2022 SOCMA Summit

The SOCMA Summit is a multi-day conference for EHS professionals, facility managers, supply chain, procurement and international trade experts, and executives charged with overall operations of the company or business unit. Review the key to pick your preferred sessions and plan your conference schedule!

Operational Excellence: EHS Best Practices for Chemical Manufacturers

Find solutions to challenges facing operations and compliance professionals in the specialty chemical industry. Join SOCMA for sessions covering a wide range of topics critical to enhancing operations, with a focus on practical strategies and ideas that attendees can take back to their facilities, including:

  • Worker health and safety
  • Environmental and chemical regulations.

Target Audience
Plant Manager/Director, Plant Supervisor, Environmental Engineer, EHS Manager/Director, EHS Specialist, Operations Manager/Director, Regulatory Affairs Managers, Regulatory Manager/Director, Technical Manager/Director, Safety Manager/Director

Supply Chain: Trends in Logistics, Trade and Procurement

Get the latest intel on timely supply chain, procurement, and trade topics. These sessions feature:

  • A deep dive on specific topics
  • Wider overview of current trends
  • Forward-looking analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing the specialty chemical industry.

Target Audience
Supply Chain Manager, Sourcing Manager, Procurement Manager, Materials Manager, Trade Compliance Manager, Logistics Manager.

Translating Sustainability to EHS: How Corporate Goals Influence Operations 

Explore the impact of corporate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals on the business operations of specialty chemical manufacturers. Whether it is the goals set by downstream industries and customers, or the company’s own ESG goals, these sessions explore practical implications for the specialty chemical industry.

Target Audience
Sustainability Officers, EHS Manager/Director/Specialist, Operations Manager/Director. 

Executive Decision Making 

This track will provide leaders with a forum to share their experiences in managing companies and business units in today’s volatile environment. From labor shortages to economic shifts to changes in customer relationships, executives will walk away from these sessions with actionable intelligence and peer-provided ideas to better their business.

Target Audience
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, President, Executive/Senior/Vice President, Business Unit Head.


Monday, November 14

Time Session Location
1:00pm - 4:00pm Exhibitor Set-Up Grand Ballroom
12:00pm Registration Opens Grand Ballroom
12:00pm Light Lunch Grand Ballroom
2:00pm - 3:15pm

Fostering a Safety Culture Roundtable
Learn and share with industry peers new and innovative ways to continually improve and foster a culture of plant safety.

Evangeline A
Trends in Logistics and International Trade 
In this interactive session, learn and share with industry peers about trends and challenges in supply chain and procurement.

Evangeline C
3:15pm - 3:45pm Networking Break Grand Ballroom
3:45pm - 4:45pm As The Trade Turns: A Soap Opera Story of Betryal, Murder and Money
These are “The Days of Our Lives” in international trade where it can feel like “Another World.” Listen as Charter Brokerage provides a “Guiding Light” to the large sums of money that are owed to different government organizations and how to mitigate them… which can be both “The Bold and the Beautiful.” There are twists, turns and moments of desperation, but in this “One Life to Live,” Charter Brokerage has solutions to share! This interactive story is a catch all tale for the mature and, “Young and the Restless,” since all importers and exporters of chemicals are tangled in this monetary mess. How much money is there? Where does it go? Who gets it? It always feels like it goes to “All My Children,” but join us to see how it all unfolds.

Evangeline A
TSCA New Chemicals: Overcoming Challenges at Each Stage of the Process
Frustrated with delays in the New Chemicals review process? Walk through a new chemical submission from start to finish to discuss challenges and pitfalls at each stage of the process, from pre-submission to risk assessment to final determination. Small group breakouts will then consider potential solutions and share best practices to enable EPA to implement improvements to the process.

Evangeline C
Executive Fishbowl (Open to Manufacturing Executives)
Join your fellow manufacturing leaders for a facilitated dialogue on topics that are top of mind for executives and leaders right now.

