Chemical Market Analytics at AFPM IPC 2024

March 24– 26, 2024 | San Antonio, Texas, United States

Chemical Market Seminar seats are complimentary and limited

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Chemical Market Analytics at AFPM IPC 2024

 

We are delighted to announce that Chemical Market Analytics will be participating in the 2024 AFPM International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, TX. We have organized a series of activities to provide you with valuable insights and keep you informed about the latest developments in the chemical markets.

 

Join us on a journey of exploration for our Chemicals Industry at the Crossroads Seminar, scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 2024, from 2-4 PM Central Time in Salon I at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Immerse yourself in forward-looking perspectives across key sectors, including energy and feedstocks, olefins, polyolefins, aromatics, inorganics, and syngas. Our expert speakers will share insights that extend beyond the current horizon, guiding you through the upcoming era of the chemicals sector in the context of the energy transition and economy.

 

Key Focus Areas:
  • Forward-Looking Perspectives: Explore the future of the chemicals industry with discussions on emerging trends, breakthrough technologies, and strategic insights that will shape the landscape in the years to come, all within the framework of the energy transition.
  • Energy & Feedstocks, Olefins, Polyolefins, Aromatics, Inorganics, and Syngas Sectors: Explore sector-specific discussions led by our subject matter experts, covering the latest advancements, challenges, and opportunities.
We look forward to welcoming you to AFPM IPC 2024!

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Chemicals Industry at the Crossroads: Trends Amidst Energy Transition

Taking place on March 24, 2024

Agenda

2:00 pm

Welcome Remarks

Bill Hyde, Vice President, Global C4 & Elastomers, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

This year’s host, Bill Hyde, welcomes attendees and sets the stage for the Seminar.

2:05 pm

Energy & Chemicals Structural Disruptions on the Horizon

Dewey Johnson, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Energy Transition is an accelerating force for the energy and chemical markets with an expected inflection in fuels demand growth by the end of this decade. Stakeholders are making decisions today to decarbonize energy supply, reduce GHG emissions, participate in the carbon economy, and diversify their product portfolios. In addition, trade patterns are shifting with changing geopolitics and shifting demographics. Finally, the plastics waste problem is increasing and remains an existential threat to the chemicals industry.

2:20 pm

Calm Seas or Choppy Waters – Global Energy Market Update

Carlo Barrasa, Vice President, Energy Insights Team Lead, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

After a tumultuous period, the energy markets have since stabilized via increasing supplies outpacing steady demand growth. The outlook points to continued stability, but what if demand exceeds expectations and supply growth disappoints? Join us as we discuss whether the energy markets will continue to ride calm seas or need to navigate choppy waters.

2:35 pm

Panel Q&A

Carlo Barrasa, Bill Hyde, Dewey Johnson

A question and answer session on energy and chemical markets.

2:45 pm

Olefins 2024, a Producer or Consumer Windfall?

Steve Lewandowski, Vice President, Global Olefins & Derivatives Team Lead, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

The olefins outlook is for 2024 to be the trough year in operating rates and margins due to the global overbuild. Most of the new capacity was built on advantaged feeds so, we could expect some happy producers, with a group of less than satisfied producers operating at the margin on higher cost feeds. Consumers should benefit from this overbuild and producer offtake competition, but consumers will ultimately depend on the health of the global economy and demand in general.

2:55 pm

Can Polyolefins Producers Scale Back Production Until Demand Catches Up? Can Demand Actually Catch Up?

Joel Morales, Vice President, Global Plastics & Polymers | North America Polyethylene & Polypropylene, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Global demand has slowed to a crawl in recent years at the same time global capacity expansions have accelerated. Global producers will need to slow down and or rationalize to maintain some semblance of balance in the marketplace. However, a few regions will have unique production advantages due to favored costs. The talk will analyze what can be expected in the years to come in terms of resin price, profitability, demand growth, and trade flows.

3:05 pm

A Year Later but Have Things Really Changed for Aromatics?

Duncan Clark, Vice President, Global Aromatics & Fibers Team Lead, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

In March 2023, we met at AFPM with high hopes of a recovery in demand for the US aromatics markets. Mainland China’s economy had opened up from COVID lockdowns prompting expectations of a boom in demand. US interest rates were thought to have peaked. Spring was arriving when construction markets strengthen and consumer’s start spending more. A year later, we appear to be still waiting for the uplift that never came in 2023, so will 2024 be any better? Has the recovery now finally started?

