Business cooperation, customer focus, diversity & inclusion, supply chain & logistics, talent development and innovation are some of the topics to be discussed by the participants of the 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) in Budapest from 1 - 4 October 2016. The event will feature speakers of global recognition such as Herman Van Rompuy, former President of the European Council and Captains of industry, who will offer an insight into the present and future to EPCA member companies.
This is not the first occasion that EPCA has opted for the Hungarian capital, and now the association has returned to Budapest for this historic 50th Anniversary event. However, this year’s meeting will not only be about the past: it will also focus on the future – as is revealed by the central theme of the event “50 Years of Global Chemical Industry Evolution: What’s Next?”. Key figures of the industry as well as global and prominent opinion leaders and managers such as Herman Van Rompuy, former President of the European Council (2009-2014) will address the audience composed of the delegates of EPCA member companies.
The event is expected to host about 2,800 representatives of the global chemical industry – among them company directors, board members, world leaders and high-ranking personalities – so the event will also be one of the most important global networking events in Europe for the chemical business community. The event in Budapest will offer a thought-provoking business session programme and other activities during which participants will be able to exchange ideas about the latest business trends, the future of the industry and common challenges.
EPCA has strategically identified Diversity & Inclusion to be a key business driver that needs to be addressed, making the business case for improving Diversity & Inclusion in our industry during a session themed “Diversity & Inclusion: Key to Business Success between Now and 2040”.
The EPCA Logistics & Supply Chain session will host leaders of the industry discussing the key changes affecting the chemical logistics segment on an outlook towards 2040, along with one of the worlds most renowned futurists, Dr. Patrick Dixon, bringing his insights to the audience.
Looking to the future, EPCA has partnered with PlasticsEurope to bring the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC) to life, giving more than 500 students across Europe the opportunity to discuss and debate on the role of the petrochemical industry and plastics in the future, under the title: “How would you imagine your future – with or without the petrochemical industry and plastics?”. The aim is to engage with the young generation, learn from them, better understand their aspirations, promote STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) as well as diversity & inclusion whilst highlighting the multidisciplinary approach and the variety of challenging careers paths that the chemical industry offers, with its contribution to innovative sustainable solutions through its products and services. The European Final and awards ceremony takes place in Budapest, within the framework of the EPCA Annual Meeting.
Based in Brussels, EPCA is the quality network in Europe for the global chemical business community consisting of chemical producers, their suppliers, customers and service providers. It operates for and through more than 700 member companies from 53 different countries that represent an aggregate turnover of over €4.4 trillion and employing over 5.6 million people. EPCA serves as the platform to meet, exchange information and transfer learning, as well as a think tank for its members and its stakeholders.
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