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Regulation, sustainability and advanced performance – Managing complex change drivers
Just what does this mean for the industrial lubricants sector in Europe? In a market of relatively stable supply and demand, the need to create strategic advantage is essential. The shift towards higher group base stocks combined with the drive for advanced performance is made increasingly complex in a highly regulated sector. 
Following on from the success of the previous three editions, the ICIS & ELGI Industrial Lubricants Conference will return this November to the brand new location of Vienna. Over the past three years, we have welcomed more than 300 attendees from 200 companies across 35 countries. Established as the only conference covering both the technical and commercial challenges for the sector, it is a must-attend for everyone in the industrial lubricants value chain. 

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Conference Day 1: Wednesday 15 November

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Terry Dicken, Chairman, ELGI
A global market in transition – The continuing evolution of base stocks
  • Group I availability and outlook 
  • Bright stock alternatives 
  • The shift to higher group base stocks – what pressures will this put on the market?
Sarah Trinder, Senior Editor, ICIS
Industrial lubricants – Identifying opportunities in a low-growth environment
  • Growth variability by region, application and product type
  • Value and volume drivers => strategic implications for lubricant marketers
  • Longer term trends to watch, and their meaning for lubes: IIoT, novel manufacturing technologies 
Yana Wilkinson, Director, Energy Practice , KLINE & CO
Refreshment break and networking
To what extent is regulation driving the industrial lubricants sector?
  • REACH 2018 – are we ready?
  • Future expectations for low volume chemicals – do we have alternatives?
  • Additional regulatory requirements on a global scale – what extra considerations need to be taken?
Paul Whitehead, Director, WCA ENVIRONMENT Ltd
Optimising energy efficiency in gear applications using high viscosity base stocks
  • PAOs vs. PAGs in industrial gear lubrication
  • Maximising performance and compatibility
  • Applications in lubricant formulations
Markus Scherer, Director Global Marketing and Product Development - Base Stocks and Metalworking, BASF
Is the drive for sustainability fuelling growth in biodegradable lubricants?
  • To what extent is sustainability a driver for innovation?
  • The rise of Ecolabel products and its impact on the industry 
  • Environmental and performance advantages of biodegradable products
Matthias Hof, Global Head of Product and Application Development, Bio-Lubricants, Emery Oleochemicals
Lunch and networking
OEM perspective on industrial lubrication
  • Expectations from next generation formulations 
  • Defining the approval process 
  • Understanding how design evolution will impact lubrication requirements
Donald McCarthy, Lubricants Specialist, Volvo Construction Equipment
Analysing the advantages of ester based lubricants in the marine sector
  • Specific features of synthetic esters and compliance to the VGP and European Ecolabel
  • Technical evolutions and improvement of marine products: the dual competence of synthetic esters
  • A review of hydrolytic stability an important feature in marine applications 
Siegfried Lucazeau , Product Manager, Esters, NYCO
Refreshment break and networking
Modern turbine oils for power generation: Used oil analysis for condition monitoring through case studies
  • Turbine oil specification advances and impact on base oil and additive selection
  • Condition monitoring parameters and limits for healthy systems
  • Extending the service lifecycle of turbine oils
Andreas Dodos, Chemical Engineer, ELDON'S
Cyber Security for ICS Operators – Threats and Solutions
  • What are the cyber security threats facing ICS operators?
  • What can we learn from recent cyber attacks?
  • Understand how ICS operators can mitigate the risk and protect their systems from cyber attacks
Simon Mason, Managing Director, KEMAT
Gareth Leggett, Senior Consultant for ICS Security, KEMAT Polybutenes
Close of conference day one and Networking Drinks Reception

Conference Day 2: Thursday 16 November

Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Andreas Dodos, Chemical Engineer, ELDON'S
White etched cracking in wind turbines – Assessing the role of lubrication
  • How to design a lab screening tests, that successfully emulates the field
  • Identifying the root causes of WECs and relate to the chemistry of lubricants
  • How are diverse operating environments and gearbox design evolution influencing lubricant formulation?
Marc Ingram, R&D Engineering Specialist, Afton Chemical
Food grade lubricants – A smaller but fast growing sector?
  • Small volumes but high growth potential?
  • Managing the challenges of direct food contact 
  • How are end-user requirements influencing lubricant selection?
Srdjan Stankov, EMEA Business Development Manager, NSF International
Refreshment break and networking
A perspective from the CEE region – Supply and demand outlook
  • Industrial growth opportunities in Central Eastern Europe
  • What will this mean for lubricant demand?
  • Assessing market appetite according to application and product type
Szabolcs Vida, Managing Director, MOL-LUB Kft
Panel discussion: Innovation in industrial lubricants and the drive for collaboration
  • What is the role of innovation, sustainability and regulation 
  • What more needs to be done to foster collaboration across the value chain
  • Looking to the future – what is next for the industrial lubricants sector?
Allan Barber, Technology & OEM Relationship Manager, Lubrizol
Markus Scherer, Director Global Marketing and Product Development - Base Stocks and Metalworking, BASF
Yana Wilkinson, Director, Energy Practice , KLINE & CO
Chairman’s closing remarks
Lunch and end of conference
The ICIS & ELGI Industrial Lubricants Conference agenda annually features a cutting edge speaker line-up of senior industry experts from the highest profile companies in the world. The 2017 speaker line up will be announced soon.
 Useful, informative conference, good location
Paul Veerkamp, Specialist Lubrication Technology, Tata Steel
 Everything was at the highest level
Roman Podriezov, Head of Research & Development, JV Yukoil
 Very good and informative presentations and excellent organisation
Wolfgang Weil, Head of Purchasing, Bucher AG Langenthal Motorex Schmiertechnik
 The ICIS conference provided room for interesting presentations as well as networking helping to not only understand the current market trends and technologies but also to connect for future discussions.
Nawid Kashani, Global Strategic Marketing Manager Basestocks and Metalworking Fluids, BASF
 Getting the latest information about the industrial lubricant sector. A very good place for networking.
Maren Ohnesorge, Product Manager, AVISTA OIL Refining & Trading Deutschland GmbH

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