IHS Chemical is expanding its annual Plastics Processors Conference to include presentations from the processing sector.
In addition to presentations from IHS personnel, the two-day event — to be held Oct. 24-25 in Chicago — will feature executives from plastic film processor Heritage Bag Co. and agricultural commodities leader Cargill Inc.
“We're evolving our conference into a venue where attendees will be provided an opportunity to hear high-profile industry executives discussing hot-button issues that are very relevant to the processor community,” said Nick Vafiadis, IHS senior director of global polyolefins and plastics, in an email.
Jim Morris, Heritage Bag chief operating officer, will address resin price volatility, while Cargill North American petrochemicals head Rob Stier will cover polymer risk-management solutions.
Heritage, based in Carrollton, Texas, ranked as one of North America's 25 largest film and sheet makers in the most recent Plastics News industry ranking, with annual sales estimated at $370 million.
Cargill trades and distributes grain and other agricultural commodities. The Minnetonka, Minn.-based firm is the largest private company in the U.S., with annual sales of almost $120 billion.
“These presentations will augment the IHS presentations, which typically focus on our projections around supply-and-demand trends as well as pricing developments for key commodity and engineering resins,” Vafiadis said.
“The conference is being expanded to accommodate the additional speakers and the inclusion of a new bio-based plastics and chemicals workshop.”
Presenting for Houston-based IHS will be Esteban Sagel (on polypropylene), Priya Ravindranath (engineering plastics and polystyrene), Paul Blanchard (nylons 6 and 6/6 and polybutylene terephthalate), Chase Willett (PET), Steve Brien (PVC) and Vafiadis (polyethylene). IHS chief U.S. economist Nigel Gault also will provide an overview of global economic and energy trends, while the firm's Mark Morgan, global managing director of renewables, will lead a panel on sustainability.
The conference will be preceded on Oct. 23 by separate workshops on commodity resins, engineering resins and bio-based plastics and chemicals. IHS officials said the goal of the workshops “is to quickly and effectively bring today's business person up to speed with the terminology, technology and key cost elements in the supply chain.”
IHS Chemical includes the Chemical Market Associates Inc. business that parent firm IHS Inc. bought in May 2011. CMAI was founded in 1979 and had grown to become one of the global market's best-known plastics and chemicals consulting firms.
Publicly held IHS is headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and has annual sales of more than $1 billion.