South Africa’s Competition Commission has endorsed Sinopec’s bid to acquire a controlling stake in Chevron’s downstream operations in the country, the latest step in a back-and-forth competition for the business.
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Tim Sullivan is managing editor of Lube Report Asia, responsible for developing and managing the content and production of the company’s latest publication. He joined LNG in 2000 as an assistant editor and subsequently helped launch Lube Report and Lubes’n’Greases Europe-Middle East-Africa.
Before joining LNG, Sullivan was a reporter with the Northern Virginia Daily newspaper in Strasburg, Va., responsible for business and regional news coverage. He holds a BA degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich.
Azerbaijan would not have been a place where British lubricant marketer Millers Oils thought to build its second blending plant, company managing director Jamie Ryan acknowledges. But that didn’t matter because Azerbaijan’s Academy of Sciences found Millers and convinced the company that the two were a good match.
China’s market was flat, while India’s grew at a healthy clip. Asian base oil refiners encountered competition from the Middle East. One of two big mergers planned in Japan was not completed, and Southeast Asia made uneven progress toward the elimination of trade barriers on lubricants.
German lubricant marketer Liqui Moly announced last week that it had been acquired by Adolf Wuerth GmbH & Co. in a deal intended to ensure stability for Liqui Moly’s future.
Rising performance demands will force heavy-duty engine oil formulations to shift from API Group II to Group III base stocks and eventually to Group IV and V, a Volvo official told an industry conference recently in Italy.
The Technical Association of the European Lubricants Industry is expanding its program of monitoring engine oils certified as meeting ACEA specifications to include areas outside Europe, the association’s president told a conference here two weeks ago.
The Union of the European Lubricant Industry last week presented its first of what will become annual reports on lubricant demand in the European Union. Officials said it will fill an informational void in Europe and become a valuable resource for the industry in that region.
Flint Hills Resources will cease marketing of base stocks produced at its Excel Paralubes joint venture, leaving partner Phillips 66 to market all of the output from the Westlake, Louisiana, plant, Phillips 66 told Lube Report yesterday.
China’s central government is working to set deadlines to prohibit the sale of cars and vans that run on fossil fuels, an official told an automobile forum Saturday.
Base oil and additive plants along Texas’ Gulf Coast were forced to close as Hurricane Harvey brought record flooding to one of the world’s highest concentrations of raw material supply for the lubricant industry.
Repairs have begun at the Pearl gas-to-liquids refinery in Ras Laffan, Qatar, and operators have started to resume production – a process that could last at least a few months, Shell said.
In what could be another step in the march toward longer drain intervals, ExxonMobil on Friday announced a new engine oil that guarantees against engine damage for intervals of one year or 20,000 miles.
In what could be another step in the march toward longer drain intervals, ExxonMobil today announced a new engine oil guaranteed against engine damage for intervals of one year or 20,000 miles.
Personal mobility is changing rapidly, and the transformation will have major impacts on the base oil and lubricants markets.
Tim Sullivan reports on Germany’s industrial lubricants demand.