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Annual Meeting 2021

ALIA Council announces virtual annual meeting in 2021

Due to the enduring threat the Covid-19 pandemic poses to public health and associated global travel restrictions, it is clear that the physical event in Bangkok, Thailand, on 8-10 March 2021 cannot continue as planned.

Thus, the ALIA Council has elected to proceed with a virtual-only Annual Meeting for 2021. A virtual event prioritises the safety of our members and partners while providing members access to world-leading experts who will discuss how our industry is responding to the challenge of sustainability in a post-Covid world.

Following up on our conference theme of “Sustainability of Lubricants,” we are pleased to announce that the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting will kick off on March 9, 2021 at 4 PM SGT with a keynote presentation entitled “The Importance of Lubricants and Tribology in Reducing CO2 Emissions and Achieving Sustainability Goals” by Dr. Mathias Woydt, Managing Director of MATRILUB, from Berlin, Germany. Dr. Woydt is the vice-president of the German Society for Tribology. He has more than 33 years of experience in R&D and has published more than 280 publications and filed 51 priority patents. 

His keynote address will be followed by a discussion from a panel of distinguished industry experts. Moderating the panel discussion will be Dr. T.C.S.M. Gupta, Chairman of ALIA’s Technology Subcommittee and Senior Vice President, Quality, R&D, and Technical, Apar Industries, Ltd.

Conference Theme: “Sustainability of Lubricants”

The theme for the 2021 ALMU Annual Meeting & Global Leadership Summit is “Sustainability of Lubricants”. Sustainability will continue to be a major push for the global lubricant industry and ALMU in the coming years, amid increasing calls for a post-Covid-19 recovery that focuses on building a more sustainable future. At next year’s Annual Meeting you will hear world experts discuss how our industry is responding to the challenge of sustainability in a post-Covid world.

Keynote Address: “The importance of lubricants and tribology in reducing CO2 emissions and achieving sustainability goals” 

Dr. Mathias WoydtThe sustainable development goals (SDG) of the United Nations (2015) represent a firm and globally accepted framework. However, the CO2 and sustainability debate fails to recognize the causal relationship between friction and CO2 emissions, as well as the connection between wear protection and sustainability. The broad range of solutions offered by lubricants and tribology to reduce CO2 and achieve society’s sustainability goals will be presented by Dr. Mathias Woydt using two recent studies of the German Society for Tribology.