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A market in transition: New variables in the Middle East

2016 will be a landmark year for the Middle East region, with new variables impacting the market landscape and inter-regional trade flows. As the flagship meeting place in the region, The 13th ICIS Middle Eastern Base Oils & Lubricants Conference is the ideal form to debate and discuss the latest industry shifts, and consolidate the business connections which will help you thrive in the new market conditions.

Why is the Middle East a market in transition? The promised new Group II and Group III production coming on stream will accelerate the push to higher quality base oils. At the other end of the value chain, the upgrade to CH4 specifications for all countries will see arguably the biggest change in quality in the region. 

THIS IS A REAL TIME OF CHANGE, AND THE MIDDLE EAST MARKET IS READY FOR HIGH QUALITY BASE OIL NOW...

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Agenda

The speaker program in 2015 was especially topical, addressing "The Middle East dilemma: The global drive to lower viscosity versus continued demand for heavy basestocks". In 2016 the Conference & Seminar programs will again cover topics that are current and immediately impacting your business. 

Conference Day 1: Tuesday 11 October

9:00
Chairmen’s Opening Remarks
9:15
A geopolitical and economic outlook for the Middle East
  • What is the short term financial outlook?
  • In the long term, what are the prospects for the Middle East as an economic hub?
  • For the first time the region has to conserve energy – what are the financial, environmental and societal impacts of this?
10:00
Impact of low crude oil prices on the base oils market
  • An examination of the latest crude oil situation
  • An outlook for the future trend of crude oil
  • Synergy with base oil and impact on base oil production
10:45
REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING
11:15
Economics of base oil production as part of an integrated refining operation
  • Refinery economics in a low crude oil scenario
  • Base oils can add value - will we see more base oil plants?
  • With national oil companies coming into play, will we see a switch to base oil in the refinery?
12:00
New Group II and Brightstock production in the Middle East
  • An update on new production in the region
  • The changing product slate
  • Potential impact on the Middle East supply landscape
12:45
LUNCH & NETWORKING
14:00
New production in the region and impact on global trade flows
  • An overview of regional and global new production
  • Changing trade flows in and out of the Middle East
  • What will the new production displace – and where will the displaced product go?
14:45
New Group III production in the Middle East – a producer’s perspective
  • Latest update and announcement of production plans
  • Their vision of market opportunities
  • Where will their product find a place?
15:30
REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING
16:00
Trade with African markets
  • An important outlet for Group I–derived products
  • Tariffs imposed by some countries will change UAE exports to Africa
16:45
Bangladesh: A growing market with potential for trade with the Middle East
  • Bangladesh is a small but growing market
  • The socio-economic landscape and identification of opportunities for lubricants
  • There is huge potential for industrial lubricants to drive key industries
17:30
CLOSE OF DAY ONE

Conference Day 2: Wednesday 12 October

9:00
Chairmen’s Opening Remarks
9:15
A game changer: Upgrading of minimum quality levels in the Middle East
  • CH4 is now the minimum standard for all ME countries
  • This is arguably one of the biggest drivers of change in the region
  • How will this hasten the speed of transition to higher quality lubricants?
  • Will the region no longer be a two-tier lubricant market?
10:00
An automotive OEM perspective
  • Drivers of lubricant formulation from the end-customer
  • Their global and regional specifications
  • Fuel economy and emissions control - the twin pillars of lubricant requirements
10:45
REFRESHMENT BREAK & NETWORKING
11:15
What has been the impact of GTL?
  • GTL was expected to impact the Group III market
  • What has happened since the product came on stream?
  • The prospects for GTL in the current market landscape
12:00
Group I base oil in the region: A two-tier market may remain because...
  • There is still a market for Group I products in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan
  • Therefore what is the medium and long term outlook for Group I?
  • Short term - refinery rationalisations and upgrades
12:30
The Middle East in transition: A round up and summary of key themes
  • A summary of the new variables impacting the region
  • The push to higher quality from new production in the region
  • The push to higher quality from OEM requirements and minimum specifications in the region
  • The Middle East market is ready for high quality base oil NOW
13:00
Close of Conference and Lunch
Speakers

The ICIS Middle Eastern Base Oils and Lubricants conference agenda annually features a cutting edge speaker line-up of senior industry experts from the highest profile companies in the world. The 2016 speaker line-up will be published soon.

2015 Speakers included:

Geeta Agashe
President
GEETA AGASHE & ASSOCIATES LLC
Saleem Al-Ahmad
Regional Sales Manager, Middle East
LUBRIZOL LTD
Alireza Askari
Global Key Account Manager
AXEL CHRISTIERNSSON INTERNATIONAL AB
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Prashant Bhatt
Manager- Lubricants Technology
ENOC LUBRICANTS
Testimonials
 A must attend conference for the global lubricants business
Novvi LLC
For me, a good introduction to the thinking and aims of our lube oil clients, and a useful snapshot of current issues.
Essex Shipping Services
Successful conference.
Gulf Oil International
Global brain in one room
ADNOC Distribution
Great networking, great for lubes/oils/additives
BAPCO
Great networking place. Great speaker.
Petrochemical Industries
Excellent conference to share information and knowledge of lubricants
ADNOC Distribution
Good presentations and attendance
NPL
Great people to meet with, for on the side line business.
Petromin Corporation, Saudi Arabia
The conference was informative and well organised.
National Refinery Ltd
Well attended conference, with excellent program layout and good selection of speakers.
K & E Petroleum Consulting, LLC
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