Industry Calendar


Oct. 10-13: Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami, Fla. Author and humorist Dave Barry opens the event, followed by sessions on metalworking fluids, greases, biobased products, engine and transmission lubricants, ethics, and more. Web:

Oct. 13-14: Sixth ICIS Middle East Base Oil & Lubricants Conference, Grand Hyatt, Dubai. How is the global economic downturn affecting markets in the Middle East? Thats the theme, explored with viewpoints from ExxonMobil, Afton Chemical, Lubrizol, Chevron Oronite, automakers GM and Ford, among many others. Web: ZEG87568

Oct. 19-21: International Joint Tribology Conference, Memphis Convention Center, Tenn. Unique event focuses on developments and research in the science of tribology. Technical presenters from around the globe, including the U.S., U.K., Israel, Taiwan, Canada, India, Japan, China, Poland, Korea and a score of other countries. Web: or

October 22-23: UEIL Annual Congress, Hilton Istanbul Hotel, Turkey. Europes Union of Independent Lubricant Manufacturers hold their annual gathering. Overviews of Europes lubricants market, and that of Turkey; rerefining advances; lubricating grease technology; requirements for modern engine oils; regulatory issues; Group II and Group III base oil developments; plus much more. Web:

Nov. 11-12: International Lubricants Russia Conference, Renaissance Hotel, Moscow. Industry leaders such as LLK-International, Statoil, Petronas, ExxonMobil and Tatneft will speak, joined by some 450 delegates. Topics include Russias lubricants industry, base oils, industrial lubes, technology, markets and opportunities in the current downturn. Web:

Nov. 12-13: NPRA International Lubricants & Waxes Meeting, Marriott Westchase, Houston. Technical expertise and marketing savvy meet at this annual gathering. Sessions are devoted to technology and developments in base oil and wax production, and their impact on lubricants manufacturing and supply. Attendees include producers, marketers, importers, refining and research engineers, additive suppliers and others. Web:

Nov. 17: 4th European Rerefining Congress, Renaissance Hotel Brussels, Belgium. Sponsored by GEIR (European Group for the Rerefining Industry), the meeting will focus on waste oil management, rerefinings contribution to the environment, and passage of the EUs recently revised Waste Framework Directive which favors rerefining of used oil over other forms of disposal. Web:

Dec. 3-4: Fifth ICIS Pan American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference, Hyatt Jersey City, N.J. The only event to focus on the entire hemispheres markets and needs, where experts from North and South America tackle subjects such as base oil availability and quality; shipping and logistics; finished lubricant markets in Latin America; roll-out of ILSAC GF-5 and Dexos engine oils; biodiesels impact; and outlook for recovery. Web: panamericanbaseoils

Dec. 6-10: ASTM Committee D-2 on Petroleum Products & Lubricants, Marriott Anaheim, Calif. This key industry meeting draws 700 to 800 participants for its half-yearly Committee Week, where consensus standards and test methods are hammered out for automotive and industrial lubricants and greases. Web:

January 19-21: 17th International Colloquium Tribology, Solving Friction and Wear Problems, Stuttgart/Ostfildern, Germany. Held at the Technische Akademie Esslingen, this is Europes leading conference on tribology and lubrication, attracting nearly a thousand participants and offering hundreds of technical and practical presentations. Papers range from environmentally acceptable lubricants to nanotribology, from friction and wear theory to current field experience. Web: