Shandong province aims by 2020 to replace all local diesel vehicles that dont comply with emissions standards newer than China 3 - which was adopted in 2005 - according to a policy issued Feb. 9.
The new year marked the implementation in China of higher gasoline quality standards designed to help reduce air pollution. One observer warns that automobile air emissions levels will continue rising for now but called the standard an important step toward eventually addressing the problem.
The practice of selling counterfeit lubricants appears to be alive and well in China. Authorities say supply chains of criminals are widening and that this is making them more difficult to catch.
Indias new fuel economy standards will demand lower viscosity automotive lubricants and more bespoke formulations, an official at a leading oil marketer says.
Worldwide, more than 12,000 engine oil products are licensed to display the American Petroleum Institutes service mark, known as the donut, and the institutes starburst certification mark. And every one of these licenses is going to expire if it is not renewed promptly between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2015, Kevin Ferrick of API reminded recently.
SAE International has stretched the lower boundaries of engine oil viscosity categories, adding two new grades - SAE 8 and SAE 12 - to SAE J300, the Engine Oil Viscosity Grade Classification System.
SAE 0W-16 oils will play a key role in the next ILSAC passenger car motor oil standard, a JX Nippon Oil & Energy official told an industry conference. He also advised that 0W-4 oils are being evaluated in Japan.
Indias automotive engine oil market will be taking a step up in coming months as suppliers prepare for the nations implementation of the Bharat Stage VI vehicular emissions standard.
The Association of Indonesian Lubricants Distributors, Importers and Producers (Perdippi) is taking legal actions to try to nullify a mandatory national lubricant standard, SNI, scheduled to take effect Sept. 11.
An Indonesian mandate for lubricants to meet the countrys new national SNI standard took effect last month, but some companies may still be waiting for approvals, industry insiders told Lube Report.