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2018 UEIL Annual Congress

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Wednesday 24 – Friday 26 October 2018

Budapest, Hungary


Hilton Budapest

Budapest, Hess András tér 1-3, 1014 Hungary


For the last 54 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

Hilton Budapest

Budapest, Hess András tér 1-3,

1014 Hungary

How to get there

Set in the heart of the Royal Castle District, this Budapest hotel rests on the Buda side of the city, just steps from Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion.

From the Airport, you can use the Hilton Budapest pick-up service (fee applies) – advance booking required at +36 1 889 6622 or budhi.concierge@hilton.com giving arrival date, time and flight number. The driver is waiting for guests at the airport arrivals hall with a sign.

Alternatively, there is a Minibus service operated by the Budapest Airport – they can be found in the airport arrivals hall. With public transportation you can take bus NR200, change to metro NR3 at Kobánya Kispest and take bus NR16 at Deák Ferenc square. Public bus NR16 conveniently connects the hotel with the city center Deák Ferenc square and with Buda side transportation hub Széll Kálmán tér.

Please note that car traffic is limited in the Castle District to preserve its historic heritage. Guests of Hilton Budapest are allowed to enter the Castle Area by validating the parking ticket at the Front Desk of the hotel. Visitors can leave the protected area free of charge within 15 minutes of their entry at the same gate. Parking on the street with validated ticket costs HUF 525/EUR 1.81 per hour. Hilton Budapest offers a secured and convenient underground garage for HUF 900/EUR 3.10 per hour or HUF 9900/EUR 34 per day.

Fees and Registration

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Congress fees

Until 01 Sept. 2018

After 01 Sept. 2018

Full Congress €785.00 + 27% VAT if applicable €895.00 + 27% VAT if applicable
One-Day Congress €620.00 + 27% VAT if applicable €725.00 + 27% VAT if applicable
Gala Dinner €99.00 + 27% VAT if applicable
Speaker ticket Free

Full and one day congress fees for delegates include the Welcome Dinner on  Wednesday 24 October and the Gala Dinner on Thursday 25 October.

  • Prices indicated above do not include 27% Hungarian VAT
  • Please note that hotel accommodation is not included in the conference fee

Terms and conditions

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

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‘The lubricant industry: embracing the future’

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Steffen Bots, LubeServ


As a Diagnostic Engineer and Head of the Technology Department of OELCHECK, Steffen Bots had the opportunity to get to know various applications and lubricants in detail. The evaluation of laboratory results, the preparation of individual laboratory reports and the technical customer service gave him a deep insight into the requirements of lubricants and their changes during use.

For years, he is sharing his expertise at national and international conferences and seminars through presentations and specialist articles. His work focuses on technical sales and business development. Among other things, he supports and promotes the sales agents of OELCHECK GmbH outside of Europe.


2006 – 2009

Part-time studies at the University of Applied Sciences Munich, semester abroad in Plymouth (England) with MBA & Eng.

1998 – 2004

Study of industrial engineering with diploma Dipl. Wi. Ing. (FH) at the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim

Professional background

LubeServ – Brannenburg

04/2018 – today

Independent lubricant consultant

Advice and technical support of the official sales agents of OELCHECK GmbH. Competent oil-specific advice on lubrication, tribology, lubricants and supplies. Independent support for marketing and international distribution of lubricants

OELCHECK GmbH Brannenburg from March 2004 to 2018

2013 – 03/2018

Head of Customer Service and Sales

2010 – 2013

Department Head of Engineering

2004 – 2010

Diagnostic Engineer

Relevant certifications and training

CLS and OMA 1 of STLE (Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers)

MLA 2 from ICML

Sales Director of the Haufe Akademie


Valentina Serra-Holm, UEIL President


Valentina Serra-Holm was elected President of the Union of European Lubricants Industry (UEIL) in October 2016. She was the first woman to be elected to the board of UEIL and the first woman to hold the title of UEIL President.

Valentina earned a PhD in Chemical Reaction Engineering from Abo Akademi University in Finland and a PhD in Chemical Plants from Polytechnic of Turin. From 1996 to 2001 she worked as Senior Researcher at Abo Akademi.  During her academic career, she has published more than 40 scientific papers in the field of industrial catalysis and is co-assignee of a world patent for manufacturing of polyols.

In 2001, Valentina joined Nynas AB, where she held several technical and marketing positions. Valentina is currently Global Marketing and Technology Director. The department she leads is divided into three departments, Marketing, Research and Technical Development and Market Support. The department consists of approximately 40 people, half of which is based in Sweden, while the rest is based in Europe, Asia and America. As the Global Marketing and Technology Director, she is in charge of the marketing and technical operations of the Naphthenic business on a global scale and is responsible for the long-term business market plan and strategic directions.


Szabolcs Vida, MOL-LUB

BIOGRAPHY: Szabolcs Vida has been working in the oil and gas industry since 1995, and has extensive experience in the Sales, Marketing, Business and Product Development functions. He started work at Mobil Oil Hungary in 1995, moving subsequently to positions within BP and Castrol where he remained until 2009. In 2011 he moved to MOL-LUB Kft as Head of Product Management, and was made Managing Director in 2013.


The lubricants industry in Central & Eastern Europe

  • MOL Group introduction
  • CEE macroeconomics
  • CEE economic structure and industries
  • CEE lubricant market (histrory, size, by application, marketers, producers)
  • CEE Base oil production
  • CEE lubricant additive production

Greg Croce, STLE President

BIOGRAPHY: Croce received his bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He first worked as an analytical chemist for Weck Laboratories and then a process engineer and manager of engineering for Technip USA/KTI, where he was a combustion engineer, designing fired heaters.

