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UEIL SUSTAINABILITY TASK FORCE TAKES OFF
The UEIL Sustainability Task Force was officially launched on 27 March on the occasion of its first meeting in Brussels. Members of the Task Force gathered for a full day of meetings and took this opportunity to introduce themselves and the sustainability strategy of their respective companies, to start an initial discussion on how the UEIL should take this concept on board.
At its Annual Congress 2018 in Budapest, UEIL, the Union of the European Lubricants Industry, had announced the formation of a Sustainability Task Force charged with developing a framework to define, develop and measure sustainability in the European lubricants industry. The formation had been introduced by Apu Gosalia, Vice-President for Sustainability (CSO) & Global Intelligence at FUCHS Petrolub, who chairs the Task Force, and who explained that the group should work proactively on requirements that the European Union is already beginning to introduce for other industries.
The membership of the UEIL Sustainability Task Force was designed to fulfill certain criteria and prerequisites and is therefore composed of EU-headquartered companies; representative of the whole lubricants value chain, including additive suppliers, base oil suppliers, lubricant blenders, and customers; composed of companies that have proved to be willing to engage in the sustainability debate; and representative of a mix of European countries.
Company members of the Task Force include BASF Fuels & Lubricant Solutions, CRODA, EVONIK Oil Additives, LANXESS, NESTE, NYNAS, INEOS, VISCOLUBE, FUCHS Petrolub, BLASER Swisslube, RS Clare, CIPELIA, NOWAL Chimica, BOSCH and BMW. The Task Force will evolve into a fully-fledged committee of the Association at a later stage.
In the morning session participants were invited to proceed to a tour de table to introduce themselves, their companies and their companies’ sustainability strategy. The first exchanges, presentation slides and discussions on the way forward were very fruitful, open and targeted in the same direction. In the afternoon session the members agreed that the work of the Task Force should consist of three main steps: define what sustainability is for the lubricants industry; develop commitments for key sustainability targets; define how to implement these commitments.
The Task Force will reconvene in June for a second meeting and to further develop its work plan.
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Valentina Serra-Holm appointed Calumet Vice President, Global Product Marketing
Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Valentina Serra-Holm to the position of Vice President, Global Product Marketing, effective May 6, 2019. Serra-Holm brings over two decades of industry and academic experience in the fields of lubricant base oil product research, technology and applications; manufacturing; and global market development and branding. Her appointment to Calumet’s executive team further demonstrates Calumet’s commitment to growing its specialities business.
After academic doctoral research and teaching, Serra-Holm joined Nynas AB in Stockholm, Sweden. Nynas is a specialities-focused oil company that manufactures and sells bitumen and naphthenic products in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Serra-Holm was given increasing responsibility across a wide range of assignments involving products research, market development, strategic planning, and sales. Her most recent position with Nynas was Director of Global Marketing and Technology.
A native of Italy and fluent in several languages, Serra-Holm holds MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy). In addition, she holds a PhD in Chemical Reaction Engineering from Åbo Akademi University (Finland). She is the President of the Union of the European Lubricants Industry (UEIL) and is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and international presentations relating to base oils and other speciality products.Read more
New UKLA Member
UKLA is pleased to welcome the return of ABN Resource Ltd as its newest member.Read more
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ExxonMobil Donates Hydraulic Fluid For Museum Restoration of Concorde
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the maiden flight of Concorde, ExxonMobil has donated over 1,000 litres of original Exxon M2-V Aviation Hydraulic Fluid to Heritage Concorde, a volunteer preservation group dedicated to the restoration of Concorde aircraft in the United Kingdom and France.
One of the world’s most iconic aircraft, the Concorde supersonic passenger aeroplane was in operation for 34 years. To achieve supersonic speeds, Concorde utilised a long, thin nose – referred to as a droop nose – which pilots lowered during take-off and landing to improve visibility. To operate these critical nose movements, the aircraft used Exxon M2-V Aviation Hydraulic Fluid.
“ExxonMobil is proud to have been a part of Concorde’s debut in 1969, and even prouder to be a part of preserving history in 2019 by supplying the original hydraulic fluid for this iconic aircraft,” says Pamela Skaufel, director of aviation and marine lubricants at ExxonMobil. “Our continued commitment to technology and innovation ensures we will continue to provide industry-leading products to our customers today and in the future.”
The donated lubricants have been used in Concorde aircraft at the British Airliner Collection based at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, the Museum of Air and Space in Le Bourget, and at Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport. With the help of ExxonMobil and Heritage Concorde, visitors have been able to see this iconic nose movement come back to life during 50th anniversary celebrations in the UK and France.
Learn more about the heritage of ExxonMobil Aviation fuels and lubricants here.Read more
Olyslager announces North American office and COO
The global leader in lubricant data, Olyslager Organization is proud to announce the opening of its North American office in Naperville, Illinois. This new location close to Chicago strengthens the global presence of Olyslager and shows its commitment to the North American market. The office will serve clients in the United States and Canada…Read more
New Sandbach Headquarters for PETRICO
Petrico, the specialist distributor of petroleum and chemical products, has relocated to new offices in Sandbach as the company’s European expansion continues. Working in partnership with organisations ranging from small regional niche distributors to global multinationals, Petrico has doubled the size of its business in just 24 months and further growth is anticipated.
“With our work force doubling, our town centre HQ was no longer fit for purpose,” explains Andrew Lamb, Managing Director, Petrico Ltd. “Thankfully, an opportunity arose just 200 yards along the road with the office space and car parking to meet our expanding needs. We wanted to re locate locally to avoid any upheaval for our employees. We all enjoy working in Sandbach, it’s a lovely bustling market town and well located for road, rail and air travel. ”
“The move is all part of future-proofing our business,” continues Lamb. “It’s a smart location that now reflects the quality of our organisation and has the floor space to allow Petrico to continue to grow. It was equally as important to provide our hard working team of 10 people with a spacious and pleasant working environment. It’s an attractive old building but was energy inefficient. As we place great emphasis upon latest technology compounds that enable industry to improve efficiencies and reduce emissions, we decided on moving in to commit time and resources to improve our own carbon footprint. We are working across a range of areas and whilst it’s still early days, we’ve made a good start. For example, the previous tenants were generating 1000 watts of electricity a month and we are already down to 200.”Read more
In conversation with Tracey Gardiner, Vice President, Base Oils, Chevron Corporation
The complete and unabridged interview with Tracey Gardiner, Vice President of Chevron Base Oils, originally printed in abridged form in Lube Magazine Issue 150.Read more
Women in the World of Lubricants
On International Women’s Day, read how women in the world of lubricants better balance our industry (originally published in the December 2018 edition of Lube Magazine, Issue No. 148).Read more
Lubricant Blending and Quality Assurance
David Whitby outlines his new book, Lubricant Blending and Quality Assurance, and why it is an essential resource for anyone involved in supply of high quality lubricants.Read more
Lubricant and Waste oils data reporting – essential to business decisions!
The latest news and developments from GEIR, provided by Christian Hartmann.Read more