Lubricants


Total to launch Indian-made motorcycle lube as Petronal expands presence

The French oil major is set to reveal a new motorcycle lube made in India for the domestic market as it increases its Technical Centre output. Meanwhile, Petronas is investing in a grab for Indian market share

Tags: India, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Petronas, Total

12th September, 2017        

Automakers push API to early spec, but SN testing under pressure

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.

Tags: API, Ford, Lubes tech, Lubricants

7th September, 2017        

View From The Bridge - July 2017

Lubes specs, marketing and consumer education - along with the rise and rise of EVs - are the topics of discussion in the edition of the OATS Bulletin

Tags: API, automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

12th July, 2017        

Strong prediction for independent Lubes Manufacturers Market

Transparency Market Research predicts Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Market set to reach nearly US$9.5bn by 2025

Tags: Asia, Fuchs, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, N America

11th July, 2017        

Japanese auto manufacturers pioneer new lubes specs.

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.

Tags: ILSAC, Japan, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Toyota

7th July, 2017        

API 1509 revisions approved

The Lubricants Group of the American Petroleum Institute (API) has approved revisions to the API 1509 provisional licensing requirements.

Tags: API, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

7th July, 2017        

AAA backs synthetic oils

AAA is backing synthetic oils at oil change because of potential long-term cost savings.

Tags: innovation, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

5th July, 2017        

View From The Bridge - May 2017

The global legislative drive to reduce the burn of fossil fuels and enhance air quality is setting challenges for the lubricants industry as OEMs are forced to seek alternative power sources for vehicles and other modes of transport. How the industry responds will be critical over the next few years.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment, Europe, Lubricants, Russia, Toyota, View from the Bridge, Volkswagen

8th May, 2017        

ATIEL launches new Compliance Policy

Policy set to firm-up standards compliance for lubes marketers, based on EELQMS.

Tags: ACEA, Europe, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

5th May, 2017        

Debate over future global demand for lubes, oil and fuel

There are differing views on how soon the demand for lubes, oil and fuel will peak.

Tags: electric vehicles, Lubes tech, Lubricants

2nd May, 2017        

View From the Bridge - March 17

As the lubes industry continues to grow, the influence of a fragile global economy and unpredictable political outcomes in Europe and elsewhere may yet derail the positive market.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, GM, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

15th March, 2017        

ACEA reveals latest sequences as ATIEL updates Code of Practice

The 2016 ACEA oil sequences are released in conjunction with the ATIEL's 20th Edition Code of Practice.

Tags: ACEA, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants

6th March, 2017        

View From The Bridge - January 2017

2016 proved significant for geo-politics, the lubricants industry and OATS itself.

Tags: Europe, Lubricants, Middle East, N America, OATS, View from the Bridge

31st December, 2016        

Strong global auto industry good for lubes independents

New research shows a flourishing automotive market will also boost independent lube sales.

Tags: Europe, Fuchs, Lubricants, OEM Equipment

31st December, 2016        

Shell stays at the top in 2015 as 2016 draws to a close

Kline research keeps Shell at the top of the lubes market for 2015, but will this remain the case for 2016?

Tags: Kline, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Shell

30th December, 2016        

Haynes acquires OATS

Technical publisher Haynes has bought lubricants database specialist OATS.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, OATS

30th December, 2016        

Further delays for GF-6 spec

No final timeline set for ILSAC GF-6 engine oil licences, but likely to be 2019.

Tags: GF-6, ILSAC, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

30th December, 2016        

HollyFrontier buys Petro-Canada Lubes

Dallas-based HollyFrontier has clinched a deal to buy Suncor Energy's Petro-Canada Lubes business.

Tags: base oil, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, N America

2nd November, 2016        

PC-11 made simple?

Infineum helps to de-mystify the PC-11 categories with a useful online campaign.

Tags: automotive industry, Infineum, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

22nd August, 2016        

Euro Lubes compliance on the increase says ATIEL

A significant increase in signatories to ATEIL's EELQMS is evidence of greater lubes quality compliance.

Tags: ACEA, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants

22nd August, 2016        

Africa Automotive lubricants significant market growth projection.

Growth in the automotive sector and purchasing power of consumers is increasing the lubricants market.

Tags: Africa, automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

31st May, 2016        

New FA-4 engine oil symbol revealed

The American Petroleum Institute (API) will introduce a special service symbol “donut” for API FA-4 diesel engine oil.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

31st May, 2016        

Chinese firms promote synthetic HDDOs

CNOOC and Lopal use digital marketing to help promote new engine oils

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

30th May, 2016        

India's Tide Water Oil buys a route into Europe

Tide Water Oil is acquiring Price Thomas Holdings for £9.59m.

Tags: Europe, India, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

3rd May, 2016        

Worries surface over GF-5/GF-6 timing gap

The ILSAC GF-5 engine oil specification may be interrupted before adoption of the next specification, GF-6.

Tags: GF-5, GF-6, Lubes tech, Lubricants

3rd May, 2016        

Exxon expands China facility

Buoyant on growth prospects, the US major will more than double capacity at its Taicang plant

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, ExxonMobil, Lubes tech, Lubricants

2nd May, 2016        

Shell unveils energy-efficient concept car

The Anglo-Dutch major has revealed a super-low CO2 emission vehicle which uses specialised lubricants.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Shell

1st May, 2016        

PTT optimistic on lubes growth

Thai producers expects sales to grow on promotional campaigns and exports

Tags: APAC, Asia, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

1st May, 2016        

European guidance on Lubes Performance compliance

Some products fail to meet all required specifications and some manufacturers make incompatible ACEA claims.

Tags: ACEA, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants

27th April, 2016        

Petro-Canada introduces Lube 360 Product Selector

Petro-Canada Lubricants has launched an online tool to help fleets select the right lubricants for their vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubricants, N America, OEM Equipment

11th April, 2016        

View from the Bridge - April 2016

Molecule or Marketing - which will be more important for the Lubes Industry as chemistry becomes increasingly standardised to meet stringent emissions regulations?