In 2000 Croce joined Chevron as a global account manager/OEM service engineer. At Chevron he has held several positions including North American product line specialist, regional sales manager for Techron, base oil optimization specialist,  and Product line manager for global marine.  In his current role, he manages the heavy duty product line for Chevron globally, including Heavy Duty Engine Oils, Driveline Products, Coolants and Greases.

Croce has been on the STLE board of directors since 2005, the executive committee since 2015, and now is serving his one year term as STLE president.


The lubricants industry: embracing the future

STLE’s Report on Emerging Issues and Trends is a multi-phase research effort to identify technological, economic, marketing and regulatory developments impacting tribology and lubrication engineering.  The report is based on an international survey of more than 900 respondents, with additional analysis from 30 experts who agreed to participate in follow-up interviews in order to provide context and narrative to the quantitative findings. This presentation captures highlights from the research and explores how these experts think our industry will evolve over the next 5-10 years and beyond.  It focuses on developments in the industry in the areas of manufacturing, transportation, energy, medicine and health, communications and data management.  The Emerging Trends report is produced every three years by STLE, which is regarded as the premier technical society serving the needs of more than 12,000 individuals and 250 companies and organizations that comprise the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector.


Nick Smith, Eleven Recruitment

BIOGRAPHY: Nick Smith is the founder of UK based recruitment specialist Eleven Recruitment (previously known as Oil Recruitment.)  The organisation forms part of a family business built by this Great Grandfather that has been active in coal, and then oil, supply since 1880. With 20 years’ experience in sourcing talent for the lubricants, additives and speciality chemicals sector, Nick and his team are well placed to comment on the current skills shortage affecting the industry, its impacts and what the possible solutions may be for us all.


We need to talk about 2030.   The looming talent shortage in the lubricants industry.

In conjunction with UKLA, Eleven Recruitment – the new name for Oil Recruitment- has conducted a research project into the perceived talent shortage within our industry. Based on an extensive survey, and over the course of many discussions with market professionals, we have gleaned some insightful observations about the causes of the problem.  Some are obvious and common to many industries, whilst others are more surprising and specific to ours.

The presentation will run over these causes.  And, more importantly, will prescribe some practical solutions that all members of the lubricants community can implement in the next 12 months to help entice the next generation into our great industry.

Panel discussion: Sharing learnings from the lubricants industry

Nick Smith, Eleven Recruitment

Greg Croce, STLE President

James Moorhouse, ABN Resource

BIOGRAPHY: James is an expert in hiring high-quality talent in the Lubricants, Base Oil & Additives industry. He has specialised in recruitment for the lubes market since 2006 and in 2012 he saw a better way to serve customers so he founded his exec search company www.abnresource.com which is redefining the recruitment experience for their valued customers. With a global network and unique recruitment methodology, ABN Resource has established a market-leading position with customers benefiting from better hiring which delivers improved results and growth.  He takes a keen interest in the downstream oil market, networking, helping others and talking to fellow petrol heads about any petrol powered things that go fast or look pretty.


Retention and AI

With the rising concerns around talent shortage in the industry, one of the most important topics at this year’s conference is the key success factors for attracting talent. So we would be keen to share our views and case studies on what companies should be doing to attract the best people. After attraction a critical next step is retaining young talent – how do you keep young people engaged once you’ve got them through the door? The cost of not retaining hires is very high and we can give some key retention strategies that we’ve seen work well, giving your audience some actionable examples that attendees can start using to improve employee retention in their business.

Another area of interest I’m keen to discuss, particularly in the debate for sharing learnings in the industry, is how AI “the 4th industrial revolution” is changing the Lubrication landscape. ABN will be conducting a research piece with clients over the next two months to understand how lubricant businesses are embracing the 4th industrial revolution by incorporating new tech into their companies. Could this affect demand for people and put less of a focus on talent attraction and more on the development of technologies? I’m keen to share these findings at the conference, plus discuss the potential impact AI will have on recruitment in the industry. In the recruitment industry right now there is talk about automation and a robot salesforce. We would like to discuss the opportunities AI can bring to recruitment strategies and also discuss the importance of retaining the human element in the process.

Jasper Smets, Chevron Phillips Chemicals International

Jasper Smets is EAME PAO Product Manager Polyalphaolefins for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. Holding a Master of Engineering in Energy and a Master of Business Economics. Mr. Smets has more than 7 years’ experience in the chemical industry. He began his career with Chevron Phillips Chemicals Company in 2011 and served several assignments in Operational Excellence, Supply Chain and Commercial organization. Beginning 2017 he joined the alpha olefin business where he is responsible for the sales and product management of Synfluid® Polyalphaolefins. Prior to that  he was responsible for energy management at the Tessenderlo organic sulfur compounds unit. From 2017, he moved to the position of EAME PAO Product Manager. Mr. Smets is a native from Antwerp, Belgium and graduated from KU Leuven in 2011. He also holds a Master of Management from the KU Leuven.




Stefano Dell’Orto, Vattenfall

BIOGRAPHY: Stefano Dell’Orto is Director of Business Support at the eMobility Business Unit of Vattenfall, where he is in charge of driving the digital transformation of the BU into a Pan European business. He has recently been instrumental to the transformation of the end-to-end (Source-to-Contract and Procure-to-Pay) Procurement organization covering both digitization and outsourcing. His background includes Telecom (Ericsson) and large scale transformations as Management Consultant (Booz I Allen I Hamilton, Booz&Co.). Stefano holds a M.Sc in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and an MBA from INSEAD.


Destination charging vs. en route and batteries development – is electricity just a new fuel or a new behaviour?

