22nd ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference :: Conference Agenda 22nd ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference :: Conference Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday 22 February 2018

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
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?
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

14:30

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
15:15

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
16:30

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?
17:15

Panel discussion: New products and approvals

New products are entering the market - can they, should they, be used without industry approvals?

18:00

CLOSE OF DAY ONE

Day 2 - Friday 23 February 2018

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 future of diesel – an OEM perspective

  • There is growing political and consumer opinion against diesel
  • Under these conditions, what is the long term future of diesel vehicles?
  • An HD OEM perspective
10:45

REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING

11:15

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

Continuing the discussion on engine testing

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.

12:00

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?
12:45

LUNCH & NETWORKING

14:00

An update on the latest industry oil specifications: ILSAC GF6 and ACEA 2016

  • GF6 has been delayed; does this mean a supplement to GF5 in the interim?
  • Implications of ACEA 2016 light duty and heavy duty oil sequences
14:45

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?
15:30

CLOSE OF CONFERENCE


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