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Interest in India continues to be high as it represents an optimistic, growing market among the troubled economies of Asia. Yet will this growth be hindered by the government step to demonetization? This will certainly have a short term impact on the small manufacturing sector and the rural economies. 

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Join your peers at the only international forum in the Sub-Continent providing essential market information for the industry in India. The conference sets the drivers of the Indian market in a global context, and a range of acknowledged experts examine the major factors influencing the base oils and lubricants landscape in India.
Reasons to attend The 5th ICIS Indian Base Oils & Lubricants Conference
The opportunity to meet over 200 attendees under one roof
Top class program based on the key market intelligence you want to gain
Insights from industry leaders and acknowledged experts
New business connections in India for international players
The only major international industry conference in India


The 2016 conference attracted 155+ attendees representing over 80 companies from 12 countries.
Agenda 2017

Conference Day 1: Wednesday 5 April

Registration and refreshments

Welcome and Chair’s opening remarks
Geeta Agashe, President, GEETA AGASHE & ASSOCIATES LLC
N C Sekharan, Vice President - Direct Sales, RAJ PETRO SPECIALTIES PVT LTD
Outlook for the Indian economy
  • GDP growth forecast at 7.5% and confidence is high
  • A good Monsoon means increased disposable income and consumer demand
  • New infrastructure and building projects enhance the economic outlook 
  • However, will demonetization impede progress?
Dr Meenal Annachhatre, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, SAVITRIBAI PHULE PUNE UNIVERSITY
GST - An update and way forward
  • What do we know now?
  • How will logistics improve?
  • What is the impact on petroleum products?
Ashok Jain, Chief Manager (Finance) , INDIAN OIL CORPORATION LTD
Refreshment break and networking

Session: The leap from Bharat IV to Bharat VI – Next generation technologies to meet India’s emission and FE standards

The evolving Powertrain

  - What are the challenges in meeting BSVI norms by 2020?

  - What changes are Indian OEMs planning from BS-VI and CAFÉ perspective?

Tapan Sahoo, Sr. Vice President, R&D, MARUTI SUZUKI INDIA LTD
Scenario that emerges in the Engine Oil Market with the implementation of BS IV thru’ BS VI in India
  • What are refineries putting in place to meet Bharat VI standards?
Minaketan Panda, Senior Manager, Technical Services, HINDUSTAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION LTD
The additive perspective
  • How to design lubricant formulations to meet Bharat VI without compromising performance requirements

Lunch and networking

Advances in Hydroprocessing technologies for the production of high quality base stocks
Alberto Ravella, Licensing Manager, Lubes - Catalysts & Licensing, EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION
Trends in marine lubricants
  • New regulations for lower sulphur content in marine lubricants
  • The changing marine lubricants market landscape
Don Gregory, Technology & Solutions Director , GULF OIL MARINE LTD
Challenges in Greases - Alternates to Lithium Greases
Vijay Deshmukh, General Manager, Research & Development, STANDARD GREASES & SPECIALTIES PVT LTD
Refreshment break and networking

The growing two wheeler segment in India
  • This sector has seen huge growth
  • A focus on increasing scooter ownership
  • Impact on lubricant formulation and demand
Sushmita Dutta, Project Lead, KLINE & CO.
India as an export hub for specialty oils
  • An examination of food grade lubricants, white oils and process oils
  • Why has India become a production and export hub for these products?
  • Future trends and opportunities in current market conditions
Aishwarya Krishnan, SHELL LUBRICANTS
Close of Day One
Networking Drinks reception

Conference Day 2: Thursday 6 April

Welcome and Chair’s opening remarks
The base oils supply landscape in India
  • Group II and Group III market balances
  • Group I and brightstock situation as supply is squeezed
  • Will the supply emphasis shift from East to West of India?
  • Will India remain a price-driven market?
Anuj Kumar, Project Manager, KLINE & CO
Trends in industrial lubricants
  • Trends and challenges in industrial lubricants
  • How the sector will face a shortage of Group I and brightstock
  • Impact on base oil demand
Siva Kasturi, Asia Pacific Regional OEM Manager , SHELL GLOBAL LUBRICANTS
Revisiting the agricultural sector
  • What does a good monsoon mean for tractor lubricant demand?
  • What is the outlook for the sector in a growing economy?
  • Will we see a gradual shift from agriculture to manufacturing as the economy develops?
Harshad Jambulaikar, Regional Manager, AFTON CHEMICAL
Refreshment break and networking

Regulation and registration for food grade lubricants
  • What does “Food Safe” mean?
  • Which regulations must be followed? Specifically 21 CFR
  • What does 21 CFR cover?
  • Which categories in 21 CFR are relevant to manufacturers of lubricants?
  • Where can manufacturers get help and advice?
Sid Stone, Managing Director, INS SERVICES (UK) LTD
Long term vehicle trends and ‘disruptive technology’ for lubricants
  • The trend to electric and hybrid cars in India
  • There will be high uptake in India after 2020
  • The impact on lubricants
Srihari Mulgund, President, Ricardo India Pvt Ltd
Lubricant marketing in India –what it takes to succeed
  • Many majors struggle to find a foothold
  • Why have some succeeded where others have failed?
  • What makes India unique?
  • What can smaller labels and marketers do to compete?  
Geeta Agashe, President, GEETA AGASHE & ASSOCIATES LLC
Closing remarks from the Chair
Lunch and networking

2017 Speakers 
Informative, relevant presentations delivered by interesting industry figures.
Graham Edew, Commercial Director, Multisol Europe Ltd
 A very concise insight to what is happening in India lubricant industry.
Nittish Mittal, Indian Oil Corporation
 Very interesting facts came up and liked the control views. 
Rajif Kumar Sota, Business Manager (lube), Brenntag Ingredients India Prt Ltd
 A great timely meeting of the minds of some of the experts from the automotive, lubricants, base oil and additive industries.
Charles Champion, Business Development Executive – India, Infineum Singapore Pte Ltd
 International conference made India specific.
R R Kulkarni, Chief Manager (Tech Ser), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd
 Excellent, informative and very useful. ICIS should organise conference every year in India.
Tapas Bishayi, Ch.Mgr. (Lube Exports), Indian Oil Corporation
 Very informative and a clean update on future challenges for base oils & lubricants.
M. Kalyansunder, Chief Manager (Marketing), Balmer Lawrie & Co

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