The marine lubricants sector has historically been an API Group I market, where small gains in performance take a back seat to cost, oil life and engine protection. But a market shift is seeing greater use of Group II.
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Issue 101: November 2017 Lubes'n'Greases EMEA Magazine
Exports from refiners in the CIS are gradually recovering. An increase in API Group II and III production, lower export duties, a weak ruble and a stable global market spell better foreign sales for Russia and its neighbors.
A UN proposal to curb used car imports into Africa may have a negative impact on lubricant sales. The UN gathered experts to discuss voluntary regulations governing the secondhand vehicle trade in sub-Saharan Africa.
India's decision to leapfrog the application of stricter emissions standards has sent the automobile and lubricant industry into a spin. It also means investments of billions of dollars, costs that could be passed on to buyers.
The global shift from API Group I to Group II and Group III oils for engine lubes is shaking up the industrial lubes market. The industry may find itself reaching for high-viscosity, heavy neutral grades and by-products such as bright stock from a nearly dry well.
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