ITA 2019 Conference Information

The International Tar Association (ITA) is pleased to announce the Association’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Shanghai, China from Sunday, September 22nd, through Tuesday, September 24th. The Annual Conference will be hosted at Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre, 555 XiZhang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, 200003, China. Conference delegates will enjoy this location in the heart of downtown Shanghai, just moments from Nanjing Road and the Bund. The hotel boasts immaculately designed accommodations and a host of amenities. You will enjoy the downtown location and easy access to the metro, shopping, restaurants and the cultural and historical aspects of Shanghai.

Both Conference Registration and Hotel Reservations are available on the ITA website for attending the Annual Conference. The International Tar Association looks forward to welcoming you to Shanghai!

Conference Itinerary and Information:

The ITA 2019 Annual Conference will begin on Sunday, September 22nd with an afternoon tour for conference delegates and spouses. Information on the tour/program will be announced soon.

The ITA 2019 Annual Conference will officially commence with a Welcome Reception on Sunday at 18:30 PM. This Reception is a great opportunity for our Member Company Delegates and Conference Delegates to come together ahead of the two day intensive conference. This year, the ITA Welcome Reception will be held in the Winter Garden Reception Area located within the Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre. The ITA warmly invites and encourages all conference delegates to attend this reception.

On Monday, September 23rd, the International Tar Association Member Companies meet for a morning ITA General Assembly meeting at 9:00 AM in the hotel’s Junior Ballroom. The ITA Membership Committee will then hold a 30 minute informational presentation for Prospective New Members starting at 11:30 AM followed by the Conference Lunch for all conference delegates.

The Annual Conference commences on Monday afternoon at 13:30 PM in the Junior Ballroom and includes a speaker program designed to focus on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, Coal Tar, Coal Tar Pitch, Carbon Black, Naphthalene, Coke, Steel, Aluminum and consumer products related to these industries. Conference speakers come from diverse backgrounds providing insight and content relative to the past, current and future related markets. The ITA encourages questions and participation from the audience to create a dialogue with our invited speakers. Overall, the Conference is a great opportunity for individuals working in these related market segments to share and obtain information relative to local, regional and global markets.

On Monday evening, the ITA will host the Conference Dinner for all delegates and spouses to enjoy. As our annual conference moves around the globe each year, the Conference Dinner typically captures the uniqueness of the conference city, providing a great experience for all delegates. Information on the Conference Dinner will be announced soon.

The Annual Conference continues on Tuesday, September 24th, with the continuation of the speaker program on industry related topics from 8:30 AM. The Conference session concludes with a mid day Conference Lunch. By design, the ITA keeps the afternoon unscheduled to allow our Members and Delegates to arrange meetings for further networking opportunities.

The Speaker Program for the 2019 Annual Conference is under development for this year. We will post information on the website as speakers are confirmed.

If any company is interested in sponsoring a portion of the annual conference or for a planned event, please contact Mr. Tim Bart, ITA President, at, for more information.

The International Tar Association looks forward to welcoming you to Shanghai and the 2019 Annual Conference.

Summary of Scheduled Events:

  • Sunday Outing – 9/22
  • Welcome Reception – 9/22
  • Conference – 9/23 & 9/24
  • Conference Lunches – 9/23 & 9/24
  • Conference Dinner – 9/23
  • Chinese Acrobatic Show $#8211; 9/24
  • Spouses’ Tour – 9/23

Annual Conference Sponsors:

Sponsorship opportunities are open to all registered delegates and ITA member companies. Please contact Mr. Tim Bart, President, at Thank you for your consideration.

Special thanks to our 2019 Annual Conference Sponsors:

Antitrust Compliance Reminder

The International Tar Association, Inc. takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the ITA Annual Conference is to help market participants understand the major issues shaping the market. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

The ITA reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.