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2017 UEIL Annual Congress

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For the last 53 years, UEIL has held its yearly Annual Congress in October, offering a unique opportunity to players in the European and global Lubricants industry to meet and network, strengthen their relationships, and learn more about the latest developments from a technological, economic, marketing and regulatory perspective.

The +/- 250 Delegates, decision makers in the sector, traditionally come from over 20 countries, including participants from Europe, the US, Asia and Africa, and represent various sectors within the Lubricants industry, and in particular:

  • Base oil and lubricants producers
  • Additive companies
  • Technology services companies
  • Lubricants blenders
  • Regulators

Click here to download the full programme in .pdf

You can download the list of attendees here.

Download the speakers’ presentations below!

Apu Gosalia UEIL Statistics
Gianluca Fenaroli Welcome by local host
Russell Patten Keynote speaker
Christine Fuchs Future Trends in R&D
Jacquie Berryman Lubricant Additives: Use and Benefits
Magnus Horn Heavy Duty Engine Development Trends for Improving Fuel Economy – Focus on the Engine Lubrication System
Martin Wahl Bosch Rexroth Fluid Rating – News about the Rating Process for Hydraulic Fluids based on Real Load Requirements
Jakob Bredsguard Estolides – Closing the Gap between Performance and Sustainability
Bill Downey Performance and Sustainability: No Need to Compromise
Riccardo Pedriali High Viscosity Bio-Based Oils: a Sustainable, High Performance
Alternative to Bright Stock, contributing to GHG Saving Requirements
Joanna Stephenson Social Media – Finding Value in the Lubricants Industry
Henrik Hahn Digitalisation at Evonik
Stephan Baumgartel Sustainability in the Lubricant Manufacturing Industry
Peter Tjan Enhancing Compliance with Quality Standards in Automotive Lubricants
Christian Hartmann & Marco Codognola Innovation in Re-refining
Andreea Kaye EU Update & Taxation
Carlo Andrea Bollino Economic Forecasting in the Energy and Oil Markets
Milind Phadke Global Synthetic Basestocks


Gala Dinner

Thursday, 26 October 2017 – Gala Dinner at the Palazzo Re Enzo

In 1200, Bologna’s municipality confiscated several buildings to create Piazza Maggiore and erected the first complex of palaces destined specifically for public administrative purposes – Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo di Re Enzo and Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo.

Palazzo Re Enzo, also known as ‘Palazzo Nuovo’ (New Palace) to distinguish it from Palazzo del Podestà, was built between 1244 and 1246 (at the same time as Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo) as an extension of the other municipal buildings.

Just three years later, it became the ‘residence’ of the King captured during the Battle of Fossalta and was named after him – King Enzo of Sardinia, son of Emperor Frederick II. He lived in the building for twenty-three years until his death in 1272. His figure inspired many legends in popular literature.

The Palazzo del Podestà was the first seat of city government, which was presided over by the Podestà and his judges and officials. Ever since it was first built, it has had a bell tower – known as the Arengo tower – that was used to gather all citizens in case of extraordinary events. The tower is supported by four columns at the centre of the building as well as by four corner pillars that form a ribbed vault called Voltone del Podestà.

On the ground floor, you will find the army’s war machines and the Carroccio (vehicle on which the standards of medieval Italian republics were borne into battle) while the access to the St.Mary of Prisoners chapel, where those sentenced to death used to pray in, is located on the right-hand side of the buildings. The meetings of the People’s Council were held in the first floor’s loggia, accessed by a covered staircase.

The Sala del Trecento (now Sala degli Atti) was created by Antonio di Vincenzo in 1386 and was later used to housethe municipal archive. The top floor was completely restored in 1771 by G.G.Dotti. The piano nobile, i.e. the large hall of the Podestà, measures 61 x 14 m and its ceiling is 15 m high. It was also a public theatre between the 16th and 18th centuries and was later used for ball games.

In 1905, the Palace under went considerable restoration work carried out by Alfonso Rubbiani to restore the Gothic appearance of the buildings – he rebuilt the merlons,ground-floor arches and 15th-century staircase.

