UKLA President’s Report

This is my first report as President of UKLA so I would like to thank my predecessor Darren Frogson for his term of office.

I take over the role of President of UKLA at a significant moment in the history of our industry. In a post pandemic world momentum towards carbon neutral economies is gathering pace, the electrification of transportation is now well and truly set, and the move to sustainable feedstocks for our products is spurring innovation across many companies around the globe.

Short-term we still have supply chain issues to face as we begin to return to a new normal of working. Base oil shortages should begin to ease in the autumn as planned maintenance shutdowns come to an end, although the UK and Europe is still not yet self-sufficient across all viscosities of all grades to support all automotive and industrial applications.

The focus of my Presidential term of office will be to ensure that the industry is supported to enable it to make substantial progress in adapting to the impact of the pandemic, addressing the challenges to the sector and supply chains in a post Brexit world, whilst embracing the move to more sustainable feedstocks for our products and our customers.

This all requires stability, certainty and continuity for our sector so I have agreed to take a two year term of office as President to enable the association to take a longer-term view in meeting the needs of our members and the wider industry, in addressing the challenges which lie ahead.

Andrew Goddard, UKLA President

UEIL President’s Report

While sustainability has been a buzzword in the industry for several years, there is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has sharpened the appetite for sustainability at local, national and global levels.

News of the climate benefits related to pandemic- induced shutdowns with clearer water, less polluted air and smog-free city skylines have circulated around the world – indisputable evidence of the impact of human actions and behaviours on the environment – shifting the debate on sustainability to a completely different perspective.

As a return to activity is underway, sustainability is playing a pivotal role in governmental decisions globally and will therefore have a significant impact on business strategies in the years to come.

Therefore, to survive and thrive in a post-COVID-19 environment, our industry needs to implement long-term sustainability strategies that allow us to capture opportunities and shape their post-pandemic futures.


As sustainability will become a top priority for Europe’s “new normal”, we have decided that the theme of this year’s UEIL Annual Virtual Congress will be “From business resilience to sustainable growth - Re-imagining the future of the lubricants industry”. Across two days, 20-21 October 2021, we will cover a wide variety of topics, with sustainability in focus – from transformational leadership to the EU Green Deal, from the importance of diversity to the role of bio-based lubricants and circular economy in building a more sustainable lubricant industry. As we are all agents of change, and sustainability is in our own hands, the program will be mostly articulated in interactive roundtables, where all delegates will have the opportunity to discuss different topics with world leading experts.

I am looking forward to seeing you there, envisioning together the sustainable growth of our industry!

Valentina Serra-Holm, UEIL President

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