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August 16, 2017

Volume 17 Issue 33

API to Work on Supplemental Oil Category

The American Petroleum Institute’s Lubricants Group voted unanimously yesterday to move forward with establishing a supplemental passenger car engine oil category requested by the auto industry, as a stopgap for the much-delayed GF-6. The group was unable to affirm, however, that the supplement could be up and running by Jan. 1, as the automakers hoped. read more

Puraglobe Outlines Group III Plans

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Fresh off its launch of Group III production at its used oil rerefinery in Troeglitz, Germany, Puraglobe outlined its marketing and used oil feedstock collection plans in an interview with Lube Report. read more

Calumet Expands Bel-Ray Brand

Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. will roll out three new Bel-Ray branded product lines for passenger car motor oils, commercial lubricants and industrial lubricants by the first quarter of 2018, replacing some products sold under the Quantum brand, the company announced on Thursday. read more

EVs, Hybrids to Modestly Impact Lube Demand

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Although the electrification of the global vehicle fleet has the potential to reduce lubricant consumption dramatically, it will remain limited due to different challenges, according to market research firm IHS Markit. read more

Cosan Posts Strong Q2 Earnings

Cosan’s lubricant business segment Moove reported net revenue of 511.5 million Brazilian reais (U.S. $161.4 million) for its second quarter, up 5 percent from the same period last year, thanks to higher sales volume. read more

NLGI Launches Research Grants Program

Last week, the National Lubricating Grease Institute officially launched a research grants program to encourage inquiry into the mysteries of lubricating grease. The NLGI Research Grants Program is intended to stimulate universities and nonprofit institutes to dive into high-level, original research into any aspect of grease. read more

Briefly Noted

French oil major Total awarded a renewable, five-year tender contract to Bollore Logistics Zambia for distribution of lubricants from two main Total depots in Lusaka and Ndola to 15 destinations within Zambia in southern Africa.