27th ICIS World Base Oils and Lubricants Conference 2023

Technical Programme


4 May, 2023
08.00 - 09.00 Registration and refreshments

09.15 - 09.45

Hybrid engines – the stepping-stone in passenger vehicle energy transition  

Examine the next generation of fluid requirements as the adoption of hybrid vehicles challenges traditional compositions of engine oils and lubricants

Dirk Schwäebisch, Senior Manager - Automotive Fluids Technology, PETRONAS Lubricants International

09.45 – 10.15

Fundamentals of tribology in electric vehicles (EVs)  

Investigate stray currents in EV's and assess how this impacts lubricant requirements 

Assess electricity-induced wear in elasto-hydrodynamic (EHD) contacts 

Explore the challenges and best practises to mitigate electricity-induced wear

Jonny Hansen, Senior Research Engineer in Tribology, Scania Group 

10.15 – 10.45

Battery coolant technology in EVs

Considering the increasing popularity and adoption of EVs in Europe, explore how battery and emersion coolant formulations are being developed to maximise efficiency, performance and safety

10.45 - 11.45

Networking refreshment break

11.45 - 12.15

E-fluid volumes

How are e-applications challenging the fluid lifetime and how are e-fluid designs adapting to these challenges?
Insights into indications of market size and key metric

Adam Banks, eMobility Marketing Manager, Afton Chemical

12.30 - 13.00

Lunch and Learn: EU Sustainability Directive – “what do I need to do now?”

Explore how the recent legislative change will shape the way forward for the European base oils and lubricant industry, and what that means for your business

13.00 – 13.30

Calculating carbon footprints

Hear updates on what the industry is doing to develop their own methodology

John Eastwood, Head of Global Business Devlelopment- Energy Technologies, Cargill

13.30 – 14.00

LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) within the lubricants industry

How is it being calculated, and what are the requirements of a LCA for lubricants when it comes to regulatory and market drivers?
Tony Heslop, Senior Sustainability Manager, BASF

Industrial Applications

14.00 – 14.30

Exploring opportunities for high-viscosity PAO synthetics in the growing wind energy sector

As the transition to renewable energy continues to expand the construction of wind farms, discover how the high-viscosity PAO will benefit from this transition and how OEM specifications for wind turbines are altering PAO-based turbine oil requirements
Tony Qian, Technical Service and Market Development Scientist, INEOS

14.30 – 15.00

Innovations in bio-based base stocks for supporting industrial lubricants

Discover novel technologies using natural and renewable feedstock sources for industrial applications

Discuss how these technologies can be scaled in order to serve varying demands for stakeholders in heavy industry

Peter Kaali, Technical Market Specialist, Biobase Sweden AB

15.00 – 15.30

Lubricants and greases for lithium extraction

As our dependence on batteries grows, what opportunities are there, for the lubricants and greases value chain, in fluids used in extracting lithium
Siddharth Sachdeva, Managing Director, Trinity Lubes & Greases FZC

15.30 – 16.30

Networking refreshment break

16.30 – 17.00

The evolution of base oil hydroprocessing

Explore the advancement of hydroprocessing technology and catalyst improvements and the influence this has on Group II/III premium base oil production for optimising performance.

Subhasis Bhattacharya, Technology Director, Chevron Lumus Global

17.00 – 17.30

Assessing Brightstock production technology and the future of the market

Learn how emerging brightstock production technology trends can help filling the supply gap, between product diversification and decarbonisation of existing assets. Is it worth investing in the Brightstock market?
Fabiano Iacono, ROSE Technology Manager Sustainable Technology Solutions, KBR


End of day one

5 May, 2023

08.00 – 09.00

Registration and refreshments

09.15 – 09.45

Optimising the production of re-refined base oils with hydroprocessing

Gain a greater understanding in the role hydrogen plays in the production of re-refined base oils, as well as the challenges and opportunities that come with such technology

09.15 – 09.45

Balancing performance and sustainability of lubricants through ester technology

Sustainability is emerging as one driver for our industry equally pushed by legislators and society.

It will be discussed how this can be met by comparing existing base stock technologies with a focus on esters from a developer and manufacturer point of view. 

Matthias Hof, Global Business Manager Biolubes Ester, Emery Oleochemicals

10.15 – 10.45

Updates on EELQMS (the European Engine Lubricants Quality Management System)

How is ATIEL ensuring compliance against the ACEA engine oil sequences?
Hear an update on the latest global compliance survey and the new ATIEL Code of Practice

David Wright, Director General, UKLA

10.45 – 11.30

Networking refreshment break

11.30 – 12.00

Assess lubricant performance challenges when using bio-based fuels

How are bio-based fuels altering the performance of conventional lubricant formulations in combustion engine applications?

12.00 – 12.30

Updates to REACH

With impending updates due as part of the REACH REFIT evaluation, where does the aspect of eco design, to ensure products are safe and sustainable by design, fit into the evaluation of lubricants moving forward?

12.30 – 14.00

Lunch and networking


End of conference


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