JPS Luncheon: Michael F. Barry, “Greasing the Wheels: How the Lubricants Industry Drives Efficiency and Growth"
Michael F. Barry
From the early Egyptians who used water to slide stone blocks for the pyramids, to ancient charioteers who applied animal fat to their axles, to the specialty greases on the Mars rover Curiosity, lubrication has been a critical enabling technology that makes our mechanized way of life possible.
On November 15th, 2012, CHF welcomed Michael F. Barry, chairman, CEO, and president, Quaker Chemical Corporation, who gave the keynote address at the JPS symposium on lubrication technology. Preceding Barry’s talk was a panel discussion moderated by Mary Moon, chief scientist, Fluitec International, and featuring four recognized leaders in the industry:
- Neil Canter, Principal, Chemical Solutions
- Anthony Grossi, Technical Director, Nye Lubricants
- Scott Lockledge, CEO and Cofounder, Lutec, LLC
- Glenn Mazzamaro, Global Sales Manager, R. T. Vanderbilt, Inc.
The discussion included the role metalworking technology plays in high-productivity precision machining, applications for synthetic and high-tech lubricants, the ways in which small companies can bring licensed technology to market, and the importance of improved motor oil for automakers in achieving CAFE fuel-economy requirements while simultaneously extending drain life.
Quaker Chemical Corporation is a leading global provider of process chemicals and lubricants, services, and technical expertise to a wide range of industries, including steel, aluminum, automotive, mining, aerospace, tube and pipe, coatings, and construction materials. Quaker’s products, technical solutions, and chemical-management services enhance its customers’ processes, improve their product quality, and lower their costs. Quaker has been in business since 1918. Its headquarters are located near Philadelphia in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. This presentation will focus on how Quaker fills an essential role in the lubricants industry, the company’s business model for success, and its plans for future growth.
About the Keynote Speaker
Michael F. Barry
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Quaker Chemical Corporation
Michael F. Barry
Michael F. Barry was elected as chairman of the board, in addition to his current position as chief executive officer and president, on May 13, 2009. He joined Quaker Chemical Corporation from Lyondell (formerly Arco Chemical) in 1998 as vice president and chief financial officer. From January 2004 through June 2005 he held the position of vice president and global industry leader for Industrial Metalworking and Coatings and was named senior vice president and global industry leader for Metalworking and Coatings in July 2005. In January 2006, Barry was named the company’s senior vice president and managing director for North America. In that role he was responsible for all aspects of the steel and metalworking-coatings businesses throughout North America, including two subsidiaries, AC Products, Inc., and Epmar Corporation. Barry first became a member of the board in October 2008. He also serves as a director of Rogers Corporation and is on the Board of Trustees of the Franklin Institute. Barry graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in chemical engineering and earned a master's degree with distinction from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
About the Moderator
Chief Scientist, Fluitec International
Mary Moon is chief scientist at Fluitec International, a provider of equipment and expertise to maximize the life and performance of industrial lubricants, targeting such industrial applications as manufacturing and power generation. Before joining Fluitec, Moon managed projects and worked hands on in lubricant R&D, manufacturing, quality control, marketing, and field trials for Bel-Ray Company. She is a physical chemist with expertise in tribology, electrochemistry, and statistics. Her research has included lubricant cleanliness, energy consumption, and wear. She has published extensively and received awards for research in electrochemistry. Moon serves as chair of the Philadelphia Section of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. She is also treasurer-elect of the Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to horsemanship. Moon earned her doctorate in chemistry at the University of Chicago and her M.B.A. at Rider University.
About the Panelists
Principal, Chemical Solutions
Neil Canter runs his own consulting company called Chemical Solutions. He specializes in commercial development, marketing, product development, and regulatory support for the chemical and lubricant industries. He has been working in the chemical industry for nearly 30 years, having previously worked for Stepan Company and Mayco Oil and Chemical Company. Canter is a member of the American Chemical Society, Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). He is a certified metalworking fluid specialist. Currently, he is a contributing editor for STLE’s TLT magazine and is responsible for writing the monthly Tech Beat column. He is also the chairman of STLE’s Metalworking Fluid Steering Committee and a member of the STLE Education Committee. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Brown University in 1978 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1983.
Technical Director, Nye Lubricants
Anthony Grossi joined Owens Corning Fiberglas Corporation in Granville, Ohio, as a research scientist doing new product development in polymer modified asphalts. He then joined Uniroyal Chemical Company in Middlebury, Connecticut, which later became Chemtura Corporation. During his 23-year tenure at Chemtura, Grossi held various technical-management positions in the areas of specialty chemicals, elastomers, and polymer and lubricant additives. He joined Nye Lubricants in 2009 where he is currently director of technology responsible for the development of high-performance specialty lubricants and greases. He is the recipient of 21 U.S. patents. Grossi received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Rhode Island and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
CEO and Cofounder, Lutek, LLC
Scott P. Lockledge is a scientist and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in both global companies and start-up enterprises. He is the CEO and cofounder of two nanotechnology start-up companies: venture-backed Lutek, LLC, and Tiptek, LLC. As a venture partner, Lockledge also advises Fairbridge Venture Partners on prospective portfolio companies, and he chairs the Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation Center for Nanostructured Electronic Materials. Lockledge served as a science and engineering fellow in the Executive Office of the president, where he coordinated a $4 billion public-private partnership to develop hybrid electric automobiles called the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles. He also served as an adviser to the vice chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science. Lockledge has authored more than 15 U.S. and foreign patents and numerous technical papers, reports, and conference presentations on topics that include materials engineering and clean technology. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Global Sales Manager, R. T. Vanderbilt, Inc.
Glenn Mazzamaro is currently global sales and marketing manager for R. T. Vanderbilt’s petroleum department, based in Norwalk, Connecticut. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the lubricant industry. Mazzamaro joined R. T. Vanderbilt in 2006 after a 16-year career with Ciba Specialty Chemicals and a 13-year career with ExxonMobil Chemical, where he held various manufacturing, technology, marketing, and sales positions. He currently serves as R. T. Vanderbilt’s representative on the API Lubricants Committee and has previously served on the API Detroit Advisory Panel, the ILSAC GF-5 Sequence VID Fuel Economy Consortium, the GF-4 ILSAC/Oil Committee as American Chemistry Council representative, and the ASTM Passenger Car Engine Oil Classification Panel as secretary. Mazzamaro holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University.