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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

Master Fluid Acquires Wilhelm Dietz

Master Fluid Solutions announced on Oct. 7 the acquisition of German metalworking fluids manufacturer Wilhelm Dietz GmbH, saying it will enable products that it sells in Europe to be made in-house instead of through toll partners. Terms were not disclosed.

Master Fluid Acquires Wilhelm Dietz

Perrysburg, Ohio-based Master Fluid Solutions announced on Oct. 7 the acquisition of German metalworking fluids manufacturer Wilhelm Dietz GmbH, saying it will enable products that it sells in Europe to be made in-house instead of through toll partners. Terms were not disclosed.

Industry Urged to Eye Design Changes

Lubricant marketers should monitor new automotive engine technologies – both large changes and smaller ones – to keep abreast of potential developments in lube performance demands, an industry insider said at a conference.

North American Energy Demand to Stay Flat

Energy demand will stay flat in North America and increase by 37 percent in Latin America between 2017 and 2040, according to a new forecast by ExxonMobil.

Oleic Acid Production Planned in Italy

NextChem announced yesterday it was contracted by Sogis Chemical Co. to build a plant that will make oleic acid from residual fats. Oleic acids are intermediates used for production of biobased lubricants.

Group I Pressure Forecast to Continue

The loss of market share that API Group I base oils have experienced for many years will likely continue and accelerate, and the rationalization pressure on small Group I plants in Europe and Asia will persist as Group II and III makes further inroads globally, an industry insider said at a conference.

Growth Seen Looming for Additives

Global lubricant additive demand volume will grow 0.5 percent per year from 4.6 million tons in 2018 to more than 4.8 million tons by 2023, consultancy Kline & Co. projected, slightly less than the growth projected for finished lubricants due to a sharp decline in detergents for marine lubricants.

Additive Volumes Forecast to Grow

Global lubricant additive demand volume will grow 0.5 percent per year from 4.6 million tons in 2018 to more than 4.8 million tons by 2023, consultancy Kline & Co. projected, slightly less than the growth projected for finished lubricants due to a sharp decline in detergents for marine lubricants.

Flat First Half 2019 for Hydrodec

London-based transformer oil rerefiner Hydrodec Group posted a $3.2 million loss for the six months ending June 30, slightly better than the first half of 2018 as a reduced loss from discontinued Australian operations offset weaker U.S. performance.

EU New Car CO2 Emissions Trend Upwards

Average carbon dioxide emissions by new cars in the European Union grew 1.8 percent in 2018 – the second consecutive year of growth after a steady decline between 2007 and 2016, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Energy Demand Forecast to Fall in Europe

Energy demand will decrease 11 percent in Europe and 5 percent in Russia and the Caspian region between 2017 and 2040, according to a new forecast by ExxonMobil. At the same time, the study predicts increases of 37 and 32 percent, respectively, in Africa and the Middle East.

EPA Clarifies Chlorinated Paraffin Stance

The Environmental Protection Agency issued significant new use rules on Sept. 18 under the Toxic Substances Control Act that approve pre-manufacture notices for 10 chlorinated paraffin substances that are used in metalworking fluids.

Asia-Pacific Energy Demands Grow

Asia-Pacific’s energy demand is forecast to grow 33 percent from 2017 to 2040, with oil, natural gas and coal making up 85 percent of total energy consumption, according to a new study from ExxonMobil. Wind and solar power are making rapid inroads in the region, especially in China.

Gauging Past, Future Heavy-duty Engine Oils

Maintaining older categories when the industry is at risk of not having the necessary engine tests to keep them alive is one key challenge to future heavy-duty engine oils.

China Exempts Lubes from Tariffs

China’s Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council yesterday announced a trial program to exclude 16 types of U.S. products – including grease and certain types of lubricants, base oils and surfactants – from retaliatory tariffs.