17th Deloitte Global Chemicals Think Tank

Chemistry bonding the end markets: Creating a catalyst for dynamic change

The Global Chemicals Think Tank is a thought-provoking Deloitte event that draws diverse international leaders from the chemicals & specialty materials, life sciences, and consumer products sectors.

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Day One – June 27th

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast at U of M

9:00 am

Leave for site visit tours

11:00 am

Arrive back from site visit tour and break

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Lunch at U of M

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Welcome: Dean Scott DeRue, Ross School of Business, U of M

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Introductions and agenda review

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Module #1: Emerging technologies in the chemical industry

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm


3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Module #2: Data science

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Module #3: Smart Investment

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Client dinner at U of M

Day Two – June 28th

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast at U of M

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Welcome, Introductions, and agenda review

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Track #1: Future of mobility

10:30 am – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Track #2: Future of work

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Track #3: Smart materials

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Track #4: Factory of the future

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner in West End Restaurant, Ann Arbor




The Deloitte 17th Global Chemicals Think Tank will take place at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business on Wednesday, June 27 staring at 12:00pm ET and ending with an evening dinner. The event will continue Thursday, June 28th from 8:00am – 9:00pm ET and concluding with a dinner in Ann Arbor. Hotel rooms are available at the Executive Residence on campus at the Ross School for Business. To register for the event and to book a hotel stay, please email Jennifer McHugh, Senior Manager, Deloitte Services LP.


For questions relating to the Think Tank agenda, please reach out to Pete Dowling, Client Relationship Executive, Deloitte Service LP, who will serve as the host for the event. Pete can be reached at | +1 203. 536-6544. For questions regarding logistics, please reach out to Jennifer McHugh, Senior Manager Deloitte Services LP at | +1 703 969.9157.




Deloitte’s 17th Global Chemicals Think Tank will focus on the following sessions:

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Data science: Today’s companies are faced with the challenge of how to find value and opportunities for the endless amount of data they own. This session will discuss strategies how to put the data to work and share case study examples how companies are tackling this enormous challenge.

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Smart investment: As companies develop their growth strategies, they often are faced with the conundrum of making smart portfolio decisions. This session will share insights into what trends are driving portfolio changes and examples of how companies have made smart investments to drive value across their organization.

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Future of mobility: With the inception of electric vehicles, autonomous driving, and road sharing, the future of mobility is quickly changing. Deloitte studies the many trends that are impacted by mobility changes including the materials that are used in the manufacturing of an automobile (e.g. plastics, paints, coatings, battery technology, steel, to name a few). This session will focus on how the dynamics of materials will change, as mobility needs evolve.

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Smart cities: As the dynamics of cities shift and single-family homes in the suburbs are not as attractive as they once were, the evolution of way businesses thrive and the way people live is driving significant change. Deloitte studies the end-to-end value chain of the issues that are influencing smart cities/house construction including the building material that is used for efficiency, sustainability, and durability. This session will discuss how the trends of smart cities are driving the need for more innovative materials with better functionality.

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Smart materials: Did you know that 96% of all manufacturing goods include materials from the chemical industry? Yet, today’s consumers are demanding materials with better functionality, lighter-weight, and advanced capabilities, creating a competitive business environment. This session focus on how companies are designing their products with smarter materials, while driving an innovation agenda.

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Factory of the future: Today’s manufacturers are using robotics, sensors, artificial intelligence, and other exponential technologies to run their factories. These modern facilities can capture data, quickly understand inefficiencies, and make smart operational decisions to run a seamless supply chain. This session will share insights into innovative factories and how they are using technologies to advance their products.


This bi-annual learning session has grown to a highly reputable and thought-provoking event that attracts over 120 international leaders from across the business and academia ecosystem. Although the focus of the Think Tank originates from the chemical industry, the thinking and ideas are broad and includes insights across all industries. Past events included C-suite executive presenters from Koch Industries, Eastman Chemicals, BMW, Mexichem, Harley-Davison, and Ashland Chemicals, as well as other top executives from ABB Technology, GE, Caterpillar, BASF SE, Syngenta, Evonik, and Solvay. Think Tank participants will have the opportunity to interact/network with leaders and engage in the discussion.

What to Expect

The Think Tank agenda is designed to focus on the event theme of “Chemistry bonding the end markets: Creating a catalyst for dynamic change.” The session will address top-of-mind issues including data science, smart investments, future of mobility, smart cities, smart materials, and factory of the future. The event will host highly interactive discussions, yielding provocative insights, at one of the top academic institutes in the world. Attendees will be able to hear from educational experts, thought leaders, and top executives from leading global companies. There is no cost to attend the event.




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