2018 Speakers

  • Jose Pires
    Jose Pires Global Excellence & Innovation Leader
  • Victor Ortega
    Victor Ortega VP - Technical Site Manager
  • Chris Leonard
    Dow Chemical
    Chris Leonard Reliability Project Director
    Dow Chemical
  • David Reed
    Eastman Chemical Company
    David Reed Director of Maintenance
    Eastman Chemical Company
  • Bob Gleichman
    Flint Hills Resources
    Bob Gleichman Director of Innovation, Operation Excellence
    Flint Hills Resources

2018 Sessions:

Output vs Reliability - Planning and scheduling of routine maintenance
  • With increasingly squeezed budgets and stretched teams the need to balance long-term reliability and short-term cost/time savings has never been more vital.
  • Learn how to effectively classify and rank maintenance goals and short term/long term objectives
  • Discover how to and demonstrate the long-term ROI on increased early spending

David Reed David Reed Director of Plant Maintenance Eastman Chemical
Eastman Chemical

Randy Pound Randy Pound Global Manufacturing Director - Maintenance & Reliability Olin Corporation
Olin Corporation

Sri Mattu Sri Mattu Engineering Project Manager Suncor Energy
Suncor Energy

Mohan Sharma Mohan Sharma CEO Prima Strategic Group Inc.
Prima Strategic Group Inc.

Chad Bates Chad Bates Operations & Maintenance Gatekeeper BASF

Successfully Reconfiguring your maintenance team
  • How does the goal of shifting from a model of reactive to predictive maintenance impact on the make-up of your maintenance team?
  • Hear how to determine the best split of responsibilities for the day-to-day and strategic engineers.
  • Once you’ve made the changes how do you ensure continued engagement across both teams.

Victor Ortega Victor Ortega VP - Technical Site Manager Covestro

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement - Ideas on how to Select and Asses Initiatives that will deliver the most value to the business
  • Over the years Bob has learnt that when looking to drive reliability improvement it can be easy to overlook that the cultural side which is often where the most value lies.
  • The real challenge lies in delivering successful implementation with appropriate incentives and authority in a manner that will deliver the most value while protecting against “change fatigue”. Bob will discuss how to work within a holistic framework that will help you assess the appropriateness and likelihood of success of solutions before implementation begins.

Bob Gleichman Bob Gleichman Director of Innovation, Operation Excellence Flint Hills Resources
Flint Hills Resources

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Key 2018 Themes:

  • Mature Maintenance Strategies:

    Move beyond the output-led maintenance approach and strike the balance between production and maintenance schedules. Learn how to strike the right balance between competing priorities and implement a strategic maintenance strategy.

  • Fostering a Culture of Reliability:

    Organizations will continue to struggle at implementation phase when updating existing process and introducing new innovations without engagement and support across the organization. Discover how to break the cycle and build a culture where change can flourish.

  • Achieving the Goal of Predictive Maintenance:

    Leverage advances in technology and knowledge to continue the journey from reactive to predictive maintenance. Hear how to assess what advancements are available and how they can be applied to your plant.

  • Data Exploitation:

    In the age of big data and machine learning cut through the noise and hear proven case studies about how to unlock the potential savings hidden within your hard drives.

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The Leading Conference & Exhibition
for the Downstream Industry

The Downstream Conference & Exhibition is positioned at the forefront of the booming Downstream industry in North America.  This industry leading event is regarded as the most significant meeting place for Downstream Capital Project, Engineering, Maintenance, Reliability & Turnaround professionals, where they meet to do business.

The Downstream convention has fast become a next generation energy event, hosting major Integrated and independent Downstream energy companies, global EPC contractors, technology providers, and service companies all of whom play an active role in the global Downstream industry.

The Downstream 2018 conference will see more global business leader dialogue sessions and strategic panel sessions, alongside 100+ technical sessions & 3 dedicated conference tracks that will highlight and address the most pressing industry challenges, new technologies and industry developments that will shape the Downstream industry landscape for decades to come.

