A new engine oil standard that takes effect in Mexico in mid-2020 should help promote fair competition in the country's lubricants industry, an industry insider said.
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The world’s two leading engine oil specification groups have developed a closer working relationship in recent years, which will enable new development processes to move forward more quickly and smoothly.
The future of Mexico’s state-run base oil plant will be troubled if the government continues to ignore investing in the aging structure, industry analysts said at a conference.
A regional governing body in France authorized Lubrizol last week to resume some operations at its Rouen lubricant additive plant, which has been sidelined since a fire in late September.
The Mexican government is preparing to publish new national engine oil standards that are modeled on those in the United States and which would replace its own antiquated standards.
European trade associations representing lubricant and chemical additive suppliers have agreed to create a task force on complying with chemical regulations including communication of sensitive information throughout the supply chain.
Tianhe Chemicals Group’s trading privileges on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange will remain suspended until further notice, the company announced Wednesday, as it awaits a decision on a potential delisting.
Chile enacted a law last week that aims to recycle used lubricants by giving producers and end-users responsibilities to help recover waste oils. One industry insider said it will clear up ambiguous language in previous recycling rules.
A month after a blaze roared through two Lubrizol warehouses in Rouen, France, the company is still working to reopen its manufacturing facility there.
Lithium prices have fallen in recent months, offering respite to lubricating grease producers who had been squeezed by a run-up triggered by the popularization of electric vehicles.
Environmental impact testing following a Sept. 26 fire at Lubrizol Corp.’s plant in Rouen, France, has found no abnormal levels of contaminants in the area around the facility, but skeptical residents have demanded more transparency from the company and government officials.
Lubrizol Corp. said Monday that it does not yet have a timetable for the reopening of its lubricant additive factory in Rouen, France, following a fire there Sept. 26.
During the first half of 2019, the United States’ base oil production purred like a contented kitten as Asian countries’ production roared like a hungry tiger.
The United States federal government notified California last week that it had begun an antitrust probe of the state’s recent agreement with four automakers on vehicular emission standards.
U.S. distributors and manufacturers of wax and wax products are bracing for the impact of new tariffs on Chinese imports, which went into effect Sept. 1 after the Trump administration fired its latest shot in the ongoing trade war.