Ami's Polymer Supply Chain Conference Programme Announced
The line-up includes speakers from Borealis, Covestro, Fournier, Interbulk and Innovia Films
Although the plastics processing industry has been much more stable recently, the polymer distribution business has remained challenging. Keeping margins at a reasonable level is an everyday struggle between polymer suppliers and distributors; converters have become more cautious in their purchasing and pricing and supply volatility impacted on buying trends. The US shale gas revolution has changed dynamics and has put under increasing pressure not only on European polymer producers but also previously highly competitive raw material suppliers in the Middle East.
AMI's Polymer Sourcing & Distribution 2016 conference will provide participants an opportunity to review recent trends in sourcing options for both commodity and engineering resin grades and the implications for their business. Key papers will review individual resin market trends; assess the supply, distribution and logistical opportunities in emerging markets of Africa, Turkey and Eastern Europe, consider the latest developments in supply chain management and its optimization and review the impact of the slowing global growth. This will all be underpinned by AMI's own unique analysis of the latest market developments for polymer distribution.
Senior Research Analyst Karla Vittova from AMI will open the conference with a presentation on “Polymer distributors-the buffer in times of supply/demand volatility”.
The polymer market focus session will include presentations from Borealis, Say Polymers, Covestro and Borruso polymers and will cover PE, Polyolefins and polycarbonate.
The logistic session will cover topics such as how to optimise bulk supply chain in Europe (Interbulk), Lithuania as a transit country between East and West (Imlitex UAB) and logistics challenges in Africa (Maersk Line).
Fournier SA will present a case study about succeeding in plastic distribution in Africa and Bruj International will ask if traders are a necessary evil in the polymer distribution market. The event will close with discussion panel including Innovia films and plastribution.
The conference is an ideal place for all involved to network with senior personnel from every link in the European polymer supply chain.
Applied Market Information Ltd
Applied Market Information Ltd.(AMI) is a leading global market research consultancy and a leading organiser of conferences for the plastics industry around the world. AMI has offices in the UK and the US. The company provides research, consulting and analytical services and is a major publisher of commercial and technical information for the plastics industry. It organises more than 30 international conferences and seminars each year and also publishes a series of digital magazines, which are distributed free-of-charge globally on the internet and via apps for tablet computers and smartphones.