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E-commerce has come to the chemical industry and it is changing the way the industry operates. E-Chemicals, which takes place on 2nd – 3rd May 2001, is a must-attend event that will focus on e-commerce initiatives and actual execution of e-business in the chemicals industry.

This conference features leading industry speakers addressing critical issues that matter to you. Not only does the conference give you insight into how to develop e-business programmes, it offers you the opportunity to network with speakers and other industry peers.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Cord Werdermann

Dr Cord Werdermann, Associate Partner, Comptence Center Chemicals and Oils, Roland Berger - Strategy Consultants

9:10 E-COMMERCE FOR THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY

Stephen J. Doyle

Stephen J. Doyle, Senior Vice President, Internet Business Group, Aspen Technology

  • Establishing how e-commerce will change the chemical industry
  • The emergence of B2B trading as the new way to do business
  • Integrating the new trading platforms, information providers and industry-specific, service-providing sites into the industry
  • Considering the effects of e-commerce: market transparency, growth and cost
  • Adopting e-commerce for future growth and return
  • 9:40 E-ENABLING YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGIES

    Ian Telford

    Ian Telford, Global Director e-Commerce (Epoxy Products and Intermediates), The Dow Chemical Company

  • Understanding the degree of impact – threat or opportunity
  • Deciding what business models to adopt for your specific needs
  • Balancing planning and reaction speed time
  • Deciding what channels to market are needed for your products (commodity or speciality)
  • Improving the efficiency of your business operations
  • Recognising the needs of the customer
  • 10:20 E-CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

    Ralf Taube

    Ralf Taube, Regional e-Business Manager,EMEA, Eastman Chemical Company

  • Adopting e-business for future growth and return
  • Maximising the value of your e-business initiatives
  • Moving to a higher level of customer service
  • Improving the customer/supplier communication efficiencies online
  • Integrating the new trading platforms, information providers and industry-specific, service providing sites into the industry
  • Measuring the effectiveness of your customer care
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 TAKING YOUR COMPANY ONLINE

    Rudi Houthuijs

    Rudi Houthuijs, Planning and Development Manager Land Logistics, Shell Chemicals

  • Overcoming the difficulties inherent within the chemical industry
  • Understanding the benefits of e-commerce and applying them to your company
  • Transforming from the traditional business model to the e-business model
  • Positioning your company in the chemicals e-space
  • Internet strategy and implementation
  • Conducting business processes over the Internet using a translatable Internet language (XML)

    Financing your e-business initiatives

  • 12:00 BEST PRACTICES FOR A WINNING E-PROCUREMENT SYSTEM

    Richard Stuart

    Richard Stuart, Managing Consultant, PA Consulting

  • Understanding the e-business limitations of the company
  • Meeting the corporate requirements and objectives to achieve success
  • Establishing a user friendly and streamlined procurement process
  • Reducing the cost of transaction and speeding up process choice
  • Measuring the ROI and identifying the key performance indicators
  • Maximising business and improving efficiency
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 SYSTEMS INTEGRATION FOR E-FULFILLMENT

    Gary Evans

    Gary Evans, Partner and Head of CPE Group, KPMG

  • Streamlining back office systems to create a valuable web service, increase functionality and reduce buyer visibility
  • Providing a customer service centre and electronic support
  • Assessing systems of cataloguing, ordering, pricing and invoicing
  • Confirmation of order placement and tracking
  • Harnessing online options (online procurement exchanges, commodity exchanges, online auctions, intranets & portals)
  • Improving the interoperability and integration of the purchasing function by bringing it in to play with management systems (finance and supply chain management)
  • 14:40 END TO END DIGITAL SOLUTIONS

    Andrew Taylor

    Andrew Taylor, Associate Director, CMG

  • 75% of eBusiness related projects are bound to fail due to a lack of business planning and unrealistic expectations of new technologies (Gartner Group)
  • Successful eBusiness projects require the processes, systems and skills of those involved to provide a seamless solution for end to end processing
  • eBusiness demands methods oriented towards rapid and frequent delivery, driven by business need, and enabled by techonological advances
  • eBusiness developments require skills in addition to those in the traditional applications development arena such as network security, designing for performance and scalability in a distributed architecture, graphic design and managing a stateless environment
  • To derive the maximum benefit from eBusiness also requires knowledge and experience of the new Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) technologies, which are essential to align the enterprise with the new digital economy
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SUPPLY CHAIN RE-ENGINEERING AND INTERNET TECHNOLOGY