Tags: CO2 emissions, Internet marketing, Lubricants, Mobile technology, View from the Bridge

4th April, 2016        

Copycat carmaker loses licence

More than 50 manufacturing companies lose their licenses in China as government cracks down

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Lubricants, OEM Equipment

4th April, 2016        

View from the Bridge - March 2016

The ICIS Conference in London highlighted the longer-term challenges faced by the lubes industry in squaring the circle between competitive products to consumers and meeting increasingly complex regulations and specifications.

Tags: EARL apps, Europe, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

3rd March, 2016        

China to ban sales of sub-National V grade lubes in 2017

Lubes marketers stockpiling National IV grade lubes should be prepared

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

1st March, 2016        

Infineum CEO calls for simplification of lubes specs

Xavier le Mintier believs lubes specs are unnecessarily complex and the time is right for change.

Tags: ACEA, API, Europe, ILSAC, Infineum, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

24th February, 2016        

PC-11 split becomes reality

The PC-11 heavy-duty engine oil split categorisation has been agreed by the API.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

24th February, 2016        

View from the Bridge - February 2016

Overall gobal economic momentum remains positive. While 2015 was bad news for the oil majors and machinery manufacturers, consumers are making the most of low oil prices.

Tags: Asia, China, Lubricants, oil prices, View from the Bridge

30th January, 2016        

View from the Bridge - Jan 16

As 2016 dawns, OATS prepares for a busy year with an enhanced database and the lubricants industry holds its breath over oil prices, China growth and an Australian legal decision.

Tags: Africa, Australia, China, Lubricants, OATS, View from the Bridge

10th January, 2016        

Go-ahead for PC-11

The PC-11 specifications have been approved by the American Petroleum Institute (API).

Tags: API, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

23rd December, 2015        

Valvoline builds new HQ in Lexington

Valvoline has begun building a new $35 million headquarters on in Kentucky

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubricants, motorsport, N America, Valvoline

27th November, 2015        

Chemtura's Anderol scores first GE approval

Anderol lubes claim an industry first with approval for new D50E35 off-highway spec.

Tags: Lubes tech, Lubricants, mining

27th November, 2015        

Future of Esters market reflects demand for high quality base oils

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?

Tags: Africa, Asia, base oil, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

26th November, 2015        

View from the Bridge - November 15

As global growth swithes from China to the US, the lubes industry looks to increased viscocity and biolubes for a sustainable future.

Tags: China, Europe, Lubricants, N America, UEIL, View from the Bridge

1st November, 2015        

PC-11 lubes category to be split

PC-11 category will be split between backwards compatability and newer lower-viscosity lubricants.

Tags: API, Lubes tech, Lubricants

31st October, 2015        

Mobil1, Cadillac join marketing forces; lubes production expands to Singapore

The two iconic US brands find new ways of engaging potential customers both online and offline at lubes marketing day as ExxonMobil expands production to Singapore

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Mobil1

31st October, 2015        

Europalub - a new window on Europe's lubricants landscape

In a presentation to launch the innaugural issue of EuropaLub, Sebastian Crawshaw explains the status of European lubricants data.

Tags: Europe, Lubricants, OATS, white papers

30th September, 2015        

UK finished lubes on the up, says Kline

The UK market for finished lubes is on the increase according to the latest Kline report.

Tags: Europe, Kline, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

30th September, 2015        

Shell introduces engine oils for NEVs

The Anglo-Dutch major has pioneered two new lubricants for trucks and buses in China

Tags: automotive industry, China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Shell

27th September, 2015        

Total's new plant makes Singapore a lubes hub

Total, the French oil and gas conglomerate has opened a lubricant oils-blending plant in Singapore.

Tags: Asia, China Lubes Marketing, Europe, Lubricants, Total

7th August, 2015        

Chinese lubes gain US approvals

In a bid to promote the authenticity and efficacy of their products, Chinese firms are seeking Western certifications

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

28th July, 2015        

Copton to launch IPO

Despite slumping markets, China has approved the independent producers IPO

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

28th July, 2015        

Enoc expands in UAE,Africa and China

Enoc has opened a second blending plant in Dubai and will open plants in Africa and china.

Tags: Africa, China, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Middle East

13th July, 2015        

Total builds largest Asian lubes plant

Total has started operations in its largest ever lubricant oil plant in Singapore.

Tags: Asia, Europe, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Total

13th July, 2015        

Realtime oil quality sensor

A sensor has been developed in Australia that can monitor oil quality in engines as they are running.

Tags: Australia, Lubes tech, Lubricants

1st July, 2015        

China Rerun sees profits slip as sales fall

LSE listed producer sees weaker demand in core markets

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

27th June, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 172

Could shale oil exploration boost Europe's oil economy? Can the lubes industry benefit from lower oil prices and what effect is solar have on the global energy markets?

Tags: Europe, Japan, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

10th June, 2015        

Rising value but suppressed demand in synthetic lubricants

Extended oil drain intervals causes a rising value in PCMOs but a suppressed demand, according to Kline.

Tags: Asia, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, N America

8th June, 2015        

Graphene nanoplatelets enhance performance of greases and lubricants

Research has shown that applying graphene materials to base oils has produced positive results.

Tags: base oil, Europe, grease, Lubes tech, Lubricants, nanocatalysts

8th June, 2015        

Challenges in lubricants development – sustainability, raw materials and new technologies

Member of the Fuchs Petrolub SE Executive Board, Lutz Lindemann, examines the industries, technologies, regulations and regions that will drive the global lubricants markets.

Tags: China, Fuchs, Lubricants, white papers

30th May, 2015        

Lopal's SONIC 9000 storms Tmall

Chinese producer sells 300m yuan of lubes online in just three days

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, e-commerce, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

25th May, 2015        

Big Deals : Big Consequences

The RPS Downstream Consulting team examine what might happen if ExxonMobil decided to acquire BP. According to Sargeant and Speding this is a real possibility.

