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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!


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20th September 2018
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Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago
163 E Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

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+1 312 751 8100
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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 Marketing Manager, Dow
  • Dominic D’Amours, Director, R&D, Quality 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 September 2018

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.

The South Side Soapbox (SSSB) is the world’s first LEED- Platinium certified manufacturing plant in its industry, bringing mindful manufacturing and year-round fresh vegetable production to Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. Its adaptive reuse or urban space provides a commercially viable model for ‘The Factory of the Future’, using a triple bottom line approach to combine good business practices and environmental stewardship. The SSSB serves as a positive manifestation of urban revival, economic development and community building.

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

13:30 Bus departs conference hotel

14:15 Arrival at Method Soap Factory

14:25 Welcoming Address by Method representative(s) & Tour of the facility

15:10 Refreshments & final Q&A

15:30 Bus departs Method Soap Factory

16:15 Arrival at the conference hotel

  • 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
  • Terri Germain, Business Development Manager – Consumer Products, Stepan
  • Daniel Derr, Project Lead, NatSurFact – Logos Technologies
  • PJ Singh, Technical Leader New Product Development Consumer Care NA, Clariant
  • Marcie Anne Natale, GEM Technology Platform Manager, Eastman
  • Michael Fevola, Vice President, Research & Development, Inolex
  • Richard Gross, Department of chemistry and Biology Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Constellation Chair, Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
  • Dominic D’Amours, Director, R&D, Quality and Regulatory Affairs, Lavo
  • Greg Smith, Sales Director – Industrial Chemicals & Home Care, Croda
  • Tim Brown, Vice President, Regulatory Counsel & International Affairs, Household & Commercial Products Association
  • Ben Radtke, EH&S Product Stewardship Manager, Dow
  • Lynn Vendinello, Acting Division Director, Chemicals Control Division, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Rusmir Niksic, Head of North America, BU ICS, Clariant
  • Samiul Amin, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, Manhattan College
  • Nancy Falk, Research Fellow – New Business Development, Clorox
  • Ramanathan Lalgudi, Senior Research Scientist, Battelle
  • Gary Halvorson, Interim President, CPDA – Council of Producers & Distributors of Agrotechnology
  • Christoph Krumm, CEO & Co-Founder, Sironix Renewables 
  • Risha Bond, Strategic Product Development, REG Life Sciences


If you would like to be considered as a speaker for the event with a 20-30 minute presentation, please submit an abstract for consideration to:

 Lauriane Pardoux

Tel: +44 (0)20 3141 0632

Email: [email protected]

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.




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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:

Joshua Hill Tel: +44 (0) 20 3141 0610 / Email: [email protected]

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