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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
|By Business Wire
|May 21, 2014 12:43 PM EDT
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
“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
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
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
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.
About IHS (www.ihs.com)
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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