The Asian Lubricant Manufacturers Union (ALMU) has appointed seven executive council members ahead of its first organizational meeting – to be held today, March 6, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Macao, Southern China. For the initial two years of ALMU’s existence, the organization will be steered by the appointed Council Members, at which point Council Members will be elected by the General Membership.
Dr. Ho Leng Woon will act as ALMU Council Chairman through to 2020. Ho Leng Woon is Executive Chairman of Singapore-based lubricants and specialty chemical company AP Oil International Ltd where he has been Chairman and CEO since 1983, until he relinquished the CEO portfolio in 2015. Today, AP Group has five lube and specialty chemical plants in the region, and products marketed in more than 20 countries throughout Asia Pacific.
Ho Leng Woon will be ably supported by Winston Low Hee Teck and Gautam N. Mehra who will act in a joint capacity as Vice Chairman of ALMU. Low Hee Teck is currently Managing Director of Feoso Energy (Shanghai) Haixia and brings a wealth of experience to the role including 23 years of service with Esso/Exxon Group before starting Feoso Energy (Hong Kong) Ltd and Feoso Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd in 1993. Gautam N. Mehra is Chairman & Managing Director of Savita Oil Technologies Limited, one of India’s largest manufacturers of Petroleum Specialty Oils in the private sector.
Regular Council Members include Azam J. Chowdhury, Chairman and owner of East Coast Group and Managing Director of MJL Bangladesh Limited – a distributor of Exxon Mobil Corporation in Bangladesh; Francis Glenn Yu, CEO of SEAOIL Philippines, Inc. the largest independent fuel company in the country with a reputation for innovation; Patrick Adhiatmadja, President Director and CEO of Indonesia’s MPM Lubricants; and Dato’ Hazimah Zainuddin, founder and Group Managing Director of Hyrax Oil Sdn. Bhd., a Malaysian manufacturer of petroleum derivatives.
“We welcome all of our ALMU council members and thank them for their commitment to advancing the Asian lubricant industry,” says Ms. Vicky Villena-Denton, part of the ALMU Management Team, and one the ALMU directors tasked with the governance of the new trade union. “With such strong leadership, I have no doubt ALMU will build a strong and collaborative association that will represent the best interests of Asian manufacturers both locally and on the global stage”.
At the time of the inaugural meeting, ALMU has received an initial 18 membership applications, comprised of 12 independent lubricant companies, 1 major oil company, and 5 suppliers. Countries represented so far include Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Taiwan, China, Australia, Pakistan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Switzerland.