Announcing 2023 F&L Asia Awards Winners
F&L ASIA PERSON OF THE YEAR FOR 2023: GOH KOON ENG OF CHEVRON ORONITE
HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With a legacy spanning 28 years, the annual F+L Week event provides a platform for industry professionals to network, share knowledge and explore the latest trends and innovations in the fuels and lubricants industries. Since 2017, F+L Week has honoured outstanding individuals and groundbreaking products with the prestigious F&L Asia Awards.
We are proud to announce Goh Koon Eng of Chevron Oronite as the F&L Asia Person of the Year for 2023. Goh is a distinguished leader in the Asian lubricant additives landscape and has made a significant impact on Oronite and the industry as a whole in the region. With a career spanning over three decades, he is one of Oronite’s most tenured senior leaders. Goh joined Chevron in 1991 and has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities. He is currently Vice President of Commercial for Chevron Oronite, based in Singapore.
Goh has played a significant role in several key Oronite advancements in Asia including establishing the company’s original presence in Singapore, expanding Oronite’s Singapore Manufacturing Plant through multiple large-scale projects, and establishing a manufacturing footprint in Ningbo, China. Goh’s willingness to embrace new technologies and his warm and compassionate approach have earned him the respect and support of his colleagues in Asia and beyond.
Trevor Russell is a veteran of the additives industry. He joined the additives division of Exxon Chemical in 1980 and has forged an illustrious 43-year career that includes seven years as CEO of Infineum and nearly 25 years on the Corporate Leadership Team. F&L Asia is excited to announce Russell as the recipient of the F&L Asia Lifetime Achievement Award for 2023.
Russell is one of the longest-serving executives in the additives industry. His retirement as Infineum CEO in June 2023 marks the end of an era, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of leadership and dedication to the additives industry. Russell’s calm professionalism was instrumental in helping Infineum and the broader industry navigate its way through challenging times such as responding to Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. in 2005, the financial crash of 2009 and more recently the global Covid-19 pandemic. He has also spearheaded efforts to transform Infineum from its strong heritage of additive transportation chemistry into a sustainable specialty chemicals company.
Dr. Wenyang Zhang, senior staff mechanical design engineer at Tesla, Inc., is honoured with the F&L Asia Future Leaders Award for 2023. Dr. Zhang has made a remarkable contribution to the development of next-generation fluids and advanced cooling and lubrication designs. He leads Tesla’s fluid engineering, tribology and lubricant-related subjects for all current and future Tesla platforms including the Model S/X/3/Y/Cybertruck/Semi.
Dr. Zhang is a Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), a Certified Lubricating Grease Specialist (CLGS) from the National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) and serves as associate editor of the ASME Journal of Tribology. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Jilin University in China, and his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas.
Chevron Oronite’s OLOA® 49844, an innovative additive package designed for 2-stroke low-speed marine engines, receives the prestigious F&L Asia Product Development of the Year Award. This groundbreaking product, designed for engines operating on various low-sulphur fuels such as LNG, distillates, and Very Low Sulphur Oils (VLSOs), has garnered significant attention in the industry.
Notably, it was among the first market general MAN Category II 40 BN additive packages to receive a No Objection Letter (NOL) from MAN Energy Solutions. The MAN Category II specification sets a high-performance standard for marine lubricants. Development of this additive took place during Covid-19 restrictions which makes the R&D field testing efforts even more impressive.
Join leading figures from the Asian fuels and lubricants industry in celebrating the outstanding achievements of Goh Koon Eng, Trevor Russell, Dr. Wenyang Zhang and Chevron Oronite’s OLOA® 49844 at the F&L Asia Awards 2023 Dinner, which will be held at the Grand Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 15, 2023.
The F&L Asia Awards Dinner, sponsored by Lubrizol, is one of 10 networking opportunities at this year’s blockbuster F+L Week event, commencing on June 13 with a dedicated networking day and the opening of the tabletop exhibition. Two full days of technical sessions include 32 oral presentations, seven panel discussions and eight poster presentations, which will be featured during the Welcoming Cocktail Reception on June 14. Day 2 of the technical session concludes with the Annual F&L Asia Awards Dinner.
ABOUT F+L WEEK
F+L Week 2023 will be held from June 14-16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event will be co-located with the ALIA Annual Meeting. For full details of the F+L Week 2023 event or to register, click here.
The conference theme is “Fuels and Lubricants: Navigating the Energy Transition.” Governments, investors, and consumers around the world are signalling plans for a more rapid shift away from fossil fuels. While fossil fuels will continue to play a key role in the decades to come, the pattern of use will change. F+L Week will provide insight into the technical challenges and opportunities that come with the energy transition and the implications for fuels and lubricants of a more sustainable future.
The F+L Week 2023 Conference & Exhibition starts on June 13, 2023, with a pre-conference networking day for customers and suppliers to connect over coffee, tea, and lunch. Participants can pre-book their appointments via our digital app, F+L Connect.
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