Lyn Tattum

IHS Markit

Vice President, Global Chemical Market Information

Lyn Tattum is Vice President, IHS Markit, and Publisher of Chemical Week. She leads IHS Markit Business Information and Same Day Analysis business line, including Daily Chemical and related news; global events; Company Strategies and Performance; and Midstream Essentials and Assets data platforms covering the global energy and chemical infrastructure. She has also worked at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna. Ms. Tattum's early career was as a journalist, publisher, writer, and interviewer in the global chemical industry. In 1989, she set up an international office in London for the highly regarded Chemical Week (established in the United States in 1906), hiring a team of expert journalists to expand the publication’s international profile and to launch events and other related businesses worldwide. Ms. Tattum has travelled extensively and is well known within the international chemical and plastics industry, interviewing CEOs and regularly attending industry gatherings such as AFPM, APIC, EPCA, APLA, and GPCA. Having first travelled to China in 1982, she was later instrumental in setting up conferences under the Chemical Week banner in Beijing and Shanghai during the 1990s, inviting chemical industry executives to the country as it opened to international investment. She has also initiated and chaired many events in India, focusing on opportunities for growth in petrochemicals, specialty, and fine chemicals. She remains interested in the heightened efforts of leaders in the global petrochemical and plastics industries to tackle plastics waste, while communicating the value overall of plastics to society. Recently she launched The Chemical Leadership Circle to connect industry executives worldwide with critical information, providing an opportunity to network, raise awareness of key issues, and exchange ideas at a time of critical global change in economy, politics, society, and business. She has a degree in politics and economics from the University of Manchester and briefly studied at the Sorbonne, Paris, and at the British Film Institute, London.


Wednesday, 28 October

  • 05:25pm - 06:00pm / -

    Executive Conference

    Future of Refining & Petrochemicals in a World of Surplus

    Energy transition is shifting demand from traditional products of refining, including gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. At the same time, the trend is exacerbated by a COVID-19–related drop in fuel demand from the transport sector. Petrochemicals feedstocks, often regarded as by- products of refining activity and priced as such, are likely to take a greater percentage of the barrel. Traditionally, naphtha has sold at little higher than crude oil but this will change as chemicals move from 25%–30% of oil demand growth to 70%–100% of growth when fuel demand reaches a plateau.

    As part of this trend, refinery/petrochemical integration is deepening globally, and the interest of energy companies in chemicals in growing. Strategies are changing and major investments are underway—on a new scale and involving new technologies.

    How will this play out in India
    Which companies will be involved?
    What new regional alliances will be forged?