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Industry Briefings

Industry Briefings

Monday, May 6
Location: W414CD

Don’t miss timely business updates made for all segments of the plastics industry. From global insights on the economic impact of plastics to market trends, future forecasts and a review of the Global Plastics Treaty – these in-depth sessions are specifically designed to prepare you and your business for the future.

*All Industry Briefings require an Expo Premier registration to attend.

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Economic Impact of Plastics

10:00 – 10:50 AM
Speaker: Perc Pineda, PhD

Curious what’s in store for 2024? Prepare yourself when you join Perc Pineda, chief economist at the Plastics Industry Association, as he reviews critical insights from the full 2023 Size & Impact Report.
PLASTICS annual flagship analysis of the industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy provides exclusive new data on U.S. plastics manufacturing, plastics employment in the U.S. and an expert economic forecast of what complications may emerge.

The Global Plastics Treaty Update

11:00 – 11:50 AM
Speaker: Patrick Krieger

The United Nations (UN) Plastics Treaty will impact how the industry makes, moves and sells products internationally. Hear from companies who are engaging with the UN and country negotiators as they share their experiences and perspectives on how the process is going. Learn more about how you can participate in the ongoing efforts to develop a reasonable agreement and how it may affect your business.

Global Polyethylene: Outlook for Excess and Scenarios for Success

1:00 – 1:30 PM 
Speaker: Nick Vafiadis
Presented by CMA

Global polyethylene continues to transition from a relatively balanced market to a period of historic oversupply. The long market conditions will impact prices, margins, operating rates and trade flows, leading the industry to respond by cutting rates, shutting down capacity and delaying new builds. This global overview will discuss these dynamics and more.

Navigating the Bottom of the Cycle: PP Producers in Survival Mode

1:30 – 2:00 PM
Speakers: Joel Morales Jr.
Presented by CMA

According to most recent medium-term forecasts, supply and demand have never been as unbalanced as they appear today. Global demand has slowed while new capacity is accelerating in China, where they have achieved self-sufficiency. While global demand is expected to rebound, it is not expected to align with supply until the decade’s end without historic rationalization, potentially improving the forecast. Join us to discuss navigating this landscape, exploring survival strategies and uncovering potential opportunities.

Circular Plastics: Transforming Conventional Plastics Into a More Sustainable Industry

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Speaker: Anthony Palmer
Presented by CMA

Initiatives for plastics circularity are progressing, albeit at different paces and places across the world, and will impact prime resin demand growth. COVID challenges confirmed the importance of plastics to our society while simultaneously highlighting challenges of “single use” mismanagement. The plastics ecosystem is undergoing unprecedented transformation and catalyzing industry restructuring with new business models emerging. This presentation will explore the numerous issues that are expected to transform the conventional plastics world into a more sustainable industry.

Futurescape: A Journey Into Tomorrow’s Possibilities

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Shawn DuBravac, Perc Pineda, PhD

A profusion of tectonic shifts on the horizon are poised to forever change business and society. These changes will impact the plastics ecosystem in subtle and unique ways. Journey into the heart of the emerging trends defining the next era of industry evolution. From transformative technologies like AI and self-driving vehicles to the profound influence of generational and societal changes, uncover the key drivers that will shape the path forward for organizations across the plastics industry. Futurist Dr. Shawn DuBravac delivers a bespoke audience experience by providing a mind-bending glimpse into the future of the plastics industry and what we need to prepare for next.

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