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Analyzing the drive for performance and innovation and its impact on the global base stock market

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Where can the American lubricants industry go for a winning balance of timely market information, industry-shaping perspectives and first rate networking?

In 2016, there is really just one option: The 12th ICIS Pan American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference. At the 11th edition in 2015, ICIS welcomed over 310+ executives from 25 countries to participate in opinion-leading conference sessions, in-depth focus forums and countless networking opportunities.

This year’s event is once again guaranteed to represent the highest profile gathering of base oils and lubes industry professionals in the Americas. View the newly announced agenda to see key topics being covered. 

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Agenda

The speaker program will be looking at "Analyzing the drive for performance and innovation and its impact on the global base stock market ".

Conference Day 1: Thursday 1 December

8:00
Registration and Refreshments
8:50
Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
9:00
Global refining outlook and its impact on base oils
  • Analyzing current trends in crude and potential future scenarios
  • Defining the impact on the base oils sector in light of rationalization
  • Challenges for upstream integration in an environment of reduced capital spending
Senior Representative, ExxonMobil
9:40
The North American base oils industry – One player in a global market
  • What role does North America play in an increasingly globalized industry?
  • How will changes in global capacity impact on regional dynamics?
  • Capacity vs. demand – now and for the future
Stephen Ames, Managing Director, SBA CONSULTING
10:20
Refreshment break and networking
10:50
Defining the demand for heavy oils – Innovation and trends in bright stock
  • Is bright stock a market of declining demand?
  • Adapting to a higher viscosity market
  • What role will bright stock play in the longer term?
Tim Langlais, Marketing Manager, Specialty Base Oils, ERGON
11:30
Unlocking industry innovation: Time to change the model
Senior Representative, Lubrizol
12:10
Group II+ vs. Group III – A longer term outlook
12:40
Lunch and networking
13:40
South America finished lubes market – Challenges and opportunities
  • Defining the economic outlook for the region
  • Examining the role of political instability as an inhibitor to investment
  • Outlining the full potential of the region and demand trends – can North American capacity bridge the gap?
Sérgio Rebêlo, Managing Director, FACTOR DE SOLUÇÃO, an affiliate of KLINE & CO
14:20
Base oils in Brazil – An outlook
  • Current capacity and future plans
  • How are applications driving lubricant demand and formulations
  • Progressing from Group I – challenges and opportunities
15:00
Refreshment break and networking
15:30
Understanding the state of play in Mexico
  • Has deregulation and the energy reform had a positive impact on base oils?
  • Have increasing imports from the USA changed dynamics or quality considerations for the local market?
  • Analyzing key trends and performance requirements
16:10
Lighter viscosity for Heavy Duty - Group III Base Stocks and the Next Generation of Commercial Vehicle Lubricants
  • Environmental mega trends
  • The use of Group III for 10W-30 heavy duty engine oils
  • Advantages for Group III in heavy duty engine oils
  • Future viscosity grades and the need for Group III
 
NICK CLAGUE, Global Technical Manager, Lubricants, SK LUBRICANTS
16:50
Panel Discussion: A question of quality – Specification requirements now and for the future
  • ACEA 2016
  • API PC-11
  • GF-6
  • DEXOS 1
17:30
Close of conference day one

Conference Day 2: Friday 2 December

8:50
Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
9:00
OEM perspective: How are developments in the automotive sector influencing lubrication requirements?
  • The evolution of the automotive sector 
  • Developments in engine technology and fuel economy
  • Lubrication requirements and challenges for the industry

 

Eric Johnson, Industry Liaison - Fuels & Lubricants Group, GENERAL MOTORS
9:40
Exploring PAOs as base stock in a performance driven environment
  • Examining the shift from G3 to synthetics
  • Utilizing PAOs to optimize performance
  • What role will PAOs play in future capacity demand?
10:20
Refreshment break and networking
10:50
Bio-based vs. environmentally acceptable – what does this mean?
  • Cost vs. value as a driver for bio-based lubricants
  • What is the difference between bio-based and sustainable?
  • Trends now and for the future
11:30
The closed loop life of lubricants
Rodney Walker, Technical Director, SAFETY KLEEN SYSTEMS
12:10
Chairman’s closing remarks
12:20
Lunch and end of conference
Speakers

The ICIS Pan American 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:

Karl Bartholomew
VP Americas
ICIS CONSULTING
Jamie Brunk
Manager, Lube Studies
SOLOMON ASSOCIATES
Melissa Chu
Crankcase Lubricant Technologist
INFINEUM
Ben Cowart
CEO
VERTEX
Testimonials
Informative, efficient and classy – a cut above other conferences in content and details
LNG Publication
Glad to have fresh OEM’s, fleet, and Japanese companies speakers
SKLA
Timely based on trends occurring in the various markets
American Refining Group
Everything is perfect!
Ergon
Excellent source of information across the lubricant chain
Evonik Oil Additives
Very informative and well designed
ExxonMobil
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