3:20 pm

Panel Discussion: Olefins, Polyolefins and Aromatics

Steve Lewandowski, Joel Morales, Duncan Clark

A discussion among panelists Steve Lewandowski, Joel Morales, Duncan Clark moderated by Bill Hyde.

3:30 pm

Chlor-alkali and Vinyls: Climbing out of a Demand-Side Trough

Hazel Kreuz, Vice President, Global Inorganics Team Lead, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Chlor-alkali chemicals and PVC are commodity products whose supply, demand and economics shift with the ebbs and flows of global economic conditions. Booming demand experienced in 2021 when the world reopened after the COVID pandemic is solidly in the rearview mirror now as post-pandemic inflation and elevated interest rates muted demand in many consumption segments. High energy prices in Europe and trans-oceanic trade challenges exacerbate challenging market conditions. This discussion will explore the near- and mid-term projections for the global chlor-alkali and vinyls industries as we look forward to the key question: When will chlor-alkali and vinyls recovery begin?

3:45 pm

The Changing Face of the Methanol Market: Supply Versus Demand Growth and the Different Colors of Methanol

Mike Nash, Vice President, Global Syngas Team Lead | Americas Acetyls Lead, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

In the short term, the methanol market looks oversupplied, with new capacity due to come on stream in 2024 and a relatively pessimistic outlook on demand. In the longer term, the nature of methanol demand is changing, with more reliance on traditional chemical derivatives and less on MTO and fuels applications. Longer-term, will demand for methanol as a marine fuel be a game changer and will there be enough green methanol to satisfy it? At what price? And what is the definition of “green”?

4:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Bill Hyde

The Seminar concludes and our Chemical Market Analytics Hospitality Suite is open for insight meetings.

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Chemical Market Analytics Team at AFPM 2024

Dewey Johnson

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Chemical Market Analytics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Duncan Clark

Vice President, Global Aromatics & Fibers Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Hazel Kreuz

Vice President, Global Inorganics Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Steve Lewandowski

Vice President, Global Olefins & Derivatives Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Mike Nash

Vice President, Global Syngas Team Lead | Americas Acetyls Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Carlo Barrasa

Vice President, Energy Insights Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Bill Hyde

Vice President, Global C4 & Elastomers Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Peter Feng

Executive Director, Americas Styrenics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Joel Morales

Vice President, Global Plastics & Polymers | North America Polyethylene & Polypropylene Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Nick Kovics

Vice President, Global Chlor-Alkali Service Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Javier Ortiz

Director, North & South America Methanol Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Pablo Giorgi

Executive Director, Global Olefins Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Ana Lopez

Director, Americas Vinyls Research Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Julian Gunther

Principal Analyst - Olefin Derivatives - Americas Acrylic Acid, Acrylates, SAP, MMA, Oxo Alcohols, Plasticizers Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Lina Suarez

Director, North America Chlorine Research Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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David Potter

Executive Director, EMEA Phenolics and Americas Isocyanates Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Kevin Longworth

Executive Director, Global Acrylonitrile Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Roberto Ribeiro

Executive Director, Global Ethylene Oxide | Ethylene Glycol Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Meiko Woo

Executive Director, Global Nylon Fibres & Feedstocks Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

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Dewey Johnson

Dewey Johnson Senior Vice President, Global Head of Chemical Market Analytics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Dewey Johnson is Senior Vice President & Global Lead of Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company (“Chemical Market Analytics”).

IHS Markit Global LLC (“IHS Markit”) was acquired by S&P Global in February 2022. As part of the merger, IHS Markit Base Chemicals was spun off and separately acquired by Dow Jones and renamed “Chemical Market Analytics” in June 2022.
Dewey is responsible for the global business, including insight and research covering the major chemical value chains including Aromatics and Fibers, Olefins and Derivatives, Inorganics (chlor-alkali, vinyls, and soda ash), Plastics and Polymers, and Syngas Chemicals (methanol, acetyls, and ammonia). Dewey is based in Houston.

