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April 24, 2018

Volume 1 Issue 17

EVs Need Different Lubes

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The number of hybrid electric and electrically chargeable vehicles is on the rise, particularly in the European Union, and this should begin to affect lubricant technology, an official from an additive supplier told an industry conference last week in Stuttgart, Germany. read more

Russian Motor Oils in Recovery Mode

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Russian passenger cars and light commercial vehicles consumed 256,000 tons of motor oils in 2017, up 1.8 percent from 2016, according to a study that concluded demand was tamped down by increased use of synthetic oils and longer drain intervals. read more

Carmakers Face Stiff Emissions Fines

The transport sector creates as much carbon dioxide as power generation, but faces far harsher punitive fines, said a representative from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association at the Uniti Mineral Oil Technology Congress here last week in Stuttgart, Germany. read more

Briefly Noted

ExxonMobil announced a new distributor agreement with Zestcor, a sales, procurement and supply chain management company in South Africa. The agreement is designed to support an efficient and reliable supply of high-quality base stocks in South Africa and the sub-Saharan region.  Sea-Land Chemical Co. added David Smith as business manager for its Sea-Land Chemical Europe Ltd. subsidiary.