The United Kingdom Lubricants Association (UKLA) has revealed its new president, who prepares to embrace a period of change for the industry.
Darren Frogson, CEO of Exol Lubricants, will act as a voice for the industry in his role as UKLA President. Tackling any potential issues head on, he will support members through the transition away from the EU and towards a net-zero economy as well as ensuring businesses thrive in a post-Covid era.
As the world moves towards a ‘net-zero’ economy, the lubricants industry is set to face a period of significant change. This is due to growing pressure and legislation coming into force from governments on a global scale to reduce the production of internal combustion engine vehicles.
However, motorists are keeping their vehicles for longer, driving up the average age of the vehicle parc. This has created uncertainty over the future of UK trade and any new regulations that may be introduced that affect the chemicals used in formulations and sold in products.
Darren will also work alongside the Union of the European Lubricants Association (UEIL), challenging uncompetitive practices, working with regulators to ensure fair and balanced regulations, and lobbying for the interests of all members.
He commented: “This is an important year for our sector and one that could shape the industry for many years to come. I look forward to working hard to maximise the opportunities that await.
“It’s an exciting time as more lubricants than ever before can be made from sustainable sources, which is good news for the environment and our sector as a whole, and what we need to do now is spread this message far and wide. A lubricant by its very nature reduces friction and wear, which means we’re already making a significant contribution to energy conservation and sustainable applications, but now we need to highlight how we can provide a net-zero solution.”