• Conferences & Exhibitions

    The Annual Meeting is the world's premier refining meeting, assembling key executives and technical experts from refining and marketing organizations worldwide, as well as representatives from associated industries. The general session features high profile speakers who will address current issues of widespread importance to the refining industry. During management and technical sessions, leading industry experts share valuable insights with attendees on major issues, including energy and environmental initiatives, and the latest technological developments impacting refining and petrochemical industry management and performance.

    AFPM sponsors a number of social functions that allow attendees to network, contact old acquaintances, and make new contacts. Approximately 30 industry supplier companies sponsor hospitality functions that offer attendees an opportunity to develop or maintain relationships with key suppliers of technology.

    2016
    March 13 - 15
    Hilton San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    2017
    March 19 - 21
    Marriott Rivercenter
    San Antonio, TX
    2018
    March 11 - 13
    New Orleans Hilton
    New Orleans, LA
    2019
    March 17 - 19
    Marriott Rivercenter
    San Antonio, TX

    The International Petrochemical Conference is the world's largest and most prestigious conference representing the petrochemical industry.

    The meeting consists of a variety of sessions covering key political, economic, and environmental issues affecting the petrochemical industry.The sessions emphasize global competitiveness in the petrochemical business and are presented by recognized experts in the areas of petrochemical markets, economics, and politics.

    AFPM also hosts a number of social functions which offer attendees an opportunity to become acquainted with their business associates. Various companies also sponsor smaller functions to focus on specific areas of interest.

    2016
    March 20 - 22
    Sheraton Dallas
    Dallas, TX
    2017
    March 26 - 28
    Grand Hyatt San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX
    2018
    March 25 - 27
    Grand Hyatt San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX
    2019
    March 24 - 26
    Grand Hyatt San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX

    As an industry and as a nation, we must keep ourselves informed about the many potentially devastating events that could change the way refiners and petrochemical manufacturers operate. The conference presents current topics of critical importance to assist attendees in keeping themselves up-to-date on security issues.

    2015
    April 13 - 15
    Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
    New Orleans, LA
    2016
    April 11 - 13
    JW Marriott Galleria
    Houston, TX
    2017
    April 24 - 26
    Marriott Plaza San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX

    The National Occupational and Process Safety Conference features an overview of safety challenges and issues affecting refineries and petrochemical plants.

    The Exhibition, held as part of the conference, gives attendees the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives of companies offering a variety of safety-related services to the refining and petrochemical industries.

    The culmination of the meeting is the Safety Awards Reception and Banquet held on the final evening of the conference. This event celebrates and honors the industry's excellent safety achievements. Be sure to purchase your tickets for this event when you register.

    The Board of Certified Safety Professionals will grant CSPRecertification points for attendance at the National Occupational and Process Safety Conference without pre-approval. The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) grants certification maintenance (CM) points.

    2015
    May 12 - 13
    Hyatt Regency Austin
    Austin, TX
    2016
    May 17 - 18
    Grand Hyatt San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX
    2017
    May 17 - 18
    New Orleans Marriott
    New Orleans, LA
    2018
    May 15 - 16
    Grand Hyatt San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX
    2019
    May 15 - 16
    Gaylord Texan
    Grapevine, TX

    The AFPM Labor Relations and Human Resources Committee crafts a program of speakers that covers topics such as: Labor Negotiations, Workplace Legislation, Regulatory Changes to FMLA, ADA, etc., Healthcare, HR's Role in Plant Security, Identity Theft, and other topics important to LR/HR professionals. This conference will provide you with industry-specific information that you will be able to use as soon as you return to your company.

    The Conference format features speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions on topics of interest to industrial relations and human resources personnel in the refining and petrochemical industry.

    2015
    April 16 - 17
    Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
    New Orleans, LA
    2016
    April 14 - 15
    JW Marriott Galleria
    Houston, TX
    2017
    April 27 - 28
    Marriott Plaza San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX

    This 3-day program includes keynote addresses, technical and management presentations, discussion groups, structured question and answer sessions, and an exhibition of products and services. Presentations focus on improving reliability in the refining and petrochemical industry, covering topics such as effective maintenance organization, productivity, equipment reliability, health and safety, training, environmental control, predictive/preventive maintenance, maintenance and engineering standards, inspection, procurement, and innovative reliability technology.

    The Exhibition, held as part of the conference, gives attendees the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from companies offering a variety of goods and services to the refining and petrochemical industries.

