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May 3, 2019

Volume 6 Issue 18

Chinese Base Oils Mismatch Need

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After more than a decade of steady investments, China has capacity to make more base oil than it consumes. But that capacity is a poor match for the mix of base oils that the country needs, leading to significant under-utilization, a consultant said at a recent industry conference in Suzhou. read more

Mitsui to Double Additive Capacity

Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans a February 2021 opening for a plant that will produce its Lucant-branded hydrocarbon-based synthetic fluids, which are used mainly as viscosity modifiers in lubricants. The company held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project last month in Chiba Prefecture, eastern Japan. read more

Tough Quarter for Korean, Pakistani Companies

South Korean base oil refiners SK Lubricants, S-Oil and Hyundai Shell Base Oil Co. each reported a steep decline in operating profit for the quarter ending March 31, mostly due to narrowed margins. Castrol India Ltd. reported an increase in first-quarter net profit and Pakistan’s Hi-Tech Lubricants Ltd. posted a steep decrease in net profit. read more

Briefly Noted

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. will sell its base oil to Indian Oil Corp. under a long-term sales agreement.