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Survey Finds Labeling Problems with ATFs

Misleading labels and a confusing array of specifications are among the factors interfering with the proper use of adequately performing automatic transmission fluids, according to the results of a survey released yesterday. Read More


Base Oil Capacity Keeps Rising

Global base oil manufacturing capacity now tips the scales at 1.11 million barrels a day, roughly 55 million metric tons a year. Yet even though the construction frenzy of the past decade seems to be ebbing, refiners still aim to stream another 90,000 b/d of fresh capacity between now and 2021. Read More


Regs Could Boost Russian Rerefining Industry

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Licensing for used oil collectors and legislation that restricts waste oil dumping and incineration could improve Russia’s rerefining industry, a consultancy found, though it remains hindered by lax law enforcement and a lack of state and private incentives. Read More


Qatar Blockade Stokes Base Oil Worries

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The crisis that arose this month between Qatar and several of its neighbors is fueling unease over base oil supplies from the Middle East, amid fears the row could escalate and disrupt shipments. Read More


Warranty Disclosure Bill Advances in N.J.

A New Jersey legislative committee forwarded a bill last week that would require new car purchases to come with a summary of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act’s anti-tying provisions. Read More


Briefly Noted

Valvoline appointed Zafco as its authorized lubricants distributor in the United Arab Emirates.  Bradford, Pennsylvania-based American Refining Group named David Breitigam vice president of environmental, health and safety.  Evonik’s resource efficiency segment unveiled its new Friction and Motion Competence Center in Darmstadt, Germany. The center will focus on development of mid-and long-range innovations for the lubricant market.