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Boris Kamchev

Boris Kamchev

Staff Writer

Boris Kamchev is a staff writer and Russia-based East European correspondent for LNG.

Prior to joining LNG, Boris was a Russia-based reporter for several Macedonian weekly magazines and newspapers.He had a 16-month stint as a business reporter for The St. Petersburg Times, a St. Petersburg, Russia-based English language newspaper. He also contributed analyses to Russia Profile, an English-language web-news service of RIA Novosti news agency.

Proficient in English, Russian, Macedonian and several other languages, he was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and holds a BA degree from his native Macedonia.  

Recent Articles

Russia’s Motor Oil Demand Inching Up

Russia’s motor oil consumption is expected to rise by a compound annual rate of 1.4 percent through 2024 as the country’s active vehicle parc increases, while sales of new Russian-made cars stagnate, a consultancy found.

Growth Still Forecast for China Car Parc

Despite a current slump, an Infineum official said China’s car market still has big potential to expand, and the quality of lubricants that it needs are also rising.

KPMG Talks Transport Trends

Technological advances in the automobile sector and shifting social trends will change the landscape of transportation and help shape the future of the lubricants industry, an analyst said at a conference here last week.

Greif Opens IBC Plant in Russia

Greif, an American manufacturer of industrial packaging, expanded its operations in Russia with a second intermediate bulk container production plant to serve its lubricants industry customers, the company told Lube Report.

Fuchs Adds Raw Materials Storage in UK

German lube maker Fuchs Petrolub SE broke ground recently on a U.S. $6.2 million warehouse at the headquarters of its United Kingdom subsidiary – a project aimed at boosting flexibility and increasing production at the facility.

Lukoil Opens Blending Plant in Kazakhstan

Lukoil opened a blending plant in Kazakhstan last week, saying it will use the facility to optimize its supply in that country, to penetrate China more effectively and to expand in Central Asia.

Motor Oil Demand Rising in Russia

A market research firm projects Russia’s motor oil demand to grow at a compound annual rate of 1.6 percent from 811,000 tons in the July 2017 to July 2018 period to almost 878,000 tons by the July 2022 to July 2023 period, boosted by increased demand for passenger cars and buses.

Opet Fuchs JV Opens Lube Plant in Turkey

German-Turkish joint venture Opet Fuchs last week announced the start of operations at its lubricant blending plant in Aliaga, Turkey, near Izmir, saying the plant was built to meet rapid sales growth in the country and in the neighboring markets.

German Firm Boosts Production, Capacity

German lubricant and grease maker Zeller & Gmelin is expanding its grease production and tank storage capacity to meet growing demand. The expansion work at its Eislingen production site should be complete by the end of 2019, the company confirmed to Lube Report on Monday.

Claiming the Quality High Ground

Europe’s auto and lubricant industry trade bodies work in close accord to write engine oil performance specs. But it is the lubricant side that assures quality.

Romanian Engine Oil Demand on the Rise

Engine oil demand in Romania increased by 8.8 percent in 2018, compared to the year before, as used car sales spiked over the same period of time, according to Ziarul Financier, a Romanian business publication.

Orlen-Lotos Merger Draws Scrutiny

The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation into the planned merger of Poland’s two main oil companies, PKN Orlen and Lotos, to assess whether the deal would violate anti-monopoly rules in the lubricants industry and other markets.

Russia Veers to Group II and III

Like others around the world, Russia’s lubricant market is shifting toward API Group II and Group III base oils, and a consultant predicts that this will lead to further Group I rationalization and reduction of Russian Group I exports.

Lukoil Lube Sales Rose in 2018

Lukoil sold 875,000 metric tons of finished lubricants in 2018, up from 863,000 tons in 2017, according to the Russian company’s latest performance report. It attributed the increase to growing domestic demand for petrochemical products.