The historic architecture with its magical atmosphere creates a warm ambience which accentuates the true uniqueness of this location, making it a memorable dining experience

Pick-up: 19:00 at the Congress Hotel

Dress Code: Smart and elegant


Fees and Registration

Congress fees Until 01 Sept. 2017 After 01 Sept. 2017
Full Congress € 785.00 € 895.00
One-Day Congress € 620.00 € 725.00
Gala Dinner for Partners € 99.00
Partner Programme € 120.00
Tourism Day 29/10 € 120.00
  • Full and one day congress fees for delegates include the Welcome Dinner on  Wednesday 25 October and the Gala Dinner on Thursday 26 October
  • Prices do not include 22% Italian VAT
  • Please note that hotel accommodation is not included in the conference fee


Hotel and accommodation

Royal Hotel Carlton Bologna
Via Montebello 8, 40121 Bologna, Italy
Main switchboard: +39 051 249 61

Please contact the hotel to book your accommodation at carlton@monrifhotels.it and mention the reference UEIL Annual Congress

UEIL has negotiated a special bedroom rate for Congress delegates and their spouses.

Superior room with view over the main railway station or courtyard:

Superior Room – Single use: €139 (VAT and buffet breakfast included)
Superior Room – Double use: €169 (VAT and buffet breakfast included)

If you have not booked your accommodation yet, please do so as soon as possible and no later than 01 September, as the number of rooms with special rate is limited. Please note that UEIL is not responsible for hotel reservations. Please contact the hotel for further information.

The Royal Hotel Carlton is located in the center of Bologna, near the pedestrian area, and outside the restricted traffic zone, in walking distance from the railway station and Piazza Maggiore.
The railway station is just a stone’s throw away, and G. Marconi Airport is just a 6 km drive.


Transportation and Travel

Taxi service: The taxi ranks at Marconi Airport can be found outside the arrivals hall. A journey to the city center will take about 10 – 15 minutes depending on traffic and costs about €15 – €20. It is recommended to only use the official Bologna Airport taxis, and not to accept services offered by individuals in the arrivals area. It can happen that you are approached by someone, and offered a cheaper taxi, but these drivers are often not licensed to operate from the airport, and many times their taxis are under insured. The official airport taxis will always be in the taxi rank, and their drivers wait by their vehicles. Bologna Taxis are usually white or yellow in color, and can be recognized by their ‘taxi’ sign on the roof. Taxis run on a metered system, and the taxi fares are therefore charged per distance traveled rather than by set fares, however, there may also be set fares to various popular destinations.

Aerobus BLQ shuttle service: There is a special airport bus from Bologna Marconi Airport which takes you into the center of Bologna. It leaves every 15 minutes during the day from outside the arrivals hall. The first bus is at 5.30 am and the last one is at 01.15. The bus is called BLQ and is easily identified as it is grey and light blue in color as opposed to the orange urban buses. The fare from airport to the center is 6 euros per person and you can pay the driver directly on the bus. Although a ticket machine is situated at the bus stop it is not necessary to buy a ticket before you board. The journey from the airport to the railway station takes about 25-30 minutes, depending on the traffic. From the railway station to the Royal Carlton Hotel is a 5 minute walk.



It is advisable to enquire about visa and entry requirements before making your travel arrangements. For the latest information, visit http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en#BMTitolo .


Want to reach over 2,000 relevant lubricants’ companies and professionals in Europe?

Have to ensure your company’s visibility throughout the pre & post-congress and during the congress itself?

Cannot afford missing an opportunity to network with the 250 delegates attending the congress?

Access the sponsorship package





Terms and conditions to register

FEES: All Delegate fees are inclusive of lunch, refreshments, conference documentation and attendance to the Opening Reception and Gala Dinner.

VAT: Under EU Customs and Excise Regulations Delegates are required to pay VAT on any conferences taking place within the EU. All fees are subject to Italian VAT at 22%. Delegates may be entitled to reclaim this cost.
For further information please contact our VAT consultant European VAT Desk: Place Constantin Meunier 20/6 1190 Brussels, Belgium – Tel:+32.2.351.26.00 / www.vatdesk.eu

CANCELLATIONS: Any cancellation must be communicated in writing not less than 10 working days before the event and will be subject to an administration charge of €100 for the delegate conference pass. Partners’ cancellation fees is €50. We regret that no refunds will be made for invoices cancelled after this time and the full registration fee will be payable. Substitutions may be made at any time.

DATA PROTECTION: All the information collected for the UEIL Congress 2017 is confidential. The data will be held on a database and will be owned by UEIL for the purposes of running the Congress. UEIL will not share this information with any third parties for either commercial or other reasons. Should your personal data need to be updated, you can access it upon request. Your details will not be made available to external companies for marketing purposes.

VISA AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: It is the delegate’s responsibility to ensure any legal entry requirements are adhered to and that and relevant visas are obtained in advance. Please visit:
http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en#BMTitolo for more information.

