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UEIL 2021 Virtual Congress “From business resilience to sustainable growth – Re-imagining the future of the lubricants industry “

UEIL is delighted to announce that it will take its 2021 Congress online.

The Congress will be organised over two days, on 20th and 21st October 2021, from 1.30pm to 5pm CET.

The Congress will feature a mix of keynote speeches and technical presentations by prominent speakers, as well a series of roundtables. UEIL also appreciates the importance of networking in those particular times, and will provide participants a platform to organise bilateral networking meetings.

Our theme for 2021 will be “From business resilience to sustainable growth – Re-imagining the future of the lubricants industry”. Topics will include resilience & growth, sustainability in the lubricants industry, the European Green Deal and its impact for our sector, sustainable mobility, bio-based lubricants and also diversity in the industry.

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In order to register, please click on the “Register” button at the bottom of this page. Registration is free of charge. For any inquiries, please contact us at info@ueilcongress.org.

We look forward to October 2021!


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UEIL 2021 Virtual Congress Programme


Enrique Garcia John, European Commission, DG Environment

KEYNOTE SPEECH: The European Green Deal


Enrique is a biochemist and a toxicologist working as a policy officer in the Waste Management and Secondary Materials Unit of DG Environment. He works in areas related to the interface between chemicals, products and waste and is currently involved in the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan. Before joining the European Commission in 2010 he worked for 19 years as a consultant in the fields of environmental management and chemical safety. 

Jennifer Jordan, IMD Business School

KEYNOTE SPEECH: Transformational Leadership in the New Normal

Facing one of the most disruptive and transformational times in the 21st century, leaders are having to learn how to motivate, influence, and enable their teams in an entirely new, and constantly changing, environment. This “new type” of leadership requires a specific set of skills, behaviors, and mindset. In this keynote, I will talk about what leaders need to think and do and how to start doing it.


Jennifer Jordan is a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. She also holds an honorary chair in Human Resource Management at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Jennifer’s researches, teaches on and consults in the areas of leading digital, power and influence, and ethics. Prior to IMD, Jennifer was a lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management and Tuck School of Business in the United States. Her research articles are published in several top journals within management and social psychology and Jennifer serves on the editorial boards of two academic journals. In 2019, Jennifer was named as one of the top 40 MBA professors worldwide under 40 years of age by Poets and Quants and nominated for a Thinkers50 Radar Award. Jennifer received her doctorate degree and two masters degrees from Yale University.

Katty Hoste, Chevron

MODERATOR: The future of sustainable mobility


Katty joined Chevron in 2003 after obtaining a PhD in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Gent, Belgium. Her first role in Chevron was as a Product Development Chemist specialising in industrial applications. Later she moved on to the role of TeamLeader Technical Support. In 2008 she joined Chevron Base Oils as Marketing Specialist for Europe supporting the group II base oil business development in Europe. In 2018 Katty moved to the role of Business Development Manager Europe for Chevron Base Oils.

Lou Honary, President, Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing

SPEAKER: The future of bio-based lubricants: challenges and opportunities


Lou Honary is president of Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing, Inc., and a world-renowned advocate for biobased grease and lubricants. Dr. Honary served as professor and founding director of the National Agriculture-Based Lubricants (NABL) Center at the University of Northern Iowa where his team developed over 30 vegetable oil-based grease and lubricant formulations. In 2000, NABL’s patented technology was transferred to a new commercial start-up company, ELM co-founded by Dr. Honary and the University of Northern Iowa Research Foundation.

Honary has served as officer, editorial advisor, and board member for several technical organizations including ASTM, SAE, NFPA, NLGI, ELGI, and STLE. He has contributed to the future viability of biobased products through his service on the US Department of Agriculture/US Department of Energy Biomass Research and Development Advisory Committee.

An international expert in biobased lubricants, Dr. Honary has ten patents and two pending patents including patents on the use of microwaves for processing grease. He is the author of a book on biobased lubricants, several book chapters, as well as numerous publications and invited presentations. Dr. Honary is the recipient of the 2020 NLGI Fellows Award.

Lloyd Nelson, Kraton

ROUNDTABLE: The future of bio-based lubricants: challenges and opportunities


Lloyd Nelson obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Alberta, Edmonton in 1986.  He has since worked on plant-based chemistries in the biobased fuel and lubricants space with the Plant Biotechnology Institute in Saskatoon; Mobil Oil in Pennington, Eastern Regional Research Center of the USDA in Wyndmoor, PA; and CIBA Specialty Chemicals in Tarrytown, NY. He is currently a Principal Scientist with Kraton Corporation. Lloyd holds 12 patents in fuels and lubricants space.