Prior to Chemical Market Analytics, Dewey joined IHS Markit (through legacy CMAI) in 2009. His experience in the petrochemical industry covers all aspects of the business- financial, commercial, operations, research, strategy design and business planning, business development, as well as consultancy. Prior to IHS Markit, he was with Eastman Chemical Company, where he spent more than 25 years in strategic and commercial roles with various business groups and corporate functions. Dewey held management positions in commercial development, global sourcing, P&L for key businesses, market development, and market & strategic analysis of chemical markets and businesses. Dewey has led multiple complex engagements in strategy development and execution, global sourcing of Aromatics & olefins derivatives and industrial gases, business simulation & game theory and dynamic modeling, sales/ marketing, and business development. Dewey received BS and MS engineering degrees from Tennessee Technological University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He also earned an MBA in General Management. Dewey has been a frequent guest lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, UVA Darden School of Management, and SUNY at Albany School of Public Policy.

Duncan Clark

Duncan Clark Vice President, Global Aromatics & Fibers Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Duncan Clark is the Vice President of the Global Aromatics and Fibers business at Chemical Market Analytics.

Duncan acts as the key resource within Dow Jones for understanding and providing insight into the Aromatics sector of the petrochemical industry, he works closely with the petrochemical, oil, and financial industries.
Duncan joined IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) in 2013, he has spent the last 32 years working in the chemical and petrochemical industries in various Sales, Marketing, and Global Business Management roles.

Before this, Duncan spent ten years working in an ExxonMobil / Shell joint venture company, involved in Fuel and Lubricant additives visiting refineries all over the world. He also spent 12 years working for Air Products in various chemical and industrial gases businesses in the U.K., U.S., and Netherlands. He now provides insights into the global aromatics and derivative markets including paraxylene, purified terephthalic acid, ethylene glycols, polyurethane feedstocks, and the global benzene, toluene, and xylenes markets.

He graduated with a BSc. in Chemical Engineering from University College London. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School.

 

Hazel Kreuz

Hazel Kreuz Vice President, Global Inorganics Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Hazel Kreuz serves as the Vice President of Global Inorganic Chemicals at Chemical Market Analytics, which includes Chlor-alkali chemicals, Vinyls, Bleaching Chemicals, and Soda Ash.

Ms. Kreuz brings four decades of chemical industry experience to the Chemical Market Analytics Inorganic chemicals insights team. She joined the IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) in 2016 as Chlor-alkali Chemicals Global Service Lead. Ms. Kreuz was promoted to her current role leading the Global Inorganic chemicals insights team in April 2019. She leads twenty analysts that analyze, forecast, and report on chlor-alkali chemicals, vinyls, bleaching chemicals, and soda ash from five global locations.
Ms. Kreuz has a background in petrochemicals and inorganic chemicals; she held a range of functional roles in several companies prior to joining Chemical Market Analytics. Hazel began her career in ethylene oxide and glycols manufacturing with Union Carbide Corporation; she also held ethylene oxide derivatives, HS&E, risk analysis, financial analysis, and marketing management positions with Union Carbide. She was a recipient of Union Carbide Corporation’s prestigious Chairman’s Award for the development of the Corporations’ Episodic Risk Management System, which Arthur D. Little praised as “elegant and sophisticated”.


Hazel moved to the inorganic chemicals world joining Canadian Occidental, which subsequently became Nexen Petroleum, and then Canexus, where she held management positions in chlor-alkali chemicals and sodium chlorate marketing, strategic planning, and investor relations. She returned to the US chemical market, joining Huntsman Corporation and serving as global marketing manager for mining chemicals, pulp & paper chemicals, and water treatment chemicals in the Performance Products division.
Hazel holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA.

 

Steve Lewandowski

Steve Lewandowski Vice President, Global Olefins & Derivatives Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Mr. Lewandowski serves as the Vice President of Global Olefins at Chemical Market Analytics.

Steve is based in Houston. During a career spanning 30 + years in the refining and chemical industry, Steve has experience across the spectrum of refining and petrochemical hydrocarbon value chains covering a wide array of financial, strategic, technical, and commercial roles. Before his move to CMA, Steve was Senior Manager of Base Chemicals at TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining, Inc. In that capacity, he managed the P&L of the base chemicals business including joint venture relationships, strategic guidance to the partnerships, plant operational interfaces, project development, and the commercial responsibility for olefin and aromatic monomers including styrene.

