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Optimizing the drive for performance and innovative formulation in an increasingly regulated environment – A complex balancing act?


This meeting forms part of the ICIS Base Oils & Lubricants Portfolio. Every year we have 8 events spanning the globe focusing on the individual challenges of either base oils and automotive lubricants, or the industrial sector. The Chicago congress has carved a niche for itself by offering a deeper insight in to the world of industrial finished lubricants. Focused further down the value chain and offering diverse perspectives on improving productivity and efficiency through advanced formulation and technical insight in to specific applications. This is complemented with market outlook whilst considering supply, demand and new capacity as drivers for industry growth. An essential meeting place for those involved in the industrial lubricants value chain at a senior level in both technical and commercial divisions to come together to discuss the future of the sector.
The demand for high performance and innovation in the industrial lubricants market is being driven by regulation alongside evolving end-user requirements. Just what does this mean for the selection and formulation process? Alongside this is the evolution of sustainable and bio-based products as creating environmentally acceptable lubricants becomes a priority. 
The ICIS & ELGI North American Industrial Lubricants Congress provides the ultimate platform to discuss and debate the key challenges facing the sector. Take a deep dive into specific applications and the impact of REACH regulation and registration on the availability of chemicals, and the formulations they supply, this is the only event of its type covering both technical and commercial topics. 
Agenda 2017

Conference Day 1: Tuesday 12 September

Registration and refreshments

Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Terry Dicken, Chairman, ELGI
Brexit and a new administration – What will this mean for the chemical industry
  • An update on Brexit and the U.S. trade agenda
  • What will this mean for international trade?
  • Changing trade policies in North America – what happens now?
  • Navigating NAFTA renegotiations – what is next?
Nathaniel Bolin, Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Global base stock outlook – Shifting priorities?
  • Supply, demand and capacity outlook
  • How is the shift to higher group base oils impacting the industrial sector
  • What is the outlook for brightstock demand in light of new capacity?
Ernie Henderson, President, K&E PETROLEUM CONSULTING
Refreshment break and networking

Analyzing the state of play of the industrial lubricants market
  • Assessing supply and demand dynamics for key industrial applications 
  • Examining key political, environmental and regulatory drivers 
  • In a market of relatively flat volumetric supply, where are the growth opportunities?
Michael Kochanek, Manager, Kline
Lunch and networking

Afternoon session: Chaired by Chuck Coe, President, Grease Technology Solutions 

Navigating regulatory complexities – What does this mean for industrial lubricants?
  • Will regulation be the main driver for the sector in the short to mid term?
  • Defining the reach of REACH – how does this impact on North America?
  • Will the new administration mean a change of direction for the EPA? What will this look like?
Jessica Onyshko, Senior Consultant, Anthesis
A lubricant manufacturer’s perspective on the industry – Improving productivity and efficiency
Kathleen Havelka, Director Research & Development, Fuchs Lubricants Co
Refreshment break and networking

Do chlorinated paraffins have a future in such a regulation rich environment?
  • How did we get to where we are today?
  • Where does the industry and regulation currently stand on this?
  • Exploring the benefits of chlorinated paraffins in extreme pressure environments
  • Does a viable alternative exist?
Chris Ricklic, Distribution Sales Manager, Dover Chemical Corporation
Are environmental drivers influencing lubricant selection and formulation in marine applications?
  • Lubricant formulation in line with design evolution
  • Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) for propellers, thrusters and hydraulic equipment 
  • Defining Vessel General Permit (VGP) expectations and their impact on the lubricants sector
Serge Dal Farra, Global Marketing Director, Total Lubmarine
Close of Day One

Conference Day 2: Wednesday 13 September

Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Terry Dicken, Chairman, ELGI
An end-user perspective on manufacturing evolution and lubrication specifications
  • How is innovation in manufacturing driving lubricant selection and performance requirements?
  • Receiving OEM approval – process and priorities 
  • Drivers for selecting synthetic lubricants 
  • Challenges for the end-user – managing inventory and ensuring consistency
Allison Dries, Engineering Team Leader, Advanced Materials Technology, Caterpillar Inc
Overcoming the complexities for food grade lubrication
  • Ensuring compliance in a higher risk application  
  • Understanding the selection and application process for food safe lubricants 
  • Impact of legislation on direct food contact risk
Tyler Housel, Head of Lexolube Division, Zschimmer & Schwarz
Refreshment break and networking

Applications and challenges - Power generation
  • Using lubricant formulation to optimize performance and minimize downtime 
  • Improving reliability and reducing wear in turbines 
  • Defining the use of synthetic greases in wind power generation
Chuck Coe, President, Grease Technology Solutions
Treatment and disposal of metalworking fluids
  • Selecting the appropriate disposal method in light of the regulatory classification of the waste 
  • Factors to consider – regulation, environment, cost 
  • Challenges and opportunities – looking to the future
John Burke, Global Director Engineering Services, Houghton International
Chairman’s closing remarks
Lunch and networking

2017 Speakers 

The 2nd North American Industrial Lubricants Congress agenda 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.

 Good mix of market overview and in-depth technical papers. Good networking opportunists across the supply chain.
Andreas Dodos, Chemical Engineer, ELDON'S SA
 Well organized and informative presentations.
Michael Sheehan, Senior Staff Chemist, ExxonMobil Corp.
 Chance to hear from and meet industrial lubricant value chain leaders in an intimate setting to broaden your network and expand your knowledge base.
David Stonecipher, Global Strategic Marketing Manager, Chemtura Corporation
 Great venue to discuss current topics and network with peers.
Andrew Larson, Market Segment Manager, The Dow Chemical Company
 Excellent insight into global trends and markets.
Nick Johnson, Product Line Specialist, Chevron Oronite

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