Tags: BP, Castrol, ExxonMobil, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Shell, white papers

12th May, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 171

The UNITI Conference provided thought-provoking insights into the future of the European and global automotive and lubricants industries - from multiple propulsion solutions to ultra-thin engine oils.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, ExxonMobil, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

12th May, 2015        

US average fuel economy shows slow improvement

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. increased 0.2 mpg between February and March, according to a report.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

11th May, 2015        

New lubricants chart for engine lubricant marketers

ATIEL has released information for engine lubricant marketers on ACEA performance claims for engine oils.

Tags: ACEA, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants

6th May, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 170

Is Shell's move for BG the start of more consolidation? The European economy shows signs of improvement and lubes producers need more help to simplify consumer choice.

Tags: Europe, Lubricants, Shell, View from the Bridge

13th April, 2015        

US label regulations pose challenges for lubes producers

ILMA is seeking clarification regarding compliance with Hazard Communication Standards in labelling and data sheets according to Lube Report.

Tags: ILMA, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

7th April, 2015        

View from the Bridge - China, April 15

China's latest clampdown on pollution and vehicle emissions, along with volatile domestic and export sales of cars and trucks, is creating challenges for both lubes producers and vehicle makers.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

26th March, 2015        

Sinopec Chairman defends oil giant’s impact on pollution

Fu Chengyu claims local authorities have more say in emissions controls than nationwide operators

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, CNPC, CO2 emissions, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Sinopec

22nd March, 2015        

Macroeconomic Factors Impacting The Global & European Lubricants Industry

Fuchs' Head of Global Competitive Intelligence, Apu Gosalia, examines how macro-economics is impacting global lubes demand. 19th ICIS Base Oil Conference presentation.

Tags: Fuchs, Lubricants, oil prices, white papers

11th March, 2015        

Millers Oils to supply Caterham and Motul to partner Nissan Nismo

Millers OIls will be the chosen lubes supplier for Caterham Cars while Nissan Nismo has confirmed partnershipw ith Motul Lubricants.

Tags: Europe, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, motorsport, Nissan

10th March, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 169

The 19th ICIS World Base Oils Conference in London provided plenty of food for thought for the lubricants industry, from swing factors to GDP growth increasing transport needs.

Tags: base oil, Europe, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

10th March, 2015        

New website gives the lowdown on PC-11

Shell Rotella has created a website to explain the imminent PC-11 standard.

Tags: Lubes tech, Lubricants, OEM Equipment, Shell

9th March, 2015        

Russian automotive lubricants consumption on the rise

Russia’s automotive lubricants consumption is set to grow by around 3% annually, according to a report.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Russia

6th March, 2015        

View from the Bridge 168

Europe, Russia and the Ukraine all hark back to the 30s, but there are positive signs in the auto industry and connectivity drives technology.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubricants, Russia, View from the Bridge

12th February, 2015        

Industrial lubricants set to lead the global market to 2020

Recent research shows the total global lubricants market will be worth more than $70bn by 2020, with industrial and auto lubes leading the way.

Tags: Asia, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

7th February, 2015        

Shell to introduce National IV diesel oils

The oil major is bringing out a new line of pollution-reducing lubes

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Shell

20th January, 2015        

Global metalworking fluids market set to reach $12bn

Synthetic formulations will be the main driver in the global metalworking fluids market, according to Frost & Sullivan research.

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubricants

9th January, 2015        

Automakers and oil producers consolidate in Russian markets

A shaky ruble has affected the Russian car market significantly, as the nation's oil producers seek co-operative strength.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubricants, OEM Equipment, Rosneft, Russia

6th January, 2015        

New Jersey bans 19 motor oil products for viscosity falsification

New Jersey has banned 19 motor oils following tests results for viscosity levels.

Tags: Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

28th December, 2014        

China - an automotive accident waiting to happen?

Thatcham Research Future Vehicle Engineer, Andrew Hooker, examines the tensions for automakers in the Chinese market. In particular challenge of low-grade metals and lube recycling on the country's accident repair industry.

Tags: automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, Environment, Lubricants, waste, white papers

24th December, 2014        

Great Wall and Sinotruk sign strategic agreement

The Chinese lubes producer is making vast improvements to efficiency

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Great Wall, Lubes tech, Lubricants

21st December, 2014        

China on track to consume 7.6m tons of lubes in 2014

Despite slowing GDP growth China still set to reach lubes consumption targets

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Sinopec

21st December, 2014        

Yuangen pushes into Singapore market

Chinese lubes company is expanding its presence across Asia

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

21st December, 2014        

OATS builds Product Manager on earlFUSiON platform

The first new application has been announced by OATS since its launch of the innovative earlFUSiON platform.

Tags: Lubricants, OATS

26th November, 2014        

COSCOL takes stake in Total Lubes

Chinese shipping giant sees an opportunity in the French lubes producer

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Europe, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, marine, Total

24th November, 2014        

China lubes production falls in September

Despite healthy economic data, production is actually sliding in China

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

24th November, 2014        

Zhong Hua Lubes seizes APEC opportunity for advertising

Chinese lubes producer promotes its brand during the APEC summit

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

24th November, 2014        

Why earlFUSiON - why now?

OATS COO, Richard Carney, examines the current challenges faced the lubricants industry and explains why OATS' earlFUSiON platform is designed to help the lubes industry meet future information needs.

Tags: EARL apps, Lubricants, OATS

12th November, 2014        

New protein formula creates oil-free cooling lubes

Gelita has developed a liquid protein concentrate for use as a base for oil-free cooling lubricants.

Tags: bio lubes, Lubes tech, Lubricants

11th November, 2014        

Viscosity index improvers - it's simple

Sometimes simple is best as Machinery Lubrication demonstrates with an easy explanation of a complex subject

Tags: additives, Lubes tech, Lubricants

10th November, 2014        

Graphene could transform lubricant longevity

Graphene is proving to be more effective than traditional lubricants through the wear cycle.

