The 8th ICIS World Surfactants Conference

Shifting consumer trends are shaping the industry

May 9 - 11, 2018 // Hyatt Regency Jersey City // NJ, USA (Training Course: May 8)

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Has your business diversified? Have you improved the sustainability of your processes? Are buyers after low costs or top quality products?                        

Join global surfactants industry leaders to find out how companies are tackling these issues and understand how shifting consumer trends are shaping the industry.

Major oleochemicals and surfactants producers are integrating downstream whilst end-user companies acquire upstream businesses, squeezing smaller players. A challenging palm kernel oil price environment has caused synthetically-produced feedstocks to be used more prevalently worldwide.

Asia and Africa show growing demand for cleaning and personal care products. Consumers in Europe and North America raise the pressure for affordable, sustainable and high-performance products. Regulatory requirements and the increasing awareness for environment-friendly products are driving bio-based innovations and new product development, whilst cost optimization, performance enhancement and new applications continue to be key areas of interest throughout the value chain.

Surfactants industry members have much to discuss in 2018.

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US Fatty Alcohols Outlook 2018: Senior Editor Manager Judith Taylor and Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford discuss the 2018 outlook for the US fatty alcohols market.
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Confirmed Speakers

We have gathered together a number of highly respected professionals in the industry to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities in today's environment. Among our esteemed speakers and panellists are:

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Surfactants Training Course Agenda

May 8, 2018

Surfactants Business Essentials is a one-day training course offering a non-technical view of the surfactants industry. The course will provide you with a sound understanding of value chains, costs and prices and where the opportunities and challenges lie, to help you make smart decisions in this sector. Maximise your time away from the office by attending the course just a day before the Innovation Seminar.

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Pre-conference Innovation Seminar Agenda

May 9, 2018

Hear how the latest trends and innovations will shape a range of consumer industries at our pre-conference seminar on May 9. The agenda will address:

Diverse innovations to advance the surfactants value chain                      

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Conference Agenda

May 10-11, 2018

A fresh and exciting agenda of hot topics, new speakers and key companies revealing how they plan to strategize for 2018. Global representatives, discussing global threats and opportunities. The agenda will address:

Shifting consumer trends are shaping the industry

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The World Surfactants Conference, Seminar and Awards events together provide the perfect platform to showcase your company’s products and services to a wide variety of industry stakeholders. Take this opportunity to raise brand awareness and foster existing relationships whilst developing new commercial connections through bespoke promotional packages.

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Surfactants Awards

Send in your entries for a range of awards categories to show the global surfactants industry why your company is leading the industry. Attend the Surfactants Awards on May 10 for an evening of celebration for those at the top of their game!

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Make sure you take advantage of our preferential rate for loyal customers!

The 2019 registrations are now open and the offer is available until May 25, 2018. Quote promo code WSC19PDO to receive the discount.

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