The 21st ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference :: Agenda The 21st ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference :: Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday 16 February 2017

8:00

REGISTRATION & REFRESHMENTS

9:00

Welcome from ICIS

9:05

Opening remarks from the Chair

9:15

BREXIT - implications for industry and trade

  • Update on ‘Brexit means Brexit’
  • UK is the second biggest economy in the EU
  • What will Brexit mean for global and European trade?
  • The likely impact on end-user markets for lubricants, and hence base oils
10:00

Crude oil trends and impact on base oils

  • Does crude oil price volatility mean a ‘New Normal’ for base oil refiners?
  • How does it impact CAPEX and decisions on new projects?
  • Sustainability implications – do low oil prices undermine the development of alternative and renewable technologies?
10:45

Refreshment break

11:45

Structural changes within the base oil industry

  • Will we see consolidation, acquisition and structural change?
  • What are the opportunities for companies with a long term view?
  • What is the view from Private Equity?
  • Successes and failures of base oil JVs
12:00

Group II production in Europe

  • A perspective from a major producer
  • New plants and production statistics
  • Europe is gearing up for the transition to Group II and III in the HD sector
  • Will this inevitably mean increased demand?
12:45

LUNCH & NETWORKING

14:30

An overview of global supply and demand

  • Balances by region and group
  • Long term prospects for Group I, II and III
  • Impact on global trade flows
  • Where will the new Middle East production find a home?
15:15

The changing base oil landscape and impact on heavy products

  • With the market in transition, what is the outlook for Group I, bright stock, waxes and specialties?
  • Some markets are having to look to new molecules for the first time
  • What are the alternatives?
  • Will heavy markets move to lighter products in time?
16:00

REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING

16:30

Developments in Marine lubricants

  • ‘Slow steaming’ and technical developments mean a change in marine lubricants
  • Impact on lubricant formulations and base oils
  • Does the marine sector ‘buck the trend’ towards lower viscosity?
  • Changes in market structure
17:15

Iran – a future major player?

  • The current situation with commercial and financial sanctions
  • Iran as an exporter of base oil to other markets
  • Opportunities in Iran as they upgrade their capabilities
18:00

CLOSE OF DAY ONE

Day 2 - Friday 17 February 2017

9:00

Welcome from ICIS

9:05

Opening remarks from the Chair

9:15

Group III in Heavy Duty Engine Oil

  • FA-4 specifications will be revolutionary for fuel economy in commercial vehicles
  • Fuel savings in trucks will have huge implications for basestock useage
  • Do thinner oils adversely affect engine longevity?
10:00

An OEM perspective

  • New ACEA 2016 sequences and impact on OEM specifications
  • Innovative hardware changes for OEMs to meet emissions and Fuel Economy targets
  • The role of the lubricant in achieving CO2 targets
  • Have low oil prices impacted OEM plans for fuel economy?
10:45

REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING

11:15

Industry consensus on engine testing

  • An update on progress and consensus in the industry
  • Is there a better way to create the next generation of industry requirements?
12:00

Long term trends in vehicle development

  • Hybrids, electric cars and other new emerging technologies
  • There is electrification across all vehicle types
  • Meaning a long term decline rate in traditional oils
  • Impact on lubricants and base oils
12:45

LUNCH & NETWORKING

14:00

The global white oil market

  • Structure of the market and major players
  • Applications
  • Increasingly high quality Group III oils are being used as a substitute for technical white oil
14:45

Long term prospects for re-refiners

  • Will European government mandates increase demand?
  • Will it become a more prominent consumer choice?
  • What are the regulatory aspects?
15:30

Close of conference


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