Depletion of natural resources, and a rising consciousness of environmental impacts has led to an increasing focus on sustainability over the past few years. Though there are various interpretations of this term, there is common belief that sustainability could be one of the key drivers of product innovation in the foreseeable future.
The most obvious impact of the growing profile of sustainability can be seen in increasing awareness of ecolabels. One of the most recognized labels is the European Ecolabel – which is currently undergoing a review.
While sustainability is an important consideration in the development of lubricant products, the performance level is certainly the other key criteria. Leveraging both properties will be a demanding and challenging process in the development of new formulations.
Dr. Matthias Hof, Global Head of Product & Application Development, Bio-Lubricants, from Emery Oleochemicals GmbH, will address the impact of sustainability on product innovation and performance during a highly anticipated presentation at F+L Week 2018 on March 7, 2018.
F+L Week 2018’s conference theme is ‘Sustainability and Uncertainty’ and will cover future fuel and lubricant industry issues and trends, with presentations specifically chosen to help attendees businesses thrive in an increasingly regulated environment.
Hof, a doctorate in organic chemistry, is no stranger to the issue of sustainability in lubricants. He is currently responsible for the development of base stocks, components and intermediates for the lubricant industry based on oleochemical raw materials, as well as additives and components for various applications in the Oilfield industry.
His presentation will highlight how the selection of the right base stock technology can contribute to both environmental and performance advantages. Key technical parameters such as stability, low-temperature performance and wear protection can benefit from the fitting base oil – which Hof will also demonstrate during his presentation.