Tags: Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

6th November, 2014        

Instant science helps Shell & Ferrari trackside

The Ferrari/Shell team analysis of lubes must meet new F1 rules, requiring a trackside lab.

Tags: F1, Ferrari, Lubricants, motorsport, OEM Equipment, Shell

5th November, 2014        

OATS impressed by Automechanika innovation as BIZOL wins award

OATS visited the giant Automechanika exhibition in Germany and helped celebrate BIZOL's Award win.

Tags: And finally, Europe, Lubricants, OATS

13th October, 2014        

Gulf Oil partners with Mahindra for tractor lubes

Gulf Oil will manufacture and supply 'Mahindra Genuine Oil' under the brand name 'Mahindra M-Star Super' as part of the partnership

Tags: India, Lubricants, OEM Equipment

10th October, 2014        

SK Innovation celebrates new Spanish plant despite poor Q2 figures

SK Innovation has announced the start of commercial operations of its lubricant production plant in Cartagena in Spain, but are hit by poor Q2 refining figures.

Tags: Asia, Europe, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

8th October, 2014        

Machine lube procedure manuals lack expert input

Research from Machine Lubrication shows lubes Procedure Manuals lack technical input. OATS suggests a solution.

Tags: Lubes tech, Lubricants

8th October, 2014        

Good news for tractor seals?

A study has been carried into how elastomers are affected by biodiesel engine oil dilutions, with potentially positive results for tractor owners.

Tags: additives, bio fuels, Lubes tech, Lubricants

8th October, 2014        

Mercedes AMG and Petronas collaborate over lubes

Petronas’ scientific team are using Mercedes F1 fuel and lubes technology to meet road car consumer demands.

Tags: Asia, Europe, F1, Lubricants, motorsport, OEM Equipment, Petronas

6th October, 2014        

OATS launches revolutionary new lubes data platform

OATS has announced new platform that is set to power the future of lubricants information and benefit China marketers

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, OATS

23rd September, 2014        

View from the Bridge: Bulletin 164

A slowing global economy could impact on a lubes industry also under pressure from the drive for fuel consumption and emissions reduction, while developing nations have mixed results in the battle for lubes production self-sufficiency.

Tags: Africa, CO2 emissions, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

9th September, 2014        

US synth lubes and functional fluids market set for sustained growth

US demand for synthetic lubricants and functional fluids is expected to increase by 6% per annum to 2018.

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubricants, North America

5th September, 2014        

Imports to reduce fuel and lubricants shortage in Kazakhstan

Restrictions on the import of fuel and lubricants to Kazakhstan have been lifted but limited to a single operator.

Tags: Kazakhstan, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Russia

3rd September, 2014        

Nigerian lubes market worth an estimated N175 billion in 2014

Nigerian Lubes Markets will rise to N175 billion in 2014 and has been projected to hit to N250 billion by 2015.

Tags: Africa, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Nigerian oil

3rd September, 2014        

Shell brings 3-wheel roadshow to Chengdu

Tongyi tours the country to promote its trike-lube product

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Shell

20th August, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 163

The marine lubricants sector is facing the same challenges as their land-based counterparts in helping OEMs meet emissions legislation. Meanwhile there is good news for the additives sector.

Tags: additives, Lubricants, marine, View from the Bridge

20th August, 2014        

Substandard lubes imports increase 79% in H1

Guangdong Inspection and Quarantine Bureau sees influx of incorrectly labelled products

Tags: Asia, China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants

20th August, 2014        

Lubes additive market to pass $16bn in five years

A new report states that the global lubricant additives market is set to grow by almost 3%

Tags: additives, Afton Chemical, Asia, Infineum, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Lubrizol

11th August, 2014        

Marine fuels test challenges for lubes in operation and storage

New marine fuels require more robust additives, lubes and frequent testing.

Tags: additives, Lubes tech, Lubricants, marine

11th August, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 162

The FIFA World Cup offers pause for thought on global economic, digital and lubricants developments over the past four years and looking ahead to the next tournament in four years time.

Tags: Europe, Lubricants, N America, Russia, View from the Bridge

8th July, 2014        

New Porsche Classic Lubricant

Porsche Classic has developed a dedicated oil targeted at older 356 and 911 models.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubricants, N America, OEM Equipment, Porsche

8th July, 2014        

Multi-purpose trucking means lubricant rethink for fleet operators

Heavy duty trucks which operate night and day may be putting a strain on their engine oil, according to Chevron.

Tags: automotive industry, Chevron, Lubes tech, Lubricants

8th July, 2014        

Alternative aircraft fuel and new aircraft engine concepts

ASTM has approved the use of Renewable Synthesized Iso-Paraffinic by airlines internationally while new aircraft engines can reduce consumption.

Tags: Aviation, bio fuels, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants

7th July, 2014        

UK's Morris Lubricants targets increased global sales

Morris Lubricants has seen its exports increase by 30% in the past year.

Tags: Europe, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Mobil1

7th July, 2014        

Delay in development of PC-11 and GF-6 engine oils

Testing schedules are likely to lead to delays in development and the new specification launch

Tags: API, automotive industry, GF-6, Lubes tech, Lubricants

4th July, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, July 2014

As China continues its battle against smog and pollution, lubes and additives producers stand to gain significantly from new legislation.

Tags: additives, China, CO2 emissions, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

24th June, 2014        

BP merges its marine lubricants with Castrol

Castrol will become the sole brand for the BP group’s marine lubricant.

Tags: BP, Castrol, Lubricants, marine, OEM Equipment

24th June, 2014        

Economic Growth V Clean air: The drivers for Lubes specs in China

Diana Shen's insightful presentation on China's clean air crisis and it's impact on the lubricants and energy industries.

