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Episode 6 - Fred Passman discusses how to minimise risks from Covid-19 exposure in the industrial workplace

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Episode 16: The future of the lubricants industry - A perspective from Asia
In today’s environment, it is no longer politically correct to espouse the importance of the internal combustion engine in light of the climate change movement. Episode 16 of F+L Webcast with Eugene Tan takes a different perspective on the role of lubricants in the context of climate change. Tan, senior advisor of GXS Partners, a consulting company focused on strategic advisory and business operational solutions that work in Asia, has over 30 years of Industry experience before retiring as BP’s director of Global Supply Chain for Asia & Pacific, leading the development of bulk and packed supply chain strategy and execution for the Asia and Pacific regions, including the Middle East. Scope 3 is a particularly challenging measure, because it measures use and the consequence of use, says Tan. Scope 3 contributes to the highest percentage of an oil companies’ carbon footprint, some would argue as much as 90%. Because the purpose of lubricants is to reduce friction and improve the performance of engines, therefore lubricants in itself actually reduces carbon emissions, he argues. There will be challenges with regards to packaging and how spent lubricants are managed, he admitted. “But we believe this can be handled.” In this episode, Tan explains why multinational corporations (MNCs) should pivot their lubricant businesses’ focus to Asia. In addition, he says “we believe that independent lubricant companies and Asian national oil companies would have a higher likelihood of accepting that the internal combustion engine supports the development of mobility in Asia at the lowest environmental impact,” due to the fact that the use of coal in power generation is more polluting. In this deep-dive into the future of the lubricants industry in Asia, Tan expects the internal combustion engine in transport is going to be around much longer than most people have projected. As we drive for greater efficiencies, the quality of lubricants in Asia is going to improve dramatically, he says. “It will be a quality game. It will be a value game. Asia will be the center of the lubricants industry globally.”
October 29, 2021
Episode 15: Developing next-generation fluids for next-generation hardware
In this episode, Rebecca Warden discusses the work of the Advanced Fluids for Electrified Vehicles (AFEV) consortium at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). Warden, who is the manager of the Fleet and Driveline Fluids Evaluation Section at SwRI, is co-project manager of the AFEV consortium. During her 12-year career at SwRI, Warden has been involved with projects ranging from test stand design and development, standardized lubricants testing, and next-generation research and development. With the rapidly growing and changing electric vehicle (EV) market, there is so much we don’t know, she says. The purpose of the consortium is to find the tools to enable the traditional oil and additive companies to develop the best lubricants for electric vehicles. High-speed durability, materials compatibility, and electrical conductivity are the focus areas of the consortium during its first year. Not only is there a wide variety of hardware types available globally today, but they are also changing rapidly, she notes. “We are trying to anticipate what the industry is going to look like in five or 10 years and enable the studies that we are doing to be generic enough so that next-generation fluids can be developed for next-generation hardware,” says Warden.
October 1, 2021
Episode 14: China VIb: The most stringent emissions standard is coming in 2023
We interview Keith Howard of Lubrizol about China VI, China VIb and the general China vehicle parc.
August 27, 2021
Episode 13: Could this be the last of the ACEA Engine Oil Sequences?
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) published the latest ACEA European Engine Oil Sequences on April 30, 2021, with first allowable use commencing on 1 May 2021. For the first time, ACEA has split the light- and heavy-duty specifications, with only the light-duty standards updated. The heavy-duty and passenger car efforts are moving at different speeds and some tests for the heavy-duty specification are not ready. During the latest episode of F+L Podcast, F+L Asia Ltd Editor-in-Chief, Vicky Villena-Denton, had a conversation with Chevron Oronite’s Richard van den Bulk, to understand Europe’s new engine oil requirements. Van den Bulk is managing the Global OEM Liaison Team within Chevron Oronite, a position he assumed in 2018. He is responsible for guiding the long-range strategies for automotive engine oil additive packages as well as lubricant technology for the newest engine technologies for the U.S.-based additive company. He is based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The two new ACEA Light Duty Engine Oil Sequences categories are A7/B7-21 for High Sulphated Ash, Phosphorous and Sulphur (SAPS), and the Lower SAPS, C6-21. One of the interesting aspects of the latest update is the inclusion of tests developed by ASTM International for the American Petroleum Institute (API) engine oil specifications and a JASO fuel economy test. In the past, different tests in Europe and the United States have examined the same type of parameters. ACEA has taken the pragmatic approach of seeking global alignment and cost reduction. An increasing number of countries are banning the internal combustion engine (ICE). Van den Bulk suggests politicians are being wooed by zero tank-to-wheel emissions and are not accounting for the full lifecycle impact of electric vehicles (EV)—particularly the energy-intensive battery manufacturing process. With the increasing politicisation of the ICE, and the increasing uptake of electric vehicles, will these be the last of the ACEA Engine Oil Sequences? It is incredibly challenging for OEMs to meet carbon dioxide limits and with future bans on ICE, investment in new technology is challenging. At this point, there has been no dialogue from ACEA on the development of specifications for EVs. ACEA specifications continue to focus purely on combustion engines.
