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European Base Oils and Lubricants Online Series

Date: 4th October 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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We aim to provide an experience as close to be an in-person event as possible, whilst maximising the opportunity for gaining industry insights and networking with peers. When you network at a live event, you take in the room, decide who you would like to talk to and then approach them. If you are unable to meet and talk with the people you want, what is the point? Here, everyone has their microphone and camera on, replicating the face-to-face benefits of an in-person conference. Moreover, our recurring series format allows attendees to reconvene with each event and establish relationships over time.


4th October 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Shana Kaur – Content
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Jean-Pierre Carr – Marketing
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Sam Cormack – Sponsorship
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Martyna Rak – Logistics
+48 616 46 7020


Virtual Event – European Base Oils & Lubricants

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How joining our free online events will help you!

– Learn from a leading expert in the field of Base Oil and Lubricants
– Connect with like-minded professionals in your industry
– Benefit from the convenience and flexibility of attending online
Take advantage of free admission to the event
– Discover the latest advancements and future prospects of Base Oil and Lubricants
– Get the chance to ask your questions during the Q&A session
– Get walkthrough of the platform we use one week before the event if you choose
– Get a recording of the presentation and Q&A
– Get a list of attendees

For speaker opportunities please contact Shana Kaur


We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

ACI/ATIEL Online Event – 04.10.23

Join us and members of ATIEL  in the next edition of the online series and discover the latest developments in Base Oil and Lubricants from industry experts Usha Lad,
Mike Boyer, Marco Digioia and David Wright

Topics Included:

Link to Recorded Video Here:  https://vimeo.com/user207002264/aciatiel0410?share=copy

– Introduction of ATIEL by Marco Digioia, ATIEL President
– David Wright, Interim Chair of the ATIEL QMS Committee: “What is the European Engine Lubricants Quality Management System (EELQMS)?”
– Michael Boyer, Director of SAIL: “How to monitor and comply with EELQMS”
– Usha Lad, Chair of the ATIEL BOI/VGRA Committee: “Improving Efficiency and Interchange Guidelines
During this event we ask that all attendees have their camera and microphone on to make it as interactive as possible.

– Learn from a leading expert in the field of Base Oil and Lubricants
– Connect with like-minded professionals in your industry
– Benefit from the convenience and flexibility of attending online
Take advantage of free admission to the event
– Discover the latest advancements and future prospects of Base Oil and Lubricants
– Get the chance to ask your questions during the Q&A session
– Get walkthrough of the platform we use one week before the event if you choose premium pass
– Get a recording of the presentation and Q&A if you choose premium – pass
– Get a list of attendees if you choose premium pass

For speaker opportunities please contact Shana Kaur

For Premium Passes please contact: Jean-Pierre Carr


We look forward to seeing you later this year.

Tuesday 17th January 2023, 2pm-4pm, London GMT

Join us on the 17th January 2023 for our first round table of the year. Join Senior representatives from The Base Oils &  Lubricants Industry discuss new & exciting topics in the industry! To see topics please download the Agenda.

Speakers Include:

Hans Gerdes, Metall Chemie

Erik Willett, Functional Products 

Thomas Norrby, Nynas + Par Nyman, Scania

Amanda Marquez & Lloyd Nelson, Kraton – 

Jeroen Van Dorp, Chaincraft –

Donald Smolenski, LLC 

Tim-Oliver Mattern, CARL BECHEM GMBH + Joel Garret, Clean Harbours

Gabriella Twinning, Argus Media



11th October 2022, 2pm-4pm, London GMT

Presentation: The Use of PAOs in Electric Vehicle Applications

Speaker: Ken Hope, Global PAO Technical Services Manager, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

Covering topics include: 

  • Overview of PAO typical properties focusing on:
    • Dielectric Properties
    • Thermal Conductivity
    • Viscosity Properties
  • Discussion of how these relate to application in E-mobility
  • Overall Sustainability areas of interest for PAOs

Tuesday 14th June 2022, 2pm-4pm, London BST

Presentation: A Hydrocarbon Base oil with Top-Tier Performance and Carbon Negative? Possible? You Bet!

