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Canadian Biocide Labeling Change Debated

A Canadian proposal to lower application rates for a formaldehyde-free biocide based on a mixture known as CMIT/MIT has drawn opposition over concerns it would reduce the biocide’s effectiveness in metalworking fluids. Read More

Fuchs Opens Grease Plant

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Fuchs Petrolub SE opened a $26 million grease plant, research lab and warehouse near Chicago Monday. The company did not disclose the capacity of the plant but said in its 2016 annual report that it will produce 29 specialty greases. Read More

Cosan, Nynas Earnings Down

Cosan’s lubricant production and distribution arm – renamed Moove last year – posted a decrease in net revenue, but an increase in sales volume during its first quarter, and Nynas reported a decrease in operational cash flow for its naphthenic unit. Read More

Engine Oil Goes Hollywood

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Valvoline is stepping onto the red carpet alongside Paramount Pictures' favorite talking robots as the official synthetic motor oil of the “Transformers: the Last Knight” movie, in theaters late next month. Read More

ELGI Groups Push Ahead with Tests

Several working groups reported progress in developing test methods for greases during the European Lubricating Grease Institute’s annual meeting held last week. Read More

Omnia Sets Sight on African Lubes Market

Omnia Holdings agreed last week to acquire Umongo Petroleum, saying Omnia will provide a better springboard for Umongo’s base oil and lube additive distribution business to expand in sub-Saharan Africa. Read More

Briefly Noted

Gazpromneft-Lubricants signed a new three-year agreement with Rosmorport to eventually triple its supply of marine lubricants to support the fleet – to more than 1,500 metric tons by the end of 2019. Rosmorport is the Russian state agency for development of the country’s sea ports and transportation as well as security of its sea shipping routes.