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Argus Asia-Pacific and Middle East Bitumen 2017

We are delighted to announce that the 13th Argus Asia-Pacific and Middle East Bitumen 2017 conference will take place on 10-12 October 2017 in Singapore.

Asia’s bitumen consumption is expected to increase by 4-4.9pc/yr to reach 52.1mn t by 2021, according to Argus Asphalt Annual 2017. With the emergence of regional price differences, there are increasing trade flows, as well as cargoes travelling longer distances to Asia, as market participants strive to meet the growing needs of the demand hubs. Road paving and construction companies in the region are also turning to better bitumen solutions to provide them with enhanced and long-term performance, along with better recyclability.

The two-day main trade conference will continue to look at the bright spots in Asia-Pacific and the Mideast Gulf, and how buyers and sellers are adjusting their commercial strategies to navigate through this new competitive landscape. Because of the changing market trends, the agenda will also include a one-day focus on the growing emergence of high-performance bitumen. 

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Exhibition space expanded by 50%

Because of increased exhibit space demand, we will be dedicating a larger area to accommodate exhibitors. To ensure your company does not miss out on lead generation and sales, contact us to reserve your exhibition space now.

Argus is the global leader in international bitumen pricing information. This event is part of a global series, with Argus bitumen/asphalt events also being held in Europe, Africa and the US.

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High-Performance Bitumen Day | 10 October | Tuesday
09:00 

Registration and coffee

09:20  Chairman’s welcome remarks

Kym Neaylon,
Pavement Engineering and Research Manager, Opus International Consultants

Session 1: High-performance bitumen — a new future

09:30  Durability of roads surfaces in hot humid climates
10:00  High-viscosity asphalt mixture (HVAM) — is this the future?
10:30  Q&A
10:40  Morning refreshments
11:00  Outlook for Asia-Pacific’s construction chemicals market — insights into bitumen additive demand
11:30  Using crumb rubber in the reinforcement of pavements
12:00  Research and development of high performance asphalt concrete and porous asphalt concrete in China

Frank Li, Senior Engineer & Director of Pavement Preservation Center, JSTI Group
12:30  Q&A
12:40 Networking lunch
13:40 Technical workshop: Understanding bitumen specifications for better road paving
  • What do the different specification tests mean to the consumer?
  • Changes in the modification of bitumen
  • Is there a need for one international specification for bitumen? 
  • Understanding saturate, asphaltene, resin, aromatic (Sara) testing in heavy crude, distillates and feedstocks
  • Sprayed and chip sealing fundamentals
  • Introduction to hot-mix asphaltic concrete production
Kym Neaylon, Pavement Engineering & Research Manager, Opus International Consultants

Workshop Leader: Kym Neaylon,
Pavement Engineering and Research Manager, Opus International Consultants

Kym is from a civil engineering background and has specialised in bituminous surfacings for the last 27 years. He currently leads and manages the pavements and materials team at Opus Research in New Zealand, in the fields of pavements, chip seals, asphalt, bituminous binders, alternative roading materials, nanocomposites, and materials laboratory testing.


16:30 End of High-Performance Bitumen Day
17:00 - 19:00 Welcome reception/pre-registration

(Open to all conference attendees)

Conference Day 1 | 11 October | Wednesday
08:30  Registration and coffee
09:10 Chairman’s welcome remarks

Session 1: Opening Session

09:15 Global supply and demand picture for crude and what it means for Asian refining
09:45 

Bitumen pricing: overview of 2017 Asia bitumen fundamentals including pricing and economics

Aabha Gandhi, Asian Asphalt Editor, Argus

10:15  IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap — the impact on fuel oil and bitumen prices
10:45  Panel discussion: What this means for refiners and shipping companies
  • How will refinery margins be affected? Should refiners purchase sweeter crude slates or invest in upgrading fuel oil residues to gasoil grades? Or should they, instead, divert production to bitumen? 
  • Switching bunker fuels from fuel oil to marine gasoil (MGO) — should shippers switch to marine distillates, and can they survive the hike in prices? 
  • What will be the impact on fuel oil and bitumen trade flows?
11:10  Morning refreshments

Session 2: Key focus on major markets — China and India

11:40 Argus Open Markets: a new way to trade

Sunita Sharma, VP, Products Asia, Argus
11:50 As China moves into the second year of the 13th five-year plan, how will road infrastructure develop and what is the forecast for the country’s demand?
12:20  Fulfilling India’s growing bitumen needs — refiners’ and traders' strategies
12:50   Q&A 
13:00   Networking lunch  

Session 3: Spotlight focus on Asian trade hot spots

14:30  Philippines’ increased spending on road construction projects and its bitumen demand going forward
15:00  Bitumen demand in Australia and its new bitumen grades
15:30   Q&A
15:40   Afternoon refreshments 