Speaker: William ‘Bill’ Downey, Senior Vice President Business Development, Novvi 

Tuesday 10th May 2022, 2pm-4pm, London BST


Heavy Naphthenic Oil – Application Experience in Lubricants & Greases

Speaker: Mehdi Fathi-Najafi, Chief Specialist & Senior Technical Advisor, Nynas

Tuesday 12th April 2022, 2pm-4pm, London BST

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the European lubricant industry and the way forward”

Speaker: Dr. Valentina Serra-Holm, President, UEIL


Tuesday 15th March 2022, 2pm – 4pm London GMT


Table 1 – Dennis Eijdenberg, Axel Christiernsson B.V. – Future of lubricating greases – How to choose the correct product – Role of thickener, baseoil and additives in lubricating greases, and trends/developments – Bio-greases: requirements, regulation & certification, foot- and handprint reduction

Table 2 – Hans Gerdes, Metall-Chemie – Lubricants and Social Media – Lubricants for electro-mobility – CO2 footprint of lubricants

Table 3 – David Whitby, Pathmaster Marketing Ltd – The fragility of global supply chains – The future for hybrid electric vehicles – Future lubricants and fuels for large ships – Retail consumers understanding of lubricants – Electricity storage systems – Future availability of additives for lubricants

Table 4 – Srdjan Sokolovic, NIS – Future trends and development of lubricants

Table 5 – Norman Sheppard, EMMAY – Low Viscosity Low Volatility PAOs – Metallocene catalysts for production of PAOs – Commercial approaches to formulating 0W-XX lubricants

Table 6 – Igor Lezgorko, SABER EVNAT SIA – Competitive landscape – where is the market moving – EU Green Deal – The end of Diesel engines era ? Implications for the Base Oils & Lubricants Industry – Large scale production – Engineering Challenges for the Industry – Future Competitive advantages – the underlying driving forces

Table 7 – Tatjana Ilic, Nanol Technologies – Next Generation of sustainable lubricants- when will the industry stop using ZDDP

Table 8 – Konrad Kowalski, DMR Group – Raw Materials that are lacking in the European Market

Tuesday 8th February 2022, 2pm-4pm, London GMT

“Future Applications for Group II and Group III Base Oils”


 David Whitby, Chief Executive Officer, Pathmaster Marketing Ltd

Tuesday 11th January 2022, 8am-10am, London GMT

“Tribology, the tool to develop Sustainable lubricants”


Dr Amaya Igartua, Coordinator of Materials Initiatives, Tekniker

Wednesday 1st December 2021, 2pm-4pm, London GMT

Lubricating Greases: trends and opportunities

This talk will present the basics of Lubricating Greases, including the following trends:

  • Bigger
  • Faster
  • Longer
  • More specialized
  • “Greener”

Following a closer look into lubricating greases for EV’s and Bio-greases/EAL’s.


Dennis Eijdenberg, Technical Support Manager, Axel Christiernsson B.V.

Tuesday 28th September 2021, 9am-11am CET

Engineering Challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry

Norman Sheppard
Leader Base Oils, BAPCO / Hydrocarbon Specialist, EMMAY Associates

Tuesday 20th July 2021, 9am-11am CET

Electric Mobility: A New Era for Thermal Fluids

Climate change is deeply impacting many businesses and such is the case for the lubricant industry. One major change is the electric mobility that will drastically reduce Internal Combustion Engines and their associated lubricants. New fluids have to be designed for Battery Electric Vehicles.

This talk will present the impact of this electric revolution on fluid design. This will be illustrated by the example of battery fluid where specific fluids have been developed to offer ultra-fast charging and safety increase to the end user. Experimental and numerical approaches will be presented, and the global performance of the battery thermal management using such fluids will be assessed (weight, power consumption, etc.)

Lastly other thermal fluids for BEV will be presented to demonstrate the new Thermal paradigm for electric mobility in the lubricant industry.


