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2023 UEIL Annual Congress

31 May -2 June 2023 Manchester, UK

The theme for the 2023 UEIL Congress will be “Sustainable Value Chains: Securing the future of the European lubricant industry”.

From May 31 to June 2 in the beautiful city of Manchester, UK, we will explore the topic of sustainability along different stages of the value chain, with the aim of understanding and securing the future of the European lubricant manufactures.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the UEIL Congress team (info@ueilcongress.org).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Registrations are now closed.


Consult the 2023 UEIL Annual Congress programme here.

Pre-conference Seminar

Pre-Conference Seminar kindly organised by BASF

Location & Accommodation

The 2023 UEIL Annual Congress will take place in the beautiful city of Manchester, UK.

The Congress will be held in the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel. For more information, you may find the hotel here. The hotel is easily accessible from Manchester Airport by taxi and direct train. You may also arrive by direct train from London in less than 2 hours and 30 minutes.

As soon as you register, the Secretariat will contact you with the discounted code to book your hotel room. For more information contact the UEIL Congress team at info@ueilcongress.org

Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner is the social highlight of the Congress and is a fantastic opportunity to mingle with other delegates and enjoy fine local cuisine and entertainment. This year’s Gala Dinner will take place at the stunning The Monastery Manchester, and is generously sponsored by FUCHS.

Gala Dinner tickets are included in the price of a full Congress ticket and can also be purchased separately for additional guests. Registrations can be done at the bottom of this page.


Mattia Adani

Mattia Adani is the President of UEIL – the European Union of the Lubricants Industry, the body representing at the European level the interests of the European lubricants industry.

Mattia is the owner and CEO of Nowal Chimica, an Italian SME, blender of lubricants, metalworking and other process fluids for the metalworking sector.
Mattia holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, a degree in Production Engineering from the Ecole Centrale Paris, France, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, United States. He is a member of Italy’s Order of Merit.

Andrew Goddard

Andrew Goddard is President of the United Kingdom Lubricants Association and Executive Chairman of Morris Lubricants.

Andrew graduated from Cardiff University before beginning his career with Lubrizol and Exxon Mobil. He joined Morris Lubricants in 1996; he is a 5th generation and direct descendent of Morris Lubricants’ founder James Kent Morris. In 2008, Andrew was appointed Managing Director of Morris Lubricants and became Executive Chairman in 2018.

Alistair Smith

Alistair Smith is a Managing Economist within the Environment Team at Cambridge Econometrics. Alistair’s work focuses on the development and application of modelling tools in the fields of economics and energy. Alistair has worked on projects for clients including the UK’s CCC, the European Commission, IRENA, and OPEC.

Gabriella Twining

Gabriella Twining is responsible for European base oil market coverage at Argus, contributing to spot prices, market commentary and analysis to Argus’s weekly global base oils report. Gabriella is an experienced commodity reporter, having previously covered the Biomass desk. Prior to Argus, she reported on and provided analysis for IHS Markit in its Maritime and Trade department after several years of working in ship management at CMA CGM.

Carlo Rovea

Carlo is currently the Director for Global Procurement at Infineum and is based in Italy. At Infineum, Carlo held various positions in manufacturing, supply chain, procurement, marketing, and finance during assignments in Italy, the UK, and most recently, China and then in Singapore. Infineum is a global speciality chemicals company and exists to create a sustainable future through innovative chemistry.

Elisa Swanson-Parbäck

Elisa Swanson-Parbäck is responsible for Perstorp’s business development in sustainable Engineered Fluids and Synthetic Lubricants. Since joining the company in 2018, Mrs. Swanson-Parbäck has been active in various market segments, also leading digital transformation initiatives across the company. Her current focus is on Perstorp’s sustainability agenda and the transformative journey the lubricants industry is on to reach net zero.

Prior to Perstorp, Mrs. Swanson-Parbäck has over 12 years of experience in senior marketing roles at Axis Communications, a market leader in network video solutions. Mrs. Swanson-Parbäck holds both a master’s degree in economics and business administration and a master’s degree in work- and organizational psychology from Lund University, Sweden.

Terry Dicken

Terry Dicken is a Chartered chemist and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in applied chemistry and an MSc in Instrumental chemical analysis. He has worked in the lubricants industry for almost 50 years in research and development, technical services & marketing and technology transfer.
Currently, he is Managing Director of Global Lubricants Ltd, a speciality lubricants company he founded in the UK in 1997, but also works as an independent consultant for several companies on REACH compliance, product development and plant construction.
He has published many papers on lubrication and is a regular speaker at international conferences.
Terry has been Chairman of ELGI (European Lubricating Grease Institute) since 1998 and is also Chairman of the Institute of Energy’s cutting fluids test methods panel, STC5, a role he has fulfilled since the early 80s, and he established and was first Chairman of ASTM – M committee for aviation greases.

