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This page describes our next summit, scheduled to take place on March 8, 2005 in Houston TX.

Mark your calendar, and register now to attend this timely event! Back by popular demand, Consulting Resources Corporation (the leading U.S. chlor alkali consulting firm) will be hosting its now-famous industry conference, "Chlor-Alkali Summit 2005: Update and Forecast," on March 8, 2005 at the Hobby Airport Marriott Hotel in Houston, TX, one of the newest full service Marriott hotels in the Houston area. This is the same high-quality, fact-filled chlor-alkali meeting that Consulting Resources Corporation and Chemical Week magazine have co-sponsored in previous years.

Seven astute, world-class speakers will share their views on how the $100 billion global chlor-alkali business will respond to the dynamic economic and strategic forces impacting the industry. You will profit from this focused, practical update whether you're an analyst, buyer, creditor, distributor, producer, or other stakeholder in this industry.

Critical questions to be discussed include:

  • What does the future hold for chlorine, caustic soda, soda ash, trona, salt, sodium bicarbonate, sodium chlorate, hydrogen peroxide, and other related products (including EDC, PVC and HCl)-- in terms of demand, supply, trade, and other market issues?

  • What is the long- and short-term outlook for profitability?

  • Who will be targeted for consolidation?

  • What will be the impact of increased energy prices?

  • When will key industry turning points and milestones occur, given the uncertain status of the U.S. and global economies?

  • What will be the effect of new regulatory developments on supply and demand?

Summit attendees will reap immediate benefits from:

  • Competitive Tips

  • Market Intelligence

  • Financial Perspectives

  • Networking

  • Forecasts

  • Strategies

  • Industry Updates

  • Technical Insights

Attendees will also take home a comprehensive Summit Notebook that will serve as a guiding reference for years to come.

Sharing their wisdom at the seminar will be an array of world-renowned chlor-alkali industry experts. Among these will be:

  • Roger Shamel, President of Consulting Resources Corporation, and a skillful industry analyst with well over twenty-five years of experience pertaining to chlorine, caustic soda, soda ash, sodium chlorate, salt, PVC, and other chlor-alkali chemicals.

  • Dennis Kostick, Commodity Specialist at the U.S. Geological Survey, and a seasoned veteran on issues relating to salt, soda ash, and its raw material, trona.

  • Drew Cochrane, Director, Bleaching Chemicals, Eka Chemicals, and a distinguished master of both sodium chlorate and hydrogen peroxide.

  • C.T. "Kip" Howlett, Jr., Executive Director of the American Chemistry Council's Chlorine Chemistry Council, and a lucid authority on chlorine regulatory issues.

  • Dan Gibbs, Global Marketing Director, Chlor-Alkali, Dow Chemical Company, and respected pacesetter in Chlorine, caustic soda, and downstream derivatives.

  • Marcie Peters, Business Director, Soda Ash, Solvay Chemicals, and an acknowledged expert on the global soda ash business.

  • Patrick Fiedler, Vice President, Specialty Products, Church and Dwight, and a recognized leader in the potassium and sodium bicarbonate businesses.

Our planned summit agenda follows. Any updates will be incorporated as the conference date approaches.




8:00 - 8:30


8:30 - 9:05

Summit and Industry Overview

Mr. Roger Shamel, President, Consulting Resources

9:05 - 9:55

Sodium Chlorate and Hydrogen Peroxide: Present and Future

Mr. Drew Cochrane, Director, Eka Chemicals

9:55 - 10:25

Morning Refreshment Break

10:25 - 11:15

Soda Ash and Salt Review: USGS Perspective

Mr. Dennis Kostick, Commodity Specialist, US Geological Survey

11:15 - 12:00

Chlor-Alkali Regulatory Scene: View from Washington

Mr. C. T. "Kip" Howlett, Executive Director, Chlorine Chemistry Council

12:00 - 1:30


1:30 - 2:15

Chlorine, Caustic, and Derivatives: Insights and Outlook

Mr. Dan Gibbs, Global Marketing Director, Chlor-Alkali, Dow Chemical Company

2:15 - 3:00

Future Prospects for Soda Ash

Ms. Marcie Peters, Business Director, Solvay Chemicals

3:00 - 3:30

Afternoon Refreshment Break

3:30 - 4:15

Bicarbonates: Review and Forecast

Mr. Pat Fiedler, Vice President, Church and Dwight

4:15 - 4:45

Industry Outlook, Chlor-Alkali Success Strategies, and Summit Recap

Mr. Roger Shamel, President, Consulting Resources


Adjournment, Refreshments

We recognize that having the opportunity to network with other attendees can be one of the most rewarding aspects of any conference. So we're working a half dozen networking opportunities into our full agenda. In fact, for those who register early, and can arrange to arrive by early evening on March 7, 2005, we are hosting an exclusive pre-summit networking dinner beginning at 6:30pm.

Hotel Reservations
Call the Marriott Reservation line at 800-228-9290 (direct hotel number is 713-943-7979) to make reservations using our special summit rate. The special rate of $112 is available until February 14, 2005. We recommend that you make reservations early, as space is limited and the discounted rooms are available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to Register
To register, just fill out and return the registration form today. Early Bird Savings: all those who register by January 7, 2005 may deduct $200 from their registration fee.  Those who register by February 2005 may deduct $100 from their registration fee."

Don't be left out. You can't lose (we'll return your registration fee if you're not satisfied), and you have everything to gain. Again, to register, or for further information, just fax the form to 781-863-1441, mail it to us as Six Northbrook Park, Lexington, MA 02420, call us at 781-863-1222, or email us at

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