ICIS Surfactants Conferences Portfolio
ICIS Surfactants Conferences

Who We Are

Click PLAY on the video below to hear from Neil A Burns, industry expert and Co-producer of the ICIS Surfactants Series.


ICIS is the world’s largest information provider for the chemical and oil industry. We aim to help companies in global commodity markets improve their revenues and profits by providing high quality, timely, commercially useful information, business leads and brand positioning across the globe.
ICIS Pricing produces around 250 different reports on an intraday, daily, weekly or monthly basis. The team also generates real-time news on global markets for ICIS News. We are committed to providing the most up-to-date, comprehensive and accurate market assessments and information possible. ICIS Pricing staff are fully trained and equipped to be the market experts our clients can rely on for the critical decisions that need to be made in their businesses.
We recognise the emerging importance of markets in China, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America and the fact that no region operates in isolation. Our global teams communicate with each other on a daily basis as they track and assess our covered markets.

Neil A Burns

Our business focuses exclusively on the chemical industry, providing advisory services and financing  to companies and owners.

Advisory Services:

Neil A Burns LLC provides advisory services on strategic matters affecting chemical companies, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and major investments. As part of this advisory practice we hold board positions with companies where we have an investment position or where we can lend strategic support over the long term.

Equity Capital:

We work in partnership with a very limited number of like-minded private equity funds who provide capital, financial expertise and deal structuring resources to supplement our in-depth chemical industry focus. These funds have the conservative and patient investment philosophy necessary to support value creation in the chemical industry.

ICIS & Neil A Burns Partnership

Reed Business Information LTD. (RBI) of the UK and NEIL A. BURNS LLC of the USA entered into a long-term agreement to co-produce conferences and seminars in the field of Surfactants back in 2011.

RBI, via their ICIS subsidiary, has an existing successful business holding conferences and training courses globally in many chemical areas including petrochemicals, oleochemicals, and base-oils. The company notes that the agreement with Neil A. Burns LLC enables them to expand their conference activities into a new key market with significant global potential. Neil Burns, whose company Neil A Burns LLC has an existing business providing advisory and investment services in specialty chemicals with a particular focus on the surfactant value chain, will play a key role at the surfactant events as chair and/or speaker.

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The World Surfactants Conference is growing year on year:

  •  The best surfactants conference for both suppliers and users.
    Saichi Kitagawa, Sales Manager, Nikko Chemicals Co Ltd
  • Wealth of information.
    Peter Holda, Senior Manager, SABIC
  •  A lot of new information, very well prepared presentations and speakers
    Svethana, Head of Sales, SIBUR
  • Very informative and relevant to the industry
    Minerva Damgaard, Senior Account Manager, Unger
  • A top source of surfactant industry news and technology
    Eric Rhozik, Technical Director, Cedar Concepts Corporation
  • Good overview of current market and future technology. 
    Ken Schoene, Consultant, Helm
  • Very good conference, perfectly organised as usual.
    Nikola Matic, Industry Manager, Kline & Company
  • It delivered beyond my expectations. I was quite impressed with the quality of the speakers and information
    Caren Dres-Hajeski, Marketing Director, Lipo Chemicals
  • Good topics given by knowledgeable people and very good networking opportunities
    James Bowers, Senior Tech Service Rep, Mead Westvaco Corp (MWV)
  • Compact, efficient, effective events.
    Gary Juncosa, Exec VP Chemicals, LS9
  • A very nice combination of technical and commercial presentations on historical and new technology and trends.
    Paul Gaines, Director of Marketing, Lambent Technologies
  • The conference was a great mix of key topics driving our industry today
    Richard Buoni, VP – Chemicals Practice, Kline & Company
  • Excellent blend of economics, technology and applications! 
    Frank Womack, Global Business Manager, Air Products & Chemicals Inc
  • The ICIS World Surfactants conference is a succinct summation of the current economies, consumer feelings, and technology in our industry
    Adam M Johns, Sr Research Chemist, Materia
  • Excellent update on the market and technology!
    Frank Womack, Global Business Manager, Air Products and Chemicals
  • Capture the value and supply chain of Asian Surfactant Industry concisely. 
    H Calvin Chiu, Director, Home & Personal Care, Americas, Huntsman
  • ICIS Asian surfactants conference is a great opportunity to meet leaders of industry at one place
    Amitabh Nagori, CEO, Universal Drugs & Chemicals
  • Comfortable atmosphere and valuable info.
    Nguyen Hong Nam, Logistics Executive, Nikko Chemicals
  • Worth the time and effort.
    S Hari, Vice President, VVF Singapore
  • Foundation in industry and niche presentations
    Stuart Harris, Asset Mgr Alkoxylatcon, Huntsman
  •  Very productive use of time and relevant subject matter.
    Jeff Edwards, President, Deforest
  • Comprehensive and complete for surfactants updates covering raw material difficult production logistics.
    Irshad Zaheer Syed, Researcher, SABIC
  • Definitely great for latest updates and awesome networking
    N G Ghim Eng, Manager Executive Dept, Grandee Biotechnologies
  • High quality presentation that improved my broad knowledge of natural products, surfactants and regional trends
    Craig Latiolais, Global Sales Manager, ExxonMobil Chemical
  •  Compact, concise and interesting industry update.
    Dolder, Product Mgr HAO, Chevron Phillips Chemical International
  • This conference has its finger on the pulse of the entire surfactant industry, covering the entire value chain and highlighting the hot topics.
    Michael Fevola, Research Director & Fellow, J & J
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