At the end of October, the technical association of the European lubricants industry (ATIEL) and the region’s technical committee of petroleum additive manufacturers (ATC) organized a workshop in Frankfurt to address a persistent problem in the increasingly global lubricants industry—regulatory compliance for chemicals.
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Prior to LNG, Briskin was chief operating officer of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR), a world class international political polling firm. Briskin developed European and Latin American subsidiary companies for GQRR in addition to maintaining full control of world operations. Briskin holds an MBA in finance from George Washington University.
Oversupply is the name of the game in the European base oil market at the moment. Prices are under pressure, compounded by declining demand for API Group I grades. Meanwhile, new production within the region and steady imports from the United States and Asia are having a similar effect on Group II prices.
At the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association’s annual meeting earlier this fall, Robert Salgueiro shared a portion of Infineum’s 2019 Trends presentation. One part that caught our editors’ attention was related to the ever-popular topic of vehicle electrification.
Long-time readers will likely be familiar with our Salary Survey, which we conducted every other year to provide insights into pay and benefits in the U.S. lubricants industry. This year, we are introducing the Workplace Trends Report, which expands on the Salary Survey and its goals.
Of the challenges that befall the base oil and lubricants industry, many surround the products themselves – brought on by pressure from legislators and original equipment manufacturers for greater and new kinds of technical performance – and are solved by legions of talented chemists, engineers and support staff.
It’s my pleasure to welcome Sydney Moore, Lubes’n’Greases’ new assistant editor. Sydney traveled over 2,000 miles from Idaho Falls to join us here in Falls Church, Virginia, where she is working closely with managing editor Caitlin Jacobs on this magazine, as well as with Simon Johns on Lubes’n’Greases Europe-Middle East-Africa.
Targeted lead generation is essential to any business, and we can help you distribute your message directly to our audience. You can tell us your ideas, but if your message takes the established route, you can easily see its effectiveness in our advertising readership survey, sent out by Readex Research.
In the middle of the summer doldrums, the Lubes’n’Greases Factbook brightens readers’ mailboxes with its colorful graphics and essential information. Polybagged with our August issue, this annual resource contains statistics, trends and outlooks for base oils, finished lubricants and additives.
The base oil market in the regions of Europe, Middle East and Africa has been somewhat unpredictable of late.
For the first time, API Group II base oil capacity has surpassed Group I capacity. This should surprise no one who’s been keeping up with global base oil developments, and especially not Lubes’n’Greases readers!
As we look on aghast at the blaze that engulfed Notre Dame in Paris last month, it is perhaps a good time to reflect on the permanence of things. What once looked eternal and unchanging is now in a state of immense flux, as our industry is with disruptions emanating from all sides in the form of electric vehicles, climate change and new ways of thinking about mobility.
The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers had its beginnings even before the term “tribology” was coined by Peter H. Jost in 1966.
The best display ads are capable of attracting readers’ attention, educating them about your company and leaving them with a convincing message. Each year, independent firm Readex Research conducts an Ad Perception Survey of Lubes’n’Greases readers to learn what they find attention-getting, informative and believable.
API Group II base oils seem to be dominating the limelight these days. (See Page 30 for a feature on the Group II market.) But a subset of these oils, referred to as Group II+, is lurking in the wings, waiting for its moment to shine.
We recently received an email from one of our readers expressing his enjoyment for a particular article and his enthusiasm for the rest of the publication. I cannot emphasize enough how letters like these boost our already happy team’s morale and puts a spring in their steps.