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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ALMU has taken all of its activities online so as to continue to serve its members during these challenging times. After many months of preparation, ALMU is proud to announce the launch of its online education courses starting on 21 April 2020, with the “Basics of Metalworking Fluids,” to be presented by Rita Chee, Product Manager (Metalworking), Lubrizol.

In November 2020, we are introducing our 1st Industry Sharing Session on SNI Certification for Lubricant Product Marketing in Indonesia. The ALMU Industry Sharing Session is exclusive to ALMU ordinary and associate members only, and is part of our new Council’s efforts to boost ALMU’s value proposition for its members.

Watch this space for future announcements!

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Webinar 1: Basics of Metalworking Fluids

This online training course offers an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of metalworking fluids. The webinar will examine why metalworking fluids and markets are unique and will provide details on segmentation within metalworking fluid types and applications. Rita will discuss metalworking processes and their lubricant performance needs, as well as current and future market drivers that will change metalworking fluid requirements. The course is an excellent forerunner to the ALMU Industrial Oils & Fluids Training Course which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 31 August 2020.


“A very good introductory sharing on MW Fluids.”

“The webinar has been a great opportunity for us to get re-connected in this stage and age. We learned a lot from it, and are very cheerful. Please keep up the good work!”

Presented by: Rita Chee
Product Manager, Metalworking, Lubrizol

ALMU Member: $20
Non-Member: $100

Webinar 2: Base Oil Markets —
The Only Constant is Change

This webinar discusses the continuing changes in base oil supply and demand. We will examine how such changes will impact lubricant blenders. Group I supply will continue to decrease and Groups II and III will take its place. Group IV (PAO) availability continues to grow with big investments by the major suppliers.

The good news for blenders is that the market will have excess base oil supply for years to come, so prices will be kept in check (notwithstanding any big swings in crude oil pricing). Bright stock supplies will continue to dwindle and blenders should examine alternatives for high viscosity components.

Blenders need to consider the need for base oil interchange and have backup plans especially for products that use Group III. Finished lubricant demand will grow in Asia, unlike in North America and Europe. However, the widespread adoption of full battery electric vehicles will eventually cause a steep decline in engine oil sales.


 “It covered the general overview of all aspects ranging from technical to supply and demand without getting lost in too much details.”

“Very current information presented clearly.”

Presented by: Jack Zakarian
JAZTech Consulting, LLC

ALMU Member: $20
Non-Member: $100

Webinar 3: Best practices in lubricant formulation and blending —
Reducing complexity, waste and finished product contamination

Whether you develop your own product formulas or get them from suppliers, there are many formulation items that need attention at the plant level. We will discuss how to develop “robust” formulas, that is, formulas that blend right the first time with minimal adjustments.

We will also discuss how to set batch release specifications and how to implement quality monitoring for tests that cannot be run at batch release. Does your company have a system for the management of changes?

All blend formulas and blending procedures must be documented, and all changes must go through a defined approval process. We will introduce the concept of “core components”, or complexity reduction, to simplify inventory of base oils and additives. Does your plant have a system to minimize slop oil? Using blend compatibility guidelines can be a big help in reducing waste as well as reducing finished product contamination.


“Practical tips in the production process / what can and can’t be done.”

Presented by: Jack Zakarian
JAZTech Consulting, LLC

ALMU Members: $20
Non Members: $100

Webinar 4: When will electric vehicles take charge? Potential impact on lubricant formulations and sales channels

Even though the current electric vehicle (EV) population is small, nearly all industry experts predict that EVs will ultimately dominate the vehicle market. The big question is when. This webinar will examine the impact of EVs on lubricant demand and manufacture. We will discuss performance properties needed for EV lubricants that are different from those of current lubricants.

Change intervals for grease, transmission, and axle fluids will be very long and supply of lubricants for service fill will be small. Factory fill supply of EV lubricants will be the biggest sales channel, so lubricant manufacturers need to develop good OEM supply relationships.


“Having a very professional view of the EV trend/ chemistry requirement for the EV sector” and “explanation of where and why the motor needs to be placed.”

Presented by: Jack Zakarian
JAZTech Consulting, LLC

ALMU Members: $20
Non Members: $100

Webinar 5: Basics of Engine Coolants

An engine coolant is much more than just a liquid that prevents your engine from overheating. In this webinar you will learn more on the different aspects of a coolant; the benefits and challenges; insights into composition and inhibitor choice; and, the drivers for future developments.

