Hosted across ‘free to attend’ theatres integrated into the show floor, the programme will provide a platform for:

  • Bringing together UK nationwide specialist groups across the chemicals sector to consider the big common challenges & opportunities
  • Sharing of knowledge, viewpoints, experiences across the chemical & chemical products (consumer, industrial & institutional) sectors
  • Keynote contributions from leading industry figures, bodies & organisations – highlighting key sector issues & perspectives
  • Feature ‘hot topic’ sessions – getting to grips with the major transformational issues & challenges
  • Technology & Innovation insight and assessing major ‘disruptive change’ in the Chemical sector
  • Feature daily panel sessions – leading figures across the UK regions uniting to debate
  • Feature streams planned include – EcoChem, Chem Industry 4.0 and more

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INVITED THEMES INCLUDE:

1. Chemical Business/Markets/Sector Landscape/Brexit/Regulatory/ Standards/Skills

Invited themes may include (but not limited to):

  • Chemical Processing (CPI) sector – future UK & International outlook?
  • Chemical Sector business environmentcurrent & projected/growth drivers
  • Competitive pressures to reduce plant, processing, labour & energy costs, whilst remaining ‘competitive’
  • ‘Growth’ and ‘value opportunities’ gaps – where are the opportunities for UK chemical sector manufacturers?
  • Challenges of Feedstocks price & supply volatility /Raw material changes in the Chemical Industry
  • Meeting renewable feedstocks demands for future chemical industries
  • Downstream market opportunities and changing demand patterns – e.g. battery chemicals/sustainable plastics etc
  • Collaborative R&D/Innovation initiatives, supporting UK capability
  • Future-proofing for 2025/2030 markets & beyond  – products & supporting processes
  • Brexit explored – where are we?  impacting on the chemical sector? (current/projected)
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  • Brexit impactsurvival, damage limitation & growth strategy in a post-Brexit marketplace
  • Avoiding commoditisation /retention of market share
  • Chemical Growth partnership and UK chemicals industry collaborative intelligence
  • Chemical Industry workforce changes – how fit for the future is your team?
  • Labour costs/challenges – automation investment & strategy
  • Chemical Sector Automation  – meeting the skills shift running against demographic trends
  • Regulation, Policy & Legislative updates/perspectives  for the chemicals industry
  • Access to funding for SME growth & support structures in the chemicals sector
  • Managing Workforce Competence within the Chemicals sector
  • Chemical Industry skills gap?
  • Servitisation  – challenging supply chains and business models
  • Inward investment – looking to work with the UK’s high value chemical industries?

2.Process & Operational Performance + Improvement/Technology & Innovation

Invited themes may include (but not limited to):

  • Maintaining & Improving productivity & flexibility levels
  • Achieving environmental targets & regulations/ newer sustainability-based processes
  • The right strategy for harnessing ‘innovation’
  • Industry 4.0 /Digitisation adoption/Newer business models – when and how?
  • Chemical Industry and Big Data– explored?
  • Chemical Industry & Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)
  • Chemical Sector Automation  – possibilities & insight into its part in future competitive strategy
  • Breakthrough technology innovation – supporting chemical synthesis & processing
  • Digital economy, importance within individual processes and in connection supply chains.
  • Achieving faster innovation/R & D cycles for competitive edge
  • Process Scale-up challenges
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  • Plant reliability & maintenance/service strategy
  • Optimising Chemical Plant process & operational performance – when and where to invest?
  • Water management/resources challenges for the chemical sector
  • Adapting to process change to meet developing/transitioning markets
  • Reconciling continued growth and innovation with compliance management
  • Challenges of embracing chemical synthesis /bioprocessing processes in the chemicals industry
  • Resource, multi-plant & inventory management challenges
  • Chemical Industry energy – reconciling sustainability with competitiveness
  • Applications in flexible and modular processing plant/tech
  • Competitive pressures to reduce plant, processing, labour & energy costs, whilst remaining ‘competitive’

3.Supply Chains/Capabilities/Resources/Logistics – supporting UK Chemical Sector

Invited themes may include (but not limited to):

