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George Gill

George Gill

Senior Editor, Lube Report

George@LubesnGreases.com

Office: +1 (703) 536-0800

George Gill is Lube Report senior editor, joining LNG in 2006. He is responsible for weekly production of the firm’s popular newsletter; he reports and writes news articles and edits stories and columns. He also contributes feature articles for the firm’s monthly magazines.

Prior to LNG, Gill was business editor at the Loudoun Times-Mirror, a weekly newspaper in Leesburg, Va. He wrote business features and news articles, and oversaw production of the newspaper’s business section. Gill holds a BA in English from George Mason University.

Recent Articles

Fast Lubes Get Larger Tickets, More Oil Changes

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.

Global Lube Demand Projected as Flat

Global lubricant demand is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of less than 1 percent, to 41 million metric tons by 2021, according to consultancy Kline & Co., with the continued shift to synthetics both suppressing volumetric growth and boosting revenues in some countries.

Asia-Pacific’s Evolving Lube Demand

Global lubricant demand is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of less than 1 percent, to 41 million metric tons by 2021, according to consultancy Kline & Co., with new vehicle sales and changing vehicle parcs driving passenger car motor oil demand in several Asian countries.

Ingevity Absorbs Georgia-Pacific’s Pine Chemicals

Ingevity Corp. will acquire Georgia-Pacific’s pine chemicals business – including tall oil fatty acids used in metalworking fluids and corrosion inhibitors – for $315 million in cash. Subject to conditions and regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in late 2017.

Mixed Results for BASF

BASF’s performance products segment reported lower income from operations during the second quarter, while income from operations was up for its chemicals segment, compared to year-earlier results.

Group II, III March Forward

Demand for API Group I base stock in lubricants is expected to continue to decline through 2026, gradually superseded by Group II and III in automotive applications but remaining popular in industrial applications, according to Kline & Co.

Puraglobe Outlines Group III Plans

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.

Q2 Earnings Wrap-up

Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP's net income rebounded in the second quarter, Afton Chemical’s operating profit slipped, Clean Harbors’ Safety-Kleen segment reported higher third-party revenues, and BP’s lubricants business posted lower profits.

Less Driving Slows U.S. Aftermarket

U.S. sales of automotive aftermarket supplies – including motor oils – were up just slightly in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period of 2016, NPD Group reported, hindered by a slowdown in growth of miles driven by consumers.

Fire Erupts at Rerefinery in Denmark

Avista Oil stopped production at its API Group I base oil rerefinery in Kalundborg, Denmark, last week following a fire on July 24. The investigation into the incident and its cause is ongoing, and the company has not yet determined when the plant will be back in operation.

ATF Labels Face a Rewrite

Labels on automatic transmission fluid should be clearer in some states starting in January, following recent handbook amendments adopted by the National Conference on Weights and Measures that also provide criteria for how to substantiate performance claims for multi-vehicle and “suitable-for-use” ATFs.

U.S. Light Vehicle Aging Trend Continues

The average age of light vehicles in the United States reached 11.6 years by the end of 2016, up almost 17 percent from 9.9 years in 2007. The increase is expected to slow but continue, pushing the average age to 11.8 years in 2019, according to a report jointly published by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association and Auto Care Association.

Growth Forecast for Amines

The global amines market will grow at a compound annual rate of more than 5 percent from 2017 to 2021, with China and India expected to be the biggest consumers of amines due to their growing chemical industries and agriculture sectors, a market research firm projected.

WD-40 Profit, Sales Up

WD-40 reported net income of $14.4 million for the quarter ending May 31, up 14 percent from a year earlier, with net sales up 2 percent at $98.2 million.

EPA Shifts Course on Chlorinated Paraffins

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency entered into consent orders that allow three companies to manufacture and import a wide range of chlorinated paraffin substances, including medium-, long- and very long-chain CPs.