Tags: China, CO2 emissions, Lubricants, white papers

23rd June, 2014        

Evonik expands additive facilities in China

Leading chemicals producer adds capacity at Shanghai technology centre

Tags: additives, China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants

15th June, 2014        

Shell lubes marketing plays on hard work ethic

Shell has used documentary techniques to create and online boost for its Rotella brand with the focus on hard work

Tags: Internet marketing, Lubricants, N America, Shell

10th June, 2014        

Vivo takes Shell into motorcycle sector

African distributor is set to launch Shell brands into Kenyan market

Tags: Africa, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Shell

9th June, 2014        

Nigeria increases battle against fake lubes

Nigerian authorities are collaborating to combat production of fake lubes, including plant raids

Tags: Africa, Lubes tech, Lubricants

9th June, 2014        

Independent global lubes market to reach $8.5bn

New research shows growth, but challenges, for lubes before the end of the decade

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, bio lubes, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, US

9th June, 2014        

Lubes retailers face new challenges with thin oils.

Newly developed ultra-thin oils will have ompatibility and labelling issues for retailers.

Tags: API, automotive industry, GF-6, Japan, Lubes tech, Lubricants

4th June, 2014        

Japanese consortium to extract greater engine economy

Japanese car manufacturers and universities have teamed up to further improve engine efficiency

Tags: automotive industry, Japan, Lubes tech, Lubricants

4th June, 2014        

Shen highlights future challenges for China lubes producers

OATS' Diana Shen will call on lubes producers to help China overcome its pollution and clean energy problems, at June's ICIS conference.

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, CO2 emissions, Lubes tech, Lubricants

3rd June, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, June 2014

30 years of OATS has seen plenty of change in the global and Chinese lubricants markets. Now China's oil majors are under pressure from smaller domestic producers and larger overseas competitors. 2014 is a time of convergence both nationally and internationally.

Tags: China, CNPC, ExxonMobil, Lubricants, Shell, Sinopec, View from the Bridge

28th May, 2014        

PetroChina makes strides in marine lubes field

Chinese oil giant gains recognition for lubes tech developments in the shipping industry

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants, marine, PetroChina

26th May, 2014        

China Rerun continues to enjoy strong growth

Like-for-like sales volume at the company rose by 31.7% to 8.1m litres in the August to February period

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

21st May, 2014        

Shell closes Group I plant

Shell is set to close its Pernis Group I base oil plant in Holland.

Tags: base oil, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Shell

14th May, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 160

Sebastian Crawshaw celebrates OATS' 30th Anniversary with a nostalgic look back and makes some predictions for the next 30 years of the lubricants industry.

Tags: bio fuels, bio lubes, China, Europe, Lubricants, N America, View from the Bridge

13th May, 2014        

30 years on: OATS and the lubricants industry

OATS Chairman Sebastian Crawshaw looks back at OATS first 30 years in the lubricants industry, global developments and an interesting future.

Tags: China, CO2 emissions, Europe, Internet marketing, Lubricants, N America, OATS, white papers

13th May, 2014        

CAM2 purchases former Shell facility in Vicksburg

CAM2 International will blend and package oil and other lubricants at the newly-acquired facility.

Tags: Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America, Shell

12th May, 2014        

New Advanced Engine Fluids consortium

Southwest Research Institute® launches the Advanced Engine Fluids (AEF) to study fuel and lubricant chemistry and its effects on engine combustion.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

12th May, 2014        

Richard Carney is new OATS COO

OATS has appointed Richard Carney to head the organisation and drive future development

Tags: Lubricants, OATS

30th April, 2014        

US Lubes Market will have modest growth

US Lubes market will be worth 2.5 billion gallons by 2018, according to research.

Tags: ILSAC, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, N America

8th April, 2014        

Indian Lubricants Market ranked third in the world.

The latest Kline report ranks India third after the US and China in the global lubricants market.

Tags: automotive industry, India, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

7th April, 2014        

China's engine oil market to maintain steady growth

Strong auto sales should drive engine oil revenues at an 11% CAGR till 2018, according to Research & Markets

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

23rd March, 2014        

Great Wall increase collaboration in metal lubes sector

The Chinese oil giant is partnering with national OEMs to promote lubes R&D

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Great Wall, Lubricants, OEM Equipment

23rd March, 2014        

UMW Holdings set to expand in Malaysia

Chinese independent lubes producer is expanding new lubricants markets in Malaysia.

Tags: Asia, China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

21st March, 2014        

Yihon produce China’s first 8-speed AT fluid

The Chinese lubes producer has developed transmission fluid to cater for higher spec gearbox requirements.

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Volkswagen

20th March, 2014        

Kazakhs freeze lubes prices

Kazakhstan has frozen lubes prices for first quarter 2014.

Tags: Kazakhstan, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

4th March, 2014        

Lubrication Technologies to invest in Louisiana

Lubrication Technologies Inc. will invest $16 million to renovate a 226,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Shreveport, Louisiana,

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

3rd March, 2014        

Great Wall lubes continues to innovate

The Chinese lubes major is keeping the patent office busy with numerous projects

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Great Wall, Lubes tech, Lubricants

23rd February, 2014        

New lubes alliances in Africa

Tata Motors has formed a partnership with Total Lubrifiants and Egypt's GB Auto has a distributorship agreement with Gazprom Neft Lubricants.

Tags: Africa, Gazprom, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Middle East, Russia

24th January, 2014        

New Idemitsu blending plant in Vietnam

Idemitsu Kosan has completed its lubricant blending plant in Vietnam and has begun sales of locally produced products.

Tags: Asia, Japan, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

24th January, 2014        

New Shell oil blending plant in southwest Singapore

Shell has begun building a blending plant and grease manufacturing plant in Singapore.

Tags: Asia, grease, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Shell

8th January, 2014        

API launches Motor Oil Matters Pilot Program

MOM is set to protect API's lubes standards as the Institute also launches its new EOLCS website

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubricants, N America, OEM Equipment

8th January, 2014        

Could tech subsidies help lubes producers?