  • Overview of destination and en route charging.
  • Technologies, differences
  • Players, market dynamics
  • PHEV, BEV, electrified highways or hydrogen ?

Bhaskar Mukherjee, Chevron Oronite 

BIOGRAPHY: Bhaskar is a Market Manager for Automotive Engine Oils in Chevron Oronite SAS based in Windsor, UK. He has been in Chevron Oronite for nearly 20 years and has worked in Sales and Product Management.  His industry experience of over 30 years covers Operations, Technical Services and Business Development.  He is a native of India and has a Master Of Science in Advanced Chemical Process Design from The University of Manchester.


Potential Impact of Electric Vehicles on Passenger Car Engine Oil Market

Due to concerns regarding particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions, many governments have announced plans and introduced regulations as well as incentives to encourage the introduction of electrified and electric vehicles.  There are various types of electrified and electric vehicles. Only Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) do not have internal combustion engines and, therefore, do not use passenger car motor oil (PCMO).

Today, there are about 1 billion light duty vehicles on the road globally.  In 2016, BEV sales totaled approximately 1 million, or about 1% of global vehicle sales.  BEV sales are increasing rapidly off a small base.  At the same time, the light duty and total vehicle fleet continues to grow globally and most vehicles are equipped with internal combustion engines (ICE).

In this presentation, we will show the potential impact on the PCMO market based on various third-party predictions regarding BEV penetration as well as existing government announcements.  Even with the aggressive plans by various governments, the passenger car motor oil market is projected to grow over the next 20+ years, although the growth will be tempered by the penetration of BEVs.


Filip Martinsson, Stockholm Blockchain

BIOGRAPHY: Filip is a blockchain entrepreneur and an early adopter of bitcoin. He is the CEO of Stockholm Blockchain Group and founder of BLOXPO. He also runs one of the largest online learning communities for blockchain and cryptocurrencies with over 10 000 students. Has a background in Computer Science from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.


Building trust in supply chain – an introduction to blockchain

What is a blockchain? Is it as important as the internet? Where can we apply this technology? In this keynote, Filip Martinsson will give you an introduction to the blockchain technology and an understanding of how it can be used within the [Oil and Lubricants??] industry. The technology has been in the limelight since last year, most commonly found in cryptocurrency contexts, but the possibilities do not end there.

Phillip Forshee, Authentix

BIOGRAPHY: Philip Forshee, Senior Principal Scientist, specializes in the design of Authentix’ proprietary taggants and the development of analytical instrumentation and methods for their trace level detection.  At Authentix, he has served as technical lead and project manager for numerous projects including the development of near infrared fluorescence-based taggants and the associated detection hardware for oil and gas products.  Currently, Dr. Forshee is heading development efforts for Authentix in the field of portable GC/MS instrumentation.  Before joining Authentix, he was a Visiting Scientist at Array BioPharma where he designed and synthesized combinatorial libraries targeting a variety of anti-cancer pathways.  As a Graduate Research Assistant, he developed and synthesized a novel family of electrochemically-switchable organic hosts for heavy metal pollutants.  He has authored 7 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and has 12 patents in the field of Product Authentication.  Dr. Forshee received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas working under Dr. John Sibert and holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from Austin College.


Can the Blockchain be exploited in the lubricants industry?

Distributed ledger technologies offer a variety of advantages to sharing data and verifying transactions among a large network of loosely associated parties.  Such a trusted record has been proposed as a model for securing supply chains to track products from blueprint to consumers, with stakeholder along the way adding the data needed at each step to verify the supply chain integrity.  But a blockchain is inherently just a ledger system, and when tracking physical products in the real world, how can one quickly verify that the materials represented by the ledger transaction are in fact what is recorded?  This problem is further compounded in the petroleum industry where products are often transacted on the bulk level, with no discrete unit of product to secure, mark, or conveniently track.  In this talk we’ll discuss some of the challenges with measuring and monitoring products in the petroleum supply chain, and solutions to add security and the ability to verify products so transactions can be trusted.


Sharbel Luzuriaga, Kline Group 

BIOGRAPHY: Sharbel Luzuriaga is a Project Manager at Kline & Company in the Energy practice. With a PhD degree in Macromolecular Chemistry he is based in Kline’s Prague in the Czech Republic. During his 10-years tenure at Kline, he is responsible for managing a variety of Kline’s flagship energy reports in the areas of finished lubricants, lubricant basestocks, lubricant additives, and bio-lubricants. Drawing upon extensive and practical experience working on behalf of a multinational oil major,  Sharbel has delivered numerous presentations internationally.


The role of Lubricants in achieving improved sustainability performance

  • Sustainability has become an essential part of corporate growth strategies. Emerging standards and policies incorporating a sustainable, eco-friendly component are increasingly being adopted.
  • The emergence of novel technologies in the bio-synthetic field is paving the road to the adoption of a new generation, high-performing, and cost-competitive bio-lubricant products.
  •  Bio-lubricants products are defined by their renewability, biodegradability and low toxicity credentials. The expansion of bio-lubricant formulations is a response to concerted global commitment to mitigating the negative impact of mankind activity on the environment as well as promoting sustainability based on best operating practices.
  •  In the past, bio-lubricant demand has been largely driven by legislative mandates, notably in environmentally sensitive, low severity applications. Despite of this regulatory-driven demand, serious performance drawbacks have prevented a higher usage of bio-lubricants in an ampler array of applications. Premium prices commanded by bio-lubricants is another factor hindering their wider adoption.
  • This presentation will navigate through the global bio-lubricants market and analyze opportunities existing in the key global markets, across key end-use applications. Additionally, a brief description on the holistic approach the industry is taking in order to reconcile sustainability, cost, and performance, is also provided.