FORCE MAJEURE: ‘Force majeure’ frees both parties, the delegate and the organizer, from the contractual responsibilities of this agreement. Force majeure includes: e.g. war, military occupation, riot, strike, total collapse of the provision of supplies, total suspension of air traffic (except in the case of adverse climatic conditions and strike).

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Delegates are advised to procure their own personal and travel insurance.

Hotel features

Guest Rooms

The city hotel offers 236 rooms and suites featuring modern and comfortable facilities with views of the Chancellery, courtyard or railway station.

Recreation & Entertainment

Equipped Fitness Facility | Spa & Wellness Facilities

Features & Amenities

Business Center | E-mail & Internet | Private Limousine rental | Wireless Data Connection | Daily Housekeeping | Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry | Concierge Services | Dedicated Lounge (or 24 Hour Lounge) | Safety Deposit Box

Hotel Restaurants & Bar

Enjoy an Italian and international cuisine in the elegant Neoclassico Restaurant or have a drink at the Planetario Bar & Lounge. The bar is located near the lobby and offers space for networking in the foyer alcoves or a more relaxing environment in the gazebos overlooking the garden.

See our sponsors

Afton Chemical has been a key player in the fuel and lubricant industry for over 90 years, developing, manufacturing and blending petroleum additives that boost the performance of fuels and lubricating oils; helping fuels burn cleaner and more efficiently, engines run smoother and machines last longer. With global reach and localized knowledge we help our customers achieve their business objectives with passion, integrity and openness – defining the collaborative way that we work, encompassing our people, our technology and our chemistry – as our Passion for Solutions®. For details of how our Passion for Solutions® can help you, please visit the website: www.aftonchemical.com

BRB International is an international lube oil additives, chemicals and silicones producer dedicated to servicing their customers with a wide range of tailor-made solutions. BRB has 11 locations worldwide from which they can supply their markets and meet their customers’ needs. BRB’s strength lies in the commitment of its 240 employees, putting the customer first and being flexible in both service and product solutions. Their focus on R&D, technical field support, customized products and problem solving mentality gives BRB a unique position in the market. BRB is able to service smaller and middle size customers as well as larger multinationals. For more information, visit www.brb-international.com/

Chevron Base Oils, a division of Chevron Corporation, 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 world’s formulating needs for automotive and industrial lubricants. We work closely with lubricant manufacturers, additive companies, original equipment manufacturers 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.Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company’s success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, California. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

Chemical Express offers transport services proposing innovative solutions aimed to realize continuous improvement in areas such as security, safety, sustainability, innovation, health, environment, quality and cost saving. Our goal is to have satisfied and loyal customers. Our approach to the customers can be summarized in following points: to identify customer requirements; to study the best logistic solution; to offer a tailor-made service based on high quality, cost awareness and safety. CHEMICAL EXPRESS during 2017 can count on the following fleet (even if these numbers are changing every year considering that C.E. is following to invest, buying new tank containers and other equipments): 73 TRUCKS-allowed to transport dangerous products-equipped with compressor–tracing by satellite control; 115 ROAD TANKERS (all are in stainless steel-insulated allowed to transport dangerous products-3 different compartments with different capacity); 250 CHASSIS – some different sizes (2 and 3 axes) for 20” – 30” and 40”+ 3 tipping chassis and light weight chassis 1200 tank containers – (1 compartment with bassels inside – some different sizes: 26.000 liters of capacity – 33.000 liters of capacity and 35.000 liters of capacity + some multi-compartments 7.500 – 18.000 – 7.500 liters of capacity). Chemical Express headquarter is located in the south of Italy (Napoli); in the North of Italy there is a private parking in Novara too (not far from Milano area). In Spain ,Valencia (Spain) there is also an office with big parking which follow directly the Spanish market. The company arrange transports in all European countries too(especially in Benelux, France, Germany, U.K., Austria, Cezch Republic, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ireland).For further information please contact us. www.chemicalexpress.it

ENI is an energy company employing more than 33.000 people in 73 countries in the world. Eni engages in oil and natural gas exploration, field development and production, as well as in the  supply, trading and shipping of natural gas, LNG, electricity and fuels. Through refineries and chemical plants, Eni processes crude oil and other oil-based feedstock to produce fuels, lubricants and chemical products that are supplied to wholesalers or through retail networks or distributors. Eni’s strategies, resource allocation processes and conduct of day-to-day operations underpin the delivery of sustainable value to all of our stakeholders, respecting the countries where the company operates and the people who work within Eni. Integrity in business management, support in the countries development, operational excellence in conducting operations, innovation in developing competitive solutions and renewable energy sources, inclusiveness of Eni’s people and development of know-how and skills, integration of financial and non-financial issues in the company’s plans and processes drive Eni in creating sustainable value. These elements lead to wise investment choices, prevention of risks and the achievement of strategic objectives in the short, medium and long term.

