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Grease Output Up in Asia, Down in China

Lubricating grease production in China appears to have continued its decline in 2018, according to the National Lubricating Grease Institute’s yearly survey, which was released this week. Meanwhile, Japan, India and Pacific and Southeast Asian countries saw increases in their production for the year.

Ineos Plans PAO Plant in Saudi Arabia

Ineos agreed last week to build a linear alpha olefin plant and a polyalphaolefin plant in Saudi Arabia as part of a larger petrochemical project being developed by Saudi Aramco and Total. The PAO plant would be the first such facility in the Middle East.

New Guide on EALs to be Balloted

A new ASTM International guide developed to help the marine industry determine whether a lubricant is environmentally acceptable will begin the first round of balloting next month, according to industry officials.

SK, Repsol to Expand Cartagena Plant

SK Lubricants and Repsol have decided to expand their joint venture base oil plant in Cartagena, Spain, SK officials confirmed yesterday. The project will increase capacity of the facility by 200,000 metric tons per year, according to SK.

The Invisible Part of the Game

Do you bowl a hook or straight down the center? Lane conditioner may actually be what makes or breaks each roll.

Approvals Cease for P Industrial Lubes

The laboratory that provided testing and certification for P hydraulic fluid and gear oil specifications has ceased operations, signaling the possible start of a phase-out period for some of the industry’s oldest active industrial lube standards.

ACEA Calls for High-capacity Transport

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association called last week for European Union policy makers to introduce a high-capacity transport system – allowing super-sized trucks to use dedicated parts of the EU’s road network – to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

First Quarter Mixed for U.S. Companies

Valvoline reported a slight loss in operating income and lubricants sales volume, HollyFrontier’s lubricants and specialty products segment posted a loss in income from operations, Milacron’s fluid technologies segment saw a loss in operating earnings, Quaker Chemical reported an increase in net income and Heritage-Crystal Clean’s oil business segment improved its revenues.

Heavy-duty Market Shifts to Genuine Oils

Global demand for heavy-duty motor oils shrank slightly over the past four years, but consumption of genuine heavy-duty oils rose during that period and now accounts for 13 percent of the market, according to Kline & Co. consultancy.

IMO 2020 Already Making Impacts

The International Maritime Organization’s 2020 regulations won’t just affect the marine fuels and shipping industries, but is predicted to impact base oil refining as well. In fact, early prognostications on its effects are already starting to take shape.

Tianhe’s 2018 Profits Plunge

Tianhe Chemicals Group reported steep drops in both revenue and gross profit for its lubricant additives segment in 2018, chalking up the decline to increased foreign competition.

Chevron Adds Second Group II Hub in Africa

Chevron established a second API Group II base oil hub in Africa through a distribution agreement with a Moroccan company, extending its coverage of the African market.

Curacao Visits Potential Refinery Partners

Curacao officials are again making rounds with potential partners interested in managing and modernizing the country’s Isla refinery, the government announced last week, almost two months after being spurned by a preferred bidder to take over its operations.

Departures Leave Void in Spec Development

The recent departures of three veteran leaders has left a shortage of experience among the North American collection of committees that develop automotive lubricant specifications. Industry insiders say the loss is serious enough to make the already challenging work even more difficult.

Record Floods Force Distributors to Plan ‘B’

Flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers has forced Midwest lubricant companies to fall back on contingency plans for shipping as railways become submerged, industry insiders said this week.