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Supply, demand and new specifications: Factors influencing Asian markets

The 11th ICIS Asian Base Oils & Lubricants Conference took place on 17 - 18 May 2017 (Pre-Conference Seminar: 16 May) at the Fairmont, Singapore. 
The flagship industry event in Asia, brought together major players to network, do business and debate the key issues driving Asian markets.
This conference was hugely successful attracting over 265 attendees representing 166 companies from 33 countries. For further information on 2017 event, please continue reading through the website or download the post conference report.
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Post Event Report Gallery


Conference Day 1: Wednesday 17 May

Registration and refreshments


Opening remarks from the Moderators
Anna Hiramatsu, Executive Director, JAPAN SUN OIL COMPANY
Li Wang, Vice President, KLINE & CO.
The ‘new normal’ in the geopolitical lansdcape and impact on Asian trade flows
  • A new regime in the US is looking more protectionist
  • How will this impact US-Asia trade flows?
  • What is the outlook for US-China trade?
Jonathan Berkshire Miller, International Affairs Fellow, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
Supply/demand balances, global trade flows and impact on Asia.
  • Overview of global capacity developments 
  • Significance of cargoes from the Middle East, US and Europe entering the region
  • How is the local market reacting and realigning?
  • Potential destination/displacement of domestic production
Milind Phadke, Director, Energy, KLINE & CO
CDU, VGO and the feedstock situation
  • Clarity on refinery decisions – what decides shutdowns and turnarounds?
  • Current supply situation for the key feedstocks
  • Where globally can you find UCO and VGO?
Subhasis Bhattacharya, Base Oil Technology Manager, CHEVRON LUMMUS GLOBAL
Refreshment break and networking

Developing a Global Slate
Kitae (Joseph) Kang, Vice President, Head of Lube Sales Division, S-OIL CORPORATION
Group III+ : Now Every Blender Can Blend Low Viscosity Lubricants
  • Petronas has upgraded an existing plant to produce Group III+
  • Why now?
  • How is this process different to other Group III processes?
  • ​The implications for Group III read across and API interchangeability. 
Mr. Lee Seow King, Head, Business Planning, PETRONAS Penapisan (Melaka) Sdn. Bhd
Lunch and networking

Trends in shipping and global trade flows
  • Supply/demand balance in the shipping market
  • Outlook and health of the global market
  • A focus on Asia
  • Shipping trade flows for base oils and lubricants
Caroline Huot, Global Head Lubricants , COCKETT MARINE OIL GROUP
Brightstock alternatives in marine lubricants
  • Key developments in marine lubricants
  • 2020 is a landmark date for reductions in sulphur content for marine fuel and oils
  • How viable are brightstock alternatives in marine applications?
Youhei Inagaki, Lubes Technologist, INFINEUM
Refreshment break and networking

Prospects for development and growth in India
  • The pace of change in India has been phenomenal
  • The impact of leaping from Bharat IV to Bharat VI emission norms
  • Will the rate of change be impeded by demonetization?
  • Trade flows with the rest of Asia
DR. YP RAO, Chief Technology Officer, GULF OIL INTERNATIONAL
The role of oleochemistry in the lubricants value chain
  • Uses of natural oils in fuels, lubes, greases and additives
  • Drivers, legislation and trends in bio-degradeable lubricants
  • Value proposition and barriers to use of oleochemicals in lubricants
Choon Wai How, Senior Manager, Wilmar, WILMAR INTERNATIONAL GROUP
Close of Day One
Networking Drinks Reception


Conference Day 2: Thursday 18 May

Opening remarks from the Moderator
Joe Rousmaniere, Director Business Development , CHEMLUBE INTERNATIONAL
Base oil industry trends: Growing use of Group II in Asia

Perspective from a multinational player

  • Factors driving base oil demand shifts
  • Impact on lubricant performance and base oil design
  • Key implications for lube marketers
Duncan Connolly, Basestocks & Specialties Market Development Manager , EXXONMOBIL FUELS, LUBRICANTS & SPECIALTIES MARKETING
Asian demand patterns and growth markets
  • Identifying countries showing healthy demand growth
  • Where is it in decline?
  • A focus on SE Asia and growth opportunities
Shikhar Aggarwal, Director Visionary Sciences, Frost & Sullivan
New Category JASO DH-2F of Fuel Economy Oil for Heavy Duty Diesel Engine
  • The end-customer view on latest engine developments and the lubricant performance required. 
  • Lubricant specifications to meet environmental and fuel economy commitments
  • What are the essential qualities demanded for lubricant performance?
Ken Hashimoto, Power Train Evaluation & Engineering Division, HINO MOTORS
Refreshment break and networking

Latest industry specifications in HD and PCMO vehicles
  • The latest situation in key specifications for Asia
  • Will some be in play faster than others?
  • Importance of fuel economy regulations in HD vehicles
  • Implications for the lubricants industry and base oil production
Roy Mah, Product Manager, Engine Oils, South East Asia , LUBRIZOL
Best practice in bulk liquid supply chain logistics
  • Introduction to Shipping Base Oils & Lubricants in Bulk using Flexitank
  • Efficiencies in packaging at the point of sale (filling from bulk to retail packs in the country of sale)
  • Environment and quality packaging (HSE zero defects)
  • Cost economies and savings in Bulk Liquid packaging
  • Industry associations such as CEFIC, COA & other certifications. All are trying to raise the quality standards in the interest of safety
Andrew Sangster, Technical Director, BRAID LOGISTICS ASIA PTE LTD
Closing remarks from the Chair
Lunch and end of conference


The 2017 seminar will take place before the conference on Tuesday 16 May 2017. 

The changing market landscape in China

Significant market shifts prompt a reappraisal of the world’s second largest lubricants market

A very good overview of the diverse markets in Asia
Milind Phadke, Director, Energy, KLINE & CO
I certainly benefitted from the event for networking and learning. It is a well organized conference filled with outstanding speakers and insightful material.
Dian Andyasuri, Indonesia Lubricant General Manager, PT SHELL INDONESIA
Shekhar Dhir, Regional Manager, SBC PETROCHEMICAL PTE LTD

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