    Cliff Bos

    Cliff Bos, Co-Founder, ChemicalsWorld.com

  • Analysing and automating your supply chain to put your procurement process online
  • Managing the upstream and downstream chemical supply chain
  • Orchestrating trading partners’ efforts to design process controls, defining roles and responsibilities and clarifying service level agreements
  • The role of supply chain management in enhancing your IT solutions
  • Process simulation and management
  • Cutting costs and developing competitive advantage
  • 16:20 CUSTOM SYNTHESIS

    Shikha Saxena

    Shikha Saxena, President, Chem B2B.com

  • Outsourcing in the fine chemical industry
  • E-commerce for contract manufacturing
  • Emerging markets and contract manufacturing
  • E-commerce and new product introduction
  • Complete solutions through partnerships
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    John Browne

    John Browne, E-Commerce Consultant, Frost and Sullivan

    9:10 CHEMICAL EXCHANGES AND B2B PARTNERSHIPS

    Bertrand Petit

    Bertrand Petit, Chief Operating Officer, Europe, Elemica

  • Benefits of online networks and trading partnerships
  • Combining purchasing power in neutral trading zones to access potential trading partners
  • Developing joint business ventures with your trading partners
  • Enhancing transparency to speed up transactions and negotiations
  • Developing communication between industry players, encouraging open dialogue and improving efficiencies
  • Establishing your portal as a brand in a strongly, competitive marketplace
  • 9:40 THE BENEFITS OF ONLINE EXCHANGES

    Mark Terwindt

    Mark Terwindt, CFO, ChemUnity.com

  • Reducing cycle times
  • Reducing value chain costs
  • Statistical benchmarking for standardised products
  • Gaining additional revenue through added services
  • Reducing inventory carrying costs for sellers
  • Offering better price discovery through auctions for buyers and reducing transacting costs

    Benefits of integrated processes

  • 10:20 SUCCEEDING IN E-BUSINESS

    James Clarke

    James Clarke, IT Projects Manager, Ellis and Everard

  • A distributors role in the e-economy
  • Building foundations: data and process
  • Creating a self-service environment for customers
  • Harnessing information online
  • Tailoring solutions to customer needs
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 CASE STUDY: CHEMPOINT.COM

    Chad Steigers

    Chad Steigers, Managing Director, ChemPoint.com

  • Proactive marketing and sales capability – ‘push’ leads to ‘pull’
  • Customer value proposition: Efficient qualification and delivery of technical solutions utilising ‘evolutionary e-commerce’
  • Supplier value proposition: Outsourced marketing, sales, service and fulfilment for underserved products and customers
  • Logistics optimisation: Apply flow management to specialty and fine chemicals
  • Clicks and bricks: Leveraging the existing Vopak logistics infrastructure investment
  • Vision to the future: Thinking beyond the web
  • 12:00 E-ORGANISATION

    Andrew Horncastle

    Andrew Horncastle, Senior Consultant, Competence Center Chemical and Oil, Roland Berger - Strategy Consultants

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 CASE STUDY: UNIQEMA, MEMBER OF THE ICI GROUP

    Karin Laljani

    Karin Laljani, Global e-Commerce Leader, Uniqema, Member of the ICI Group

  • Exploiting your Knowledge Platform to add customer value is a long-term project – do you have the plans in place?
  • Customers are expecting suppliers to provide the solutions to do business on the Internet – are you ready?
  • Simple three step approach to identifying the way forward for e-Business in your business
  • 14:40 STRUCTURAL IMPACT OF E-COMMERCE IN CHEMICALS

    Gavin McAulay

    Gavin McAulay, Industry Analyst, Frost and Sullivan

  • Dedicated e-commerce solutions for individual business functions: what is the current situation?
  • What impacts will increased integration have?
  • Challenges for successful integration
  • Strategic benefits to be gained
  • The “ideal” integrated e-commerce chemical producer
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 IMPLEMENTING DIRECT MATERIAL B2B CHEMICAL EXCHANGES

    Ron Shelby

    Ron Shelby, CEO, XML Solutions

  • Direct materials as mission-critical to your company
  • Moving from automated direct material purchasing to internet transactions
  • Critical advantages of internet transactions: ubiquitous access, lower transaction cost and increased participation of small-and-medium sized companies
  • Guaranteeing delivery and security, document routing and auditing services
  • How XML can provide mission-critical services via the Internet
  • Measuring and optimising your ROI
  • 16:20 RISK MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY ISSUES

    Robert C. Card

    Robert C. Card, Director, Risk Management, Risk International

  • Aiding companies in recognising, quantifying and reducing risks associated with e-commerce
  • Content risk – trademark and copyright infringement, libel, defamation and invasion of privacy
  • System errors and omissions
  • Key security concepts: reputation, credentials and trust
  • Development of an “E-Risk Audit” to evaluate the specific risk profile of any organisation
  • Risk Financing strategies including insurance and insurance alternatives
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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