Fleur de Lis
5:00pm - 6:30pm Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall  


Tuesday, November 15

Time Session Location
7:30am Registration Opens Arcade Foyer
7:30am - 8:30am Networking Breakfast Exhibit Hall
8:30am - 9:00am SOCMA Annual Meeting

Grand Ballroom
9:00am - 9:30am General Session
A View from Capitol Hill – What the Midterm Elections Mean for the Specialty Chemical Industry

Get up-to-date analysis of the U.S. midterm election results, and how SOCMA will strategize based on these shifts in Congress to advocate and advance our members’ priority legislative issues.

Grand Ballroom
9:30am - 10:00am Coffee and Networking Break Exhibit Hall
10:00am - 11:00am System Integrity and Mechanical Reliability in the Era of Equipment Shortages

With hurdles and delays in equipment procurement, keeping equipment operating in top shape is more important than ever. Hear from experts on best practices for tracking, maintaining, and improving system integrity and mechanical reliability, and extending the operational lifespan of your equipment.

Evangeline A
Customer and Supply Chain Drivers for ESG Certifications and Internal ESG Policies

ESG certification requirements and private supplier codes of conduct are becoming a necessary cost of doing business. This session will provide helpful insights into the drivers behind these requirements in the supply chain, difficulties and opportunities arising from such requirements, and practical tips to help you to meet these challenges.

Evangeline C
11:00am - 12:15pm Speed Round: Emerging and Ongoing Issues Impacting Specialty Chemical Manufacturers

Join us for a variety of “quick hits” on current topics in the regulatory space, including:

  • 11:00am - EPA's Proposed Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule
  • 11:15am - Challenges with Enforcement of the Manfacturing Process Unit (MPU) Exculsion
  • 11:30am - Discrepencies with EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) Datebase
  • 11:45am - Cutting Property Tax with Raily Designation

Evangeline A
Executive Roundtable: Recruitment and Retention

What expectations does the next generation have, and are you prepared to deliver on them? With the persistence of a shrinking labor pool, business leaders are rethinking their growth strategies. Participate in a facilitated dialogue with your colleagues on innovative solutions companies are using to overcome these challenges.

Evangeline C
12:15pm - 1:00pm Networking Lunch Exhibit Hall
1:00pm - 2:00pm General Session
ESG & Sustainability: The State-of-Play for Speciality & Contract Chemical Producers

Sustainability and ESG initiatives have increasingly moved into the spotlight with customers, investors and regulators. But what does this mean for the specialty and contract chemical sector? Hear about one company’s journey and first-hand experience with implementing an ESG program, and how that experience aligns with other manufacturers surveyed through SOCMA’s benchmarking study.

Grand Ballroom
2:00pm - 3:00pm A Less Globalized World Means Change; Are You Ready for It?

No one knows what the future holds, but investors and executives still must make long term decisions. Some choose to extrapolate the past. In retrospect, major economic events like the dot com recession, the housing bubble, and the COVID crisis proved experts wrong. More recent geopolitical events took an already strained situation to a whole different level. These are the signals of a less globalized economy. We will explore what this means for the specialty and fine chemical sector and propose ways to deal with the coming change from an operational and M&A perspective.

Evangeline C
Mining Waste for Value

Discover ways to responsibly remarket waste, by-product and reclaimed materials into viable products. Panelists will cover the compliance requirements, from extraction to shipping to bringing a product to market.

Evangeline A
3:00pm - 3:30pm Networking Break  Exhibit Hall
3:30pm - 4:30pm General Session
A Timely Outlook on Evolving Dynamics in China & the EU

In the post-COVID world, the manufacturing landscape has shifted. Continued disruptions in China and an energy crisis across Europe has presented opportunities for North American manufacturers. But will this be short-lived? Hear forward-looking analysis of the evolving dynamics for the specialty chemical sector in the decade to come.

Grand Ballroom
5:30pm - 6:30pm Networking Reception Exhbit Hall
6:30pm - 8:00pm Dinner & Presentation of Performance Improvement Awards Grand Ballroom


Wednesday, November 16

Time Session Location
8:00am - 9:00am Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall Exhibit Hall
9:30am Exhibitor Breakdown Grand Ballroom
8:30am - 10:30am SOCMA Executive Committee Meeting Fleur de Lis
9:00am - 10:30am Environment, Health and Safety Committee Meeting
Evangeline A
10:30am - 12:00pm International Trade Committee Meeting
Evangeline A