Panel discussion: Exploring all the aspects of sustainability

Sharbel Luzuriaga, Kline Group

Christian Hartmann, GEIR President

BIOGRAPHY: Parallel to his studies in economics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Christian Hartmann managed the commercial part of a medium-sized machine building company. He combines more than 25 years of experience in the waste oil and recycling industry, knowing the European and international waste oil and regeneration markets and players at a senior level. As Managing Director, he has developed the BAUFELD group since 1990, providing specialized environmental services in Europe. Furthermore, he has driven the Puralube/Puraglobe group becoming one of the leading re-refining companies in the world. Christian has also been part of diverse expert councils on national and European level for economic and environmental topics regarding waste oil and sustainability. There, he drives the legal procedures in favor of the industry. Currently, Christian is President of the G.E.I.R. (Groupement Européen de l‘Industrie de la Regeneration) which is the European Regeneration Industry Association within the UEIL. He serves as Vice President of U.E.I.L. (the independent association of the European lubricant industry). Christian also used to be President of the German used oil association Bundesverband Altöl e. V. (BVA) for many years. Beginning May 2018, Christian has taken a new challenge in his business career as a Director of Lubey AG, providing an online trading platform for waste oil and other recyclable waste. Furthermore, Christian has been invited regularly to speak at numerous international conferences and has also published a number of articles.

Bill Downey, Novvi

BIOGRAPHY: William R. Downey Jr. is Senior Vice President, Business Development for Novvi LLC. Bill is responsible for the marketing and sales activities at Novvi for its renewable, biodegradable, synthetic hydrocarbon base oils. He has promoted Novvi’s technology platform, with results being Novvi’s products sold on five continents, to a range of customers and end uses. Prior to joining Novvi, Bill was a Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Senior Vice President of the Global Energy Practice at Kline & Company, a leading petroleum and lubricants consultancy. He has more than 35 years of experience in the petroleum and chemical industry and is recognized as a global expert in the lubricants value chain. He has been a frequent speaker at AFPM, API, STLE, ILMA industry meetings. He has addressed and moderated ICIS Conferences in Dubai, London, New York, Jersey City, NJ, and Seoul. He has had the honor of addressing three previous UEIL Congresses. Bill holds a B.A in chemistry at Rutgers College and holds an MBA from Rutgers Business School (RBS) in Newark, NJ (USA). He serves the RBS as a “Helpful Executive in Reach” (HEIR) in its mentoring program. He has been recognized for his service to the Boy Scouts of America.


Novvi LLC is a manufacturer and marketer of high performance, synthetic, renewable base oils.  These base oils are in commercial production at present and are being used in a wide range of lubricants, in both the automotive and industrial products in a range of applications.  Many of these applications call for top-tier performance first. The renewability, sustainability, and biodegradability are NOT the main reasons for the base oil selection; in many applications is it performance first, and ‘green benefits’ a distant second.

In fact, the use top-tier performance themselves contributes to sustainability. These lubricants can be changed less often, reducing waste. They can result in energy savings, lower maintenance costs and more efficient operations, ultimately leading to lower emissions, clearly a more sustainable approach. If, in addition, these top-tier lubricants are made from renewable raw materials, have lower toxicity and lower bioaccumulation and are more biodegradable than the lubricants they replace, then these factors and other factors all contribute to improved sustainability. These sustainability factors can and should be measured using life cycle analysis (LCA).

Novvi’s point-of-view relative to the panel topic is that renewable and sustainable base oils are an important tool for lubricant suppliers and their customers to deliver the improved sustainability of operations. This improved sustainability is what governments, society, and customers do require or are going to require ensuring the profitable success of our businesses.  We will not be successful, however, if the focus is only on environmental benefits; there must be continued improvement of lubricant performance parameters, in addition to the focus on improving environmental benefits.

Jake Bredsguard, Biosynthetic Technologies

BIOGRAPHY: Jakob is a founding member of Biosynthetic Technologies and manages commercialization efforts as the company’s Chief Technical Officer and Director of Corporate Strategy.

  • He oversaw the development of BT’s product portfolio
  • He is named on over 40 patents and has co-authored a number of publications
  • He works closely with industry to help those interested in developing environmentally friendly products
  • He has been considered an industry expert to support US Government efforts
  • He began his carrier at Jacobs Engineering and is a Licensed Professional Engineer
  • He’s regularly invited to speak at conferences on topics regarding his field of expertise

And he’s helped raise millions of dollars in support of environmentally friendly products



In industry there is a growing discussion around health safety and environment and incorporating these aspects into our products without sacrificing performance. Estolides are an environmentally acceptable base oil which shows the promise of being able to offer both environmental and performance values. It is sometimes referred to as a “biosynthetic” since it’s made from renewable resources. Estolides will be one of the primary options for industry when considering what materials to use when developing the next generation of products.