Ergon Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, USA, Ergon, Inc., and its subsidiaries focus on petroleum-related enterprises. Family owned since its founding in 1954, Ergon now operates as a sophisticated crude oil processor, transporter and marketer of refined products through two independent, collaborative refineries.Built in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1978, Ergon Refining, Inc., remains the largest manufacturer of naphthenic oil in the world. Naphthenic oils are used in numerous applications including transformer oils, compound blending operations,rubber products, chemical processing, printing inks, metalworking fluids,refrigeration oils, hydraulic fracturing oils, paints and greases.In 1997, Ergon – West Virginia, Inc.,acquired the Newell, West Virginia, refinery from Quaker State. Built in 1972,the Newell refinery produces fuels and highly refined paraffinic specialty products, including Group I bright stock and Group II neutral oils. Ergon’s refined products are marketed and distributed worldwide via strategically positioned storage terminals, facilitating consistent, secure supply throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Please visit ergoninternational.com to learn more about our full range of specialty oil solutions.

GQOIL company starting in 2012 provide more effectively blending than now, including all important for modern technology: CAPEX/OPEX economies and positive influence on natural environment also. This influence is possible thanks to low electricity consumption (2,4 kWh/MT average) and through  significant reduction of process heating (up to 95%, depends on geographical region). Such high level of the heating reduction can be reached in the CCBL blender by using of a variations of premix stream velocity, inducing the heating and mixing processes internally. The launching process of CCBL technology is very flexible and intangible for pending manufacturing process. CCBL is able to work either as simple blender with manual dosing or be connected with automation dosing system.  The CCBL ability to work in real industrial conditions was tested at PRISTA OIL site in July 2015. Each production test has been closed by accredited laboratory measurements – see www.gqoil.com

The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) was founded in 1948. ILMA’s 328 members include independent lubricant companies that produce more than 25% of all lubricants and 80% or more of the metalworking fluids and other specialty industrial lubricants sold in the U.S., and key suppliers of raw materials and services to independent lubricant manufacturers. For more information, visit www.ilma.org.

IMCD is a leading company in sales, marketing and distribution of specialty chemicals and food ingredients. Representing major global producers, our sales people are market focused technical experts who offer solutions for customers’ problems utilizing our comprehensive and complementary product portfolio. We provide our partners with optimum tailored solutions for multi-territory distribution management in EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Americas. Through our people, their expertise and the creation of open and lasting partnerships, IMCD is able to provide advice on formulation, production process and application, thus generating unrivalled growth for our partners. Headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, IMCD employs over 1,700 professionals in more than 40 countries. For more information, please visit www.imcdgroup.com

KEMAT is a privately held company founded in 1989, operating globally with an expanding portfolio.  It is the largest independent distributor of polyisobutylenes and related products in the EMEA region.  The company has unparalleled experience and insights into PIB markets and applications with strong supplier relationships for more than 28 years. Having built up an expertise in the supply of additives to the lubricants industry, KEMAT has expanded over the years to supply a wide range of additives to a diverse customer base across a multitude of different industry segments. The international B2B team covers a broad range of expertise, from physics to chemistry, engineering to pharmaceutical science, management and logistics, all at a specialist level.  An internationally speaking company for an international market. As well as Polybutenes, KEMAT also distributes Poly Alpha Olefins and Natural Oils to different market segments such as Lubricants & Greases, Plastics & Rubbers, Sealants & Adhesives and Cosmetics. Offering Supply Chain Reliability, it has distribution centres in NL, BE, UK, FR, IT and TR with readily available stock across all grades: a wide range of high quality PIBs, bulk tank containers, IBCs and drum packaging as well as a drumming facility. KEMAT continues to build its strength and reputation on providing timely deliveries of high quality products at competitive prices and giving personal attention to both supplier and customer requirements. For more information, please visit www.kematbelgium.com

Pilot Chemical is a privately owned and independent global specialty chemical company providing high quality products and services to the metalworking and lubricant, household and industrial, personal care, oilfield, and emulsion polymerization industries. Proprietary core technologies involve alkylation, sulfonation, sulfation and a number of other specialty operations. Pilot, an industry leader in chemical innovation and safety, owns the most state-of-the-art continuous sulfation process in North America and is the world’s largest manufacturer of disulfonates. To learn more, visit www.pilotchemical.com.

