Emery Oleochemicals is pleased to announce its participation at F+L Week taking place in Macao from March 6-9, 2018. The conference theme of the 24th iteration of this industry-leading event is “Sustainability and Uncertainty”.

Dr. Matthias Hof, Global Head Product & Application Development for Emery’s Bio-Lubricants business platform will provide the closing keynote presentation entitled “What Impact Does the Drive to Sustainability Have on Innovation?” at 4 pm on March 7. Dr. Hof’s presentation will highlight:

  • Sustainability, its various meanings to the industry and how it can influence our technical innovations
  • Current and future position and importance of the European Ecolabel
  • How both sustainability and performance can be successfully achieved

Emery Oleochemicals Group is a leading producer of natural-based chemicals made predominantly from natural oils and fats. With revenues of USD 650 million (2017), the company is headquartered in Malaysia and has manufacturing plants and Technical Development Centers spanning three regions – North America, Europe and Asia. Emery Oleochemicals’ global operations are supported by a diverse workforce and an extensive distribution network covering more than 50 countries worldwide.

The opening keynote presentation will be given at 9 am on March 7 by Dr. Stephen Hsu of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A world-famous tribologist, Dr. Hsu’s talk is entitled “Future Vehicle Trends: Fuels, Lubricants and Engine Co-Optimization”. The automobile industry is undergoing an unprecedented “revolution” in design, fuel-efficient technology adaptations, electrification and weight reduction. Many countries have enacted legislations to ban the sale of gasoline- and diesel-fuelled cars by 2040 to allow for the orderly transition into electric vehicles and the supporting infrastructures.

From now to 2040, many regulatory actions will be needed to significantly reduce carbon emissions for the legacy fleet. Given an average 14-year life cycle for existing cars in the fleet, there is only about two life cycles to change the nature of the world vehicle fleet. To solve the growing pressure of increased population, transportation itself will need to undergo a separate “revolution” to evolve into transport on demand, autonomous cars and flying taxis.

At the same time, vehicle engines will begin to morph into much longer durability, lightweight transportation, public utility type of maintenance-free, remote controlled systems. For the near term, continual co-optimization of fuels, combustion and low-viscosity lubricants will be needed. This presentation will discuss the pending changes and possibilities of future systems based on some of the current changes.

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