Amol Chore is a Chemical Engineer with more than 12 years’ experience in the Chemical Industry. In his role as Technical Support Manager, he works with both Asian and Global OEMs providing Coolant Technology Solutions. He is an active member of automotive industry group Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).

Presented by: Mr Amol Chore Technical Support Manager – India, Arteco

ALMU Members: $20 
Non Members: $100

Webinar 6: Industrial Gear Oils

Industrial gear oil technology for modern gearboxes and the main drivers that will influence the change

Modern gearbox demands high quality gear oils. This can only be met by well formulated industrial gear oils.

In this ALMU webinar, Afton Chemical will share what is bringing about the change we are seeing today. We will also discuss the elements of a modern, high-quality gear oil.

Ms Lim Choon Noi is currently Senior Customer Technical Service (CTS) Specialist with Afton Chemical Asia. She specializes in industrial lubricants and provides solutions to customers in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.

Choon Noi has more than 25 years of experience in the lubricants industry, including working for Castrol and BP Lubricants. She has held various positions in laboratory, R&D, Product Development, Marketing, Customer & Product Portfolio Management. She received her BSc Chemistry degree from the National University of Singapore.

Presented by: Ms Lim Choon Noi Senior Customer Technical Service (CTS) Afton Chemical Asia

ALMU Members: $20 (first seat FREE)
Non Members: $100

Webinar 7: Sustainability of Lubricants

This webinar will be the first in a series of webinars organised by the Asian Lubricant Manufacturers Union (ALMU) on the topic of sustainability.

Recently, the ALMU published its sustainability statement which listed the following core values of the organisation:

  • Conservation of the environment
  • Use of natural resources in a manner that minimises adverse impact on the environment
  • Full support of local and global efforts in shaping an energy future that meets the goals of United Nations’ climate initiatives.

ALMU aims to provide leadership to its members and to the lubricants industry at large to operate with an awareness of critical environmental concerns. This first webinar will touch on the following:

  • ALMU Sustainability Statement – Steve Puckett, Founding Director, ALMU
  • How Sustainable are Vegetable Oil-Based Base Oils – Mark Miller, President, Biosynthetic Technologies
  • Sustainability of Current Lubricant Additive Technologies – Beth Grove, Chief Sustainability Officer, Lubrizol
Steve Puckett

Steve Puckett, Founding Director, ALMU

Mark Miller

Mark Miller, President, Biosynthetic Technologies

Beth Grove

Beth Grove, Chief Sustainability Officer, Lubrizol

ALMU Members: FREE
Non Members: $100

Webinar 8: Additives for Metalworking Fluids

Following our highly successful webinar on the basics of Metalworking Fluid held in April, our members have requested Ms. Chee to present a follow-up webinar, this time focusing on additives for metalworking fluid. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the metalworking fluid market and its end use applications. The focus of the webinar will be on the different types and functions of metalworking additives generally used in formulating a metalworking fluid.

Presented by: Rita Chee Product Manager, Metalworking, Lubrizol

ALMU Members: $20 (first seat FREE)
Non Members: $100

ALMU Virtual Industry Sharing Session:
SNI Certification for Lubricant Product Marketing in Indonesia

Presented by: Pusat Standardisasi Industri
Government of the Republic of Indonesia

Due to recent personnel changes, this session is being rescheduled for early 2021.

In 2018, Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry announced that business actors that produce, import, and/or distribute lubricants are obliged to meet the requirements of SNI Lubricants on a compulsory basis. This SNI Certification is designed to provide protection for domestic consumers, create a fair business environment while increasing the competitiveness of the national lubricant industry. Learn how this SNI is impacting lubricant manufacturers and importers, how to apply for the issuance of a SNI Certificate, and whether it is mandatory for foreign companies to appoint an in-country representative as an importer.

The ALMU Virtual Industry Sharing Session is exclusive to ALMU members only. Maximum limit of two participants per company, on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is free.

Webinar 9: How to Reduce Power Costs in Your Lube Plant and Lower Your Carbon Emissions with no Capex
December 9, 2020
2-3 PM (SGT)


Total Solar Distributed Generation (DG) recently partnered with Total Oil Asia Pacific to solarise Total’s largest state-of-the-art lubricant blending plant in Singapore. The 1.2MW solar PV system generates around 1,511 MWh of renewable electricity per year, representing 35% of the lube plant’s power requirements, saving up to 528 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Learn how you can reduce power costs in your lube plant through solar power, with no capex/upfront investment.


Gavin Adda

Gavin Adda
CEO, Total Solar Distributed Generation, ASIA

ALMU Members: $20 (first seat FREE)
Non Members: $100

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