PETRONAS VP for Downstream Business to open F+L Week 2023 in KL
Photo of Ahmad Adly Alias (left) and Ravi Tallamraju (right).

PETRONAS VP for Downstream Business to open F+L Week 2023 in KL

F+L Week 2023, the premier industry event for the fuels and lubricants industry, is being held for the first time in Malaysia. Organized by Hong Kong-based publishing company F&L Asia Ltd., the event will be held at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, and will feature several prominent executives from Malaysia. 

The theme of this yearโ€™s conference is Fuels and Lubricants: Navigating the Energy Transition. With a legacy spanning 28 years, the annual F+L Week event provides a platform for industry professionals to network, share knowledge and explore the latest trends and innovations in the fuels and lubricants industries. 

Ahmad Adly Alias, Vice President Refining, Marketing & Trading, Downstream Business, PETRONAS, will open the conference on June 14 with a presentation on Industry Excellence in Fuels and Lubricants Through Partnership & Collaboration. Ravi Tallamraju, Chief Technology Officer, PETRONAS Lubricants International, will present on e-Transmission Fluid Development Challenges for EV & Hybrid Vehicle Applications. Dr. Takanori Hoshino, Executive Officer & Chief Bio Engineer at Chitose, which recently completed construction on a five-hectare (ha) microalgae production facility in Sarawak, Malaysia, will present on MicroAlgae Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Industry. The Japan-based company plans to expand production to 2,000 ha, potentially yielding 140,000 dry tons of microalgal dry-biomass per year, towards the end of the decade. A potential expansion to 10 million ha is also possible in the future.

“We are excited to announce the inclusion of local Malaysian experts in our program. Their deep understanding of the local Malaysian market, coupled with their extensive industry knowledge, will bring a unique perspective to the event,โ€ says Vicky Villena-Denton, CEO of F&L Asia Ltd., which is celebrating its 28th year.

F+L Week 2023 commences on June 13 with a dedicated networking day and tabletop exhibition, followed by two days of technical sessions on June 14-15. By fostering collaboration between local and international thought leaders, F+L Week is set to deliver an exceptional and diverse experience that will help shape the future of the industry in the region.

These local business leaders will be complemented by a high-calibre line-up of international speakers that includes Flavio Kliger, Senior Vice President, Lubrizol Corporation; Goh Koon Eng, Vice President of Commercial, Chevron Oronite; Sarah Horne, Vice President for Synthetic Base Stocks, ExxonMobil Product Solutions Company; and Dr. Z. George Zhang, Vice President, International R&D, Valvoline Global Operations. Presentations from leading OEMs including Tesla, Caterpillar, Geely, Mahindra and Toyota will ensure F+L Week 2023 is an unparalleled opportunity for learning and networking.

Day two of the technical session culminates in the exquisite F&L Asia Awards Dinner, where attendees will have a special opportunity to join industry representatives to recognise the achievements of outstanding individuals and ground-breaking products โ€” a memorable experience for all participants, highlighted by a Malaysian cultural performance.

Since 2017, F+L Week has honoured outstanding individuals and groundbreaking products with the prestigious F&L Asia Awards. The recipient of this yearโ€™s F&L Asia Person of the Year Award is Goh Koon Eng. He is currently Vice President of Commercial for Chevron Oronite, based in Singapore. Goh has played a significant role in several key Oronite advancements in Asia, including establishing the companyโ€™s original presence in Singapore, expanding Oroniteโ€™s Singapore Manufacturing Plant through multiple large-scale projects, and establishing a manufacturing footprint in Ningbo, China. Gohโ€™s willingness to embrace new technologies and his warm and compassionate approach have earned him the respect and support of his colleagues in Asia and beyond.To find out more about F+L Week 2023, visit the conference website. For a quick glimpse of the event schedule, click here. To register, please contact [email protected].