Beijing's tax incentives on overseas EV tech collaboration could also benefit lubes companies

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, electric vehicles, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

22nd December, 2013        

Shell & Tsinghua lead anti-friction seminars

A series of joint seminars from Shell and Tsinghua University show quality lubes can reduce emissions by up to 25%

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Shell

15th December, 2013        

Motorcycle lubes sales increase 278% in Zhuhai

Sales rocket in south China city thanks to key learning by lubes providers which stresses the importance of local knowledge

Tags: Bikes, China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

9th December, 2013        

Everclear faces standards issues

A stop-sale order has been issued for Everclear certain lubes in the US.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, N America

9th December, 2013        

Brazil is the sixth largest lubricants market

Brazilian light vehicle sales have more than doubled since 2000 and the lubes market has grown exponentially according to a new report.

Tags: automotive industry, Brazil, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

27th November, 2013        

Total opens state-of-the-art blending plant in Saudi Arabia

Total has opened its newest Middle Eastern plant in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Middle East, Total

25th November, 2013        

Oman Oil launches own-brand lubes

Omanoil has established its own local product range designed specifically for the challenging climate of the Sultanate..

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, marine, Middle East

11th November, 2013        

Tanzania to test its own lubes producs

Tanzania is no longer relying on Kenya to test its oil-based products thanks to new technology

Tags: Africa, Lubes tech, Lubricants

7th November, 2013        

Great Wall lubes a hit on Alibaba

Sinopec's flagship lubricants products received over 10,000 hits on the popular B2B trading site

Tags: China, China Internet Marketing, e-commerce, Great Wall, Internet marketing, Lubricants, Sinopec

3rd November, 2013        

Fuchs' Russian plant finally opens

New $20m Fuchs lubricant blending plant opens to boost Russian presence.

Tags: Fuchs, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Russia

21st October, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 153

PMIs are generally on the up, despite the threat to the world's economy from the US Budget battle. Automotive PMI is volatile and lubes marketers will need all the digital support then can get.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

14th October, 2013        

ExxonMobil Marine launches environmental lubes range

A new series of lubes and greases are now available that meet the latest US EPA marine regulations.

Tags: Calumet, ExxonMobil, grease, Lubricants, marine, North America, OEM Equipment

14th October, 2013        

New Code of Practice launched by ATIEL

Code of Practice Issue 19 has been released by the technical association of the European lubricants industry.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants

11th October, 2013        

Shell Tongyi win awards for U-series lubes

A multi-national joint venture shows significant benefits for lubes production

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Shell

5th October, 2013        

Optimistic China 2018 engine oil forecast released

Lubes predictions show continued growth for next five years.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

25th September, 2013        

Great Wall boosts public transport focus

Lubes maker looks to public transport sector to boost synthetic lubes revenues

Tags: bio lubes, China, China OEM Equipment, Great Wall, Lubricants, OEM Equipment

25th September, 2013        

Shell puts Helix Ultra to the test

National competition tests mettle of drivers using Shell lubes

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Shell

25th September, 2013        

Leaders lubes make significant advances in technology

Sichuan-based producer changes the game on lubes lifecycle.

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants, nanocatalysts

25th September, 2013        

Qingdao targets industrial sector

Shangdong firm builds storage facility for industrial lubes

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants

23rd September, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 152

Is corporate acquisition necessarily a good thing for either party? Are we set for another major oil industry re-structure and are the BRICS nations really in a position to lead the world out of its economic doldrums?

Tags: Europe, India, Lubricants, Shell, Total, View from the Bridge

9th September, 2013        

Shell wants closer links between OEMs and lubricant suppliers

Truck cost of ownership can be reduced by links between OEMs and lubricant suppliers according to oil major

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubricants, OEM Equipment, Shell

6th September, 2013        

Veedol to be relaunched in Europe and Asia

Tide Water Oil is preparing to relaunch the Veedol lubricants and hydraulics brand in European and Asian markets

Tags: additives, Asia, BP, Europe, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

2nd September, 2013        

Gulf Oil approves lubes division demerger

Indian oil giant agrees spin-off of largest revenue earning division.

Tags: India, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

22nd August, 2013        

Chinese producers increase premium lubes market share

Domestic lubes makers challenge overseas producers for quality to re-capture share of home market.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China lubes news, Great Wall, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Sinopec

21st August, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 151

BRICS v The Old World - are the emerging countries losing ground to the economic 'old guard'?

Tags: Brazil, China, Japan, Lubricants, North America, Russia, View from the Bridge

12th August, 2013        

NanoMech patents could trump traditional lubes

NanoMech claims its new near-frictionless product patents could remove the need for traditional lubricants

Tags: innovation, Lubes tech, Lubricants, North America

11th August, 2013        

Saudi Hyundai franchise strengthens Shell ties

A new contract for Saudi's Hyundai franchise increases the bond with Shell lubricants.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubricants, Middle East, OEM Equipment, Shell

7th August, 2013        

Lukoil and Q8 invest in Europe.

Russian lubes producer snaps up European business OMV and Q8 invests in Antwerp.

Tags: Europe, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Middle East, Q8, Russia

6th August, 2013        

Champion & Petro Canada offer new lubes

New synthetic lubes and brake fluid Champion Oil and new lube from Petro Canada

Tags: Lubes tech, Lubricants, North America

9th July, 2013        

UKLA launches new spec watchdog

UK lubes agency reveals a not-for-profit organisation to monitor lubes standards

Tags: Europe, Lubes tech, Lubricants

8th July, 2013        

MAG Lubricants plans global expansion

MAG Lubricants is is set to more than double its international workforce in a new expansion plan.

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Middle East

3rd July, 2013        

Quaker State® is official oil for Kelley Blue Book®

Kelley Blue Book is specifying the use of Quaker State oils in all of its long-term test vehicles.

