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EVENTS


2018 ACI Base Oils & Lubricants Summit


The beautiful Renaissance city of Florence was the location for the ACI Base Oils & Lubricants Summit which took place at the Florentia Conference Hotel at the end of 2018. The summit was preceded by an ‘access all areas’ tour of the Eni refinery in Livorno, an interesting first-time experience for many of the delegates. The 2 Day event, sponsored by Lubrizol, GEO, Perstorp and Puraglobe, featured parallel sessions in split meeting rooms with speakers representing both the Industrial and Automotive lubricants sectors.


Chaired by Paul Kerwin (Multisol) and Andrianne Philippou (Lube Magazine), key topics included future supply security, alternative power train, environmental impact of transportation, and the rise of biodegradable base stocks. The fluctuations of base stocks supply and demand in Europe were addressed by Senior Market Reporter, Catherine Caulfield (Argus Media) who explained the rapid shift from Group I to Group II base oils in Europe is a consequence of ACEA 2016 demanding increased oxidation stability and the new ATIEL/EELQMS SAIL program driving product compliance.


Piotr Bielaczyc (Bosmal Automotive), Head of Engine Research, shared his work on lubricant applications in light of the Real Driving Emission (RDE) standards and World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), and the new CO2 emissions regulations and test methods. Referencing new Bosch technology, the claim that 60% of the world’s light duty vehicles are expected to use some form of internal combustion technology until at least 2050, was important for both OEMs and legislators.


John Leavens (IHS Markitt) highlighted the challenges facing the marine industry and global freight transportation given the imminent IMO sulfur level reductions of bunker fuel (from 3.5% to 0.5% by 1st January 2020); availability and prices of Group II and III feed stocks will be affected, although vessel fitment of scrubbers may help to mitigate this impact.


EVehicles were in the spotlight as Sharbel Luzuriaga of Kline Energy presented data from 15 countries. His prediction that the global vehicle parc will grow gradually from 16 million units (2017) to 460 million units (2040) within the sample countries reflected the limited impact electric vehicles are having on passenger car motor oil demand, certainly in the short term, with oil drain intervals still the biggest factor in assessing lube demand.


Mike Peters (SIP), discussed the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI), part funded by the EU, to achieve sustainable development goals in the biodegradable base stocks market. Alberto Rosselli and Luca Salvi (both of ENI) discussed the Global Biolubricant market whose primary feed-stock for bio base stocks appears to be palm oil, which remains a controversial issue.


The summit message was clear; the industry must accept and manage the challenges ahead together.


LINK www.wplgroup.com/aci/event/ base-oils-lubricants-summit/


LUBE MAGAZINE NO.149 FEBRUARY 2019


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