See Why Downstream Executives Come to this Conference

Top Attendees
from 2017:

  • ExxonMobil
    Unit Maintenance and Reliability
    Olin Corporation
    Global Manufacturing Director - Maintenance & Reliability
    Olin Corporation
  • Lyondellbasell
    Maintenance & Reliability Manager
    PBF Energy
    Maintenance Department Head
    PBF Energy
  • DuPont
    Maintenance & Engineering Manager
    Director of Maintenance & Reliability
  • P66
    Operations and Maintenance Manager
    OXEA Corporation
    Maintenance & Reliability Manager
    OXEA Corporation
  • OXY Oil & Gas
    Maintenance and Reliability Leader
    OXY Oil & Gas
    Eastman Chemical
    Director, Plant Maintenance
    Eastman Chemical
  • Celanese
    Site Maintenance Section Leader
    Westlake Chemical Corporation
    Maintenance Superintendent
    Westlake Chemical Corporation
  • Covestro
    VP, Global Reliability Manager
    Director of Reliability
Who was at Downstream 2018

Audience breakdown for
Downstream 2018:

Business Type

Business Type




  • Sarens

    "I was able to have more valuable discussions with quality persons in these 2 days of conference, than in the entire 1st and 2nd quarter of this year"

    - Sarens
  • Industrial Info Resources

    "More Owner / Operator Attendees than any other event I have attended in Petrochemicals"

    - Industrial Info Resources
  • Dow Chemical

    "Good event for petrochemical suppliers and owners to learn about the current state of the industry and collaborate on best practices"

    - Dow Chemical
  • Chevron

    "Sincere congratulations on such a successful event! The Conference was well organized, both logistically and from contents perspective. There was plenty of networking opportunity as well"

    - Chevron
  • Brunel Energy

    "Great event and one of the best conferences that I have attended. This a great turn out and there were loads of decision makers in attendance"

    - Brunel Energy
  • Pot O Gold Waste Services

    "As an industrial supplier I cannot stress enough the value of being able to conveniently learn about the state of the oil and gas industry from leading experts and executives in the field. Nowhere else have I been able to meet as many knowledgeable, warm and welcoming people in the oil and gas industry"

    - Pot O Gold Waste Services
  • Richard Industrial Group

    "I found the PEC 2016 event to be exciting and informative. It was encouraging to see the conference attendance (Clients, Contractors and Vendors) to be high"

    - Richard Industrial Group
  • Atlas RFID

    "The PetroChem staff was terrific. Willing to assist at every turn. These folks made things happen. Timing was spot on and the networking events did not disappoint"

    - Atlas RFID
  • Current Tools

    "Great Time to meet & greet; Great place to gather information & resources from the attendees"

    - Current Tools
  • Lifting Gear Hire Corp

    "I was an exhibitor but the people we met were interested in our service and were there to learn, not just go thru the motions"

    - Lifting Gear Hire Corp
  • Coreworx

    "All in All, this event was structured in a very positive way for networking. I truly enjoyed the event and plan on attending and/or exhibiting next year. Through the networking portal plus conference, I was able to make the right connections and schedule several appointments along with numerous leads. Thank you"

    - Coreworx
  • Hytech Plant Design

    "Very good conference. It met all my expectations. This is the place to go for Revamps and Turnaround experience, knowledge, and prospecting"

    - Hytech Plant Design
  • Genesis Technical Staffing

    "I felt the conference speakers and attendees were a perfect match. The overall feedback I got when networking was that it was definitely worth the time and expense. The conference was seen to be a value by everyone I spoke with. We will return next year and participate at a high level"

    - Genesis Technical Staffing
  • Emerson Process Management

    "The PEC conference was very rewarding for me professionally. I brought back ideas for new approaches that will help in bridging my customer’s critical business strategies with current industry trends and forecasts. The networking opportunities with industry peers was invaluable"

    - Emerson Process Management
  • the Brock Group

    "The event was one of the best industry events I've attended this year. I got a lot out of the interactive sessions and networking opportunities"

    - the Brock Group

2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Current Exhibitors

  • Alfred Miller Contracting
  • APNetworks
  • Aqua Drill International (ADI)
  • Audubon
  • Barnhart
  • Bentley
  • Boldrocchi
  • BOSS
  • Burns-McDonnell
  • cleaver-brooks
  • CTI
  • deep-south
  • doxsteel
  • Drager
  • Eisenmann
  • fabshops
  • FE-Moran
  • forterra
  • HM
  • hexagon
  • Hilti
  • intelliwave
  • Intertek
  • kudu jacks
  • Louisiana Chemical Dismantling Company, Inc. (LCDC)
  • Louisiana
  • Mahaffey
  • Mako
  • mobideo
  • Monroe
  • Morris-Shea Bridge
  • Novaflex
  • Ohmstede
  • optimal pcs distran
  • Orange County Economic Development Corporation
  • ParFab
  • Prominent
  • reliable
  • reliable
  • S8
  • SafeRack
  • Sany
  • sasol
  • Satellite
  • Spraying Systems Co.
  • stoneage
  • Sunbelt
  • Team-Builder-solutions
  • techline
  • total
  • Trinity Power
  • USA-industries
  • Veolia
  • Zahrouf

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