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July 16, 2019

Volume 2 Issue 29

Domestics Rule Russian Heavy-duty Market

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Russian lubricant producers supplied 65 percent of heavy-duty engine oils used in the country in 2018, while foreign marketers and original equipment manufacturers supplied 28 percent and 7 percent, respectively, a consultancy found. read more

BASF Increases Carboxylic Acid Capacity

BASF increased its global production capacity for isononanoic acid and 2-ethylhexanoic acid – considered higher carboxylic acids – the company announced last week. Carboxylic acids are used in the manufacturing of lubricant esters. read more

Intesmo Increased Grease Output

Russian grease marketer Intesmo increased its output by 25 percent in 2018, according to Lukoil, a partner in the joint venture with state-owned rail transportation monopoly Russian Railways. read more

Briefly Noted

Greif made a large-scale investment in a new blow molding machine at its Casablanca plant in Morocco, North Africa. The industrial packaging company will use the equipment to manufacture its plastic jerrycan range, and the blow molder is expected to increase capacity by up to 25 percent for its one- to five-liter bottles for the lubricants market, while delivering up to 30 percent savings in energy consumption compared to older machines.