EDITORIAL The year of living differently... What a start to the year, decade, this has been.

2020 will forever be remembered as the year Covid-19 stopped us in our tracks. Literally. Its global ramifications continue to be felt as the impact of the pandemic persists in its disruption to our lives: global industries, our economy, our ability to import and export, to move, to shop, to travel, to communicate, to connect, to teach, to develop relationships, to enjoy recreational pursuits, to our wellbeing, to the sad losses so many are having to come to terms with...

Countries around the world continue to live in various states of lockdown. Many transportation and industrial activities have been suspended and for the lubricants sector, the negative impact continues to be felt: we have seen the slump in base oil prices; global demand for engine oils is at an all-time low (not surprising given that use of passenger vehicles and transportation systems (air, rail, road and sea) have dramatically reduced throughout this time. Everything we understood as ‘normal’ is being reassessed. We are all having to think, work and behave differently.

Certainly we’re feeling the shift not just in our personal mindset but in the ways that we are working; so many of us are now set up to work at home, meeting and communicating remotely and harnessing the ease and convenience of technology (or trying to!) to keep us connected and functional. How lucky are we. And on a positive note, the digitalisation of our sector is surely coming into its own!

Personally, I’ve been so inspired by how many of our member partners and associated organisations and businesses have adapted and collaborated so effectively, working together, supporting customers, distributors, supply chains, colleagues, local communities; social media has been busy with posts and stories highlighting the amazing ‘we’re all in this together’ spirit right across Europe and the world.


It’s been uplifting to see how engineering, science and technology, manufacturing and chemical companies are adjusting and developing internal production processes to help supply medical and pharmaceutical components and

equipment, helping their communities in the fight against this virus.

And as I write this, countries around the world are beginning to ease out of lockdown. Slowly but surely, life, work, ‘routine’ (albeit a different, socially- distanced routine), is gearing up.

Yes, there is a long way to go, but post Covid-19, the single lesson I hope we can all take away from this unprecedented time is surely that now, more than ever, there is a greater need for global cooperation on every level, politically, economically, environmentally, commercially, socially.

Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to all our existing and new Lube magazine readers, subscribers, contributors and advertisers for your continued and very loyal support at this extremely challenging time.

From the entire team, we’re enormously grateful.

Stay safe everyone! Until next time

Andrianne Philippou,

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