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AMI is pleased to announce that the 12th edition of the Polymer Sourcing & Distribution conference will be held in Hamburg from 9-11 May 2016.

Although the plastics processing industry has been much more stable recently, the polymer distribution business has remained challenging. Keeping margins at a reasonable level is an everyday struggle between polymer suppliers and distributors; converters have become more cautious in their purchasing and pricing and supply volatility impacted on buying trends. The US shale gas revolution has changed dynamics and has put under increasing pressure not only on European polymer producers but also previously highly competitive raw material suppliers in the Middle East.


AMI's Polymer Sourcing & Distribution 2016 conference will provide participants an opportunity to review recent trends in sourcing options for both commodity and engineering resin grades and the implications for their business. Key papers will review individual resin market trends; assess the supply, distribution and logistical opportunities in emerging markets of Africa, Turkey and Eastern Europe, consider the latest developments in supply chain management and its optimization and review the impact of the slowing global growth. This will all be underpinned by AMI's own unique analysis of the latest market developments for polymer distribution.  

Senior Research Analyst Karla Vittova from AMI will open the conference with a presentation on Polymer distributors-the buffer in times of supply/demand volatility.

The polymer market focus session will include presentations from Borealis, Say Polymers, Covestro and Borruso polymers and will cover PE, Polyolefins and polycarbonate.

The logistic session will cover topics such as how to optimise bulk supply chain in Europe (Interbulk), Lithuania as a transit country between East and West (Imlitex UAB) and logistics challenges in Africa (Maersk Line).  

Fournier SA will present a case study about succeeding in plastic distribution in Africa and Bruj International will ask if traders are a necessary evil in the polymer distribution market. The event will close with discussion panel including Innovia films and Plastribution. 

The conference is an ideal place for all involved to network with senior personnel from every link in the European polymer supply chain. 

POLYMER SOURCING & DISTRIBUTION 2016 will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Hamburg, Germany, from 9-11 May 2016. For further information please go to AMI"s website at www.amiconferences.com  or call Maud Lassara, Senior Conference Organiser on +44 (0)117 314 8111 or e-mail: ml@amiplastics.com.