Q8 Conqord Oils a company of Kuwait Petroleum International that develops, produces andmarkets lubricants in Italy and abroad, with Q8Oils and ROLOIL brands. ConqordOil has a long history in the design and manufacture of specialty lubricantsdedicated to automotive and industrial applications. Our laboratories perform aconstant research, development and maintenance work on formulations to providethe highest standards and application performance and meet any new need of themarket. The production departments, technologically advanced, are, as theMetalworking fluids line dedicated for metal working operations, a referringpoint for the entire Q8Oils Group. The commercial network, unique in lubricantssegment in Italy, is distributed throughout the country. The Sales Force,Customer Service and Technical Support are constantly oriented to customerssatisfaction. Conqord Oil is one of the largest operators in the Italianmarket.

Sea-Land Chemical Europe Ltd is part of the Sea-Land Chemical Group of Companies, headquartered out of Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Sea-Land Chemical Europe has its base in the north west of England, at the heart of the chemical industry in the UK. The company represents and distributes a wide portfolio of specialty chemicals across Europe and into the Middle East. Business partners and suppliers utilize the technical expertise and experience of our sales force to provide a conduit into our key customer markets of:
– Lubricants
– Household, Institutional and Industrial Cleaners
– Paints and Coatings
Sea-Land Chemical Company has a long history over forty years of providing specialty chemicals to a wide industrial customer base across North America. The company approach to providing high quality products utilizing a flexible and responsive network of warehousing facilities, is being replicated in Europe within the new organisation.

TEMIX OLEO is a producing company, with long experience in the distribution of oleochemicals based on renewable and biodegradable raw materials. Combining experience and innovation, Temix Oleo pays particular attention to a sustainable chemistry, promoting the use of selected eco-friendly products in various fields, such as lubricants, cosmetics and personal care, as well as other industrial applications. Based in Bologna (Italy), the manufacturing site has a production capacity of 50.000 tons/year Fatty Acids/Glycerine and 30.000 tons/year Esters. Temix Oleo service and technical support is extended to the customers, by helping them to select the most appropriate ingredient that can better suit their own use. For more information, visit temixoleo.com

VISCOLUBE is an international playerin the regeneration of waste lube oil with significant experience in processand technological development, plant operation and maintenance and high qualitylube production. Established in 1963, Viscolube is oneof the few European companies specialized in waste oil re-refining. Viscolubeproduces a lubricating base oil whose properties are equal or even betterthan those of the virgin base oils currently on the market. Present in Italy with two productionfacilities, Viscolube has the capacity to treat more than 150,000 tonnes/y ofwaste oil, thus producing more than 100,000 tonnes/y of re-refined base oil. Since its establishment, Viscolubehas been trying to attain ever higher quality standards for its re-refinedlubricating base oils, while limiting its impact on the environment. Viscolubehas successfully developed a process which allows to treat several types ofwaste oil with high flexibility and maximum base oil recovery. Thistechnology, at whose heart is the hydrofinishing unit, enables the productionof base oils with API Group II features by treatment with hydrogen at highpressure. Viscolube’s re-refined lubricating bases, obtained through highpressure catalytic hydrogenation, have excellent chemical-physical features(low sulphur and unsaturates content and a very low aromatics content) for avariety lubricating applications in both the automotive and the industrialsector. This technology – named Revivoil ™ -has already been successfully exported to several countries. For more information, please visit www.viscolube.it

Zeller+Gmelin, with more than 900 employees is over 150 years old medium-sized and independent enterprise with subsidiary companies in 12 countries. Zeller+Gmelin is a specialist in the production of high-quality products like automotive and industrial lubricants, UV-printing inks and chemical products. The company has many years of experience in research and development. In the field of industrial lubricants Zeller+Gmelin produces and sells high performance lubricants for cutting and chipless metal forming, for wire drawing and for cold extrusion as well as corrosion protection agents and industrial oils. With the successful brand of ‘Divinol’ Zeller+Gmelin offers top products for the automotive sector, for agriculture as well as release agents for asphalt. It is a firm basic principle of the enterprise to align economic, environmental and health criteria with the development and fabrication of new products. Furthermore, the company has received several times in a row the Supplier Award by Robert Bosch. For more information, visit www.zeller-gmelin.com


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