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Modelling the future: How will the industry deal with declining lubricant demand?

Base oils and lubricants have been markets in transition for some time, and some would argue, in a constant state of evolution. However, there are new long term challenges on the horizon – so-called ‘disruptive technologies’ - which will prospectively lead to a world of declining lubricant demand. How can the industry adapt to this changing environment?

Electric, hybrid, autonomous and connected vehicles, which seemed far into the future only a short time ago, are arriving quicker than we ever could have thought. There are other major developments in industry digitization with ‘Smart Plants’ and ‘The Internet of Things’. Are these threats - or can they be opportunities?

The ICIS Word Base Oils & Lubricants Conference is a unique forum where relevant stakeholders from across the globe and from different parts of the lube value chains can come together and discuss areas of common interest. Alongside the long view of 5, 10, 15 years from now, you will also gain valuable current market intelligence regarding the latest trends and developments impacting the industry and supply/demand balances.

Do you  want to get a feel for what 2018 will have on offer for you? Download the post conference and seminar reports to see what the conference offered in 2017. 

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Agenda

The 2017 agenda will address "Modelling the future: How will the industry deal with declining lubricant demand?". 

Conference Day 1: Thursday 22 February

8:00
REGISTRATION & REFRESHMENTS
9:00
Welcome from ICIS
9:05
Opening remarks from the Chairs
9:15
‘New’ mobility and e-mobility – long term disruption for lubricants?
  • The pace of change and market growth
  • Is there more potential for hybrids?
  • 10-15-20 years future projections
  • Reference to connected and autonomous technology
  • The potential impact on the future of lubricants
Al Bedwell, Director, Global Powertrain , LMC AUTOMOTIVE
10:00
Digitization, The Connected Plant, ‘The Internet of Things’
  • Is the ‘Smart Plant’ a development or a disruption?
  • E-mobility – a threat or an opportunity for lubricants?
  • A view from a lubricant manufacturer
10:45
REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING
11:15
New base oil supply/demand balances
  • Latest information on new production
  • Rationalisation, shutdowns, turnarounds and capacity changes
  • What does it mean for supply/demand balances?
  • Are we back to an over-supply situation – can the market sustain all the new base oils?
Ian Moncrieff, Vice President Energy, KLINE GROUP
12:00
The changing Group II landscape in Europe
  • A focus on new Group II production
  • What will it displace?
  • What is the impact on Group I production in Europe?
12:45
LUNCH & NETWORKING
14:00
The commercial and technical impact of new, high quality Group III supply
  • The market is becoming increasingly complex
  • A review of the new sources of supply
  • Latest production statistics
  • Impact on global trade flows
14:45
A new wave of Russian base oil
  • New Group III flows out of Russia
  • Who are the players, what is the production?
  • Impact on the European and global landscape
Denis Varaksin, Director, Base Oil and Slack Waxes, DYM RESOURCES GmbH
15:30
REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING
16:00
New IMO regulations limiting sulphur emissions from ships – implications for base oils and lubricants
  • Regulations in force by 2020 will see sulphur emissions limited from the current maximum of 3.5% of fuel content to 0.5%
  • The move will add extra costs to the shipping industry at a time when parts of it are going through their worst ever downturn
  • Analysts estimate the additional costs for the container shipping sector alone could be $35-$40 billion
  • How will the industry face this challenge?
  • Can you formulate marine lubes with lower viscosity oils?
Speaker from, CHEVRON ORONITE
16:45
Panel discussion: New Group III Slates
  • What minimum supporting approvals are the norm from suppliers/ manufacturers?
  • How best do customers deal with new (Gp III) slates offered without crankcase pre-qualifications? 
17:30
CLOSE OF DAY ONE

Conference Day 2: Friday 23 February

9:00
Welcome from ICIS
9:05
Opening remarks from the Chair
9:15
The future of passenger car technology – an OEM perspective
  • Future requirements for traditional vehicles
  • Electric and hybrid cars – why are OEMs investing so heavily now?
  • How will engines have to change?
  • What will they require from lubricant performance?
10:00
The next generation of HD OEM requirements
  • Lubricant specifications to meet emissions and fuel economy commitments
  • An ACEA and Volvo perspective on the impact on engine oils
Bengt Otterholm, Lubricants Co-ordinator, VOLVO TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
10:45
REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING
11:15
Engine test development for evolving specifications
  • Industry challenges in test development
  • Historic best practices and proposed new approach
  • Options for a test development proposal with broad industry input and acceptance
Speaker from, EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH & ENGINEERING
12:00
Continuing the discussion on engine testing

Panel discussion: Is there a better way to create the next generation of industry requirements?

This topic was seen as hugely important to the industry during the 2017 program. In 2018 we continue the discussion with a wider group of stakeholders from industry associations and the OEM community.

12:45
LUNCH & NETWORKING
13:45
Synthetic basestocks and the ever-increasing drive to low viscosity
  • Automotive OEM requirements are driving the move to PAOs
  • Is there enough to go round?
  • Is Group III a viable alternative?
  • How low can viscosity go?
14:20
An update on the latest industry oil specifications:

ILSAC GF5, 5+ and GF6

  • GF6 has been delayed; does this mean a supplement to GF5 in the interim?

Speaker from LUBRIZOL

ACEA 2016

  • Implications of ACEA 2016 light duty and heavy duty oil sequences
15:10
Base oils and lubricants in the Americas
  • Update on Brazil and Venezuela – the special challenges in the region currently.
  • How healthy and active are these markets?
  • Are the refineries working?
15:45
CLOSE OF CONFERENCE
Pre Conference Seminar
Once again this year the event will offer two pre-conference seminars on 21 February 2018. 
 
AM Seminar: Geopolitics, base oils and lubricants

Examining the external forces impacting the industry – Macroeconomics, geopolitics and energy

PM Seminar: Latest market developments in China

An update on drivers of the world’s second largest lubricant market

Speakers

The ICIS World 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. Speakers will be announced shortly...

Testimonials
ONE PLACE, ONE GIANT MEETING and GREAT TOPICS
Chevron Oronite
Where else could you fit 27 meetings, with useful industry contacts, into just a few days?
Bapco (Bahrain Petroleum Company)
It was a bigger event than I thought and very well organized
Avestra Chemical
This ICIS conference is a fantastic networking event and displays an extremely efficient opportunity to have multiple business meetings in two days.
CHEMTURA
Very satisfactory and with the largest attendance in Europe for networking
EGEO OIL
Most Questions Answered under One Roof
GULF OIL LUBRICANTS INDIA

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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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