Chemicals Roundtable 2017: Strategies for growth: M&A, innovation and digitalisation

Conference, Dusseldorf

27.06.2017, 13:00 - 18:00, MEZ , Deutschland

Event content

We live in uncertain times. And who dares venture predictions for 2017 following the unforeseen political outcomes of the previous year. How will the chemicals industry deal with this uncertain outlook?

Shares in chemical companies have performed well in the past twelve months. Balance sheets are strong and mega M&A deals are driving consolidation in several sectors. But, there are disruptive forces. Customers are transforming their business models and adopting digital solutions, frequently in partnership with technology players. What does this mean for the chemicals industry? Will it embrace digitalization fast enough? How can innovation drive future growth?

We have assembled a panel of experienced speakers to debate these issues. We will discuss global industry trends and the power of innovation. We will examine the drivers of M&A activity and discuss growth opportunities. We will hear from companies on how they are using digital means to drive growth and efficiency.

We warmly invite you to join us and to participate in these discussions.

Event date and location

Tuesday 27 June 2017 - Dusseldorf, at KPMG´s offices, Tersteegenstr. 19–23, 40474 Düsseldorf


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1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Roundtable
– Global trends in the chemicals industry
– M&A transformation and growth strategies
– Successful approaches to innovation
– Digitalisation opportunities for the chemicals industry
– Outlook for the German chemicals industry
6:00pm  Conference close followed by get-together and dinner

Dinner at:  Rosati, Felix-Klein-Straße 1, 40474 Dusseldorf

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  •  Christian Bünger,  Senior Economist,  Verband der Chemischen Industrie,  Frankfurt/Main
  • Paul Harnick, Global COO and Head of Chemicals  KPMG in the UK
  • Holger Hüppeler, SVP Global Procurement & Logistics, LANXESS Deutschland GmbH, Cologne
  • Martin Krämer, Head of BL Acrylic Products, Evonik Performance Materials GmbH,  Weiterstadt
  • Vir Lakshman,  Head of Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Germany,  KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Dusseldorf
  • Frank Rittgen, Head of Mergers, Acquisitions & Licensing,  Bayer AG, Leverkusen
  • Michael J. Shannon, Global Chair Chemicals & Performance Technologies,  KPMG in the U.S. 


Attendance is free of charge.

For questions on content please contact

Vir Lakshman,  KPMG Düsseldorf, T +49 211 475 6666

For organisational questions please contact

Jutta Strotjohann-Peters, KPMG Düsseldorf, T +49 211 475 6155,


RSVP by 20 June 2017 here online or send an email to You will receive separate confirmation of your registration via email.


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