World Surfactant

Rome, 5th-7th June 2023

The Congress

CESIO is the European association representing producers of surfactants and intermediates. Every 4 years, the association organizes the CESIO World Surfactant Congress and provides a unique opportunity for partners and contacts across the surfactants value chain to meet. 39 years after the first congress, the 12th World surfactant congress will be held in Rome from 5th to 7th June 2023. The theme for this edition will be: “Surfactants – High Performance Solutions for a better World”. This event represents the perfect opportunity to learn about the latest developments in key areas such as Business & Market Trends, Safety & Regulatory affairs and Technical & Applications. Participants can take part in sessions covering scientific, technical and economic aspects of surfactants and their industrial and consumer applications.

Surfactants – High Performance Solutions for a better World

Global warming, Environmental Legislation, COVID-19 – the first part of the 2020s has clearly shown that “business as usual” is not a viable option for the upcoming decades. To an extent global societies will need to adopt new paradigms to avoid irreversible collateral damage. This will involve governments, regulators, citizens and industry and its supply chains. Some commentators think that a new economy with new business models may be required for a better world – a threat to some, an opportunity for others.

With this in mind, what is the specific mission of surfactants and their producers? Surfactants play a significant role for some high-performance solutions that are required to meet the global challenges. For example, surfactants add value by helping to keep the components within a complex product formulation compatible. They also provide performance features in their own right (e. g. cleaning, wetting, foaming, emulsification, etc).

Surfactants are thus one crucial key to providing successful solutions for consumers, e. g. related to cosmetics or household applications, or for professional and industrial uses such as I&I or agrochemicals and many others. Research and investment in several fields are required for surfactants, including lower-carbon solutions, bio-based raw materials and circularity. The challenge will be to identify lower surfactant solutions that can be scaled up to the dimension of current mainstream products, perform well (e. g. clean as well as current products), and are cost effective. Digitalization should help to speed up these activities as COVID-19 has, e. g. with consumers buying more and more products online than off the shelf. COVID-19 has also shown that products for hygiene and sanitation are in huge demand: these often contain surfactants and have been literal life-savers.

An important aspect of our industry organization, CESIO, is to provide knowledge and ensure that the regulations developed are based on facts, good science and recognised testing protocols. As regulations and raw material chains develop, there will be both restrictions and new opportunities opening up. This will affect surfactants as well as biocides, solvents, polymers and other ingredients. The surfactants industry has a tremendous breadth and depth of expertise in bringing ingredients together in advanced formulations and is therefore well positioned to a) help downstream users with these changes, and b) stimulate the development of new business opportunities.

The Conference

The conference has three clusters with the following topics:

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Our direct members

The CESIO membership represents approximately 75% of European surfactant manufacturers and includes individual companies, national associations representing a number of SMEs in addition to the larger companies, and associate members: