INDUSTRY NEWS Dr. Paula Vettel – Obituary

The Novvi family are sad to announce the loss of a colleague, a mentor, and a friend with the passing of Dr. Paula Vettel.

Paula has spent the last ten years with us as our Technical Director, but she was so much more. Paula was one of the first employees of Novvi and was instrumental in creating our company culture, vision, and technology.

She was the spiritual centre of Novvi’s laboratory, genius behind the revolutionary formulations, the guardian of our regulatory process, as well as the mentor for our cadre of new, young, world-class scientific talent. She will be missed terribly.

We know how much of a contribution Paula has made to the lubricants industry in her nearly 40 years of service that spanned Amoco Petroleum Additives, D.A. Stuart, and her time with us. She set a great

example for us with the service she gave to the lubricants business; that work gave her great joy. Paula was regarded as one of the world’s experts in the areas of environmental products and governance, especially biodegradable and non-toxic lubes. She was an active member of STLE, and a former chair of STLE’s Northern California section.

To recognise her contribution to the lubricants industry and to try to capture her spirit, Novvi is launching the Dr. Paula Vettel Memorial Scholarship, under the auspices of the STLE Presidential Council. We feel that her mentorship of many scientists and her love of chemistry could be best reflected by supporting helping new young talent to join our industry.

LINK ttps:// Socotec announces new UK CEO

SOCOTEC has announced the appointment of Nicolas Detchepare as its new UK CEO.

Nicolas joined SOCOTEC in 2016, bringing with him experience in operations management and consultancy from Strategy& - the global strategy consulting team at PwC - and Alix Partners. Nicolas has managed the Equipment and Industry activity on behalf of SOCOTEC in France for the past four years and is a member of

the management board of the SOCOTEC Group. Nicolas takes over from current CEO, Ian Sparks, who is retiring having successfully managed the company for the last eight years. Ian joined the management board of the SOCOTEC Group after it acquired ESG in 2017.


University of Bath becomes an associate member of MWFPSG

The UKLA is pleased to welcome the University of Bath as an associate member of the Metalworking Fluids Product Stewardship Group.

The University of Bath has gained particular recognition for its research facilities and in 2014 the Research Excellence Framework graded 87% of Bath’s research activities as being ‘world leading/ internationally excellent’. The University has more


than 3,500 employees and 18,000 students. The University gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in September 2011, and has retained the award since then.

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