Effective Governance and Leadership: As we look towards the future, some changes to our governance structure are deemed necessary, without sacrificing our core values and principles. Based on feedback from membership surveys as well as guidance from an external consultant, the NLGI board of directors focused their past board meetings on this topic. The board engaged in a series of deep dive discussions, including how to engage members in leadership roles, including joining NLGI committees and the board of directors.
Membership Value, Engagement, and Growth: We have added new staff to our team who is focusing on working with individual members to understand the dynamics of their needs so that NLGI can align its efforts to meet the expectations of our members.
Global Outreach: We are committed to maintaining and growing our partnerships with other industry organizations like NLGI-India, ELGI, CLGI, ALMU, ILMA, STLE, ASTM, SAE, etc. We have recently formed an international sub-committee to work on various aspects of outreach to grow awareness pertaining to our products and services in other parts of the world, with an initial focus on the Latin America region.
Industry Trends and Challenges: We are committed to addressing the issues related to the grease industry, future trends, and challenges. We will continue to produce our annual global grease production survey, continue to develop specifications related to the grease industry, such as NLGI’s recently launched HPM specification, and will continue to work on developing specifications required to serve grease industry needs. We are also closely monitoring and addressing challenges such as lithium, PFAS, EV greases, etc.
Education & Networking Opportunities: We have recently launched a completely new revamped edition of the NLGI Lubricating Grease Guide, which is available both in print as well as in digital forms https://www. nlgi.org/store/grease-guide/. We will continue to offer our education through our iconic basic and advanced lubricating grease courses as well as the hands-on training course. NLGI’s editorial committee is diligently working to enhance the NLGI Spokesman. The NLGI Spokesman is provided to NLGI members only. Technical articles from the Spokesman may still be purchased for a nominal fee. Additionally, NLGI’s “Grease World,” is a quarterly e-newsletter circulated to members and non-members. The e-newsletter contains a pertinent industry news article, as well as an update on NLGI’s strategic priorities, new member highlights, and more.
Sustainability: A dedicated task force is working to lay out the modalities of sustainability aspects relevant to the grease industry. We spent quite some time discussing sustainability, including how to define sustainability as well as how to grow sustainability with respect to our industry, grow awareness, and bring value to the industry. We are also working closely with other organizations to align and coordinate the efforts relevant to the grease industry.