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Key challenges, opportunities and demands and their impact on the base oils & lubricants industry across the Americas

The 13th ICIS Pan-American Base Oils and Lubricants Conference is the most important date in the industry’s diary.

  • How is the new administration impacting on the industry?
  • What are the regional market dynamics and how will political and economic uncertainty in some countries affect global trade flows?
  • How is the specification of Group III evolving and what does the future of base oils classification look like?

Get answers to these questions and many more at this essential industry forum. Take the opportunity to meet with existing clients and connect with new contacts as the industry comes together to understand the changing market and how it is influencing supply and demand throughout the region.

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Agenda

The 2017 agenda will address "Key challenges, opportunities and demands and their impact on the base oils & lubricants industry across the Americas". 

Conference Day 1: Thursday 30 November

8:00
Registration and Refreshments
8:50
Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Ernie Henderson, President, K&E PETROLEUM CONSULTING
Gerry Jackson, Vice President, Business Development, RENKERT OIL LLC
Victor Franco Paredes, Operations Director, LUBRAL
9:00
Keynote speech – the future of electric vehicles
Mark Kuhn, Vice President, Ricardo Strategic Consulting
9:40
Current state of base oil refining
  • Examining refinery costs
  • How does utilization play a role?
  • Operating changes in solvent-based refineries to improve profitability
  • Regional cost differences: Asia Pacific vs Middle East vs USA
Jamie Brunk, Manager – Lube Studies, Solomon Associates
10:20
Refreshment break and networking
10:50
View from the refineries
  • Anticipating the future of the crude oil market: from the impact of the production cap to the role of OPEC
  • Planned future refinery maintenance and the implications for the high level base oil market
  • Examining the impact of efficiencies on trade and production
  • Insight into the challenges faced by the refineries and solutions for overcoming them
Speaker to be confirmed, Saudi Aramco
11:30
Panel discussion
  • Group IIIs from new suppliers. Base oil ‘slates’ and how important are they really?
  • The use of traders vs direct/authorised distributor sales
  • API/ACEA approvals – are they necessary and viable? Examining the trade off in cost of obtaining approvals vs discounted pricing and longer term impact on traditional Group III premium
  • What are the principal markets for non-approved supplies? Can they be economically used with approved Group III by blenders up to the limits specified in API 1509-E? Alternatives and replacements of Group II/II+ by unapproved Group III?
Steve Haffner, President, SGH Consulting LLC
NORMAN SHEPPARD, Base Oil Development , THE BAHRAIN PETROLEUM COMPANY (BAPCO)
Thom Smith, Vice President,Lubricant Technology, VALVOLINE
Speaker to be confirmed, Vertex Energy
12:10
Lunch and networking
13:40
Supply and demand for base oils and lubricants in South America
  • Assessing the impact of the economic and political situation in South America on the base oils and lubricants market
  • Understanding how the lubricant blender base is changing in the region and what this means for the market
  • Considering the impact of the socio-economic situation on oil markets in Venezuela: how much is being produced and what might this mean for South American base oils?
  • Forecasting future demand for US base oils in Colombia
  • Examining potential for development of the Argentinian market base oils market
14:20
An overview of the fuels and lubes market in Brazil
  • Assessing the current market: trends, supply and demand
  • Plans and major changes scheduled for the coming year
  • What does the national picture mean for base oils and lubricants coming in and out of Brazil?
15:00
Refreshment break and networking
15:30
Outlook for lubricant and base oil supply and demand in Mexico
  • Analyzing the current market
  • Plans and major changes scheduled for the coming year
  • Assessing the impact of irregularities in crude oil production on the market
  • Update on progress towards lubricant minimum specifications
  • Impact of the political situation on the automotive market
Yair Rodriguez, Account Manager, Lubrizol Mexico
16:10
A critical review of Group III: from supply to performance
  • How is the specification of Group III developing? Does the whole system of Group numbers need updating?
  • Examining the market shift towards Group III base oils and the impact on the North American market
  • What will be the impact of higher quality Group III base oils and how do the different options compare?
  • Considering the impact of less-approved Group III base oils on the market and likely future developments
NORMAN SHEPPARD, Base Oil Development , THE BAHRAIN PETROLEUM COMPANY (BAPCO)
16:50
End user perspective: view from an OEM
  • Trends and developments in the market which impact on the lubricants required
  • A question of quality: a downstream perspective on the increased sophistication of industrial lubricants
  • Examining how demands on lubricants are shifting and what this means for supply
  • Looking beyond lubricants to achieve fuel economy
17:30
Close of conference day one