Session 4: New developments in shipping and logistics

16:10  Solutions to support terminal operations

Senior representative, ITP Interpipe
16:40 Bigger bitumen vessels will emerge — what does this mean?
17:10  Q&A
17:20  Chairman’s closing remarks
17:30  End of conference day one
18:00 - 20:00  Cocktail reception

(Open to all conference attendees)

Conference Day 2 | 12 October | Thursday
09:00 Coffee and refreshments
09:20  Chairman’s remarks

Aabha Gandhi
, Asian Asphalt Editor, Argus

Session 5: Overview of the Iranian bitumen market

09:30  One year on — understanding Iran’s international competitiveness in supply, prices and quality
10:00  Exploring arbitrage opportunities and trade 
10:30  Q&A 
10:40  Morning refreshments

Session 6: Spotlight focus on emerging markets

11:10   Overview of the Mideast Gulf bitumen markets — prices and trade flows
11:40  Updates on Oman’s bitumen ambitions
12:10  To be confirmed
12:40 

Panel discussion

13:20   Chairman’s closing remarks

Aabha Gandhi,
Asian Asphalt Editor, Argus
13:30 

Networking lunch

14:30  Final exhibition visit: This is a good opportunity to ensure that you have visited all exhibition stands on the show floor to find out more about solutions and services that will help grow your business.
15.30
End of conference  

*This agenda is subject to change.

To explore speaking opportunities at the event, please contact Kokiladevi Sundram: 

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 Thursday 27 October  
 8.30 Registration, Coffee Served and Exhibition Stands Open  
Market Outlook and External Factors Impacting Fertilizer Supply and Demand Trends in Europe
9.00

Chair's Opening Remarks

9.10

Keynote Address - Tailoring Products to Meet the Needs of European Farmers

Bartolomeo Pescio, Head of BU Europe, Yara International

 9.40  Ensuring Safe and Efficient Fertilizer Use in Europe with New Regulation
  • EU regulation to limit cadmium levels
  • Implications and procedures for bringing CE marked fertilizers to the Single Market
  • Nutrient recovery and new business opportunities

Reinhard Büscher, Head of Unit, Directorate - General Grow, European Commission

 10.10 Outlook for Phosphate Supply

  • Global overview of phosphate fertilizer supply
  • Phosphate fertilizers supply to the European market
  • How will a potential change to European regulations affect trade flows

Aida Idrissi, Senior Manager, Consulting, Argus FMB

10.40 - 11.10 Coffee Break
11.10

New Product Trends in Phosphates

  • European expansion
  • Expectations for future supply trends
11.40

Changing Nitrogen Products and Developments in Europe

  • Regional markers and effects to Europe
  • Market trends outlook
12.10 Interview - Hear from a fertilizer industry expert
12.40 - 14.30 Networking Lunch
 

Markets and Trade Track

Product Innovations and Research and Development Track

14.25

Chair's Opening Remarks 

 14.25 Chair's Opening Remarks

14.30

Shift from Commodity Products to Specialities - NPKs and Complex Blends

  •  How much product is used?
  • Adapting production facilities to meet new product requirements
  • NPK product specifications

Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Argus FMB

14.30 Developing Bio-degradable Coatings for Slow and Control Release Fertilizers 
  • How will the Circular Economy Package impact slow and control release fertilizers?
  • Will demand for chemical fertilizers change?
  • Will demand for biostimulants increase?
  • Outlook for a more competitive market

Tiffanie Stéphani, Agriculture & Environment Manager, Fertilizers Europe

 15.00

 Impacts of New Granular Urea with Sulphur Capacity

  • Meeting Europe’s sulphur requirements
  • Improving nitrogen efficiency

15.00 Growth in Slow and Control Release Fertilizers - New Product Innovations

  • Matching release with nutritional requirements
  • Factors impacting release
  • Product developments and innovations
15.30 - 16.00  
 Coffee Break 
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break 
 16.00  Monitoring CO2 Emissions Standards in Nitrogen Production 
  • Penalties for producers
  • Adapting business activities to meet industry standards

Mark Cryans, Head of Communications, Fertilizers Europe

16.00 Evolving Fertigation Techniques for Improving Water Use Efficiency 
  • Current and future drivers for water soluble fertilizers
  • Improving water and fertilizer use efficiencies
  • Cost implications for farmers
  • Environmental benefits of controlled release fertilizers

