Asian and American automakers requested American Petroleum Institute to create a supplement to the existing ILSAC GF-5 standard for gasoline-fueled engine oils as soon as possible to measure how well oils protect engines from low-speed pre-ignition.
Off-the-shelf samples of SAE 0W-20 and 5W-30 engine oils in Asia have been found to generate higher levels of phosphorus emissions than their counterparts in the Americas, according to a United States-based testing company.
Shell opened a 1.8 billion (U.S. $290 million) lubricant technology center in Shanghai last week. The worlds largest lubricant supplier hopes the facility will help it attract more business in China and in neighboring countries.
Tianhe Chemicals recently opened a 6,000 square meter additives research and development facility in Jinzhou, China.
The new Mysore, India, production site of Chem-Trend and Kluber Lubrication India - business units of Freudenberg Group - is scheduled to open in August.
Valvoline Cummins opened laboratories near Mumbai that will be used for research and development of lubricants and customer training.
Swiss metalworking fluids manufacturer Blaser Swisslube AG opened a research and development center in Hong Kong last week to help it grow in the Asia-Pacific region.