EDITORIAL Navigating change

I thought you might like to know how I’ve been spending my time since we last spoke...

In October I was in Moscow for Global Lubricants Week, this was followed by my visit to Budapest for the UEIL Congress and in November I flew to Amsterdam for the ELGI Working Group meetings. And by the time this magazine lands on your desks, I will have chaired my first ACI Base Oils and Lubricants conference in Florence (but more of that in February’s issue). There have also been meetings in London, Leicester, Cheshire and Cambridge in the last few weeks. A valid passport is a definite pre-requisite for this job.

We have also hosted our very own prestigious industry celebration, the UKLA Annual Dinner 2018, which took place in London’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel; more than 320 top industry influencers travelled from far and wide to network and celebrate with their peers. It’s been a very busy time!

I am still taking stock of the fascinating mix of people and places I have come across in the short time that I’ve been editing Lube magazine. I have always felt passionately that the greatest way to develop and learn (personally and professionally), is through travel and exploration of different cultures and cities; without exception, in my travels across Europe and Russia thus far, the industry issues we face are identical: cross border regulatory challenges, e-mobility and emissions, how will the car parc of the future look, sustainability, digitalisation, markers and supply chain integrity, recruitment and skills shortage, re-refining and bio-based biodegradable (environmentally aware) lubricants... the issues are the same, the locations are different.

But the commitment and desire to work together collectively comes across loud and clear. In Budapest,

a cross border debate offered interesting insights from ALMU (the newly launched Asian Lubricants Manufacturers Union); we heard the US perspective through ILMA (The Independent Lubricants Manufacturers Association) presented by Holly

Alfano; the Middle East perspective was shared by Bhupinder Singh, Bahrain Petroleum Company consultant and keen advocate for the establishment of a similar Middle East lubricants association; Russell Patten, General Secretary of the UEIL (Union of the European Lubricants Industry) shared the European perspective.

The overriding message across all four regions is that the lubricants industry will have to change and adapt faster than ever to embrace a future that is closer than we think. It’s vital that our voice continues to be strong across the industry whatever the Brexit outcome. We will only achieve this by continuing to work more closely than ever with our international and European associates and members.

The UKLA remains committed to helping our industry partners navigate these changes. We will continue to share information and offer support and guidance to our members through and this publication. Watch this space. Meanwhile, thank you all for making the last 6 months such fun!

My best wishes to all Lube readers for a peaceful and joyous Christmas and New Year!

Andrianne Philippou


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