The 13th ICIS Pan American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference :: Conference Agenda The 13th ICIS Pan American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference :: Conference Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday 30 November 2017

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 electrified vehicles

  • Examining the future of electrification and how it will transform the automotive industry
  • Increasing trends in electrification technologies also utilizing engines: hybrid vehicles, PHEVs etc.
  • Others factors influencing the cars we drive
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

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10:50

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
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
Ben Cowart, CEO, Vertex Energy
Speaker to be confirmed, LUBRIZOL
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

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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

View from the refineries

Bryan Schorzman, General Manager, Motiva Base Oils
17:30

Close of conference day one

17:40

Evening Networking Reception

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Day 2 - Friday 1 December 2017

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

Addressing Low Speed Pre-Ignition with API SN-PLUS

  • Brief statement on API Mission and EOLCS history
  • Current status of ILSAC GF-6 and API SP development
  • Automaker request for supplement to API SN standard
  • API process for approving supplements to API engine oil standards
  • API decision to name supplement SN PLUS
  • Changes to API Service Symbol Donut to accommodate SN PLUS 
  • Waiting period for first licensing of SN PLUS
Kevin Ferrick, Senior Manager EOLCS/DEF/MOM, AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE (API)
9:40

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
10:20

Refreshment break and networking

10:50

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
11:30

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
12:10

Chairman’s closing remarks

12:20

Lunch and end of conference


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