Don't Miss
an Issue.

Subscribe to Lube Report; the FREE weekly e-newsletter for the global lubricants industry

September 20, 2017

Volume 17 Issue 38

API Group Continues to Pursue SN PLUS

At its Standards meeting last week in Dearborn, Michigan, the American Petroleum Institute’s Lubricants Group again took up the feasibility of issuing a supplemental engine oil category, as urged by 10 North American and Japanese automakers. Likely to be called “API SN PLUS,” the proposed category would meet all requirements for current API SN oils and add a new test to safeguard engines against the debilitating events known as low-speed pre-ignition. read more

U.S. Base Oils Made Gains Abroad

Base oil production at U.S. refineries amounted to nearly 30.8 million barrels in first-half 2017, according to data released Aug. 31 by the federal Energy Information Administration. That’s an increase of 5.6 percent over the 29.1 million barrels produced January-to-June 2016. read more

Regulatory Impacts Loom for Industrial Lubes

Story Image

Political, environmental and regulatory issues are combining to shape the industrial lubricants landscape near- to mid-term, according to a presentation given by Kline and Co. at the ICIS North American Industrial Lubricants conference held in Chicago. Factors such as Marpol anti-pollution mandates, chlorinated paraffins and lawsuits aimed at reforming the way businesses and governments address climate change could have significant impact on the industry. read more

Fast Lubes Get Larger Tickets, More Oil Changes

Story Image

United States quick lubes’ average ticket totals reached $76.46, up 7.1 percent, and the average number of oil changes per day rose to 34, up about 7 percent from the year before, National Oil & Lube News reported in the first part of its 2017 Fast Lube Operators Survey. read more

Briefly Noted

CRC Industries Inc. of Warminster, Pennsylvania, acquired Detroit-based Weld-Aid Products, a manufacturer and marketer of maintenance chemicals – including lubrication products – serving the welding and metalworking business segments.