Annual baseoils conference opens

DUBAI — The third annual 'Outlook for the East Suez-Lubricants and Baseoils Conference' inaugurated yesterday in Dubai.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 7 Apr 2005, 10:18 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:58 PM

“The event comes at a most challenging time for the industry, as we face record prices for raw materials across the entire supply chain and substantial consumer resistance to accepting these cost pass through," said Kamal Said, chief operating officer, Emirates national Oil Company (ENOC), International Sales LLC. He said the industry could overcome the twin threats of record raw material prices and low cost, sub-standard products by working to promote the quality, high specification lubricants.

Enoc, together with Adnoc and Emarat with support from the international oil majors, is working with the UAE Federal Government organisation, Emirates Authority for the Standardisation & Metrology, and the Emirates Conformity Assessment Scheme (ECAS) for the setting of lubricant standards through compliance procedures, and the implementation of procedures to control the marketing of substandard lubricants.

The chief operating officer of Enoc also said: “Within the UAE alone, more than 80 lubricants are on sale, 75 per cent of which are unbranded. To meet this challenge, we have to introduce lubricant minimum performance standards and a means to monitor lubricant marketer's products to ensure customers get sophisticated and reliable lubricants."

Kamal also highlighted the issues which the lubricants industry is facing such as increasing competition from low cost, poor quality, often products without specifications that fail to advise the customer or protect engines while causing pollution.

The conference has attracted leading international, regional and local experts and decision makers for seven sessions over two days to discuss the challenges facing the sector across the entire supply chain.

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