On both sides of the Atlantic, metal removal fluid suppliers and their customers are relieved by the European Unions extension of regulatory exemptions for lead in steel, aluminum and copper alloys.
Contrary to global trends, African demand for API Group I base oils will continue rising in coming years and the grade remain the dominant choice of the regions lubricant market, an industry insider said at the ICIS African Base Oils and Lubricants Conference last month.
Total recently completed an upgrade of its lubricant blending plant in Durban, South Africa, including construction of laboratory, part of a plan to bolster its business there and in neighboring countries.
The South African Competition Commission last week qualified a bid by a group backed by Swiss mining company Glencore to acquire 75 percent of Chevrons downstream operations in South Africa and all of its operations in Botswana. Chevron is now free to choose between that offer and another that was previously qualified from Sinopec.
Vivo Energy plc has a revised agreement to acquire Engen Petroleums operations in eight African countries. The deal has the potential to expand the penetration of Shells lubricant brand in sub-Saharan Africa, an industry observer said.
Not long ago, lubricant blenders in South Africa had begun shifting from API Group I to Group II base stocks. Now a number of them are switching back to Group I, industry insiders told a meeting last week in Cape Town, South Africa.
African rerefiners agree that overcoming skeptical public perception of their rerefined base oils is a significant hurdle to growth. However, they debated about other factors - such as working with multinational companies and choosing the best production process - during a panel discussion at an industry conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement that went into force in May benefits Africas lubricants blenders by reducing tariffs and other barriers to doing business with other countries within the continent, industry insiders said Nov. 6 at a conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
Africa recycles less of its used lubricants into base oils than other regions, and several obstacles stand in the way of increasing that amount, industry officials said at a conference in Cape Town, South Africa, last month.
The South African Competition Tribunal last Thursday conditionally approved a Glencore-backed consortiums proposed acquisition of a controlling stake of Chevrons downstream operations in the country, which industry observers said would be a landmark deal for the domestic lubricants market.
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