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Day 1 - Thursday 18 February 2016

8:00

REGISTRATION & REFRESHMENTS

9:00

Welcome from ICIS

9:05

Opening remarks from the Chair

X B Cox, Global Planning Manager - Basestocks & Specialties, EXXONMOBIL BASESTOCKS
Mike McCabe, Global Segment Marketing Manager, LUBRIZOL
9:20

Keynote: Refinery economics in era of low oil prices

  • Are there new ‘norms’ for refineries now?
  • The impact on base stock economics from changing demand and specifications for other refinery products
  • Is it better to make base oils or fuels with lower crude prices?
  • What sort of base oil? Light, medium, heavy?
Ashok Krishna, Vice President, Downstream Technology & Services, CHEVRON ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
10:00

Major milestones over the last 20 years and lessons learnt

  • What has changed in base oils and lubricants over the last 20 years?
  • What have been the major technological and business milestones?
  • How has this influenced where the industry is today?
  • What can we learn for the future?
David Wedlock, Base Oils Expert and Consultant
10:45

REFRESHMENT BREAK

11:15

The OEM perspective on 2020 and beyond

  • Developments in the automotive sector will continue to drive the future direction of base oil and lubricants
  • Future technology and trends in passenger cars
  • What the latest engines will require from 21st century lubricants
John Coxon, Technical Specialist – Engine Lubricants, JAGUAR LAND ROVER
12:00

An aerial view of changing base oil dynamics and global trade flows

  • Major factors impacting base oil markets
  • Highlights of supply/demand trends
  • The growth of Group II and its eventual markets
  • What happens to an excess of group III?
Geeta Agashe, President, GEETA AGASHE & ASSOCIATES LLC
12:45

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14:30

New global capacity and impact on global supply balances

  • New global additions
  • Trade from Group II and III supply rich regions
  • Exports of group I from Europe
  • What will be available for blenders in Europe now, and in 5 years hence?
Stephen Ames, Managing Director, SBA CONSULTING
15:15

A perspective from a European Group I base oils producer – Quo Vadis Group I?

  • Is there a place for Group I in the long term?
  • The different situations in Western, Central European and Russian markets
  • How will the European Group I landscape play out?
Zbigniew Lach, Raw Materials Division Manager, LOTOS OILS SA
16:00

REFRESHMENT BREAK

 
16:30

Brightstocks: Salvation of Group I, or a gleam in the gloom

  • Changing supply/demand and pricing fundamentals for brightstocks
  • What are the value levers determining which Group I plants will survive, and which may fail?
Ian Moncrieff, Vice President Energy, KLINE GROUP
17:15

The base oils and lubricants landscape in China

  • China continues to drive global demand
  • What are the economic and industry prospects in China
  • The changing base oil supply/demand landscape
Whitney Shi, Senior Industry Analyst, ICIS CHINA - C1 ENERGY
18:00

CLOSE OF DAY ONE

19:30

20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION at Altitude 360

Day 2 - Friday 19 February 2016

9:00

Welcome from ICIS

9:05

Opening remarks from the Chair

APU GOSALIA, Vice President Sustainability & Global Competitive Intelligence, FUCHS PETROLUB SE
BRIAN CRICHTON, Director, CRICHTON CONSULTING LTD
9:15

BP: Energy outlook to 2035

William Zimmern, Head, Macroeconomics, BP
9:50

Developments in the automotive lubricants market

  • Societal, market and technological factors driving change
  • An outlook to the next 5, 10 and 20 years 
Mike McCabe, Global Segment Marketing Manager, LUBRIZOL
10:25

A Heavy Duty OEM perspective - Construction

  • An outlook on future developments in HD engines for construction
  • The special requirements of HD engine lubricants
  • The broader range of lubricants required for the construction industry
  • Are construction performance specifications catching up with the on-road market?
Anders Petterson, Global Lubricant Coordinator, VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT
11:00

REFRESHMENT BREAK

11:30

Time for a Time Out! The Lubricant Performance Standards: Where Next?

  • Non-OEM industry standards in testing, specification setting and monitoring were put in place 30 years ago - is that system and structure still a valid model in today’s world?
  • Examine the changes from 1996 to 2016 in a step wise approach to better understand how we have evolved to our current situation.
  • While there will likely always be regional needs, how can these regional systems be aligned to make testing more efficient?
Chris Locke, Executive Vice President Marketing and Technology, INFINEUM
12:15

Next generation engine oil specifications and impact on base oil interchange

  • The latest status with key global specifications: GF6, PC11, ACEA 2016 and Dexos Next Generation 1 & 2
  • What will they mean for base oil interchange?
  • A global and European perspective
Chris Castanien, Technical Services Manager – Americas, NESTE
13:00

Networking Lunch

14:00

Challenges for the independent blender

  • Obtaining OEM approvals is getting more complicated and expensive
  • Will this be passed on in higher prices for lubricants?
  • What then is the future for small lubricant blenders?
Adrian Hill, Automotive Product Manager, MORRIS LUBRICANTS
14:35

The Russian base oils and lubricants landscape

  • A near term overview
  • Review of refinery capacities and upgrades
  • Russian heavy neutrals and brightstock
  • Export and tariff policy – what can make Russian product more attractive for export?
Tamara Kandelaki, Managing Director, InfoTEK-CONSULT
15:10

Basestock trends in the future

  • The growing demand for synthetics
  • The growth of bio-based products
  • How OEM and regulatory drivers will influence demand for these basestocks
William Downey , SVP for Business Development, Novvi LLC
15:40

Closing remarks from the Chair and close of conference


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