Yana Wilkinson

Based in London, Yana Wilkinson is the global leader of Kline’s Energy practice. With over 15 years of experience in management consulting, her practice focuses on downstream energy specialties, namely the whole lubricants value chain and adjacencies, including a broad range of automotive and industrial end-use applications. Engagements led by her team include strategy support and market intelligence. Examples of projects include market insight and intelligence, facilitating strategy review and development, business growth and market entry, opportunity identification, M&A, and more.
Yana’s ambition is to leave our clients better equipped to handle challenges and capture opportunities by separating the insight from the noise, especially important when converting mega themes like Sustainability, Mobility, and Digital into clear implications for the daily business of our clients.

Steve Mayo

Steve joined Certas Lubricant Solutions in June 2021 as Managing Director of Certas European lubricants business. Prior to joining Certas, Steve worked for the global industrial lubricants business Quaker Houghton for 16 years as Regional Director for Northern Europe and was also Commercial Director for a speciality chemicals and lubricants business with manufacturing plants in the UK, USA, India and China.
Steve’s career in lubricants stretches across more than 35 years and includes roles in various functional areas, including manufacturing & operations, procurement, technical, marketing and sales.

David Hopkinson

David Hopkinson is the President of Brenntag Lubricants EMEA and CEO of its subsidiary, the Multisol Group, and is based near Warrington, England.
He graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Management Sciences and joined Esso Petroleum (Exxon) in London. He moved into the lubricants business in 1992 and held several positions based in the UK covering logistics, marketing and sales. He became CEO of Exxon’s subsidiary Comma Oil & Chemicals in 2007 and helped sell the business to Cosan in 2012 and remained CEO after the sale. In 2015, David moved to Multisol as CEO. David was President of the UKLA from 2018 to 2020. He is currently President of the UKLA’s delegation to UEIL and is a vice President of UEIL.

Peter Vickers

Peter Vickers is the Chair of “Vickers Oils”, based in Leeds, UK. It was established in 1828 and remains a family-owned company, employing about 65 staff. Vickers Oils formulates, manufactures and markets highly specialised industrial and marine lubricants, exporting 95% of its business worldwide.
From the early 1990s, Vickers Oils pioneered the development and use of “Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants” for the worldwide shipping industry.
Peter graduated from Oxford University in 1982 and joined Vickers Oils immediately as a management trainee, taking on worldwide sales and other responsibilities before becoming Managing Director (until 2020) and Chairman. He has served on both the UKLA and UEIL Boards and is particularly involved with the UEIL, as well as Vickers Oils’ own, sustainability initiatives.

Christian Hartmann

Christian Hartmann is the Chief Sustainability Officer of TAYRAŞ Baz Yağ Rafineri A.Ş since 2021.

Detlev Bruhnke

Detlev Bruhnke has more than 30 years of experience in the re-refining and lubricants industry and is a Board Member of AVISTA OIL AG since 2007. Detlev holds an MSc and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Braunschweig in Germany. After joining the AVISTA group in 1991, he worked as Laboratory Manager and Head of the R&D Department before serving as Technical Managing Director for AVISTA OIL Deutschland GmbH from 2007 to 2021. Having been active in different business associations for more than 20 years, Detlev is currently the Executive President of the German Used Oil Association BVA and a Board Member of the European Re-refining Association GEIR. Since October 2022, he is also Board Member of UEIL (Independent Union of the European Lubricant Industry).

Miltos Bantis

Miltos Bantis is the Managing Director of LPC S.A, a fully vertical supplier and trader of Lubricants, Greases and Other Petroleum products located in Greece, a member of the Motor Oil Hellas Group of Companies.

Miltos is a Chemical Engineer and started his journey in LPC in 2005, undertaking roles of increasing responsibility across the Supply Chain, becoming Plant Manager in 2014 and Managing Director in 2020. During his career, he has set up production plants, led numerous refinery production Improvement projects, optimized organizational process flows, and engineered the opening of new markets that have led LPC to become a company serving more than 55 countries worldwide.

Moreover, he is leading the LPC ecosystem towards sustainable development, where LPC’s re-refinery plays a key role in supporting Greece in reaching its country WLO collection targets. 