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubricants, North America, Shell

3rd July, 2013        

Dow gains GE spec approval for new lube

Dow's synthetic turbine fluid gas turbine meets GE's lubricant recommendations document

Tags: Lubricants, OEM Equipment

27th June, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 149

A new look to the OATS Bulletin and a new perspective on lubricants marketing.

Tags: Lubricants, View from the Bridge

12th June, 2013        

Bel-Ray and HVL to expand mining lubricants distribution

Bel-Ray has entered an agreement with HVL to expand mining lubricants into Queensland in Australia

Tags: Australia, Lubricants, mining, OEM Equipment

12th June, 2013        

View from the Bridge - China, June 2013

Tensions between China's dipping PMI and expanding auto industry sending mixed messages. Is there a danger of over-reaction to short-term figures? Is China's lubes industry ready to cope with an increasingly competitive market?

Tags: China, CNPC, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

28th May, 2013        

Chevron HDAX brand to include Geotex

Chevron unveils new branding for its gas engine oil range

Tags: automotive industry, Chevron, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

24th May, 2013        

Pertamina Lubricant eyes the Philippines and Australia

Indonesia's lubes producer is aiming at markets in neighbouring nations.

Tags: Asia, Australia, automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

22nd May, 2013        

New Mobil Delvac ahead of the Feds

Next year's US Federal standards will be met by the latest Mobil brand

Tags: ExxonMobil, Lubes tech, Lubricants, North America

20th May, 2013        

Mobil's Russian revolution

ExxonMobil has replaced the Esso lubricants brand with Mobil in Russia.

Tags: ExxonMobil, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, Mobil1, Russia

17th May, 2013        

Malaysian lubricants market sees exit of Petron Malaysia

Petron Malaysia has quit the lubes business to focus on fuel and gas

Tags: Asia, Corporate News, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

7th May, 2013        

New lubricants to meet changing emission regulations

New lubricants will be needed for new types of fuel

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubes tech, Lubricants, marine

7th May, 2013        

Oil pipeline agreement between Jordan and Iraq

Jordan and Iraq have signed an agreement to build a major oil pipeline between Basra and Aqaba

Tags: India, Lubes marketing, Lubes news, Lubricants, Middle East

25th April, 2013        

Myanmar is a promising market for lubes, oil and gas

A Shell distribution deal and oil block auctions could help revitalise the country's lubes and energy exploration sectors.

Tags: Asia, Lubes marketing, Lubes news, Lubricants, Shell

5th April, 2013        

Shell launches lubes mobile app

Shell Lubricants has launched a new mobile application with a little help from OATS data

Tags: Customer relations, innovation, Internet marketing, Lubricants, Mobile technology, OATS, Shell

29th March, 2013        

Shell to build lubes R&D centre in China

New centre aimed at maximising investment in booming auto market

Tags: automotive industry, China, China lubes news, innovation, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Shell

22nd March, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 146, March 2013

The complexity of Lubes marketing was brought into sharp relief at the recent London ICIS Conference.

Tags: Europe, IEA, Infineum, Lubricants, Shell, View from the Bridge

11th March, 2013        

New Record Earnings for Fuchs

Fuchs Petrolub AG set record earnings in 2012, with further ambitious targets for 2013.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Fuchs, Lubes marketing, Lubricants

11th March, 2013        

Report reveals Russian motor lubes demand

New research could provide key indicators for auto lubes demand in Russia to 2017.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubes news, Lubricants, Russia

8th March, 2013        

Houghton International sold for over $1 bn

Gulf Oil seals the deal for Houghton International

Tags: Corporate News, India, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, North America

1st February, 2013        

From pregnancy to fuel efficiency.

Ultrasound technology could offer a non-invasive method of measuring piston/lube interaction to improve fuel efficiency.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, innovation, Lubes tech, Lubricants

9th January, 2013        

View From the Bridge - Bulletin 144, January 2013

A generally positive outlook for 2013 for the global economy and the oil and lubricants sectors, but the legislators are likely to be the key influencers.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, Lubricants, North America, S America, View from the Bridge

7th January, 2013        

SAE gives final approval for 16 Grade

SAE is now set to add its 16 Grade to the SAE J300 schedule after it received final vote approval.

Tags: ACEA, API, ILSAC, innovation, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Lubrizol, North America, UEIL

4th January, 2013        

View from the Bridge - China January 2013

A five year look back at China's growth and some five year predictions from OATS' Chairman, Sebastian Crawshaw as 2013 begins.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

4th January, 2013        

Engineered Custom Lubricants (ECL) forms Euro subsidiary

ECL has announced the formation of a new subsidiary in Germany.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Germany, Lubricants

30th November, 2012        

Shell plans Indonesian lubes plant

A tender process over the next few months will herald a new Shell blending plant in Indonesia.

Tags: Asia, Corporate News, Lubricants, Shell

26th November, 2012        

Pertamina to split and move into Europe

Indonesian oil producer to split shipping and lubes, while taking lubes into European markets.

Tags: Africa, Asia, Europe, Lubes news, Lubricants, marine

12th November, 2012        

SK Plans IPO

SK Lubricants is looking to boost its cash reserves in one of South Korea's largest share sales.

Tags: Asia, Corporate News, Lubricants

8th November, 2012        

China report shows boost for lubes industry

A new lubes report for China to 2015 shows positive news for the nation's lubes industry.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CNOOC, CNPC, Forecasts, Helix, Lubes news, Lubricants, Shell, Sinopec

25th October, 2012        

GB companies expand and acquire

Miller Oils opens an new R&D Centre as GB Oils seals Tincknell takeover.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Lubricants

10th October, 2012        

Hindujas in the lead for Houghton

Gulf Oil is leading the bids for Houghton International.