    2015
    May 19 - 22
    Convention Center
    Austin, TX
    2016
    May 24 - 27
    Convention Center
    San Antonio, TX
    2017
    May 23 - 26
    Convention Center
    New Orleans, LA
    2018
    May 22 - 25
    Convention Center
    San Antonio, TX
    2019
    May 21 - 24
    Gaylord Texan
    Grapevine, TX

    This seminar provides a forum for refiners to meet and share information on the technological advances and regulatory developments that affect the design, operation, and maintenance of FCC units. The program includes a Q&A session with a panel of experts and a number of workshops organized in three topic tracks. This enables attendees to focus on a particular aspect of FCC operation or to attend workshops that cover a broader range of interests.

    The seminar is designed for people who solve the problems associated with the operation and maintenance of FCCUs. The Q&A session and the workshops encourage open discussions which enable attendees to share their own challenges and benefit from other attendees’ experiences. Whether you are in Operations, Technical Service, Maintenance, Reliability, or Process Engineering, you will find a comprehensive program that meets your needs for improving your FCCU’s operation and reliability.

    The Tabletop Exhibition, held as part of the seminar, gives attendees the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from companies offering a variety of goods and services specific to FCCU operations in the refinery.

    2014
    August 19 - 20
    Royal Sonesta Houston
    Houston, TX
    2016
    August 23 - 24
    Royal Sonesta Houston
    Houston, TX

    The Board of Directors Meeting features speakers from government, business, and academia who discuss current issues of widespread importance to the refining and petrochemical industries. Attendees benefit from networking opportunities in a social environment.

    2015
    Sept. 20 - 22
    Stein Eriksen Lodge
    Park City, UT
    2016
    Sept. 11 - 13
    Salamander Resort & Spa
    Middleburg, VA

    The Annual Meeting is the world's premier refining meeting, assembling key executives and technical experts from refining and marketing organizations worldwide, as well as representatives from associated industries. The general session features high profile speakers who will address current issues of widespread importance to the refining industry. During management and technical sessions, leading industry experts share valuable insights with attendees on major issues, including energy and environmental initiatives, and the latest technological developments impacting refining and petrochemical industry management and performance.

    AFPM sponsors a number of social functions that allow attendees to network, contact old acquaintances, and make new contacts. Approximately 30 industry supplier companies sponsor hospitality functions that offer attendees an opportunity to develop or maintain relationships with key suppliers of technology.

    2015
    October 18 - 20
    Grand America
    Salt Lake City, UT
    2016
    October 16 - 18
    New Orleans Marriott
    New Orleans, LA

    The AFPM Q&A and Technology Forum addresses real problems and challenges that you face at your facility and will help you sort through potential solutions as you discuss them with panelists and other attendees. Today's competitive refining environment requires attention to plant safety, superior technology, innovation, and excellence in operations. The shared knowledge of the refiners, petrochemical producers, catalyst and chemicals suppliers, plant automation specialists, process licensors, engineering firms, and other industry experts at the Q&A and Technology Forum keeps you moving in the right direction as you optimize your plant's operation.

    The Q&A and Technology Forum program has four major components to give attendees the industry's most comprehensive meeting on refinery operations and process technology: the Q&A Panel Sessions, the Principles & Practices Sessions, and the Plant Automation/Decision Support Sessions, and a table top exhibition.

    The Q&A Sessions on Hydroprocessing, FCC, Crude/Vacuum Distillation & Coking, and Gasoline Processes feature panels of industry experts from refining companies and technology providers who respond to questions and engage attendees in a discussion of today's tough issues.

    The Principles & Practices (P&P) Sessions are discussion-oriented sessions, primarily designed for the engineer whose overall operating experience is less than 20 years. The P&P Sessions complement the information exchange that occurs in the Q&A sessions. Each of the sessions addresses the fundamentals of good operation and the foundational principles for the technologies that are commonly employed. These sessions have short presentations followed by a time where attendees can ask further questions or present their own particular problems and benefit from the collective experience of the other attendees.

    The Plant Automation & Decision Support sessions will address the latest developments in supply chain management, industrial control systems security, process control, plant automation, and the supporting information technology systems.

    The Tabletop Exhibition showcases catalyst, chemical, and technology providers, engineering companies, licensors, and other industry suppliers in one convenient location.

    2015
    October 5 - 7
    New Orleans Marriott
    New Orleans, LA
    2016
    September 26 - 28
    Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
    Baltimore, MD
    2017
    October 2 - 4
    JW Marriott Austin
    Austin, TX
    2018
    October 1 - 3
    Atlanta Marriott Marquis
    Atlanta, GA
    2019
    October 14 - 16
    Marriott Rivercenter
    San Antonio, TX

    General sessions provide technical experts and marketing representatives a chance to discuss the latest developments in lubricants, fuels, and waxes. Attendees also have excellent networking opportunities.

    2015
    November 12 - 13
    Hilton Post Oak
    Houston, TX
    2016
    November 10 - 11
    Hilton Post Oak
    Houston, TX