A joint venture between Japanese grease maker Kyodo Yushi and its American partner Lubrication Engineers began operating a new grease plant in Wichita, Kansas, last week, Kyodo Yushi announced.
Lubricating grease production in North America declined 4.2 percent in 2018, according to the National Lubricating Grease Institutes yearly survey, which was released this week. Production of greases made with aluminum soap and calcium soap thickeners showed growth, while those made with lithium soap and polyurea each experienced declines.
In a deal that would strengthen ties between two of the worlds largest lithium suppliers, Nutrien Ltd. agreed last week to sell a 24-percent stake in Chiles SQM to Tianqi Lithium Corp.
The Fuchs Group acquired American synthetic lubricants blender Nye Lubricants Inc., the companies announced on Monday, expanding Fuchs specialty lubricants product portfolio.
Aerospace Lubricants is nearing completion on an expansion to add 10 million pounds of grease production capacity at its plant in Columbus, Ohio, to help increase its product offerings and to open up sales into the industrial, automotive and private label grease market segments.
Summit Lubricants installed a new 50,000 pound grease reactor at its plant in Batavia, New York, last week to increase manufacturing capacity and speed and to gain more control over quality.
Lubricating grease production in North America increased 4.6 percent in 2017, according to the National Lubricating Grease Institutes yearly survey, which was released last week. Production of greases made with aluminum soap, calcium soap and lithium soap thickeners showed growth, while those made with polyurea experienced a decline.
Axel Christiernsson AB announced on Monday a multi-million dollar expansion and improvement plan across its three grease plants in the United States, including increased capacity to produce calcium sulfonate complex. The company manufactures and supplies lubricating greases in the U.S. through its Axel Americas and Axel Royal companies.
The National Lubricating Grease Institute yesterday announced a collaboration with the Center for Quality Assurance to define future grease specifications that will better reflect advancements in materials, technologies and applications.
Lubricant and grease production plants can improve efficiency and profitability by digitalizing their operations, an industry insider said at a conference in Chicago this month.
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