Ron Seligmann, Chief Agronomist & Knowledge Manager, Haifa Chemicals

16.30 

 New Opportunities and Fertilizer Trends in France

  • Consumption trends
  • Buying factors

Gilles Poidevin, Director General, UNIFA

16.30 Managing Liquid Fertilizer Application - Matching Products to Plant Needs 
  • Adapting application processes to accommodate liquid products
  • The increase in liquid fertilizer product use in Europe
  • Improving application accuracy with liquid products
  • Foliar feeding vs soil application
Rene Verdaasdonk, Manager, Lebosol
 17.00  Fertilizer Developments in Germany 
  • CAN consumption developments
17.00 End of presentations 
17.00 
End of presentations 
 
 18.30 - 20.30
  Cocktail party
 Thursday 27 October  
 8.30 Registration, Coffee Served and Exhibition Stands Open  
Market Outlook and External Factors Impacting Fertilizer Supply and Demand Trends in Europe
9.00

Chair's Opening Remarks

9.10

Keynote Address - Tailoring Products to Meet the Needs of European Farmers

Bartolomeo Pescio, Head of BU Europe, Yara International

 9.40  Ensuring Safe and Efficient Fertilizer Use in Europe with New Regulation
  • EU regulation to limit cadmium levels
  • Implications and procedures for bringing CE marked fertilizers to the Single Market
  • Nutrient recovery and new business opportunities

Reinhard Büscher, Head of Unit, Directorate - General Grow, European Commission

 10.10 Outlook for Phosphate Supply

  • Global overview of phosphate fertilizer supply
  • Phosphate fertilizers supply to the European market
  • How will a potential change to European regulations affect trade flows

Aida Idrissi, Senior Manager, Consulting, Argus FMB

10.40 - 11.10 Coffee Break
11.10

New Product Trends in Phosphates

  • European expansion
  • Expectations for future supply trends
11.40

Changing Nitrogen Products and Developments in Europe

  • Regional markers and effects to Europe
  • Market trends outlook
12.10 Interview - Hear from a fertilizer industry expert
12.40 - 14.30 Networking Lunch
 

Markets and Trade Track

Product Innovations and Research and Development Track

14.25

Chair's Opening Remarks 

 14.25 Chair's Opening Remarks

14.30

Shift from Commodity Products to Specialities - NPKs and Complex Blends

  •  How much product is used?
  • Adapting production facilities to meet new product requirements
  • NPK product specifications

Mounir Halim, Business Development Manager, Argus FMB

14.30 Developing Bio-degradable Coatings for Slow and Control Release Fertilizers 
  • How will the Circular Economy Package impact slow and control release fertilizers?
  • Will demand for chemical fertilizers change?
  • Will demand for biostimulants increase?
  • Outlook for a more competitive market

Tiffanie Stéphani, Agriculture & Environment Manager, Fertilizers Europe

 15.00

 Impacts of New Granular Urea with Sulphur Capacity

  • Meeting Europe’s sulphur requirements
  • Improving nitrogen efficiency

15.00 Growth in Slow and Control Release Fertilizers - New Product Innovations

  • Matching release with nutritional requirements
  • Factors impacting release
  • Product developments and innovations
15.30 - 16.00  
 Coffee Break 
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break 
 16.00  Monitoring CO2 Emissions Standards in Nitrogen Production 
  • Penalties for producers
  • Adapting business activities to meet industry standards

Mark Cryans, Head of Communications, Fertilizers Europe

16.00 Evolving Fertigation Techniques for Improving Water Use Efficiency 
  • Current and future drivers for water soluble fertilizers
  • Improving water and fertilizer use efficiencies
  • Cost implications for farmers
  • Environmental benefits of controlled release fertilizers

Ron Seligmann, Chief Agronomist & Knowledge Manager, Haifa Chemicals

16.30 

 New Opportunities and Fertilizer Trends in France

  • Consumption trends
  • Buying factors

Gilles Poidevin, Director General, UNIFA

16.30 Managing Liquid Fertilizer Application - Matching Products to Plant Needs 
  • Adapting application processes to accommodate liquid products
  • The increase in liquid fertilizer product use in Europe
  • Improving application accuracy with liquid products
  • Foliar feeding vs soil application
Rene Verdaasdonk, Manager, Lebosol
 17.00  Fertilizer Developments in Germany 
  • CAN consumption developments
17.00 End of presentations 
17.00 
End of presentations 
 
 18.30 - 20.30
  Cocktail party


Registration Fees

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  • Group discounts are available. Contact us for more details.
  • Travel, accommodation and visa costs are not included in the conference fee.
  • A 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST) is applicable to all Singapore based companies for Singapore venue. Alternatively, registration fees are subject to the prevailing government tax.


Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of Argus Asia-Pacific and Middle East Bitumen 2017 conference is to provide participants with a high-level update on the global bitumen market. The conference sessions 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.



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