Apu Gosalia, FUCHS


  • Born in Mannheim (Germany) in 1971
  • MBA, Western Illinois University (USA) in 1996/1997
  • Diplom-Kaufmann, University of Mannheim in 1999
  • Successful completion of certified study program “Competitive Intelligence Engineer“, Graduate School Rhein-Neckar, 2009
  • Successful completion of certified qualification course “Sustainability Manager (SME)”, European Institute for Labour Relations, 2012
  • Since almost 20 years different positions in the FUCHS PETROLUB Group, the world’s leading independent manufacturer of lubricants and related specialties

Current Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Strategic Sustainability Management along the process and value chain (supplier sustainability performance evaluation, KPI analyses, corporate carbon footprint management, product life cycle analyses, corporate citizenship)
  • Global Competitive Intelligence (product portfolio analyses, production plants analyses, scanning/screening competitive landscape for potential acquisition targets, market intelligence)
  • Key note speaker at international conferences on sustainability and intelligence
  • Chairman Industry Statistics Committee UEIL (Union of the European Lubricants Industry)
  • Spokesman Sustainability Initiative NaSch (Nachhaltigkeit Schmierstoffindustrie)


Russell Patten, UEIL

BIOGRAPHY: Russell is the Secretary General of UEIL since August 2017. Russell started his career in the European Commission in the Director General’s office for Telecommunications/ICT. He then joined the private sector where he specialized in trade and competition in an international law firm. Thereafter, he focused on governmental relations and public (media) relations by joining several global communication firms including Hill & Knowlton where he became Vice President for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region. He took over the Grayling CEO role in 2003. His PA-GA expertise encompasses, amongst others, EU policy on energy, environment, transport, healthcare/pharma, food & agriculture, ICT as well as trade. He has worked on many GR and PR campaigns, including crisis communications campaigns, managing all elements from the establishment of the strategy to the implementation on the ground as well as managing cross-regional teams. Russell has also developed a special expertise in assisting Japanese public and private organisations across Europe. He has held a number of parallel positions including President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, Secretary-General of the European Express Industry Association, Treasurer of the European Public Affairs Association and is currently the Secretary-General of two pan-European trade associations: the international refrigerated transport (TI) and the European ventilation industry (EVIA). He is a Professor and lectures on lobbying and communications at several universities including the College of Europe, Science-Po, University of Kent, and ISMAPP. He also provides corporate training across the world on advocacy, political risk management, political and media communications and media training.


The European perspective

Holly Alfano, The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA)

BIOGRAPHY: Holly Alfano joined the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) as CEO in 2015, bringing over 25 years of experience working with associations representing the petroleum industry. Before coming to ILMA, she served as vice president of government affairs for NATSO, an association representing truck stops and travel plazas. Prior to that, she was vice president of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), which represents fuel retailers and wholesale distributors of petroleum. Alfano came to PMAA from one of its state associations, the Louisiana Oil Marketers and Convenience Store Association, where she served as executive director. Alfano has extensive experience dealing with regulatory agencies and Congress on a wide range of environmental, transportation and workplace issues.


The US perspective

Since 1948, the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) has been the voice of member companies that produce more than a quarter of the nation’s automotive lubricants and three-quarters of its metalworking fluids for customers who use their products to improve performance and increase efficiency.

  • ILMA is the principal voice for the industry before Congress, federal regulatory agencies and other industry groups, representing 350 member companies.
  • ILMA members unite around issues such as a level financial playing field, smarter regulation, advancement of American manufacturing and the protection of our members’ ability to compete with larger companies. Our approach to public policy is persuasive but collaborative.
  • In addition to serving an advocate, ILMA’s Strategic Plan envisions the association as a leading organization in the global lubricants industry, providing value to members by providing them with research, information and education, opportunities to network, and an enforceable Code of Ethics program.

Vicky Villena-Denton, The Asian Lubricant Manufacturers Union (ALMU)

BIOGRAPHY: Vicky Villena-Denton graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines in Manila, Philippines, and a Master’s in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, in Berkeley, Calif., U.S.A. She has extensive research and field work experience, having worked for the University of the Philippines, the Philippine Ministry of Budget and the Philippine National Electrification Administration, before she commenced her journalistic career in Washington, D.C. She was assistant editor of Special Supplements at The Oil Daily newspaper, and briefly was copy editor at The Washington Post, before she pursued freelance writing for the oil and gas industry. She also had a stint in Cairo, Egypt as editor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. She founded F&L Asia in 1995, where she currently serves as Editor-in-Chief and CEO, and championed an Asian-based organization for the lubricants industry, leading to the establishment of the Asian Lubricant Manufacturers Union (ALMU) as a non-profit corporation in Singapore in November 2017. ALMU was officially launched on March 6, 2018 at the Four Seasons Macau. Ms. Denton is currently a director of ALMU and an honorary member of the ALMU Executive Council.


The Asian perspective

Asia-Pacific is the epicentre of the global lubricants industry accounting for 46% of worldwide finished lubricant volume and 43% of base stock demand. The region is the fastest growing lubricant market in the world, with many economists continuing to highlight ongoing growth potential. Despite this progress, Asia’s lubricant industry is facing an unprecedented volume and variety of challenges that include political, environmental, technology, availability of materials, competition, and cost-related hurdles.

Launched in March 2018, the Asian Lubricant Manufacturers Union (ALMU) represents the combined knowledge and expertise of Asia’s lubricant manufacturers. Current membership consists of 70 (as of August 2018) lubricant manufacturers and marketers, comprising independent lubricant manufacturers, national oil companies and major oil companies. A primary objective of ALMU is uniting the industry around these extraordinary challenges. As such, ALMU has conducted a comprehensive market survey of its members to unearth further detail on the uncertainty and complexity companies are facing in individual member countries.

This presentation provides the results of the ALMU market survey, sharing perspectives of many of the leading businesses in the Asian lubricants industry. The session will provide a consolidated view of pertinent industry challenges, alongside a general outlook for the Asian lubricant industry.