Nicolas Champagne, Research Development Program Manager, TotalEnergies

Tuesday 22nd June 2021, 3pm-5pm CET

Europe Needs Group II

Group II base oils help enable formulation optimisation for tightening specifications while helping blenders meet requirements in the European Green Deal. Growing supply availability and reliability are making Group II base oils the bedrock of the European lubricant market.


Bhaskar Mukherjee, Senior Global Qualification Manager, Chevron Base Oils


Event Sponsor


Beyond Limits is an industrial-grade AI company built for demanding sectors, including energy and utilities. Beyond Limits’ pioneering Cognitive AI technology combines machine learning techniques with embedded human knowledge to provide decision-makers with clear recommendations that boost operational insights, improve operating conditions, optimize performance, and ultimately increase profits as a result. www.beyond.ai

Tuesday 25th May 2021, 3pm-5pm CET

Exploring the Newly Released ACEA Light Duty Engine Oil Sequences

  • Drivers for Upgrading Engine Oil
  • Impact of Legislations on Powertrain Technologies & Oil Performance
  • CO2 Regulations in Europe
  • Structure & Timeline of ACEA Sequences
  • Formulation Windows
  • Changes in ACEA Categories, New Tests & Going Forward



Dr Suhair Abdelhalim, Global Technology Manager, Passenger Car Engine Oils, Petronas

Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 3pm-5pm CET

Global Ecolabelling Network and Biodegradable Lubricants

In the beginning of presentation, the overview of a global ecolabelling network will be given. The global ecolabelling network is composed of 29 ecolabelling organisations throughout the world which represent nearly 60 countries and territories.

After this, the presentation will focus on ecolabels present in the European Union such as Ecolabel, Blue Angel and Nordic Swan. These are the most present ecolabels in the European Union.

A brief overview of these ecolabels will be given. A brief overview will include a short history, countries of the European Union in which these ecolabels are present, number of products for which these ecolabels were issued, etc.

A similar brief overview of ecolabels present in China, Russia and Israel will be given.

China as the biggest market has three different ecolabels: China Environmental Labelling, China Environmentally Friendly Certification and Green Mark Program. Brief overview of all three Chinese ecolabels will be given in the presentation as well as possibilities of entering the Chinese market with ecolabels issued outside of China.

Since the Russian market is also big, an overview of Russian ecolabel Vitality Leaf will be given.

Israeli green label represents the only member of the global ecolabelling network from the Middle East, so an overview of this green label will be given.

After covering ecolabels, the powerpoint will focus on biodegradable products (chainsaw oil, formworking agent and cleaning agenet) that were developed by NIS a.d.

At the end of the powerpoint a few slides will be given about the company NOVVI since it is the only company in the world which process plant oils to produce base oils and lubricants.



Dr Srdjan Sokolovic, Expert Coordinator for Chemicals and Waste Management, NIS Gazprom Neft

Thursday 25th February 2021, 9am-11am CET

Evolution of Lubricants for Electrified Transmissions at Scania | E-Motor Failure Case Study

Scania has a strong commitment to reduce the CO2 emissions from the trucks and buses that we produce as well as from our own operations. By 2025, Scania expects that electrified vehicles will account for around 10 percent or our total vehicle sales volumes in Europe and by 2030, 50 percent of our total vehicle sales volumes are expected to be electrified. To do this we offer vehicles that can are fully (BEV) or partly (PHEV) powered by electricity.

Our first electrified hybrid drivetrain was introduced in 2015 and in the following years we have learnt a lot on how to increase the durability especially with regards to corrosion of the electric motor.

This presentation will share some of the findings we have made. And some new methods we are using for screening corrosion properties of transmission oil on copper in the electric motor.




Pär Nyman M.Sc. Technical Manager Transmission and Axle Oils, Scania

Tuesday 19th January 2021 , 9am-11am CET

Shaping the Future | Change is Happening

As many of us are aware, the transportation industry is at an important crossroads: globalization, electrification, technology development, ongoing regulatory changes and growth in emerging markets are set to change the face of the industry in the next decade. All of us as industry stakeholders are faced with an interesting and challenging dynamic as demand in mature markets is reducing whilst the emerging markets continue to show further growth.