July 9, 2021
Episode 12: Diego Brodoni and Mario Montuori discuss Europe’s lubricants market landscape
Diego Brodoni, vice president/general manager for Valvoline Europe, discusses the dramatic changes in the lubricants market in Europe over the past 20 years, from product technology to supply chain, from sales channels to consumer behavior. The market is moving fast, says Mario Montuori, regional technology manager, Europe, for Valvoline International. The need to get higher fuel efficiency, rather than lowering the emissions. This is what we see mainly in Europe, he says, considering how governments are focused on reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide, rather than nitrogen oxide. There is quite a fast change in technologies, he adds, to adopt to the new requirements.
May 25, 2021
Episode 11: A conversation with multi-awarded tribologist Ashlie Martini
Multi-awarded tribologist Ashlie Martini, a professor of mechanical engineering at University of California, Merced, discusses the future of tribology and why a tribologist will always have a job.  Tribology is an enabling or supporting technology, says Martini, who traces back tribology to ancient Egypt, although the term was coined only in the 1960s by Professor Peter Jost. Quantitative studies of friction can be traced as far back as 1493 though, when Leonardo da Vinci first noted the two fundamental 'laws' of friction. As tribology is a supporting technology, its future will depend on the future of other technologies, Martini says. "Tribology will evolve with them." Although she says the field of tribology is "competing with sexy science."
April 8, 2021
Episode 10: A conversation with Infineum's Technology & Sustainability Director Maurizio Abbondanza
Infineum expects to publish its first sustainability report sometime in April 2021, says Maurizio Abbondanza, technology & sustainability director at Infineum UK Ltd. The upcoming report signals a transition towards greater sustainability. The Infineum representative believes such a stance is unavoidable for any company. Our businesses could be disrupted tomorrow by climate change as much as they have been disrupted today by Covid-19.
March 8, 2021
Episode 9 - A Conversation with business strategist Rob van Zwieteren
Downstream set to play a larger role for oil and gas companies Not too long ago, the only way to develop a wind or solar energy business was with the support of the government. Economics did not support a viable entry into these renewable energy markets. It is only in the last five to 10 years that companies could operate wind and solar from an economic perspective, says business strategist, Rob van Zwieteren.
January 22, 2021
Episode 8 - Conversation with ALMU Executive Director Bernard Wong
ALMU Executive Director discusses his 35+ year career with Mobil, BP and Lubrizol, including 19 of those years in China. Now, he has taken on a new challenge since retiring in July 2018 from The Lubrizol Corporation, where he was Asia-Pacific region head based in China. Bernard will play a key role in guiding ALMU members through a period of transformation for the lubricants industry while meeting the organisation’s ambitious growth targets. “My role is a new role. This role is to really drive and execute the over-arching mission ALMU has. To do this, I will need to provide the leadership to the ALMU Team. Delivering events, services, to all our members. I believe if we do it properly, and I believe we will, this will ensure that ALMU’s growth and success will continue which will benefit all the members in ALMU. What’s important over the next two years, the four priorities have already been set by ALMU. What I need to do is to be able to work very closely with our Chairman Pai Kok Tan, the ALMU Council and also the subcommittee leaders to help them make sure we deliver all the projects and initiatives that have been set up.”
