MFG Chemical last week announced completion of an upgrade of its pilot plant in Dalton, Georgia, and plans for a second pilot reactor. The pilot plant makes small quantities of specialty chemicals used in lubricants, such as esters, surfactants and sulfonate and phosphate derivatives.
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Lanxess acquired Itibanyl Produtos Especiais Ltda., a leading Brazilian manufacturer of biocides, including some used in metalworking fluids and lubricants. The purchase price was not disclosed for the deal, which was announced Dec. 2.
Canada-based distributor Parkland Fuel Corp. reported 95 million Canadian dollars (U.S. $71.4 million) in revenue for its lubricants segment for the three months ending Sept. 30 – boosted by revenue from distributor acquisitions last year and this year – up 102 percent from CA$47 million in 2018’s third quarter.
Aerospace Lubricants is nearing completion on an expansion to add 10 million pounds of grease production capacity at its plant in Columbus, Ohio, to help increase its product offerings and to open up sales into the industrial, automotive and private label grease market segments.
Get Spiffy Inc. acquired Your Location Lubrication, adding a high-volume oil change system to its fleet management service offering and uniting two companies that perform oil changes and other maintenance services on-site. Terms were not disclosed.
Perstorp began construction of a world-scale pentaerythritol production plant in Gujarat, India, in October, to improve its ability to meet demand for the chemical – used in synthetic lubricants, antioxidants and coatings – especially in Asian markets.
The Fuchs Group acquired Zimmark Inc., a Canadian company offering services in the lubricants and chemicals process management space, effective Nov. 1. Terms were not disclosed.
Independent lubricants blender Fuchs Petrolub SE reported a decrease in profits and an increase in sales, while BP’s lubricants business posted an increase in profit for the third quarter compared to 2018’s third quarter.
Afton Chemical, NewMarket Corp.’s petroleum additives segment, reported an operating profit of $94.8 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30, up 24 percent from $75.8 million in 2018’s third quarter.
Axel Christiernsson AB announced on Monday a multi-million dollar expansion and improvement plan across its three grease plants in the United States, including increased capacity to produce calcium sulfonate complex. The company manufactures and supplies lubricating greases in the U.S. through its Axel Americas and Axel Royal companies.
Heritage-Crystal Clean’s oil business segment reported a small decline in revenues for its third quarter, and WD-40 posted steep declines in net income for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year, compared to results a year earlier.
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.
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.
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.
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.