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Future of Surfactants Summit North America

Date: 19th September 2018 - 20th September 2018 Location: Chicago - Illinois - USA

For its 3rd edition, the Future of Surfactants Summit North America is heading back to Chicago, IL on the 19th & 20th September 2018.

This year, the conference will explore the following topics & areas: feedstocks availability, trends for home & personal care products, other end-products for surfactants (industrial, paint & coatings, agricultural, EOR), bio-based and enzyme-based surfactants, innovation and development process of products, sustainability & green chemistry, news and updates on regulation, and transparency with consumers.

These topics will be presented and discussed by key industry stakeholders over the course of the two days, through case studies and interactive panel discussions.

Once again, actors from the entire value chain – feedstocks suppliers, surfactants producers, end-product manufacturers and technology providers, will get together to go through the most pressing matters of the surfactants industry in North America.

Join us in Chicago for two days of exchanging perspectives, learning and excellent networking opportunities with your peers.

This year, to add on the experience, we have secured an informative and technical site visit at the Method Soap Factory, located in Chicago. Please see below the dedicated tab for more information on this exclusive site visit!


19th September 2018
20th September 2018
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Lauriane Pardoux – Content
+44 (0)20 3141 0632
Mado Lampropoulou – Marketing, Sales & Media Partnerships
+ 44 (0) 203 141 0607
Sam Cormack – Sponsorship
+44 (0)203 141 0626
Jayme Burns – Logistics
+44 (0) 203 141 0640


We will confirm the venue approximately 4-6 weeks before the event to ensure we find the most suitable space because numbers can vary dramatically. There will be a discounted accommodation rate for conference attendees.
Chicago, IL United States
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For this 3rd edition of the event, we have gathered some key industry players to form an advisory committee and help us build the conference agenda, on top of our research.

  • Steve Bolkan, Director of R&D, Church & Dwight
  • Bartley Terrill, Global Asset Leader, Dow
  • Dominic D’Amours, Director, Quality, R&D and Regulatory Affairs, Lavo
  • Shoaib Arif, Manager Applications / Tech. Service, Pilot Chemical
  • Christoph Krumm, CEO & Founder, Sironix Renewables
  • Terri Germain, Business Development Manager – Consumer Products – Surfactants, Stepan

Method Soap Factory – Tuesday 18th September2018

During the afternoon of Tuesday 18th September, prior to the conference, a limited number of attendees will receive the unique opportunity to visit the Method Soap Factory, located in the Pullman Park district in the south side of Chicago.

There is no extra charge to attend the site visit, but spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Please register your attendance for the site visit when booking for the conference.

Site Visit Schedule:

13:00 Site visit registration at conference hotel/venue

13:30 Bus departs conference hotel/venue

14:15 Arrival at Method Soap Factory

  • Welcoming Address by Method representative(s) & introduction of the plant
  • Technical tour of the manufacturing site
  • Refreshments & final Q&A

15:20 Bus departs Method Soap Factory

16:10 Arrival at the conference hotel/venue

  • Global View on Feedstocks Availability for Surfactants
  • Petro vs. Oleo: Settling the Eternal Debate
  • Stepping into the Future with Innovative Novel Surfactants
  • Sustainability & Green Chemistry in Surfactants and End-Products Formulation
  • Transparency with Consumers: How to Do Better
  • Regulation: Updates on Recent Changes & their Impact on the Industry
  • Home & Personal Care Products: Trends, New Developments & Expectations
  • Acknowledging the Other End-Products Potential
  • Bio-based & Enzymes-based Surfactants
  • Bringing the Entire Value Chain Together
  • Martin Herrington, President – North America, IP Specialities
  • Paul Sharko, Senior Surfactants Specialist, Shell Global Solutions
  • Sunanda Desai, Director, Kline Group
  • Erin Mulholand, Consultant, Americas, Thinkstep
  • Andy Shafer, Strategist and Business Builder, Shafer’s Innovation and Business Building Services
  • Dr. Lieve Laurens, Senior Scientist, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Dr. Peter Keeling, Innovation Director, CBiRC
  • Doug Cameron, Co-president & Director, First Green Partners
  • Joel Wolf, Chief Existing Chemicals Branch, OCSPP/OPPT/CCD, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Marcie Anne Natale, GEM Technology Platform Manager, Eastman
  • Stephanie K. Clendennen, Technology, Eastman 
  • Terri Germain, Business Development Manager – Consumer Products, Stepan
  • Christoph Krumm, CEO & Co-Founder, Sironix Renewables
  • Tim Brown, Regulatory Counsel, Director of International Affairs, CSPA – Consumer Specialty Products Association
  • Dominic D’Amours, Director Quality, R&D, Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability, Lavo
  • Jamie Rosenberg, Global Household & Personal Care Analyst, Mintel
  • Susan Ferenc, President, Council of Producers & Distributors of Agrotechnology
  • Daniel Derr, Busines Analyst, NatSurFact – Logos Technologies
  • Greg Smith, Sales Director Industrial Chemicals & Home Care, Croda
  • Prakit Sangthonganotai, Epicerol Growth Project Manager, Advanced Biochemical (Thailand)


If you would like to be considered as a speaker for the event with a 30-45 minute presentation, please submit an abstract for consideration to:

 Lauriane Pardoux

Tel: +44 (0)20 3141 0632

Email: lpardoux@acieu.net

Consumer product manufacturers, Surfactant manufacturers, Cosmetic product / ingredient formulators, raw material producers & suppliers, product developers,  regulatory affairs specialists,  personal care brand owners, natural cosmetic /ingredient producers, consultants, cosmetic associations, equity firms and individuals interested  in growing in the cosmetic business.

ACI has put together a range of packages to suit your requirements. These range from branding options, to full scale partner solutions and can be tailored to meet your objectives and budgets.

If you are launching a new product or service and wish to gain visibility and brand recognition within your industry, contact us today!

For commercial opportunities, please contact:

Sam Cormack

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3141 0626

Email: samc@acieu.net

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Future of Surfactants Summit North America - Conference Pass (inc. documentation pack)£1,275.00Inclusive of £320 Early Bird Discount - valid until 29th March - Standard Delegate Rate: £1,595
Future of Surfactants Summit North America - Documentation Package Only£470.00
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