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Versalis President and CEO Daniele Ferrari to Deliver Keynote Address at IHS Chemical PEPP Conference in Zürich, June 25–26, 2014

IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of information and analytics, today announced that Daniele Ferrari, Versalis president and CEO, will deliver a keynote address Wed., June 25, 2014, at PEPP 2014: 22nd Annual Polyethylene-Polypropylene Chain Global Technology and Business Forum in Zürich, 25-26 June. Ferrari will discuss “Europe's changing polyolefins landscape — the changing shape of industry.”

“Access to competitive feedstocks and energy are by far the most important structural challenges that the chemical industry is facing in Europe today,” Ferrari said. “However, European companies must adapt their business model, focusing strongly on distinctive know-how and continuous innovation in order to develop higher value and long-term sustainability. They will have to enhance their technological leadership through a differentiated product portfolio, which can also be developed in partnership with specialized companies.”

Ferrari added that, at an institutional level, Europe needs a more far-sighted energy policy — one that is more capable of balancing industrial needs with environmental issues.

“The chemical industry in Europe is under siege,” said Michael Smith, vice president at IHS Chemical. “The European chemical market still largely focuses on commodity production and this will continue to a certain extent long into the future. However, with growing costs and a highly competitive market with many players, European producers need to distinguish themselves through innovation, and by delivering higher-value products.”

“If European companies are to stay competitive, they must adapt to the new market realities and focus on their strengths,” said Roger Green, senior director, IHS Chemical. “These companies also must leverage their areas of innovation, such as in the development of advanced, high-quality polymers, as well as sophisticated intermediate and end-use polymer products.”

The IHS Chemical PEPP Conference will feature leaders from Europe’s key chemical and technology companies who will join IHS experts to address growth and competitive challenges for global olefin and polyolefin sectors; the overall global impact of shale gas on the chemical industry, as well as the drivers behind the technology innovations for commercializing high-quality polymers, and other specialty products.

“We are pleased to bring together so many industry leaders who will address key issues and opportunities facing the European chemical sector today,” said Lyn Tattum, vice president of IHS Chemical and publisher of IHS Chemical Week. “The plastics compounders and converters need a strong supplier base in order to survive, and the European polymer raw material producers are under pressure at the moment. These are key issues keeping executives awake at night, but there are solutions to help move the industry forward, and we are excited to have many of these key players joining the discussion.”

The IHS PEPP conference brings together executives from top chemical and related industries to gain insights and explore relevant issues with depth and breadth for the future of polymers industry in Europe, as well as make crucial connections across the business. The conference will provide in-depth perspectives regarding specific polyolefin developments and catalyst advances as well as major application developments. The sessions will focus on:

  • Polymer industry trends, including global supply and demand and trade shifts
  • Advances in catalysts and their role in polyolefin industry growth
  • Plastics applications and innovation: blow-molding, injection molding, films, packaging, and automotive opportunities
  • Packaging and recycling (including some insights on increasing EU regulation)

In conjunction with PEPP 2014: 22nd Annual Polyethylene-Polypropylene Chain Global Technology and Business Forum, a technology training workshop will be held Tuesday, June 24, focused on the “Commercial Impact of Olefins and Polyolefins Technologies: Cost Competitiveness, Market Dynamics and Trade.”

The registration for the conference is $2,300 USD per registrant. Additional fees apply for the full-day workshop participation. To view the current agenda for PEPP 2014, or to register for the event or the training workshops, please visit http://www.ihs.com/info/events/pepp-jun-2014.aspx.

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IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs more than 8,000 people in 31 countries around the world.

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