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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

Speaker Forecasts Shift to Group II+, Group III

Efforts to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions will continue pushing United States engine oils towards lower viscosities while gradually stimulating demand for API Group III base oil, an industry insider said at a conference held in Des Moines, Iowa, late last month.

Brand Awareness High for Two-wheeler Oils

Two-wheeler owners, maintenance service providers and lubricant retailers across seven Asian countries described themselves as very aware of lube brand and indicated they look mainly to oil distributor representatives and local mechanics for information about brand, according to research conducted by consultancy Kline & Co.

Speaker: Think Local in Foreign Lands

Companies seeking to expand overseas should tailor marketing messages and product offerings to specific countries and work closely with local distributors, an industry insider asserted at a conference held late last month in Des Moines, Iowa.

U.S. Trucking Industry Adapts to Change

A dearth of truck drivers, mandated technology that restricts drivers’ time flexibility and emerging technologies such as autonomous trucks are some of the key challenges impacting the trucking industry, an insider told a conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

Latin, South America Transition to Better Lubes

The Latin and South American regions are expected to experience slow, gradual growth in demand for multigrade and lighter engine oils in the coming years, stimulating imports of API Group II and III base oils, an industry analyst told a conference last week.

Last Word

George Gill points the finger at the culprit of marine main engine failure.

Growth Forecast for Oil Change Sales

Sales by automotive oil change and lubrication shops in the United States are projected to grow by a compound annual rate of 4 percent from $6.1 billion in 2017 to $7.1 billion in 2021, according to a report jointly published by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association.

Profits Rise for Fuchs, Fall at BP

Independent lubricants blender Fuchs Petrolub SE increased profits and sales, and BP’s lubricants business reported a decline in profit for the second quarter, compared to 2017’s second quarter.

Ship Breakdowns Blamed on Lube Failures

Marine mutual insurer Swedish Club found in a report on main engine damage that lubrication failure was the most expensive and most frequent cause of damage on vessels during the 2015-2017 period.

FTC Rejects Recycled Oil Rule Changes

The Federal Trade Commission rejected recycled oil rule changes suggested by rerefiner Avista Oil – to specify that base oil produced through rerefining is of equal or better quality than virgin base oil – and by the American Petroleum Institute, which sought more precise definitions for recycled oil and related manufacturing and marketing terms.

UK Additives Firm Opens Plant

Lubricant additives supplier SBZ Corp. opened a manufacturing facility and laboratory in Wickford, United Kingdom, to accommodate growing demand from blenders doing business in international markets.

Growth Opportunity for OEM Genuine Oil

Global consumption of original equipment manufacturer genuine engine oil is projected to increase at a compound annual rate of 4 percent through 2022, consultancy Kline & Co. predicted, with strong growth in North America due to shifts in vehicle ownership models and consumer behavior.

U.S. Fast Lube Population Edges Down

The 50 largest fast lube chains in the United States operated 2 percent fewer facilities than last year, according to National Oil & Lube News’ 2018 Tops in the Industry Rankings, released on Monday.

WD-40 Profit, Sales Rise

WD-40 reported net income of $16.1 million for the quarter ending May 31, up 12 percent from a year earlier, with net sales up 9 percent at $107 million.

UK’s Aztec Oils Continues to Grow

Aztec Oils has completed several acquisitions the past few years and now is trying to continue growing with a £1.2 million (U.S. $1.6 million) development project to increase storage capacity at its main Bolsover site in central England.