10th Petroleum/Chemistry Conference 2014
The 10th “Petroleum/Chemistry” Conference 2014 was held on December 10th, 2014 in Warsaw. The event was attended by the delegates from the largest enterprises in the oil and chemical businesses. Our Works were represented by Zenon Pokojski Ph.D., the Vice Chairman of Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe “Puławy”.
The main subjects of the conference were the growing position of the Polish chemical companies on the European market as well as the summing up of the consolidation processes and the international expansion of Polish chemical businesses. Those topics are certainly pivotal for the whole Polish economy.
Consolidation is still a hot topic
The participants of the discussion panels referred to the consolidation of the Polish chemical sector as the milestone in the development of the Polish industry. When he was opening the Conference, the Minister of Treasury Włodzimierz Karpiński stressed the fact that those processes helped to improve the standards of corporate culture in Poland and helped Polish producers overcome geographical limitations, so as to commence expansion on a global scale. He used Grupa Azoty as an example of a company which develops in a dynamic way.
What chemical companies bet on
The topic of the second debate at the Conference was Products, cost, margins. What do chemical companies bet on? The discussion brought numerous interesting conclusions and was attended by Zenon Pokojski.
The Vice Chairman of Grupa Azoty PUŁAWY drew the attention of the audience to the fact that the prices of natural gas were high and Polish enterprises stood no chance of selling at such a low price as the Eastern producers. Therefore, it was necessary to seek competitive advantage in the other part of the manufacturing chain. What he had in mind was better communication with the end users and gaining understanding of customers’ needs. Mr Pokojski also stressed the importance of the development of the Polish fertilizers sector, because it paved the way for the exportation of Polish agricultural produce and grocery products. The agricultural sector accounts for 13% of the Polish export. Its value exceeds 20 billion EUR, while in 2004 the figure stood at a meager 4 billion EUR. Therefore, it is worthwhile to pay particular attention to the business aspect of the sector.