Prior to the Base Chemical Senior manager role, Steve had increasing responsibilities within the Petrochemical business at TOTAL. The Latest assignment was overseas, in Brussels Belgium, responsible for global aromatics long-term commercial business activity. The assignment included P&L responsibility and strategic project development for TOTAL around the world. Prior to the Belgian assignment, he worked as manager of the US aromatics business. Before 2000 Steve was involved in the refining and fuels side of the Hydrocarbon chain both for what was then FINA Oil and Chemical and for Star Enterprise (a joint venture between Texaco and Saudi Aramco) working as a process engineer, optimization engineer, fuels blending optimizer, branded/unbranded fuels marketing and supply lead, and in a business development role.

Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1987 and an MBA with of focus on finance and economics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2000.

Mike Nash

Mike Nash Vice President, Global Syngas Team Lead | Americas Acetyls Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Mr. Mike Nash is the Vice President for Syngas Chemicals (including the methanol and acetyls practices) at Chemical Market Analytics.

He works with a global team of regional consultants and overlays their analyses with a global perspective. His responsibilities include the weekly World Methanol Report and monthly World Methanol Analysis, including the weekly and monthly Global Acetyls Market Reports and the related World Analyses for Methanol, Acetyls, and Formaldehyde.

Before joining the IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) in September 2012, Mr. Nash worked for BP’s petrochemicals division for 19 years preceding a two-year stint in Total’s UK fuels business. He performed various commercial roles within BP, in international business management, marketing, project management, and logistics, based in London, Duesseldorf, and Kuala Lumpur. His last role in the Total UK was the Logistics Director for Specialties.

Mr. Nash holds a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from Edinburgh University, UK, and a Master of Business Administration from Kingston University, UK.

Carlo Barrasa

Carlo Barrasa Vice President, Energy Insights Team Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Carlo Barrasa is the Vice President of Energy Insights at Chemical Market Analytics

In this role, Carlo stewards the development of energy market content to help Chemical Market Analytics’ clients navigate the complexities of the oil, gas & natural gas liquids markets. Previously, Carlo led the North American Light Olefins service, which provides clients with valuable insights into the regional market dynamics of cracker feedstocks, ethylene, and propylene. Prior to joining Chemical Market Analytics, Carlo was a Senior Strategy Advisor at Anadarko Petroleum where he was responsible for guiding the company’s market strategy for its natural gas liquids business. After beginning his career in various downstream and chemical roles with ExxonMobil, Carlo then held senior consulting and research positions at IHS Markit legacy companies PFC Energy and CMAI.

Bill Hyde

Bill Hyde Vice President, Global C4 & Elastomers Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Bill Hyde is the vice president of Olefins & Elastomers at Chemical Market Analytics.

Mr. Hyde is a member of Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS a Dow Jones Company where he leads a group focused on analyzing markets related to C4 Olefins, synthetic and natural rubber, and tire raw materials. He has been consulting in this market since 2002. Hyde began his career with the Union Carbide Corporation in 1990 where he had various positions including production engineering, optimization, planning, and logistics. In 2000, he joined Texas Petrochemicals as a Business Analyst. In 2002, Hyde joined CMAI, which was acquired by IHS in 2011, in the Olefins Consulting Practice with an emphasis on C4 Olefins and rubber, assuming responsibility for that practice in 2006. The Base Chemicals Group of IHS Markit, which includes the C4 Olefins and Elastomers Practice, became Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS a Down Jones Company in June 2022. He has published a number of papers on the Olefins and Elastomers industries as well as presented at numerous Olefins and Elastomers Conferences around the world.

Hyde has B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.

Peter Feng

Peter Feng Executive Director, Americas Styrenics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Mr. Peter Feng is the Executive Director of Aromatics at Chemical Market Analytics.

