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INDUSTRY NEWS Industry events rescheduled over Coronavirus concerns


On the 11th March the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the viral infection COVID-19 a pandemic; the first outbreak to be designated as such in over ten years.


The European Union has yet to initiate a coordinated response to the increase in the number of cases, instead leaving member states to introduce appropriate sanctions depending on circumstances. From closing borders in Germany, isolationist measures in Italy and Spain, and banning public gatherings in Ireland and Austria.


Meanwhile, many international companies working within the European Union have taken a precautionary approach to limit or even ban non-essential travel for their employees.


Health and safety is, of course, of paramount importance, and with the movement of potential attendees and size of potential gatherings limited by precautionary measures, the knock-on effect of COVID-19 is that it has seen a number of industry event organisers with conferences scheduled to take


place in March, April and May elect to reschedule them until later in the year.


The gathering of the European fuel and lubricants industry at UNITI in April has been rescheduled to September, ELGI the European Lubricating Grease Annual Meeting due to take place in Hamburg, has also been put back to the autumn.


Other events due to be held over the spring remain under review even though some key events such as the Motor Show held in Geneva earlier this year, still went ahead behind closed doors.


More information on the rescheduled dates of key industry events can be found in our Upcoming Industry Events section on page 57 or on the Lube Media website at www.lube-media.com/events.


LINKS www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/ novel-coronavirus-2019


Croda awarded ICIS Surfactants Award for Product Innovation


Croda International Plc has been awarded the ICIS Surfactants Award for Product Innovation for their unique, patented molecule, called the Star Polymer. This novel, star-shaped, polymeric non-ionic surfactant serves as a building block for the development of more stable and effective formulated products including as an automotive friction modifier. The molecule improves fuel economy, extends engine life and increases the time between oil changes. These additive benefits make it a prime candidate for customers to meet ILSAC GF-6 specifications which require significant improvements in engine oil. It is 100% bio-renewable when built with ethylene oxide derived from biomass, making it unique for North America.


The awards recognise excellence and innovation within the surfactants industry. The product innovation award focuses on contributions to vital areas of the market.


Rick Hanson, Managing Director, Croda said: “Being recognised for what Croda does well, innovate, by our peers in the surfactants industry & ICIS is a great honour. Credit goes to the Croda team who managed the development of this product from concept to commercialisation. Bringing a totally new molecule in today’s highly regulated market and securing a patent on it is not an easy challege.”


LINKS www.croda.com


New UKLA Member UKLA is pleased to welcome A&S International Ltd as its newest member.


A&S International Ltd First Floor, the Old Brewery, 2 Brewery Court, High Street, Theale, Berkshire, RG7 5AH, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 118930 4321


LINK www.aands.international


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LUBE MAGAZINE NO.156 APRIL 2020


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