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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. 

Drinks Reception by ICIS on 30 November! Make sure you secure your place today to take advantage of this great networking event. 

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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

Registration and Refreshments
Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Ernie Henderson, President, K&E PETROLEUM CONSULTING
Victor Franco Paredes, Operations Director, LUBRAL
Gerry Jackson, Vice President, Business Development, RENKERT OIL LLC
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
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
Refreshment break and networking
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
Unlocking industry innovation: Time to change the model
Senior Representative, Lubrizol
Group II+ vs. Group III – A longer term outlook
Lunch and networking
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
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
Ricardo Mussa, VP Lubricants, COSAN
Refreshment break and networking
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
Pablo Fernandez del Castillo, Chairman, CISA México
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
Panel Discussion: A question of quality
  • How are rising quality levels in the U.S. and Latin America impacting the market?
  • What is the role of legislation?
  • What collaborative efforts does the industry need to make to adapt to a higher specification and quality market?
Thomas Glenn, President, Petroleum Quality Institute of America
Gabriel Tornell, Director General , Afton Chemical Mexico
Greg Julian, President, Advanced Lubrication Specialties
Close of conference day one

Conference Day 2: Friday 2 December

Welcome and Chairman’s opening remarks
Ernie Henderson, President, K&E PETROLEUM CONSULTING
Victor Franco Paredes, Operations Director, LUBRAL
Gerry Jackson, Vice President, Business Development, RENKERT OIL LLC
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
Exploring PAOs as base stock in a performance driven environment
  • Examining the growth in synthetic lubricants
  • Performance advantages of PAOs
  • Supplying future demand growth in synthetic lubricants
Ken Hope, Global PAO Technical Services Manager, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
Refreshment break and networking
How Thin Can We Go? – ILSAC GF-6 and Beyond
  • ILSAC GF-6 specification – What is it and when will it happen?
  • How will ILSAC GF-6 impact formulation of next generation passenger car motor oils (PCMO)
  • Base stock considerations for ILSAC GF-6 – Balance of formulation viscometrics, engine performance, consumer economics and global supply
  • Future lower viscosity engine oils – Their impact on long term base stock supply and future PCMO specifications
Rajiv Taribagil, Senior Technologist - Lubricant Deployment, Infineum
The closed loop life of lubricants
Chairman’s closing remarks
Lunch and end of conference

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:

Stephen Ames
Managing Director
Global Technical Manager, Lubricants
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Pablo Fernandez del Castillo
CISA México
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Victor Franco Paredes
Operations Director
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
Timely based on trends occurring in the various markets
American Refining Group
Everything is perfect!
Excellent source of information across the lubricant chain
Evonik Oil Additives
Very informative and well designed
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