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Canadian Lube Market Shrinking

Automotive lubricant demand in Canada is expected to fall roughly 5 percent from 390,000 metric tons in 2016 to 370,000 tons in 2021, thanks to lengthening drain intervals, the Freedonia Group predicted in a recent study.

Axel Acquires Royal Manufacturing

Axel Christiernsson announced Monday its acquisition of Royal Manufacturing, a deal that will triple Axels grease production capacity in the United States.

Calumet Acquires Biosynthetic Technologies

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. said on Monday that it acquired Biosynthetic Technologies, a startup that converts sustainable plant oils into synthetic base stocks using proprietary technology.

Scant Growth Forecast for North America

North Americas lubricant market is expected to inch up from 2.9 billion gallons in 2017 to 3 billion gallons by 2020, with industrial oils continuing to constitute the largest share, according to consultancy Kline & Co. Government policies, including potential changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and new environmental rules in the United States, should spur growth in some cases and tamp down demand in others.

Canada Permits Use of Toxic Chemical

The Canadian government decreed this month that it will permit 9-octadecenoic acid (Z)- compound with (Z)-N-9-octadecenyl-1,3-propanediamine to be used as an ingredient in engine oils and transmission fluids even though it suspects the substance to be toxic.

Fuchs Lands Chemicals Process Management Firm

The Fuchs Group acquired Zimmark Inc., a Canadian company offering services in the lubricants and chemicals process management space, effective Nov. 1. Terms were not disclosed.

Shell Tops North American Competition

Shell was the largest North American lubricants supplier in 2018, beating out ExxonMobil and Chevron, according to consultancy Kline & Co., which also predicts North American finished lube sales will stay flat in the near future.

Parkland’s Lubes Sales Rise

Canada-based distributor Parkland Fuel Corp. posted a 122 percent jump in consolidated revenue for its lubricant segment for full year 2019, thanks to acquisitions that helped it break into overseas markets.

Shell to Upgrade Lubricant Plant in Canada

Shell plans to invest $16 million to expand its lubricant blending and packaging plant in Brockville, Canada, according to an Ottawa newspapers report.
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