He is a known industry expert on styrene, polystyrene, and expandable polystyrene. Mr. Feng is currently the Service Leader for the North American Aromatics Market Service and has been covering the aromatics markets for over fourteen years at CMAI and IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics). He has over 36 years of experience in the chemical industry working first for Air Products and Chemicals and then for Sterling Chemicals. During this time he had assignments in Process Engineering, Process Technology, Information Systems, Environmental, Supply Chain, and Commercial. In 1992 he joined Sterling Chemicals where he had various supply chain and commercial responsibilities for styrenics and other products. Mr. Feng was a Partner at CMAI when it was acquired by IHS Markit in May of 2011.

He has covered the benzene, toluene, mixed xylenes, styrene, polystyrene, EPS, ABS, and phenolics markets at CMAI and Chemical Market Analytics but focuses currently on styrene, polystyrene, and expandable polystyrene. As an industry expert, he has testified as an Expert Witness in numerous arbitration and court cases. He contributes to a number of services and reports including the North American Aromatics Market Report. Mr. Feng has written for a number of World Analyses and is now responsible for the World Styrene Analysis, World Polystyrene Analysis, and World Expandable Polystyrene Analysis. He is a frequent speaker at events such as the World Petrochemical Conference, EPS Expo, Foodservice Packaging Institute, and Badger’s World Styrene Conference. He has assisted with single-client work in the areas of strategic planning, mergers, and acquisitions, bankruptcies, benchmarking, litigation, and market analysis.

Mr. Feng holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University, US, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Houston, US.

Joel Morales

Joel Morales Vice President, Global Plastics & Polymers | North America Polyethylene & Polypropylene Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Joel Morales is the Vice President at Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones company.

Joel joined the IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics), in March 2013, covering Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) in North America. He is currently the service leader of three market advisory subscription services: The Global Plastics and Polymers Report, the North American PE Report, and the North American PP report. He has brought a wealth of industry knowledge to IHS Markit through multiple stints along the plastics value chain.

He began his career with polyolefins manufacturer, Solvay Polymers, which later became Ineos, in technical services and product development before he moved into field sales. After five years at Solvay Polymers, Joel moved into resin distribution sales for both Muehlstein and then United Polychem as a Product Manager, where he managed and sold polyethylene and polypropylene resins into various customer segments. In his most recent role prior to joining IHS Markit, Joel was a purchasing manager for Silgan Plastics, a major blow-molding, and injection molding plastics converter. Joel graduated from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a minor in psychology.

 

Nick Kovics

Nick Kovics Vice President, Global Chlor-Alkali Service Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Nick Kovics is the Vice President at Chemical Market Analytics.

Mr. Kovics leads the global chlor-alkali market advisory team and holds specialized expertise related to pulp-bleaching chemicals including sodium chlorate and hydrogen peroxide.

Nick Kovics brings 25 years of chemical industry experience to the Chemical Market Analytics Inorganic chemicals insights team. He joined Chemical Market Analytics in 2017 as Global Bleaching Chemicals Global Service Lead. Mr. Kovics went on to lead the Global Lithium & Battery Materials team before being promoted to Chlor-alkali Chemicals Global Service Lead in 2020.

Mr. Kovics has a varied background having worked in upstream energy, new energy, and electrochemical. He held a range of functional roles in several companies prior to joining the IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics). Nick began his career in the oil service sector with Schlumberger Canada cementing and hydraulic fracturing services. Nick transitioned from oil and gas to new energy and spent a decade in the hydrogen fuel cell sector with Ballard Power Systems. Nick’s career continued in the electrochemical sector when he joined Canexus and held positions in chlor-alkali chemicals and sodium chlorate marketing.

Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, an MBA, and is a Canadian Certified Professional Accountant.

Javier Ortiz

Javier Ortiz Director, North & South America Methanol Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Javier Ortiz is the Director for the North and South American Methanol market at Chemical Market Analytics.

As of 2019, Mr. Ortiz leads methanol market coverage in the Americas. He began his consulting career at CMAI (Chemical Market Associates, Inc.) in 2007 as a research analyst for the North and South American synthetic fibers markets with a primary focus on the polyester and nylon supply chains. He was subsequently appointed global leader of CMAI’s senior research analyst group while taking over consulting coverage of the nylon raw materials markets in the Americas.

Before joining the IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) Methanol team, Mr. Ortiz formed part of its Plastics group for nearly a decade, where he led coverage of the polyolefins markets in Latin American, directed the QuiMax Latin American consulting service, and was also responsible for polystyrene market research in the Americas.