Currently, Miltos serves as:

  • Board Member of GEIR – the European Re-refining Industry section of UEIL
  • Board Member of SEEPE – the Association of Petroleum Commercial companies in Greece

Markus Garb

Markus Garb is the Vice President Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer at FUCHS PETROLUB SE. He is a passionate driver of sustainability standards in the lubricants industry. With an academic background in Mechanical Engineering, Markus Garb began his professional career in the automation industry, serving as project and product manager at ABB. Entering FUCHS in 2003, Markus has spent 16 years in Automotive Lubricants Product Management for FUCHS Schmierstoffe GmbH, starting with application-focused technical roles, first on engine oils, followed by transmission fluids and successively assuming management roles such as European and Global Product Manager Automotive. Since 2019 Markus Garb works for FUCHS Petrolub SE, and in May 2020, he took over responsibility for FUCHS’ corporate sustainability activities. Aside from his corporate role, Markus Garb was a Member of the UEIL TC for many years, and since 2022 he acts as Chairman of the UEIL Sustainability Committee.

Mika Kettunen

Mika Kettunen received his MSc from the University of Helsinki in 2000. He holds a PhD in Chemistry, and prior to his industry career, he has done research work in Finland, Ireland, Germany and the US.

Mika joined the Chevron Base Oils team in 2022 as Technical Product Manager and is the global sustainability lead for base oils. He has 15 years of industry experience before joining Chevron from Neste, where he supported Base Oil sales and production with responsibility for formulation development projects in driveline and industrial applications. He worked in close cooperation with additive manufacturers and Neste R&D as Technical Product Manager.

Mika chairs an ATIEL Sustainability Committee, which is cooperating with UEIL and other associations to harmonize the carbon footprint calculations in the industry. Mika represents Finland in the CEN (European Committee for Standardization) working group for Bio-Lubricants and has been a member of the UEIL Sustainability Task Force, which created the strategy to align a common sustainability agenda for the European lubricants industry.

Maurizio Abbondanza

Maurizio has more than 25 years of experience in the lubricant additives industry and has been a senior executive at Infineum since 2011 and holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Genoa in Italy. In his role as Sustainability and Business Director, Maurizio is accountable for the coordination, design and execution of the Sustainability strategy of the corporation, integrating it into a coherent Sustainable Corporate Strategy. In other words, putting sustainability at the heart of everything Infineum does to put its mission into practice: create a sustainable future through innovative chemistry.


For sponsorship opportunities, please consult the 2023 UEIL Sponsorship Brochure below.

We are delighted to introduce you to the sponsors of the 2023 UEIL Congress – a huge thanks to them for their support!

Diamond Sponsor

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 LubricantsIndustrial LubricantsLubricating GreasesMetal Processing LubricantsSpecial Application Lubricants and Services.

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.

FUCHS will be kindly sponsoring our flagship event: the Gala Dinner.

Gold Sponsor

PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) is the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of PETRONAS, a dynamic global energy group. Established in 2008, PETRONAS Lubricants International manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality automotive and industrial lubricants products in over 100 markets globally. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, PLI has marketing offices globally, managed through regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Turin, Belo Horizonte, Chicago and Durban.

We are a progressive energy and solutions partner, enriching lives for a sustainable future. Our commitment remains to conduct and grow our business in ways that contribute positively to society and the environment.

PLI is driving an aggressive business growth agenda to secure its position as a leading global lubricants company at the forefront of the industry, providing custom-made solutions for every need. For more information, please visit www.pli-petronas.com.

PETRONAS will be kindly sponsoring the Welcome Dinner.

Silver Sponsors

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 make a safer & more sustainable world.

ABN Resource will be kindly sponsoring a coffee break on Thursday, 1 June.

Biobase is a Swedish GreenTech Company, developing and producing renewable base fluids for a variety of industrial sectors. We are committed to shaping a climate-friendly industry. Through the innovative bio-based solutions we don´t just provide alternatives to fossil-based products but accelerate and lead the transition to green economy at the same time.

Biobase will be kindly sponsoring a coffee break on Thursday, 1 June.

IMCD is a global leader in the formulation, sales and distribution of speciality chemicals and ingredients.  IMCD Lubricants & Energy brings together our expertise across the lubricants and fuels sectors. Our dedicated technical experts offer base oils, additive components and packages for automotive and industrial oils and greases. Together with our supply partners, we accelerate progress by finding solutions to your formulation or processing needs.

IMCD will be kindly sponsoring a coffee break on Thursday, 1 June.

Multisol and Brenntag will be kindly sponsoring the lunch break on Thursday, 1 June.

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.

ILMA will be kindly sponsoring a networking coffee on Friday, 2 June.

The Zeller+Gmelin Group is represented internationally in 16 countries. Together with our subsidiaries and many partners, we deliver our high-quality products to more than 80 countries. Whether it is high-quality industrial lubricants, Divinol lubricants and release agents or chemical products, Zeller+Gmelin is the competent partner for the highest demands.