Bhupinder Singh, Bahrain Petroleum Company

BIOGRAPHY: Bhupinder Singh (B.Sc., MBA.) is a senior business development professional in lubricant and base oil industry with a proven track record of achieving results and turnarounds in highly competitive environments. He is a talented manager who can enhance the performance of any business by using his industry knowledge, energy, drive and commitment. He has successful stints in reputed organizations like British Petroleum, Castrol, Universal Lubricants Pidilite and Bahrain Petroleum Company. He has an experiences of 26 years, covering roles in Sale, marketing, intellectual property in India, Middle East, South East Asia and africa. Bhupinder has sound experience of handling large geographies, multicultural teams, P& L management, turnovers. His forte is managing startup operations, creating and managing teams as well management of large distribution network. He was a key player in establishing Bapco Lubricants in Middle east, India and South east Asia. Bhupinder has won many awards during his professional and Educational career. He was also a speaker in ICIS world Base oil conference at Dubai.


The Middle East perspective


– 09.30: Meet in the Hilton hotel lobby
– 10.00: The bus will depart from the hotel to bring participants to the city of Esztergom (approx. 1 hour bus ride)
– 11.15: Beginning of the visit of Esztergom, former capital of Hungary
– 12.20: Visit of Visegrad, with a stop at the panorama on the Danube Valley
– 13.00: Lunch break in Visegrad
– 14.00: Departure for Szentendre (45 mn bus ride)
– 15.00: Visit of Szentendre, small baroque city built on medieval ruins, located at the gate of the Danube Bend
– 17.00: Departure to the hotel
– 17.45: Arrival at the hotel

Total price per participant: 120€


– 09.30: Meet in the Hilton hotel lobby
– 10.00: The bus will depart from the hotel to bring participants to the City Park
– 10.30 : Walking visit of City Park. Opportunity to admire the famous Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the Budapest Zoo and the fairy tale castle (Vajdahunyad Vára)
– 12.30: Lunch break
– 13.30: Guided walk visit of the Buda side of the city with a stop in the Castle District. The bus will also take participants to the Gellért Hill (Citadel) for a spectacular view of Budapest.
– 15.00: Visit of the central market and the Jewish district
– 16.30: Coffee break in the Jewish district
– 17.30: Departure to the hotel by bus
– 17.45: Return to the hotel

Total price per participant: 120€

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Gala Dinner

Join us on Thursday 25 October for an unforgettable experience at the Pesti Vigadó (Concert Hall)!







Hotel and accommodation

Guest Rooms

Stay at Hilton Budapest and have it all! A central location, stylish guest rooms, and gorgeous views of the historic city and River Danube. The hotel has recently renovated all superior and executive rooms and public spaces. It is located in the Royal Castle District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hilton Budapest is on the Buda side of the city, next to Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. It is very close to the Buda Castle, Budapest Historical Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery. Cross the famous Chain Bridge and explore Pest’s city center – the walk takes just 15 minutes.

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Features & Amenities

Feel at home in newly renovated guest rooms with features including a separate bathtub and walk-in shower, a 42-inch HDTV, USB ports and media hub. Enjoy in-room tea and coffee making facilities and luxurious bath products. Select a river-view room to enjoy stunning vistas of the Danube and the city!


A special conference rate is bookable until 22 September 2018, but rooms quantity is limited so make sure you book your own! The cost per room/night (single use) varies from 195€ to 270€.

Should you need to cancel your reservation, please do so up until 72 hours prior to arrival in order to avoid cancellation fee.

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Should you be interest by our offers, please do not hesitate to contact us! (Sévrine Pereira Teixeira – info@ueilcongress.org)

Our sponsors

Argus Media

Argus is a global leader in energy and commodity price reporting, news and analysis. The Argus Global Base Oils weekly spot report covers key markets including Europe, US, Russia, Asia-Pacific and China. Argus provides coverage for the growing Group II market in Europe with four key price assessments: N100, N150, N220 and N600 with five years price history. The service also includes Group I and Group III prices, oil product prices, plant maintenance/upcoming capacity data, freight fixtures/enquiries and fundamentals data.

Argus’ 50 year history gives it a unique perspective on industry trends and developments. In addition to base oils, Argus covers other petroleum products markets as well as crude oil, power, generation fuels, metals, fertilizers and petrochemicals.  Argus prices are used in spot, term and derivative contracts and for investment planning, analysis and taxation purposes. Argus also runs conferences and conducts bespoke consulting projects for its clients.  For more information, please visit: https://www.argusmedia.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/

Chemlube Established in 1989, Chemlube, based in Harrison, NY, and its sister company Chemlube S.A. (formerly known as Sopetra S.A.), based in Switzerland, maintain a representative office in Moscow and a worldwide network of agents in Mexico, Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East.
 Our international network of offices and agents allows us to work closely with our customers around the world to ensure that they receive the highest quality products and service.
 We give the highest priority to understanding and satisfying the unique requirements of each individual customer.

Chemlube benefits from the financial and commercial strength of its 50% shareholder, Chemoil Energy Ltd.(www.chemoil.com), a leading supplier of bunker fuels to the maritime industry.

Chemlube cooperates with leading base oil producers around the world in the international distribution and marketing of base oils. We serve customers in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East. Our international base oil trading activity includes complete logistics and customs support and market advice. We can undertake either short term or long term commitments, depending upon the needs of our customers. Chemlube also offers customized blending, and can arrange for inland transport services by rail and tank truck. As part of our base oil trading operations, Chemlube maintains storage facilities in Savannah, Georgia, Brownsville, Texas, and Antwerp, Belgium.

In the United States, Chemlube’s blending operations are located in Savannah, Georgia, at the Epic Midstream LLC and Colonial Terminals Inc. facilities. The Epic Midstream facility has access to deep-water berths to allow for imports of base oils on large oceangoing tankers. We also source base oils from domestic North American refineries. Chemlube’s Savannah blending plants produce a full range of high quality competitively priced engine oils and industrial lubricants. Chemlube manufactures its lubricants using licensed formulations resulting in highly reliable performance characteristics. (Specifications for these lubricants can be found elsewhere on this site). In addition to finished lubricants, Chemlube’s Savannah operations offer Chemlube 100N through Chemlube 600N grades of base oil and all viscosities in between. These base oils can be transported to customers by tank truck and rail car. They are well suited to formulate a wide variety of automotive and industrial lubricants as well as diluents for additives and process oil applications.

