Afton Chemical presents at ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference in London

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Afton Chemical presented the impact of LSPI (Low speed pre-ignition) on lubricants.

Afton Chemical presented at the 18th ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference, which took place from 19-21 February 2014 in London.

Jon Pilbeam, Senior R&D Engineering Specialist, discussed the impact of LSPI (Low speed pre-ignition) on lubricants, which is a major concern of the automotive OEMs. LSPI occurs in the new breed of modern downsized gasoline engines. It is an unintended type of combustion which can lead to engine failure in severe cases. The occurrence of LSPI depends upon the engine combustion conditions, the fuel composition and the engine lubricant formulation.

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Jon Pilbeam is an R&D Specialist within the Fuels team at Afton Chemical Ltd. In the 20 years since gaining his honours degree on Coventry University’s automotive design course, he has worked on projects including Torotrak’s Infinitely Variable Transmission, Volvo oil quality algorithms and Ford’s Ecoboost downsized gasoline engines. Whilst at Ford he became a fuel and lubes specialist representing Ford of Europe at CEN, ACEA and BSi and subsequently bought his combined experience to Afton in July 2012. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMeche).

Afton Chemical Corporation is part of the NewMarket Corporation (NYSE: NEU) family of companies. Afton uses its formulation, engineering and marketing expertise to help their customers develop and market fuels and lubricants that reduce emissions, improve fuel economy, extend equipment life, improve operator satisfaction and lower the total cost of vehicle and equipment operation. Afton develops and sells an extensive line of unique additives for gasoline and distillate fuels, driveline fluids, engine oils and industrial lubricants. Afton supports global operations through regional headquarters located in Asia Pacific, EMEAI, Latin America and North America. Afton Chemical Corporation is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit

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