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December 11, 2018

Volume 1 Issue 50

Europe Adjusts to Group II

As global base oil capacity continues its shift from API Group I to Group II base oils – along with rapid growth in Group III – European blenders and Group I base oil producers are taking steps to adapt to the changes, an industry observer told ACI’s European Base Oils & Lubricants Interactive Summit in Florence, Italy. read more

African Blenders Seen Not Meeting OEM Demands

Independent lubricant companies in Africa are missing the mark when it comes to original equipment manufacturer standards, but fostering alliances between the two may help local producers to meet the desired requirements, an industry insider said at the ICIS African Base Oils and Lubricants Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. read more

EV Sales Growing Fast, Unevenly

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Global electric vehicle sales are growing rapidly from a small base but are concentrated to date in a handful of countries, including Scandinavia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, according to a new report from Lubes’n’Greases about EVs and their impact on lube markets. read more

Briefly Noted

Lukoil opened a Morocco subsidiary, registered as Lukoil Lubricants Africa S.A.R.I., and contracted a blending plant there for its West and North African finished product operations.  Monheim, Germany based Oxea named Markus Hoschke as its new executive vice president global marketing and sales. Bellini SpA has partnered with the Bishopdale Group, allowing the Bergamo, Italy-based company to distribute Bishopdale's range of lubes from Molyslip and Metalube Ltd. in Italy and India.