For years, we have been successfully working to reduce our ecological footprint and, since January 2020, have been the first chemical company in Baden-Württemberg to be allowed to call itself a “climate-neutral site”. Our research and development departments are continuously working on innovative solutions that relieve the burden on the environment and improve customers’ processes.

Zeller+Gmelin will be kindly sponsoring a coffee break on Friday, 2 June.

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.

Chevron will be kindly sponsoring lanyards.

As a leading specialty chemicals innovator, Perstorp knows that little things make a powerful difference. Using nature’s tiniest building blocks, they can help advance everyday life – making it safer, more convenient and more environmentally sound for billions of people all over the world.

Perstorp will be kindly sponsoring a tabletop.

Chemlube is the exclusive distributor of ADbase, ADNOC’s Group III+ base oils into the European Market. ADNOC Group III+ base oils are high-quality base oils that meet the most demanding requirements for high-end motor oil applications. Chemlube distributes ADNOC ADbase to customers through Europe by barge, trucks, flexibags, iso-containers and rail from terminals located in Le Havre, France, Hemiksem Belgium, and Dordrecht, The Netherlands. Available ADbase products include ADbase 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8cst  c.St                                                                                                                                                                    

With very high VI, very low Noack , and excellent cold properties and CCS,  ADbase has outstanding technical properties widely recognized in the market. ADbase is designed to meet today’s more stringent emission regulations and the technical requirements of modern, low fuel consumption vehicles.                                                 

As additional approvals are obtained for ADNOC ADbase Group III+ Base Oils, Chemlube is systematically expanding its customer base. With the support of ADNOC, Chemlube is committed to developing long term supply relationships with European customers of all sizes. Depending upon the needs of particular customers, Chemlube can supply on a spot basis or can enter into longer term supply arrangements.

Chemlube will be kindly sponsoring a tabletop.

Vickers Oils, based in Leeds, UK, since our foundation in 1828, remains a private, independent company now led by the 5th and 6th generation of the family. We enjoy a worldwide reputation as a reliable and innovative supplier of high-performance, speciality industrial lubricants and greases to the marine and textile sectors, particularly over the last 25 years for our award-winning range of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs), which we deliver globally.
Committed to running a sustainable (in every sense) business, as the company approaches 200 years in business, we are excited to deliver our dedication to quality, ethics, innovation, and service to set a new standard across the food and beverage industry.

Vickers Oils will kindly be our general sponsor.

Media Partners

We are delighted to introduce you to the media sponsors of the 2023 UEIL Congress – a huge thanks to them for their support!

For more than 25 years, F&L Asia Ltd. has remained the preferred media choice for industry giants. Unparalleled thought leadership, stringent content quality standards and uncompromising journalism—gathering facts directly from the frontline, including from its permanent bases at the heart of the strategic Asian region are some of F&L Asia’s core strengths and the reason why it retains an unchallenged “first with the latest” position.

Since 2016, Lubricant World has been one of the major sources of industry news that brings together the entire lubricant sector on the same platform. Focusing on the latest developments of the industry, it appeals to more than 10,000 sector representatives in over 40 countries. Gathering together all segments of the lubricant industry with its bimonthly magazine, news portal and social media presence, Lubricant World stands out as the reference source for both lubricant producers and consumers.

Lube Magazine is THE European lubricants industry magazine and the official journal of UEIL, the European Lubricants association. Distributed to over one hundred countries around the globe, it provides a European perspective on the global lubricants industry.  Lube magazine is a bi-monthly publication available both in print and digital which can be read online and is published on behalf of UEIL by UKLA.

Lubes’n’Greases is LNG Publishing’s flagship, award-winning, independent monthly magazine for and about the global lubricants industry. On the first of every month, print and digital editions deliver hard news, features and informed opinions covering automotive and industrial lubricants, metalworking fluids, greases, base stocks, additives, packaging, biodegradable and synthetic products, companies, people, issues and trends affecting the industry.

ICIS is the global source of Independent Commodity Intelligence Services – connecting data, markets and customers to create a comprehensive trusted view of global commodities markets, enabling smarter business decisions that help optimise the world’s resources. For decades, our prices have been the backbone of thousands of transactions around the world. At ICIS, we help businesses make strategic decisions, mitigate risk, improve productivity and capitalise on new opportunities. We make some of the world’s most important markets more trusted and predictable by providing data services, thought leadership and decision tools. As a result of our global presence, we deliver targeted connected intelligence to influence thousands of decisions across supply chains every single day.

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