He holds degrees in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University, US.

Pablo Giorgi

Pablo Giorgi Executive Director, Global Olefins Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Pablo Giorgi is the Executive Director of the North American Light Olefins business at Chemical Market Analytics.

Pablo is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of experience in the petrochemical industry. He leads the North American Light Olefins service, which provides clients valuable insights into the regional market dynamics of cracker feedstocks, ethylene, and propylene.
Prior to joining Chemical Market Analytics, Pablo held positions in areas such as Supply Chain, Commercial, Strategy, and Market Intelligence. He started his career at Innova, a Styrene and Polystyrene producer in Brazil. Later he joined Braskem (through legacy PQU) where he spent more than 13 years in different capacities and moved to Houston, TX in the process.
Pablo received his BS in chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil. He also holds an MBA in Logistics from Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) and an MBA in Management from Fundacao Dom Cabral (FDC), both in Brazil.

Ana Lopez

Ana Lopez Director, Americas Vinyls Research Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Ana Lopez is the Director for Chlor-alkali & vinyls at Chemical Market Analytics.

Since 2012, Mrs. Lopez has formed part of the inorganics team at IHS Markit Base Chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics), specializing her analysis on the vinyls markets in North America and South America, as well as the chlorine and hydrochloric acid markets in the US.  Recently she started coverage for the sodium sulphate global market.  She contributes to the monthly reports on those topics and has presented on several occasions at the Global Chlor-Alkali & Vinyls Conference, Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association meetings, Vinyls Compounders Conference and Global Plastics Summit. She has an intimate knowledge of engineering project execution as well as petrochemical commodities markets.

Prior to joining Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, Mrs. Lopez spent several years with Pemex International Trading Company (PMI) in Mexico City, dealing with petrochemical commodities commercial operations as well as market analysis, preceded by a few years with the EPC company ICA Fluor Daniel. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Iberoamericana University, Mexico City, and an MBA from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), Mexico City.

Julian Gunther

Julian Gunther Principal Analyst - Olefin Derivatives - Americas Acrylic Acid, Acrylates, SAP, MMA, Oxo Alcohols, Plasticizers Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Julian Gunther is a Principal Analyst on the Global Olefins team at Chemical Market Analytics’s Houston, Texas, office.

He is responsible for the propylene derivatives market, including acrylic acid, acrylates, methyl methacrylate (MMA), super absorbent polymers (SAP), oxo alcohols, and the plasticizers market in the Americas. He previously worked with Chemical Market Analytics’s offshore rig team from 2006-2012. In addition to Chemical Market Analytics, Mr. Gunther also worked at S&P Global Platts and OptaSense in account manager roles. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish with native fluency and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston, in Houston, Texas.

 

Lina Suarez

Lina Suarez Director, North America Chlorine Research Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Lina Suarez is the Executive Director for Chlor-alkali & vinyls at Chemical Market Analytics.

Lina provides market discovery, analysis, and reporting for caustic soda in North America and selects countries in Latin America. She joined the IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) in 2019 as part of the Inorganics Global Business Team. With extensive experience in the integrated Chlor-alkali, ethylene, and vinyls production and commercial chains that contribute to Chemical Market Analytics’s industry-leading expertise in chlor-vinyls and chlor-alkali derivatives.

She has worked as a sales executive and product manager in multiple Latin American countries over the past twenty years, gaining deep petrochemical and chlor-vinyls industry knowledge and broad expertise in chemical market analysis, sales and management. Her experience includes positions with Quimica Delta as Product and Commercial Director for the Base Oils and Solvents business units in Mexico; Commercial Director PMV / Mexichem Mexico guiding chlor-alkali, ethylene, and VCM business strategies and commercial operations; and experience defining new business models and executing sales programs in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil for chemical and oil companies including 3M Colombia, DuPont México, Chevron México, and BP México.

David Potter

David Potter Executive Director, EMEA Phenolics and Americas Isocyanates Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

David Potter is Executive Director for EMEA aromatics and phenolics at Chemical Market Analytics.

