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Day 1

 
 
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Breakout Sessions and Exhibition Programme


Technical Open Forum: New specifications and approvals landscape
Scheduled throughout the morning of Day One, open discussion sessions will take place in an open-walled location and are designed for attendees to drop in and out based on their topic interests. For 2020, this forum will look further into the technical aspects of the lubricants business, providing an overview of new specifications and a platform for discussions on the approvals landscape.

Lunch & Learn: Groups IV and V: Commercial opportunities and market challenges
An informal session for attendees to learn more about the lesser-discussed base oil Groups IV and V, whilst enjoying lunch. An accessible session, creating an environment to communicate, collaborate and learn.

Commercial Open Forum: Shaping business strategies into the next decade
Taking place in the afternoon of Day One, this open-discussion session will assume the same format as the morning technical session. For 2020, this forum will look further into the commercial aspects of the lubricants business, providing an overview of key business and strategy considerations.

Base Oils Bite-size
NEW for 2020, this programme of content will take place on the Exhibition Floor and will consist of short 15-minute bite-size presentations on a range of topics of interest to the base oils and finished lubricants sectors. Each bite-size session will commence at half past and on the hour throughout the day, and certain topics are repeated over the course of the day. Sponsors will have 15 minutes, throughout the day, to showcase their product or process to the audience live from the Exhibition Hall’s own stage area.

‘Food For Thought’ Lunch Debate: Will EVs be the way forward and dominate or will they cease to exist by 2025?
Whilst you enjoy your lunch, why not listen to, and participate in, a key industry debate? EVs have split the industry for years now as to how much of a threat they really are to the base oils sector, and within what timeline will the effect of this threat be felt across the value chain. During this lunch session, both sides of the debate will be argued and the audience will be called upon to weigh in on this pertinent topic of discussion.
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Base Oils Meet Week

 
When connecting people, the solution is facilitation. Alongside gaining insight from the thought-leading content, networking is of key importance to attendees. As a result, the programme for 2020 boasts networking events throughout, including:

Rising Stars Reception
The Rising Stars Reception exists to recognise and celebrate the very best young talent working in the base oils and finished lubricants industries. As a platform for rising stars of the industry, the reception highlights outstanding achievement and offers opportunities for rising stars to learn from each other and leading industry figures, with prominent speakers on the programme.
Companies and individuals are invited to submit nominations, ahead of the event, from their organisations or their professional network to be a part of the Class of 2020! Those chosen, by ICIS and the Programme Committee, to be a part of the Class of 2020 will be invited to attend the reception in London in February.

Criteria: Less than five years in the base oils or lubricants business or below VP level