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.

Dotz Ltd 

Dotz Ltd. is a Hi-Tech company, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:DTZ), specializing in development and marketing of novel advanced materials used for tracing, anti-counterfeiting and product-liability solutions.

Dotz is committed to manufacturing and selling high-quality, reliable products and services. We are obligated to comply with customer requirements. We aspire to continuously improve our quality control systems and to provide an added value to our clients. We are striving to commercialize our solutions while minimizing any potential impacts on the environment and always to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for all our employees. We are obligated to comply with any regulatory and legislative requirements for use of our ValiDotz™.

Dotz is committed to the environmental aspects of our process by:

  • Employee awareness
  • Protecting the environment while producing our product
  • Promoting energy efficiency
  • Preventing the polluting of our environment

Boosting innovation rooted in deep experience: Founded in 1954, Etivoet has now developed into a leading, innovative expert in self-adhesive labels on rolls. They are the European multilayer layer expert.



Eurideas Language Experts is a professional translation agency with offices in Brussels, Frankfurt and Budapest. We are specialized in chemicals, oil, gas, REACH, plastics, biocides, food additives, agrochemicals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, in regulatory affairs related to chemicals, as well as in international and EU affairs, legal, financial, business, medical, software, environment and energy related translations.

We provide translation and interpretation services in more than 50 languages, for example:

  • 24 official languages of the European Union
  • Other European languages (for example): Norwegian, Icelandic, Serbian, Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish
  • Other languages (for example): US English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Hindi and many other languages.

We work with 800 linguists, who are experts of the thematic field they translate. Most of them have worked or completed studies in the relevant field. This way we ensure that our translations are of the highest quality and the correct terminology is used. Our translators are native speakers of their target languages.

We have translated more than 5 million words in the chemical field during the last 3 years.

For more information, please contact us at translation@eurideastranslation.com or check out our website: www.eurideastranslation.com


FUCHS PETROLUB SE  The company develops, produces and sells a full portfolio of lubricants and related specialties for virtually all industries and areas of application. Founded as a family company in Mannheim in 1931, today 58 operating companies with more than 5,000 employees in over 45 countries operate under the FUCHS PETROLUB SE umbrella. FUCHS is the world’s largest inde-

pendent lubricant manufacturer and generated sales revenues of around € 2.5 billion in 2017. The most important markets in terms of sales revenues are Western Europe, Asia and North America. Our more than 100,000 customers around the world include automotive suppliers and OEMs, companies in the engineering, metalworking, mining and exploration, aerospace, power generation, construction and transport sectors, agriculture and forestry, steel, metal, cement, casting and forging industries as well as in the food industry and the glass manufacturing sector.

FUCHS stands for performance and sustainability, for safety and reliability, for efficiency and cost savings. FUCHS stands for a promise: technology that pays back.

Hangzhou Sungate Chemical 

Hangzhou Sungate is a chemical company specialized in lubricant additives since 2003, working as a professional global manufacturer/supplier and importer of lubricant additives. As a professional supplier and manufacturer in this field, we are engaged in supplying excellent China-made lubricant additives, as well as importing high quality additives and their raw materials from overseas. We have good experience in matching the corresponding equivalent additives of China and world markets(US, Europe, and Japan), and supplying them from China. In addition, we are experienced in developing new additives by customers’ order. We are mainly focus on supplying countertype additives of famous brands. After years of development and efforts, we have gained a good reputation from our US and European customers. We are looking forward to establishing honest and Win to Win partnership with you! For more information visit: http://www.sungatechem.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 N.V. is a leading global distributor of speciality chemicals and lubricant additive components (extreme pressure, anticorrosion, tackifiers, biocides to namea few), PAO, PIB, silicone derivatives, esters and packages.  Sharing our technical expertise, best practice and product, application and local market knowledge, we offer value-added services to grow your business. Our dedicated Technical Sales Experts will support you in the formulation and development of your automotive lubricants, industrial oils and refinery processing oils. Thanks to our comprehensive portfolio of high quality, innovative products and our network of experienced people, we propose tailor-made solutions in line with the latest market trends. Finding new ways to optimise formulations is one of our many in-house skills. Contact us to find out more about how our specialist Lubricants Team can develop the perfect solution for you.  For more information, please visit: https://www.imcdgroup.com/business-groups/lubricants

KEMAT Polybutenes 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 29 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


With its headquarters in Budapest, Hungary, the MOL Group is one of the biggest oil and gas companies in Central-Eastern Europe. MOL Lubricants, a wholly owned subsidiary of MOL Group, is one of the key players in lubricants production in Central and Eastern Europe. The company operates two lubricant plants and laboratories in Hungary and Croatia, and has 11 sales offices and 9 logistic centers across the region.

Although the company is focusing on the CEE region, it also sells its products in numerous other markets in Europe and in overseas countries as well. MOL is the leading marketer and distributor of quality branded automotive and industrial lubricants and lubrication services in Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia. Through its extensive network of dedicated distributors, it has a presence in nearly 50 countries around the world, with average annual lubricant sales of 130 million EUR.

MOL Lubricants history dates back to 1907, when Vacuum Oil Company launched its plant in Hungarian Almasfuzito. Over the last 110 years, the company has developed strong technical expertise that enables continuous improvement of lubricant production, creating a solid base for expansion in the region. Its comprehensive product portfolio meets all lubrication needs and the latest requirements and is approved by the leading automotive and machine manufacturing companies. The company offer leading-edge quality products for passenger cars, motorbikes, commercial vehicles, agricultural and industrial machines.