Mr. Potter joined the IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) at the start of 2013, where he has been responsible for market coverage and insight across the global aromatics and fibers team. He has specialized in aromatics derivatives such as phenolics, styrene monomers, and polyurethane feedstocks for both the EMEA region and the Americas. He is currently responsible for aromatics and phenolics in the EMEA region.

Prior to joining IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics),  Mr. Potter worked on the petrochemical desk at Platts for close to six years, where he covered the EMEA benzene and toluene markets for over four years. He also worked on other product streams including olefins and polymers. He first entered the petrochemical world in 1999 when he was recruited by Petrochem Carless, a UK-based refiner and distributor. He worked with Petrochem Carless for nearly seven years, where he took a variety of sales and marketing roles.

Mr. Potter also has a postgraduate diploma in periodical journalism.

 

Kevin Longworth

Kevin Longworth Executive Director, Global Acrylonitrile Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Kevin Longworth is the Executive Director for Global Acrylonitrile at Chemical Market Analytics.

Kevin qualified as a process engineer in 1999 and subsequently worked in the plastics industry for several years in South Africa and the UK.

In 2009, Mr. Longworth leaped at the opportunity to transition into the world of petrochemicals consulting and since then his career has moved from strength to strength as he has gained experience in a multitude of areas. During his more than a decade-long journey in the petrochemicals arena, he has gained a deep insight into how this complex and volatile industry ticks. After spending several years as a consultant to the plastics industry he then took on the role of global research and analysis director for the acrylonitrile market service in March 2020. He works with a broad range of clients across the acrylonitrile value chain and his clients include major producers, consumers, and traders/distributors. The nature of his work allows him a unique global perspective of the acrylonitrile industry across all regions.

 

Roberto Ribeiro

Roberto Ribeiro Executive Director, Global Ethylene Oxide | Ethylene Glycol Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Roberto Ribeiro is the Executive Director for EO & Derivatives in the Americas at Chemical Market Analytics.

Roberto Ribeiro is a seasoned chemical and petrochemical expert with 30 years of experience. He is the Research & Analysis Director and global leader for Ethylene Oxide and Derivatives at Chemical Market Analytics and is responsible for market analysis, insights, price discovery, and forecasts for ethylene oxide, ethylene glycols (MEG, DEG, TEG), ethoxylates, glycol ethers (E-series), ethanolamines (MEA, DEA, TEA) and paraxylene. Also, he contributes to the market analysis for orthoxylene, PTA, PET, and PU feedstocks for North America.
He joined Chemical Market Analytics and its predecessor (IHS Markit) in April 2021 from Asterisk Advisors, a petrochemical consulting company. During his time at Asterisk, he provides the full business and market-oriented assessment for the chemical and petrochemical value chain, based on deep insights into customer needs and developing a culture of performance and efficiency within its client.

Previously, he was President of Townsend Solutions, a petrochemical-industry strategic consulting firm. Before joining Townsend Solutions, Roberto was in a series of Strategic Planning, Business Development, M&A, and Sales and Marketing leadership roles from petrochemical manufacturing companies, all now part of Braskem and LyondellBasell.

Roberto holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance and Business Administration from São Paulo University (Brazil). He also holds a master’s degree in Oil & Gas from Universidad Austral (Argentina) and has participated in a series of professional development courses with Harvard Business School, New York University’s Stern School of Business, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He has spoken at a long list of industry conferences spanning Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America.

Meiko Woo

Meiko Woo Executive Director, Global Nylon Fibres & Feedstocks Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Meiko Woo is an Executive Director for Global Nylon Fibers and Feedstocks service at Chemical Market Analytics.

Meiko Woo is a known industry expert on nylon feedstocks and fibers, including cyclohexane, cyclohexanone, caprolactam, adipic acid, and downstream nylon fibres. With more than 15 years of commercial and technical petrochemical industry experience, She has developed an international reputation for providing meaningful analysis and actionable solutions for customers to optimize their business position with respect to the fibres industry.

Prior to joining Chemical Market Associates, Inc. (CMAI) in 2009, Ms. Woo gained 6 years of experience with Invista in Taiwan. She started her career as a process engineer and was involved in plant operations before shifting to a commercial role in early 2007 and working as a planning and technical service manager, handling polyester intermediates. Ms. Woo holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Science from the National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.

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