  • Efficiency of Supply Chains supporting UK-based chemical production processes
  • Highlighting of key capability gaps / shortfalls in UK readiness to capitalise on future market requirements
  • Exploring Chemical sector skills shortages/skills initiatives & strategy
  • Supply chain management capabilities – challenges for SMEs
  • UK readiness to capitalise on future market requirements & capabilities
  • Chemical Supply Chain Logistics – major trends & priorities/challenges & opportunities for competitive edge
  • Managing transportation costs & raw material volumes
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  • Logistics challenges for specialised chemic-based industries
  • Adapting to supply chain process change to meet developing/transitioning markets
  • Industry 4.0 /Digitisation adoption/Newer business models – when and how?
  • Resource, multi-plant & inventory management challenges
  • Trends in contract processing & manufacturing in the Chemical sector
  • Private label manufacturing trends in  the chemical products sectors
  • UK Innovation support structures, empowering UK world class chemical sector success

4.Green Chemistry/Environmental Management/Sustainable Chemistry

Invited themes may include (but not limited to):

  • Achievement of stringent safety requirements
  • Chemical Sector Regulatory compliance environment – process/production, logistics, safety, emissions etc
  • Environmental impact – improving process & product environmental footprint
  • Rise of Synthetic biology & new speciality chemicals
  • Challenges of embracing chemical synthesis /bioprocessing processes in the chemicals industry
  • Meeting renewable feedstocks demands for future chemical industries
  • Achieving environmental targets & regulations/ newer sustainability-based processes
  • Chemical Industry energy – reconciling sustainability with competitiveness
  • UK chemical sector opportunities in Green Chemistry – e.g. bio packaging /biofuels/bio-synthetic chemicals
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  • Challenges of embracing chemical synthesis /bioprocessing processes in the chemicals industry
  • Sustainability transformation strategy /challenges
  • REACH and Brexit – challenges and uncertainty / ECA and UK
  • Opportunities within the bio-based and degradable materials future markets
  • Water management/resources challenges for the chemical sector
  • Regulatory pressures towards circular economies for materials use/re-use/recovery
  • UK Clean growth & Bio economy strategy
  • Technological challenges for single use plastics
  • Plastic microbeads ban in cosmetics and personal care products – challenges & opportunities

5. Regulatory/Compliance/Standards/Codes of Practice/H&S/REACH

Invited themes may include (but not limited to):

  • UK Chemicals Regulatory Environment
  • Regulatory change  – impact in specific segments of the chemicals industry – inc speciality chemicals, biocides, pharma, cosmetics, personal care, I & I cleaning, polymers etc
  • Regulation, Policy & Legislative updates/perspectives  for the chemicals industry
  • UK, European & Global regulatory insight
  • Chemical Sector Regulatory compliance environment – process/production, logistics, safety, emissions etc
  • Competence management & Process safety
  • Achieving environmental targets & regulations/ newer sustainability-based processes
  • Plant Safety & Security – physical & digital
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  • Achieving environmental targets & regulations/ newer sustainability-based processes
  • Reconciling continued growth and innovation with compliance management
  • Plant Safety & Security challenges & compliance
  • Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH)
  • Environmental Compliance regulatory insight
  • Data Protection compliance  – in GDPR age
  • Complying with DSEAR – understanding workplace responsibilities
  • Classification, Labelling, and Packaging (CLP) regulatory insight
  • Responsible Care Management insight
  • REACH and Brexit – challenges and uncertainty / ECA and UK

6. End-user sector-specific

Invited themes may include (but not limited to):

Downstream sector-specific market opportunities and changing demand patterns /regulatory change etc – e.g. battery chemicals/sustainable plastics etc

  • Surfactants, Personal & Homecare chemicals sector – outlook/challenges & opportunities for chemical supply chain
  • Industrial and institutional Cleaning products sector – outlook/challenges & opportunities for chemical supply chain
  • Paints, Coatings, Sealants & Adhesives sectors – outlook/challenges & opportunities for chemical supply chain
  • Agrichemicals – outlook/challenges & opportunities for chemical supply chain
  • Water Treatment chemicals– outlook/challenges & opportunities for chemical supply chain
  • Construction sector chemicals- outlook/challenges & opportunities for chemical supply chain
  • Pharmaceuticals/Healthcare – outlook/challenges & opportunities for chemical supply chain
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  • Electronics & Battery market – outlook/challenges & opportunities for chemical supply chain
  • Next generation Plastics, Packaging & Advanced materials – chemical sector challenges & opportunities
  • Biofuels Innovation – chemical sector challenges & opportunities
  • Paper & Pulp  sector – outlook/challenges & opportunities for chemical supply chain
  • Textiles & Fibres sector – outlook/challenges & opportunities for chemical supply chain
  • Biocides sector – chemical sector challenges & opportunities

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