March 2018
Ningbo China

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Co-hosted by the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (CIESC)
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CIOPC 2017:  Inaugural Event Draws 300+ Attendees

Technology Innovation Key Driver in Olefins & Polyolefins Sustainability

Co-hosted by the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (CIESC) and Townsend Solutions, the 2017 China International Olefin and Polyolefin Conference (CIOPC) took place in Ningbo, China this past March.   This inaugural international event attracted over 300 participants from 12 countries, representing stakeholders throughout the value chain including ExxonMobil, Dow, LyondellBasell, Albemarle, Kingfa Scientific and Technological Co., MCN Material Technologies, Tosoh FineChem, SABIC,  Ningbo University of Technology, SINOPEC, PetroChina, Inha University, Toho Titanium, Zhejiang University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, SINOPEC BRICI, SINOPEC SRICI, Hanwha Total, Tecnimont in Italy, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China Coal, CNOOC, SINOPEC Ningbo Engineering Co., Ningbo Petrochemical Economic & Technological Development Zone, APAC Pharmaceutical, Tianjin Bohai Petrochemical. etc.
Technology innovation as a driver of sustainability in these tumultuous times was a key theme at the conference.  Mr. Yang Yuan-I, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of CIESC opened the event, commenting that “olefins and polyolefins are two strategically important segments for global petrochemical industry.  The industry is now facing the uncertainties of crude oil price, new feedstock routes, and an oversupply of commodity resins in China.  It is clear that technology innovation is becoming the key factor for sustainability.”
Dr. Clifford Lee, Vice President Technology of Townsend Solutions and the co-host of the conference, shared his views with the audience.  He commented that “in the past 10 years China has achieved unprecedented success as a leading producer of olefin and polyolefin.  However, the supply/demand situation is now experiencing an upheaval due to the convoluted global oil price changes coupled with an array of new feedstock technologies including shale gas in America, direct conversions from methane to olefins, etc.”  Dr. Lee emphasized that “at this juncture it is necessary to not only develop the best technologies in olefins and polyolefins, but also at the same time to conduct more effective integration of upstream technologies with more profitable downstream market/product operations.  China is in urgent need to move from a commodity resin powerhouse to becoming a supplier of high-end differentiated products with value-added innovative applications.”  Dr. Lee believes the forum provided by the annual CIOPC will serve as the “catalyst” for the transformation.

Key presentations included:

  • Dr. Wittenbrink of ExxonMobil on research in China
  • Dr. Kevin Li of Dow on new olefinic elastomers
  • Dr. J. Pater of LYB on new process and catalyst technologies for licensing
  • Ms. Wang Hongqiu of PetroChina on polyolefin and new product research on CNPC
  • Ms. Paola Sclafani of Tecnimont Italy on disrupting the value chain with direct natural gas to propylene technology
  • Mr. Tallman of KBR flexible solutions to maximize olefins yields from diversified feedstocks
  • Mr. Deng of SINOPEC Zhongke Integrated Refinery and Petrochemical Company on new advanced polyolefin technologies
  • Dr. CP Cheng of Clariant on high performance PP catalysts
  • Dr. LinFeng Chen of Dow on bimodal PE catalyst and resin developments
  • Dr. Jiang Bian of Albemarle on new polyolefin catalysts at Albemarle
  • Dr. Eiichi Kaji of Tosoh FineChem on solid MAO for single site catalysts
  • Dr. Ye Xiaofeng of Shanghai Research Institute of Chemical Industry on technology progress and future development of SRICI
  • Mr. Fu Qiang of Kingfa Scientific and Technological Co. on high performance polymer applications
  • Mr. Deng CS of Suzhou Antiwear Valves Co. on high frequency PDS valve at PP or PE system
  • Ms. Sun Xiuli of Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry on from new metal complexes to active ethylene polymerization catalysts
  • Mr. Zhang Shijun of SINOPEC BRICI on breakthrough polyolefin technology developments in China
  • Dr. Mahari Tjahjadi of SABIC on SABIC’s new polyolefin: innovation and collaboration
The conference, which also featured a specially designed half-day polyolefin technology workshop conducted by Dr. Clifford Lee of Townsend Solutions, Dr. LinFeng Chen of Dow, and Dr. CP Cheng of Clariant was sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical Company, Dow Chemical, LyondellBasell Industries, Clariant Corporation, MCN Material Technologies, Albemarle Corporation, Tosoh FineChem, KBR, Suzhou Antiwear Valves, and Polymer Char.
For more information on the latest technology innovations for olefins and polyolefins, or to learn more about the CIOPC forum contact Cliff Lee at +1 281-582-0155 or [email protected] .