Markus Scherer, General Manager, MaBiMa

MODERATOR: Sustainability in the lubricants industry


Markus looks back at more than 25 years experience in the global lubricants industry. During his career Markus went through various leadership positions in both technical and commercial areas. He worked for BASF and prior to that for Evonik. He is a trained chemist and contributed more than 60 patents to the industry, thereof 27 patents as first author. Markus has recently found his own company MaBiMa where he offers consulting services amongst others to the lubricant industry. MaBiMa aims at the improvement of sustainability profiles employing a strong link between technical and marketing elements.

Mick Wragg, Lubrizol

SPEAKER: Sustainability in the lubricants industry


Mick has worked for Lubrizol Limited, a UK-based subsidiary of The Lubrizol Corporation, for almost 25 years and his current role is Chief Product Steward for Lubrizol Additives. Mick previously held various technical and leadership positions in Lubrizol’s corporate Product Safety & Compliance department, including having company-wide responsibility for implementing EU REACH processes and practices. He now leads a team of regulatory professionals providing support and guidance to Lubrizol Additives.     

Mick has significant trade association experience. In the past he chaired the Health, Safety & Legislative Sub-Committee of the European Petroleum Additives Manufacturer’s Technical Committee (ATC) and is currently Vice-Chair of the recently formed ATC Sustainability Sub-Committee. Mick also currently chairs the Alkanolamines Borate REACH Consortium and the UK CIA Environmental Health Issue Team, with the latter responsible for monitoring and providing industry advocacy on topics such as combination effects and endocrine disruptors. He is also an active participant on several other European industry committees.

Mick is a chemist by education and spent several years as a practicing toxicologist at a UK contract laboratory prior to joining Lubrizol in 1997. He also has international experience working at Lubrizol’s corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio for several years.

Milind Phadke, Vice President, Energy Market Research, Kline

SPEAKER: The future of sustainable mobility


Milind leads the Energy Market Research business at Kline & Company. He is responsible for Kline’s off-the-shelf reports covering various downstream specialty products.

Milind has been instrumental in the growth of Kline’s portfolio of Energy titles covering all major products and regions. During his nearly 20-year tenure with Kline, Milind has consulted with clients on strategic and tactical issues impacting various downstream specialty product markets.

Patrick Vernon, ATIEL

KEYNOTE SPEECH: European Engine Lubricants Quality Management System


Patrick is the Technical Manager for the Europe/Africa/Middle East Zone of ExxonMobil Lubricants Technology, supporting the Fuels and Lubricants business.

He joined ExxonMobil in 1991, and has had various assignments in UK, Belgium and USA, spanning the different functions of Research & Development, Product Line Management, Marketing, Corporate Planning and Sales, as well as having led several global business and systems projects.

Trevor Gauntlett, Trevor Gauntlett Consulting

SPEAKER: The future of sustainable mobility

“Sustainable mobility goes beyond decarbonisation of motive power to include resource efficiency and further strengthening of the circular economy. Some companies may consider that sustainability means re-shoring some of their activities. When looking at the European Green Deal headlines, what paradigm shift might “renovating in an energy and resource-efficient way” bring to traditional lubricants markets, for example?”

Valentina Serra-Holm, UEIL President

WELCOME SESSION and MODERATOR: From resilience to re-imagination of the future


Valentina has over twenty years’ experience in the oil and lubricant industry, boasting several senior technical and commercial roles. She is passionate about building bridges between the technical and the commercial sides of businesses, and creating solution-based business approaches.

Since 2016 Valentina serves as President of UEIL. In addition, she served as director of the European Lubricating Grease Institute (ELGI) from 2013 to 2017, and as a course instructor for the US-based National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) and Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). 

She holds MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy). In addition, she holds a PhD in Chemical Reaction Engineering from Åbo Akademi University (Finland). Valentina is the author of numerous scientific and technical publications, patents, and international presentations in the field of specialty oils and lubricants.

William Downey, Novvi

MODERATOR: The future of bio-based lubricants: challenges and opportunities


William started his career in the lubricants business in an eight- year tenure with the Royal Dutch Shell/ Group of Companies, in technology, lubricants, base oils and additives. Across these endeavors, he has 40 years of experience in the petroleum and chemical industry and is recognized as an expert in the lubricants, wax, and petroleum specialties value chains. He has addressed and moderated ICIS Conferences in Dubai, London, New York, Jersey City, NJ, Sao Paulo, and Seoul.

Our Partners


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We’re delighted to introduce you to the UEIL 2021 sponsors

A huge thanks for their support!

ABN Resource are global recruitment consultants to the lubricant, additive and base oil industry. Specialising in retained search for hard-to-find talent in Executive, Sales, Operations, and Technical positions. Our vision is to provide growth through happy, high performing people that made a safer & more sustainable world.

Beyond Limits optimizes operations, boosts efficiency, increases productivity, and improves decision-making by accelerating digital innovation at enterprise-scale for demanding industries with proven AI software solutions affirm human trust in software-driven decisions. 

