Two major conferences in Asia and Europe reveal India is catching up in the high quality lubes market; Europe has work to do in read-across interchange and Japan is preparing ultra-low specs.
Shell research shows lubes suppliers will play an important role in development of Industry 4.0, but there are skills challenges
International Energy Agency models show long-term global decline in oil use, but increase in petrochemical opportunities. Refiners will need to integrate more closely with end-producers.
The Indonesian National Standard for Lubricants is no longer volunary after 10 years.
Scientists have discovered two new fatty acids in the Chinese violet cress - which could produce a perfect engine lubricant.
JATO Dynamics data reveals potentially costly discrepancies between NEDC and the replacement WLTP tests.
Shell Neft is set to incras productions at it's Russian plant as research shows positive consumer sentiment and improved lubes markets
Shell has opened a 10-hectare integrated lubricants and grease production facility in Tuas, Singapore.
The ILSAC GF-6 engine oil upgrade tests appear to be largely on track, but some delays mean a 2020 introduction is likely
API has agreed a 1st January 2018 date to set a new oil standard for the fast developing vehicle engine market. But the organisation revealed the whole SN category is under pressure for testing.
Gazprom's Omsk refinery continues to develop while Shell is set to double its retail sites.
The Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) has proposed a new viscosity grade engine oil specification for the Japanese market which is pioneering lower viscosity grade engine oils.
There are differing views on how soon the demand for lubes, oil and fuel will peak.
As the US DOE invests in new research aimed at understanding powertrain efficiency through automated and connected vehicles, Indian scientists question the rigour of new passenger car fuel consumption standards.
The 2016 ACEA oil sequences are released in conjunction with the ATIEL's 20th Edition Code of Practice.
The European Parliament has criticised a number of countries for dragging their feet over new emissions regulations. Meanwhile VW has been given the go-ahead to repair rigged software.
While most mining companies appreciate the value of lubes, many shutdowns are still caused by wrong lubes or lube management.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Renewable Fuel Standard is proposing ambitious increases in fuel production.
Experts at the Detroit Fuel Economy conference believe there is a bright future for the internal combustion engine with greater efficiencies to come.
India will be jumping from Bharat Stage IV (BS IV) to BS VI in 2020 in an effort to significantly reduce CO2 Emissions.
Group I base oils lose share to Group II as production capabilities improve
Smaller lubes producers will no longer have to go through the Big Three as output surges
VW will propose fitting a new catalytic converter system that could to about 430,000 cars capable of cheating diesel emissions tests.
New scientific research has shown that biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion is possible without turning ethanol to ethylene.
A number of recent reports are painting a synthetic landscape for the lubricants industry between now and 2020, but does it herald the demise of Group I base oils?
Allen Barbieri, CEO of Biosynthetic Technology, provides a fascinating insight into the latest developments in biosynthetic lubricants.
The Chinese major may part with $3bn to purchase a controlling stake in the plant from Dragon Aromatics
China's developing economy may soon surpass the US in specialist machine lubricants consumption, but new Euro metal laws could have significant impact on metalworking fluids.
ArcelorMittal SA plans to use waste gases from its steel operations to produce low-carbon fuel for vehicles.
US regulators have proposed new plans for lorries and vans to cut emissions to 2027.
Member of the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) are making progress in reducing carbon emissions.
Research shows biodiesel handling should be different from petroleum-based diesel.
Shell is collaborating with Professor Gordon Murray and Osamu Goto to produce a practical city car.
ATIEL has released information for engine lubricant marketers on ACEA performance claims for engine oils.
Tougher regulations on diesel products have been brought forward by one year
Lanzhou fines a CNPC subsidiary for polluting while a fire at a Fujian paraxylene plant releases harmful chemicals
ILMA is seeking clarification regarding compliance with Hazard Communication Standards in labelling and data sheets according to Lube Report.
The University of Pennsylvania and ExxonMobil studied the nanoscale properties and mechanisms of lubricant films and uncovered the molecular mechanisms behind a common anti-wear additive.
Stringent requirements are causing truck production to slide, but DEF solutions to grow
The JV will produce high quality recycled base oil for industrial and auto lubes
PSA Peugeot Citroën is first in reducing emissions at end-2014 in Europe, with an average of 110.3 grams of CO2 per kilometre, compared with an average of 123.7 grams for the European market.
Toyota will evaluate the performance of new power semi-conductors that use a silicon carbide (SiC) material, fitted to a Camry hybrid saloon prototype and a hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus.
Choosing the right oil and avoiding additives supplements are vital for vehicles, according to independent Morris Lubricants.
New Jersey has banned 19 motor oils following tests results for viscosity levels.
Xi and Obama pen an historic agreement to reduce emissions
Gelita has developed a liquid protein concentrate for use as a base for oil-free cooling lubricants.
Researchers using the International Space Station have discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to cleaner, more efficient engines for cars.
EU regulators are trying to close loopholes in fuel saving and emissions credentials, while MIT reveals fall in US fuel consumption for light vehicles.
In an effort to cut carbon emissions, Boeing and South African Airways have developed a jet fuel made from a hybrid tobacco
New marine fuels require more robust additives, lubes and frequent testing.
The limited liability company is part of Sinopec Group’s marketing arm reorganisation
Japanese firm increases capacity to cater to growing demand for auto lubes
Heavy duty trucks which operate night and day may be putting a strain on their engine oil, according to Chevron.
Grey and Ryman have launched a new computer font which could save over 490 million ink cartridges and 15 million barrels of oil.
The BP Statistical Review reflects global economics and geopolitical uncertainty.
Despite not coming to force nationally until 2018, new Chinese standards are already having an impact on lubes quality
Lubes production dipped month-to-month in April, but is set to remain steady across the year as demand grows
Japanese car manufacturers and universities have teamed up to further improve engine efficiency
New European Commission regulation on emissions for trucks and buses has met with criticism from trade bodies
The Municipality brought in the new regulations on April 30th, four years ahead of schedule
According to Sinopec analysts China’s oil industry is outpacing even steel
Researchers have developed a coating which lubricates without grease and protects against corrosion.
The oil major aims at capturing China’s growing renewable energies market
A survey has revealed the importance of industrial lubricants in the optimized operational performance of gas engines in power generation applications.
Two recent incidents found lubes and diesel products were not in line with national standards
Survey indicates tyre pressure is crucial to improving fuel consumption.
PSA is set to launch its new battery-free petrol car technology but is looking for a new partner to help meet the 2016 production schedule.
In an attempt to curb pollution, new gasoline standards will come online on the first of January next year
Castrol Marine has presented evidence to CIMAC about cold corrosion and the effect of low Base Number lubes
An internal combustion engine has been developed that emits less than half the CO2 of a regular engine.
New research on "low-temperature combustion" (LTC) could lead auto manufacturers and consumers to broader use of cleaner diesel engines.
Nation spends multi-trillion Yuan budget on massive clean-up initiative
Brakes Plus And Universal Lubricants to recycle used motor oils.
Chinese cities stung into action by recent emissions reports
New emissions regs could have significant effect on Chinese lubes production and consumption
Chinese airline compares biofuel with regular avgas and finds no noticeable difference in performance.
Indian automakers and oil companies remain divided over new fuel emission norms.
New lubricants will be needed for new types of fuel
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