Lubricating grease production in Europe increased 1.2 percent in 2018, according to the National Lubricating Grease Institute’s annual production survey, which was released this week. Production at plants in Europe shifted to grease made with calcium soap thickeners and lithium soap complex, while the Middle East and Africa experienced an uptick in those made with complex lithium soap thickeners. read more
June 11, 2019
Volume 2 Issue 24
Ineos agreed last week to build a linear alpha olefin plant and a polyalphaolefin plant in Saudi Arabia as part of a larger petrochemical project being developed by Saudi Aramco and Total. The PAO plant would be the first such facility in the Middle East. read more
Global volume demand for lubricant additives grew approximately 1 percent in 2017 after increasing an average of 2.6 percent annually from 2014 to 2016, according to a report from Kline & Co. The firm said growth decreased because of a tightening regulatory framework that includes chemicals and biocides regulations in the European Union. read more
Belarus raised exports duties on lubricants exported outside the Eurasian Economic Union from U.S. $31.30 per metric ton to $33.10/t on June 1.