These are likely to be significantly impacted by rapidly changing events across the entire value chain – from evolving consumer preferences in cars, and the needs of fleet operators or managers, to the operation of broader distribution channels with expanding supply chains. To remain as market leaders, companies across the complete vehicle value chain need to assess how well they are prepared to respond to the evolving industry trends. This will allow manufacturers to capitalize on the opportunities that lie ahead. We will be required to ask ourselves how and where these demands will evolve, as well as how our products, business models and ways of engaging need to be adapted to these changes, both in the market general and OEM arenas.

For this online interactive session, we will share some thoughts and insights around the changing hardware architecture that impact lubricant technology design. This will focus on the passenger car and commercial vehicle markets, along with the e-Mobility area and how this has challenged conventional thinking around testing and is leading to new methodologies in the evaluation of products for the future.



Simon Evans, Director Strategic OEM Group, Lubrizol

Simon Joined Lubrizol in 1989 and has served in a variety of roles across the Lubrizol Additives division, including mechanical testing, field testing, project, product management and commercial disciplines. Prior to his current role in the OEM Group, Simon was responsible for the Middle East and India for Driveline products across the Off-Highway, Automatic Transmission and Automotive Gear Oil areas.

Simon has an HND in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Derby University.



Event Sponsor


The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company serving customers in more than 100 countries. We own and operate manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Through our global sales and manufacturing networks, we are able to deliver the products and services our customers need, where and when they need them.

We combine our understanding of what end users want with our knowledge of chemistry and capabilities in formulation and application development. We connect our unique chemistry expertise, formulation and applications capabilities, and market insights to positively impact the lives of our customers’ end users around the globe. Our worldwide lab infrastructure supports customers on a global scale and a regional basis. And our broad portfolio of products provides the ability to efficiently leverage our technology across wide-ranging markets and applications.

We support our global customers through two business segments:

Lubrizol Additives:
With strong customer and OEM partnerships, market knowledge and technology, we are focused on strengthening the leadership positions we have earned in Lubrizol Additives over many years. We deliver reliability and efficiency for end users through additive technologies for engine oils, driveline applications, petrol and diesel fuel and industrial lubricants. On any given day, Lubrizol technology keeps more than half of the world’s vehicles operating efficiently and reliably.

Lubrizol Advanced Materials:
Lubrizol Advanced Materials focuses on delivering unique formulations that enable the distinct characteristics in our customers’ products, such as enhanced durability in athletic apparel, nourishment in hair care products and better colour quality in digital printing.

Our mission is straightforward: We improve lives as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users.


  • This is NOT a webinar with hidden attendees. The set up will be designed to allow all to participate in the discussions and meet as many other attendees as possible face-to-face
  • All attendees are encouraged to turn on cameras and microphones during networking
  • Free movement networking will allow you to approach individuals and groups you choose
  • Your choice as to leading or following the conversations taking place
  • No text chat during the event, all communication is face to face
  • Opportunity to join our guest speaker on screen to pose your question directly to them
  • Base oil producers
  • Lubricant blenders
  • Additive suppliers
  • OEMs
  • Consultancies
  • Research centres and institutes
  • Universities
  • Biolubricant producers
  • Environmental institutions and government bodies
  • Lubricant traders
  • Logistics experts

Base Oils & Lubes Connect is an online community where you can enjoy exclusive access to the features listed below: 

  • Regular interviews with industry experts 
  • Network with other community members through impromptu or scheduled video calls, public and private chats 
  • Post questions, polls, videos, images and comments to the channels 
  • Join smaller, more-focused discussion groups to interact with peers sharing your interests 
  • Catch up on the latest news about our upcoming on-line and in-person events   
  • Download your purchased ACI conference materials (presentation slides, recordings, speaker bios, attendee lists etc.) 

As with ACI’s online series of events, you can access all the above for free. You do, however, need to receive an invite from ACI or a community member. If you have not yet received an invite to join Base Oils & Lubes Connect simply click here to put in a request.


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