MOL Lubricants offers 360 degree lubricants solution meeting even the most complex business and technical needs. Its users receive world-class services, be it tailor-made lubricant development, on-site lubricants maintenance, consultancy, high-level training or LubCheck oil and machine diagnostics. The oil and machine diagnostics are carried out at its own laboratory, a member of the Wearcheck International network. The company also provides private label and toll blending services. For more information, please visit: https://mol.hu/en/lubricants-autochemicals/



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.


Established in 1987, SIP has successfully evolved from a base oil trading company to a well-recognised, independent marketer of speciality oils and fluids across Europe and beyond. We identify and supply high performance speciality oils and fluids that allow our customers to add value and differentiate their product offering through a tailored and personalised problem solving approach. SIP values long-term strategic partnerships and we strive to offer customers and suppliers the very highest levels of service by actively applying our corporate values of customer focus, flexibility, professionalism and credibility in combination with a can-do-approach to all aspects our business. To find out more, please visit us at www.sip.com.


Wolf Oil Corporation is an international lubricants company and rare ‘pure player’ in today’s industry. We are 100% dedicated to blending lubricants. It’s what we care about, it’s where our competence lies, and it’s what we do best.

We are a Belgian independent company founded in 1955 and have grown to become a major player in our industry. During this time, we have established relationships with additive suppliers and leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), following their exact specifications and gaining official approvals. With the expertise and solid base that our teams have built-up over 60 years, we are ideally positioned today to respond to your needs with industry-leading capabilities, and to make the most of new opportunities in a rapidly evolving lubricants market.

Present in more than 90 countries worldwide, we are expanding our international presence at a steady pace. With our own branches in France, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany, we our establishing at the same a stronger local footprint, allowing us to be close to the market and to anticipate on future development.

As an industry specialist, we focus on meeting the diverse needs and requirements of our customers with high quality, technology enhanced lubricants. We create value with a full-service approach that encompasses technical advice, the elaboration of products, filling, packaging and logistical support, as well as indispensable sales and marketing training and tools.

As one of Europe’s leading independent lubricant manufacturers, the company is growing at a healthy and solid pace. Today we have a dedicated team of 230 specialists that are powering a strong growth year over year.

We welcome the increasing complexity that characterizes our industry, and the many challenges of producing lubricants of the highest quality.

Because no one blends technology with service like we do.

Zeller+Gmelin GmbH & Co. KG: The brand with the clear plus!

Zeller+Gmelin GmbH & Co. KG is an medium-sized, international, market leading manufacturer of lubricants, printing inks and chemicals. With the headquartered in Eislingen/Fils (near Göppingen) is the com

pany still family owned. With our 16 branches and subsidiaries worldwide we are well connected and delivery our products in more than 80 countries. Our high-quality products of the divisions industrial lubricants, Divinol lubricants for automotives, land & forestry and release agents, printing inks and chemicals internationally take a leading position on the market. We attach importance to individual and holistic solutions and offer research, development and production – everything from a single source – from expert source.

We understanding + providing solutions, this is what we have doing for more than 150 years. Because we understand our customers and create solutions – reliable, flexible and tailor-made. That´s something we owe to the quality of our work and of courses to the experience, expertise and passion of our employees.

These values we combine in our brand promise “EXPERTLY DONE.

Steelworks and car manufacturers rely on our products as we recognize the signs of the times. We have therefore developed systematically to become experts in lubricants – with over 700 premium-quality industrial lubricants offering the best proof of this. We work very closely with our customers to implement new expertise and ideas. By responding to your individual requirements with speed, flexibility and creativity: from product    development and in-house production as well as from the latest analysis laboratories to disposal. None of this would be possible without the perfect dovetailing of research and development, production and sales in our streamlined organisation.

A clear plus! www.zeller-gmelin.de


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Don’t forget to register to the 2018 UEIL Congress!


Brussels, 29 August 2018: UEIL is looking forward to its annual Congress, which will take place in Budapest, Hungary, on 24-26 October. Registration is open and available here. The theme of this year’s event is ‘The lubricant industry: embracing the future’ and promises to be a major highlight for our industry sector and for European industry more generally.

“This year’s Congress offers 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,” said UEIL President Valentina Serra-Holm. “We expect around 250 participants from more than 20 countries and 4 continents, representing the entire industry and its supply chain, as well as decision-makers and regulators – so don’t delay, register today!”

The Congress will take place at the Hilton Budapest, in the heart of the Royal Castle District, with the prestigious Pesti Vigadó (Concert Hall) hosting the gala dinner on 25 October, which promises to be an unforgettable experience.

We have already planned a packed agenda for the three days, incorporating a pre-conference seminar in collaboration with ICIS, workshops, panel debates, and a number of informed speakers discussing a variety of highly relevant topics affecting our business, including: e-mobility, digitalization, talent attraction, sustainability and cross-border challenges. The full programme can be found here.

There are still a number of sponsorship opportunities available which are intended to help you raise the international profile and awareness of your company. We offer a range of rates to accommodate all budgets and preferences – more information can be found in our sponsorship brochure.

We would like to thank our current sponsors – Argus Media, BRB, CHEVRON Base Oils, Chemlube, Etivoet, Eurideas, FUCHS, ILMA, KEMAT Belgium, PILOT CHEMICAL, Wolf Oil, ZELLER+GMELIN– for supporting this year’s Congress and look forward to what promises to be a fascinating and enjoying three days in the Hungarian capital!

For more information contact info@ueilcongress.org

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