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Increasing strategic advantage in the Middle East – Evolving priorities for a key player on the global stage

This year is set to be a critical one for the base oils sector in the Middle East. With new Group II and Group III capacity coming online, the region will cement itself as a major player in the global market.  

Alongside this a complex mixture of factors are impacting dynamics including; the shift to higher group base stocks, the increase in global slating and the subsequent need for product standardisation across certain groups. Fuelling these changes are the drive for quality, regulation and the need for innovative formulation. With so many elements influencing the outlook for the region, the need for an up-to-date outlook and insight is essential in order to maintain strategic advantage in an evolving market.

As the biggest event in the region for the base oils community with over 385 delegates from 211+ companies attending in 2016, the ICIS Middle Eastern Base Oils & Lubricants Conference provides the ultimate networking platform, and content sharing opportunity that the region has to offer.

As the region enters a critical period of change and the drive for industry globalisation becomes evident, can you afford to miss out?


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The 2017 conference speaker program will look at "Increasing strategic advantage in the Middle East – Evolving priorities for a key player on the global stage". 

Conference Day 1: Tuesday 10 October

Registration and refreshments
Welcome from ICIS
Chairman’s opening remarks
Macroeconomics in the Middle East – How are geopolitics driving investment?
  • An economic outlook for the region – are present conditions expected to continue?
  • Regions of investment and opportunity vs. regions under pressure
  • Scenario planning for the region – what might happen and what would this mean?
Jaap Kalkman, Managing Partner, Global Energy & Utility Practice, ARTHUR D. LITTLE
Assessing the outlook for Asia & Middle East base oils in light of industry globalisation
  • Analysing the current price of crude and its impact on the base oil and lubricant industry
  • Market segmentation of base oil groupings in the Middle East – operating in a fragmented industry with independent dynamics
  • Trade flows and export opportunities
VEENA PATHARE, Senior Editor Manager, ICIS
Refreshment break and networking
The Middle East as a market in transition – Group II now and for the future
Ahmed Massiri, Team Leader, Export Sales , SAUDI ARAMCO BASE OIL COMPANY (LUBEREF)
Fuelling increased performance requirements through innovative additive technology development
  • Trends in additive technology
  • Meeting performance requirements through innovation
  • Adapting to the operating environments of the Middle East region – factors to consider
Lunch and networking
Group III – Capacity and demand in an oversupplied market
  • Defining product specifications, quality and applications in the region
  • In which applications could GIII be used as an alternative to GII?
  • Could the Middle East see the same uptake as the rest of the world for GIII in the longer term?
Implementing minimum standards in the Middle East – Enforcing the drive for quality
  • How will implementing standards requirements change the dynamics of the region?
  • Will all current capacity qualify, and what changes need to be made?
  • Enforcing standards requirements in the Middle East – challenges and opportunities
Refreshment break and networking
Panel: Quality
  • Will global slating bring about a need for industry quality standardisation?
  • Are the current API groupings fit for purpose?
  • Approved vs. non-approved – challenges and opportunities for the Middle East
Changing marine base oil demand drivers 2017-2020
  • Defining the importance of marine cylinder lubricants in the high viscosity base oil and bright stock markets 
  • Understanding how evolution in engine design is influencing the demand for higher base number cylinder oils 
  • Managing conflicting trends – what impact will 2020 changes in fuel sulphur limits have on the market?
  • Examining how these market dynamics may influence the demand for bright stock both in the Middle East and globally 
Paul Harrold , Director, European Sales, Tianhe Chemical
Close of conference day one

Conference Day 2: Wednesday 11 October

Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
An OEM perspective on the industry
  • Meeting consumer and performance requirements through innovative formulation
  • Understanding fuel efficiency and fuel economy drivers for the Middle East
  • Optimising performance in high temperature operating environments – specifications for the future
An electric revolution in the Middle East?
  • Could the Middle East see a rise in electric and hybrid vehicles in the next 3 years?
  • Investment in infrastructure – where and when?
  • Looking to the future – what would this mean for industry dynamics?
Refreshment break and networking
Iran – Does the opportunity landscape still look the same?
  • Production outlook and investment opportunities
  • Assessing the impact of international trade relations in light of current restrictions
  • What does this mean for current and future trade flows?
How will CPEC boost the base oils sector in Pakistan?
  • Mapping supply, demand and capacity in the region
  • Will current supply shortages be alleviated with the introduction of new capacity in the Middle East
  • CPEC opportunities and investments
  • What will this mean for the base oils and lubricants sector in Pakistan and how could this change dynamics with the rest of the region?
Yasin Rizvi, Chief Operating Officer (Lubricants), Hascol Petroleum
Chairman’s closing remarks
Lunch and end of conference
Pre Conference Seminar
This year the pre-conference seminar will be focussing on "Gearing up for change – Trade, tax and tariffs in the Middle East". Click on the button below to view the full agenda.

The ICIS Middle Eastern Base Oils & 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.

This conference has gone from a small regional meeting to a large, well-attended international conference
A good networking event.
Perfect event and organisation.
Infinity Oil AG
Excellent program, good networking opportunities, continued knowledge growth.
K&E Petroleum Consulting, LLC

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Base Oils Training

Prior to the conference ICIS are also offering the opportunity to take part in the Base Oils I: Fundamentals of the Base Oils Business and Base Oils II: Product Quality and Global Profitability training courses. You can reserve a spot at either one or both of these courses. If would like to attend the training along with the conference please get in contact for the best possible rates.

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