Beyond Limits’ scalable software products, powered by our award-winning Cognitive AI technology, solve the problems that matter most by utilizing a powerful hybrid AI approach, combining machine learning techniques with embedded human knowledge to deliver clear recommendations that mitigate risk and increase profitability.  

Learn more about our AI-driven solutions to optimize your lubricant development program from discovery to testing. Visit www.beyond.ai 

Chevron Base Oils provides a global slate of premium Group II base oils. Our technically substitutable base oils produced at multiple plants are made available from a network of regional supply hubs centrally located near the world’s largest lubricant markets. Our base oils are suitable for more than 90% of the worlds formulating needs for automotive and industrial lubricants. We work closely with lubricant manufactures, additive companies, original equipment manufactures and industry groups such as API, SAE, ILSAC and ACEA to advance industry standards that protect engine performance while enabling environmental compliance for new engine designs. To find out more visit www.chevronbaseoils.com

Solutions from the world’s largest independent lubricant manufacturer
FUCHS is a global Group with German roots that develops, produces and distributes lubricants and related specialties. The FUCHS product program comprises more than 10,000 products and related services in six key categories: Automotive Lubricants, Industrial Lubricants, Lubricating Greases, Metal Processing Lubricants, Special Application Lubricants and Services.

We have more than 100,000 customers, including companies from the following fields: automotive suppliers, OEM, mining and exploration, metalworking, agriculture and forestry, aerospace, power generation, mechanical engineering, construction and transport, as well as the steel, metal and cement industries, yet also companies in the food industry, the glass production sector and the casting and forging industry – and many others.

In close contact with its customers, FUCHS develops holistic, innovative and custom-made solutions for the most diverse applications. As a lubricant manufacturer, FUCHS stands for performance and sustainability, for safety and reliability, for efficiency and cost savings. FUCHS stands for a promise: technology that pays back. Learn more at https://www.fuchs.com/group/

The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) is the voice of the North American lubricants industry. Member companies help stimulate $14.4 billion in sales activity and $7.2 million in GDP each year, and produce more than a quarter of the automotive lubricants and three-quarters of the metalworking fluids in North America. Most are still privately owned, and many have been family-owned for generations.

Ingevity is a leading global manufacturer of high-performing specialty additives used in metalworking fluid, industrial lubricant, low-sulfur diesel fuel and grease applications. For more than 70 years, Ingevity has supplied the lubricants market with sustainable solutions derived from tall oil fatty acid (TOFA) and distilled tall oil (DTO), which provide unique performance properties including surface activation, co-emulsification, corrosion inhibition and solvency in various formulations.

Kline is a worldwide consulting and research firm dedicated to providing the kind of insight and knowledge that helps companies find a clear path to success. The firm has served the management consulting and market research needs of organizations for over 60 years.

Our clients in the lubricants, baseoils, and additives value chain require pragmatic and impactful ways to direct their strategies and commercial practices toward achieving the SDGs and carbon impact objectives relative to their industries. The paths that they set today will be of critical importance as regulators, investors, customers, and employees demand transparency, commitment, and a clearly defined, measurable plan of action. The Kline Team is here to support our clients across the lubricants value chain by providing industry-specific resources, custom research, and expert advice as they set their businesses up for a successful and sustainable future. Learn more >>

Novvi was created to develop, produce, market, and sell high-performance oils and specialty chemicals from renewable sources. Novvi LLC is a joint venture of Amyris, American Refining Group, Chevron, and H&R.  Novvi draws from the strengths of all its strategic shareholders to execute a level of innovation to rapid commercialization to meet the increasing demands on the chemicals industry for sustainability, performance, and value.

Nynas offers the widest range of high quality base oils, covering the complete range of viscosities and performance. We are the leading supplier of specialty naphthenic base oils for greases, industrial lubricants and metalworking fluids. High solvency and excellent low-temperature properties make these oils suitable for the most diverse applications. Nynas has around 1,000 employees, in-house production facilities, depots all over the world and representation in over 30 countries.

For more information, visit www.nynas.com 

For more than 30 years, SIP Speciality Oils and Fluids has been a respected and recognised independent marketer and distributor.  Based in London, we have been supplying demanding customers in Europe and the wider African and Middle Eastern markets for many years.  SIP has one of the most comprehensive product portfolios, covering a wide range of base fluids for many product applications.

We are especially known for our extensive range of viscosity grades of mineral white oils with Halal and Kosher approvals, and our premium oils for industrial and drilling applications.  We manage our own vessel and road tanker operations in-house, based around our own storage hub in North West Europe.  We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver where our competitors cannot by giving tight lead times, support for unusual viscosity grades, and our own experienced in-house technical services and operations team who offer a bespoke service. Find out more at www.sip.com

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