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4. What does your role as Chairman of the Data committee entail? As Chairman of the UISC my role is to lead the impartial evaluation and review of the set of statistics underpinning the data model to ensure that any data sets are valid and reliable.

It is important that local country characteristics are taken into account in any data that is produced by UEIL. The nature of different economies across Europe is very apparent. Germany as an industrial heartland is different in nature to a service-led economy such as the United Kingdom. Lubricant production and consumption will differ in these countries due to the very nature of their economies.

One size does not fit all and I am here to ensure that, amongst other things, local country characteristics are accurately captured and reflected in any data that is produced from the model.

5. How were your two fellow-members of the UISC chosen?

It was important when we drew together members of the committee that we had the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience of the lube industry, to inform our work, so that it could effectively align with the wider priorities of UEIL and hence the needs of the sector.

Christian Hartmann, President of GEIR and also Managing Director of Puraglobe brings a wealth of experience in re-refining operations and understanding. We must never forget that the lubricants sector comprises of both fresh or virgin oil as well as regenerated base oil arising from the re-refining operations which play an important part underpinning the economic well-being of the industry throughout Europe. Intelligence-wise Christian’s contribution is also important and can be quite easily explained: If for a certain country you might not have the respective lube market consumption reported, you can draw conclusions from its waste oil collection in a given year and Christian has the data and the knowledge.

UKLA Director General David Wright is also a member of the committee. UKLA not only provides the project management expertise in bringing the programme together but the United Kingdom also plays an important part as the second largest lubricant market in Western Europe, but at the same time unfortunately has no reliable reporting on annual lube market consumption for years.

Over all I am really happy about our team in UISC. After two starting meetings, the first together with Thomas and Valentina and the second with the independent statistical agency, we had our first official UISC meeting in Mannheim in mid-August.

6. What elements go to make up the algorithm underpinning the UEIL data model? As you would expect the sources of data that feed the model are wide-ranging and very different. At its simplest, lubricant consumption falls into two main product categories that of the automotive group and the industrial group.

Consumption of industrial lubricants depends on the level of industrial production in a given country and the amount

of ‘value added’ that each country brings to its industrial production. Now what do I mean by that? It is not enough just to talk about industrial processes in the case of lubricant consumption. The very nature of industrial production in terms of what is made and how it is made is of crucial importance to understanding the way lubricants are used in different ways form metalworking through to industrial gears and hydraulics.

For automotive lubricants we need to understand the different drivers of behaviour underpinning vehicle use in a given country. From the simplest evaluation we begin with the number of vehicles in use in a country and then look at the types of vehicle movements, the nature of vehicle use such as car sharing, the ways in which vehicles are maintained and the age of the vehicles all play an important part in understanding what role automotive lubricant consumption plays. And this differs between countries. Take for example the US where engine oils are changed by their vehicle owners in as little as 8,000 kilometres compared with Europe where service intervals of between 15-20,000 kilometres are far more common.

All of this is important in understanding the nature of countries, lubricant markets and therefore the resulting lubricant consumption.

7. Finally, what do you hope to achieve in your time as Chairman of the committee? I hope to be able to contribute to a better and wider understanding of the lube market developments in our sector, both in the way in which lubricants are consumed as well as the resulting structure of the sector as a whole, whilst considering new developments, such as E-mobility or digitalisation, which will affect the traditional consumption behaviour of lube markets quantitatively and qualitatively in the future, also regarding specific product groups. My aim is to ensure that the industry moves to become more sustainable and self-sufficient in the longer-term in a way that benefits our customers and end users not only throughout Europe but around the world in creating a responsive industry that truly meets the needs of all of our stakeholders for future generations and providing our lube industry with reliable market data is one of the important prerequisites for that.

Another is sustainability and the development of meaningful non-financial key performance indicators (e.g. energy and water consumption) for our European lubricants industry. I think that my function in the new UEIL Industry Statistics Committee must not be limited solely to optimizing market intelligence, but also to creating sustainability intelligence.

More information on UEIL Industry Statistics can be found at the UEIL website.

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