Infrastructure and Logistical Constraints

New challenges with rapidly expanding capacity, especially with regards to terminals, pipelines, domes, shipping and freight rates.
15:00 - 15:30 Break 
15:30 - 17:00 Session 4: Panel Discussion: Feedstock Optimization in the New NGL Reality

Moderator: Steve Weber, Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus
17:00 - 19:00  Cocktail Reception

Stay tuned for more exciting speaker announcements!
2017 Speakers
Paul Brisson, Vice President, C4 Olefins & Derivatives

Paul Brisson, Vice President, C4 Olefins and Derivatives, Argus

Paul is Vice President for C4 Olefins & Derivatives for Argus DeWitt. Paul held various sales and business management positions with Diamond Shamrock Chemicals, OxyChem, Huntsman, Altivia, and TPC Group over a 37 year career in the industrial chemical industry. Beginning with OxyChem’s acquisition of Cain Chemicals in 1986, Paul moved into the olefins and aromatics side of the industry in major account management and development, specializing in North American contract butadiene sales. 

Since joining DeWitt in 2007 Paul has been the C4 Business consultant, with emphasis on the global butadiene markets. Argus DeWitt serves clients that produce, consume, and trade butadiene and butadiene derivatives around the world. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from The Ohio State University.

Jimmy Levine, Vice President, Olefins - Ethylene
Jimmy Levine, Vice President, Olefins - Ethylene, Argus

Jimmy has worked for some of the largest petrochemical companies in the US, and is an expert in all aspects of light olefins, from supply and demand to risk management.

Paige Morse
Paige Marie Morse, PhD, Vice President, Propylene and Derivatives, Argus

Paige Marie Morse has 25 years in experience in the chemical industry, and joined Argus in 2016. She is a strategic thinker with broad experience in business development and corporate planning in chemical and energy markets.

Paige began her career in R&D for Shell, then moved to business development positions at Shell, Dow, and Sunoco. These roles included development of new markets for intermediates and plastics, and strategic planning for chemical and refining businesses. Additionally, she has deep knowledge of chemical, refining and polymer catalysis and has several published papers and articles in the field.

She has worked on several M&A projects throughout her career, with a focus on acquisition targeting, market and technology assessment, and asset integration.

Paige has PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College in Ohio. Her professional education includes executive-level training in Leadership, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Financial Analysis.

Paco Rangel
Paco Rangel, Vice President, Aromatics, Argus

Paco has over 16 years of consulting experience in the energy and petrochemical industry. Areas of expertise include aromatics market consulting and price analysis, single client studies, manufacturing economic analysis, fuels supply chain and NGL pipeline management. Paco began his career at Accenture where he helped petrochemical clients in areas such as business process design, merger and acquisitions, and business process simulation.

Paco joined DeWitt & Company as an olefins analyst in 2001 and spent 10 years working on analysis for both olefins and aromatics markets and he became Manager of Economic Services in 2008. Paco rejoined Argus DeWitt in 2014 after spending three years working on fuel supply chain and NGL pipeline projects for Energy Consulting firm Opportune LLP. Single client work includes various topics in reforming, alkylation, pyrolysis gasoline, and economic competitiveness in both olefins and aromatics value chains.

Paco earned an Industrial Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University.

Steve Weber
Steve Weber, Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus

Steve Weber is Vice President of Petrochemical Consulting for Argus DeWitt. Steve began his career with Fina in 1979 as a Process Engineer and had various other assignments in the 1980s in the Economics and Planning and Marine Transportation Groups for Fina in Dallas. In 1989, he moved to the Port Arthur refinery and later became Operations Manager at the site. Steve was named Plant Manager of the Fina/GE Joint Venture Styrene Plant (Cosmar) in 1995 and Refinery Manager at the Big Spring Texas refinery in 1998. In 2000, he returned to Louisiana to manage both the Styrene JV and the Total Petrochemicals Polystyrene Operation. Steve was named Senior Manager of Aromatics for Total in 2005, relocating to Houston.

Steve joined DeWitt & Company Inc. in 2011 after spending two years with Solomon Associates in the refining and petrochemical consulting area. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA. Steve is responsible for single client studies for refining and petrochemicals in the Americas.

Registration Pricing
Standard Registration $1295 

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Terms and Conditions
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Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Petrochemical Summit is to help market participants understand the major issues shaping the market. The conference session will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de­lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.

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