December 7, 2020
Episode 7 - Mark Miller discusses Biosynthetic Technologies’ new novel additive for metalworking fluids and the company’s plan for ILSAC GF-6
Biosynthetic® Technologies recently announced the global launch of their new product line of novel additives for metalworking fluids (MWF) called Biocea™. These novel sustainable additives use the patented estolide technology. These MWF additives are biobased, biodegradable, non-bioaccumulative, and non-toxic. Biocea additives leverage Biosynthetic Technologies’ proprietary estolide technology for high demanding water soluble, synthetic, and conventional oil additive applications. Biocea additives, which are produced from castor oil derivatives in India, enhance the lubricity, polarity, film strength, biostability, hydrolytic stability, and oxidative stability of the base fluid. In this podcast, Mark Miller, CEO of Biosynthetic Technologies, talks about this unique biodegradable MWF additive, plus the company’s plan in the engine oil space, as it pursues its ILSAC GF-6 certification from the American Petroleum Institute (API) for its estolide base fluids.
November 10, 2020
Episode 6 - Fred Passman discusses how to minimise risks from Covid-19 exposure in the industrial workplace
By the end of September, there were 33 million cases of Covid-19, and more than one million deaths, worldwide. With the U.S. President, his wife and his close aide, contracting the virus themselves in early October, Covid-19 once again occupied the headlines throughout the world. Dr. Frederick Passman, one of a few industry experts on industrial microbial ecology, discusses how people can return to work safely in the industrial setting, where social distancing could be challenging. The greatest risk of exposure to airborne viruses occurs in enclosed spaces. Passman discusses the measures that can be taken to minimise the risks, and explains how it is not as simple as following general health guidance.
October 2, 2020
Episode 5 - Top 5 Auto Trends with Michael Dunne
Top 5 Auto Trends: “Just-in-Time” being replaced by “Just-in Case” In our September 2020 edition of F+L Webcast, Michael Dunne, president of ZoZo Go, discusses the Top 5 Auto Trends and the Asian automobile market post Covid-19. Investment sentiment is swinging back to Southeast Asia, the darling of the 1990s, as the relationship between the U.S. and China continues to deteriorate. The principle of “Just-in-Time” or lean  manufacturing is being replaced by “Just-in-Case,” as automakers move to diversify their production centres to Southeast Asia. ZoZo Go is an investment advisory firm that advises automakers, suppliers and investors on how to win in Asia.
September 7, 2020
Episode 4 - Conversation with Trevor Gauntlett: Brexit, REACH, and Covid-19
Recorded on July 31, 2020 - In the latest episode of F+L Webcast, we speak with Trevor Gauntlett, an independent industry consultant with over 25 years’ experience in Blue Chip Chemicals and Oil companies, including 18 years as the technical expert on Shell’s Lubricant Additives procurement team. During the podcast, we delve into a variety of topics including the UK’s upcoming withdrawal from the European Union and the likely impact on the lubricants industry. We discuss the effect on industry bodies such as the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) and the voluntary environmental certification EcoLabel; as well as concerns around what divergence in legislation could mean for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) in the UK. We also consider how the Covid-19 pandemic has sharpened issues for both UK manufacturers and companies that rely on UK suppliers as part of integrated supply chains. Edits have been made for factual accuracy.
August 7, 2020
Episode 3 - Conversation with STLE President Paul Hetherington
STLE turns 75 in 2020, but has had to cancel celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. STLE President, Paul Hetherington, talks about how the organization is evolving to adapt to the unprecedented circumstances of 2020, Paul tells us a little about where STLE has come from, and where it is heading as a result of its Emerging Trends Report.
July 3, 2020
Episode 2 - ExxonMobil’s Tim Nadasdi on the future of Group I base oil post-Covid 19
F&L Asia's Editor-in-Chief, Vicky Denton, interviews Tim Nadasdi, Product Development Advisor, Basestocks and Specialties at ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants discuss the future of Group I and Group II base oils in Asia, Europe and the Americas, as well as the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on base oil and lubricant manufacturers large and small.
May 27, 2020
F+L Webcast: Episode 1 - Jeff Harmening, American Petroleum Institute - GF-6 and API SP
We interview Jeff Harmening, Manager of the Engine Oil Licensing Certification System (EOLCS) of the American Petroleum Institute (API) about GF-6, and their recent decision to open emergency provisional licensing for oils during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 30, 2020