Conference Day 2: Friday 1 December

8:50
Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Ernie Henderson, President, K&E PETROLEUM CONSULTING
Gerry Jackson, Vice President, Business Development, RENKERT OIL LLC
Gerry Jackson, Vice President, Business Development, RENKERT OIL LLC
Victor Franco Paredes, Operations Director , LUBRAL
9:00
Spotlight on the pan-American base oils and lubricants market, in 2018 and beyond
  • Analysing the landscape under the Trump administration and new Congress
  • Understanding the impact of the new administration on the industry: from the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement to specs and regulations
  • Legislative and regulatory priorities for independent lubricant manufacturers
Holly Alfano, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association
9:40
Examining global trade flows for base oils and lubricants and the implications for pan-America
  • Trends in imports and exports of base oils: growing markets and future opportunities
  • How will the development of new capacity in the Middle East impact the market?
  • Estimating inter-region flows
  • Trends supporting the creation of additional value: understanding how higher quality oils will change the market and the demands they place on lubricants
Milind Phadke, Director, Energy, KLINE & CO
10:20
Refreshment break and networking
10:50
Maximizing existing manufacturing assets for base oils production (extraction and catalytic)
  • Understanding key control variables in extraction and catalytic operations
  • Throughput and product quality limitations resulting from unit operation
  • Using key performance indicators as an optimization tool
Carlos Lopez, Hydroprocessing and Lubes Process Expert, BECHT ENGINEERING
11:30
Principles for establishing base stock interchange guidelines
  • Types of base stock interchange and industry importance
  • Principles supporting interchange
  • Potential implications of unsubstantiated interchanges
  • Historical and current approaches within API (PC-11, GF-6)
Richard (Rick) C. Dougherty, Distinguished Research Associate, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
12:10
Chairman’s closing remarks
12:20
Lunch and end of conference
Pre Conference Seminar
The pre-conference seminar will be focussing on "New environmental regulations and their impact on the technology and market of the future".
Speakers

The ICIS Pan American 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. 2017 speakers include...

Testimonials
Excellent event for networking and catching up on key trends in lubricants and base oils.
INFINEUM
Great conference with relevant presentations to market dynamics.
BECHT ENGINEERING
Outstanding. Great coverage OD diverse material clearly articulated with relevance to today's markets.
RENKERT OIL
The most informative and business effective lubricant event in the US.
AMERICAN REFINING GROUP
high quality presentations covering good breadth of topics for both marketers/sales and technologists.
EXXONMOBIL
Excellent opportunity to network with key colleagues in industry and good quality papers and speakers.
INFINEUM USA
Great event to stay up to speed on the latest industry topics as well as network with suppliers and customers,
LUBRIZOL
Pan American ICIS Conference is a great opportunity for an oil industry matters update as well to review and meets new contacts.
AFTON CHEMICAL
Another success and time well spent. I am particularly impressed with the Slido application for asking questions and the expert speaker panel participants and discussion topic.
KLINE & COMPANY
Great opportunity to meet deciders in the lube business from the Americas and even other continents
MALIKPIMS

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Base Oils Training Series

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 of these courses or you can attend both, alternatively you can also get in touch with us for special training and conference package rates.

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