Tags: Corporate News, India, Lubricants, N America

10th October, 2012        

Lubetech seals deal with car maker

Malaysian lubes supplier to provide non-motor oil products to Perodua

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Corporate News, Lubricants

9th October, 2012        

Chevron launches new hydraulic range

Chevron has revealed a new hydraulic pump lubes range

Tags: Chevron, hydraulics, innovation, Lubricants

9th October, 2012        

Used oil exchange launched

An online market for trading in used oil has been launched in the US with global aspirations

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants, N America, waste

9th October, 2012        

Nigerian Conoil targets lubes revenue

Nigerian oil producer Conoil is planning a major investment aimed at stimulating domestic lubes sales.

Tags: Africa, Corporate News, Lubricants

12th September, 2012        

Idemitsu launches in Vietnam

Japanese oil producer continues its recovery with news of a lubes operation in Vietnam.

Tags: Asia, Corporate News, Lubricants

12th September, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 140 (Sept 2012)

Positive signs of growth from the US; a way to go yet in Europe and standards initiatives could be a force for positive change in the auto lubes industry.

Tags: Europe, Lubricants, North America, View from the Bridge

11th September, 2012        

GF-5 is so 'last year'.

After less than two full years on the shelves, the replacement for the GF-5 specification is already on the way.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, GF-5, GF-6, ILSAC, Lubricants

15th August, 2012        

A realistic lubes alternative, or simply nuts?

Coconuts could be the latest alternative to petrochemical lubes, according to Indian researchers.

Tags: bio lubes, India, innovation, Lubricants

14th August, 2012        

Chevron consolidates gas oils

Chevron has consolidated its gas engine oils under a single brand

Tags: Chevron, Lubes news, Lubricants

10th July, 2012        

Castrol goes bio

Castrol has launched a new biolube range for the industrial sector.

Tags: bio lubes, Castrol, Lubes news, Lubricants, North America

9th July, 2012        

Gambia signs exploration deal as Tanzania opens plant

Gambia has signed a join-US deal for oil exploration whilst Tanzania is set to open its first lubes plant.

Tags: Africa, Lubes news, Lubricants, North America

11th June, 2012        

Shell urges industry to throw out rules on lubes specs

Shell technologists are calling on the lubes industry to think differently when it comes to commercial vehicle specs

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, Lubricants, Shell

8th June, 2012        

Merc releases new oil specs

Mercedes has announced new, tougher service-fill lubes specifications

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubricants

7th June, 2012        

Choppy seas for refining as oilcos 'lose interest' in lubes

Global refining is set for turbulent times, not helped by oil producers apparently losing interest in lubes, according to analysts.

Tags: Fuchs, innovation, Lubricants

9th May, 2012        

Merc is latest to up lubes specs

Mercedes has revealed its latest engine oil specs for cars and trucks as auto makers set higher targets.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants

6th April, 2012        

Fluids market to reach $20bn; oils and greases to 11bn gallons

Two new reports show growth in the global functional fluids and lubricating oils and greases markets to 2017

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, grease, Lubricants

6th April, 2012        

Chevron launches Gas vehicle lubes

News Chevron lube of medium and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Chevron, innovation, Lubricants, N America

4th April, 2012        

Quick lube outlets drop, but female-owned mobiles may buck trend

The latest US quick lube and lubes plus rankings reveal a fall in outlets and revenues, but a new Vegas-based franchise may add some dash to a dull market.

Tags: Lubes news, Lubricants, N America

2nd April, 2012        

ENOC opens new lubes plant

Massive new blending and grease production plant in UAE uses the latest technology.

Tags: grease, Lubes news, Lubricants, Middle East

15th March, 2012        

Chevron Oronite launches new additive

Oronite announces its new additive package for heavy-duty truck lubes.

Tags: additives, automotive industry, Chevron, innovation, Lubricants

7th March, 2012        

BRICs & US oil consumption to top nearly $2,000bn and US synthetics to grow

Two new reports show significant growth in global oil consumption and specific US demand for synthetic lubes and functional fluids.

Tags: base oil, Brazil, China, India, Lubes news, Lubricants, North America, Russia

5th March, 2012        

ExxonMobil's re-organisation

John Sargeant and Stuart Speding of RPS Energy examine the real implications of ExxonMobil's marketing re-structure on the wider lubes industry

Tags: ExxonMobil, Lubricants

13th February, 2012        

More Bang for your Marketing Buck

RPS' John Sargeant and Stuart Speding look at measuring marketing effectiveness in the lubricants industry.

Tags: Lubricants, white papers

13th February, 2012        

Shell and Tsinghua University research

Shell Lubricants has joined Tsinghua University for new friction and surface research

Tags: China, Environment, regulatory and standards, innovation, Lubricants, Shell

27th December, 2011        

Terminal boosts in Oman and Asia

Two new agreements are set to boost lube storage operations in Oman and China

Tags: Asia, China, Lubes news, Lubricants, Middle East

23rd December, 2011        

Exxon to consolidate marketing

ExxonMobil is set to consolidate it fuels and lubes marketing divisions

Tags: Corporate News, ExxonMobil, Lubricants

23rd December, 2011        

ENOC produces high-performance lube

ENOC has produced a 'first in kind' synthetic engine oil for the Middle East and African region

Tags: Africa, innovation, Lubricants, Middle East

2nd December, 2011        

Shell stays top for fifth year

The latest report from Kline puts Shell top of the table of lubricant producers for the fifth consecutive year and cautions on Asia optimism.

Tags: Asia, ExxonMobil, Kline, Lubes news, Lubricants, Shell

4th November, 2011        

ATIEL announces new Group III guidelines

Standardisation of Interchange guidelines is set to ease the way for Group III lubes producers.

Tags: ACEA, additives, base oil, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Lubricants

4th November, 2011        

Bulgaria re-opens lubes plant

Plama refinery set to become leading producer in the country.

Tags: Europe, Lubes news, Lubricants

21st October, 2011        

Solidified lubes stay solid

New research shows solidified lubricants do not change to liquid.

Tags: innovation, Lubricants, North America

19th October, 2011        

Angolan firm confident of return after fire

Sonangol is taking steps to return to business as usual after factory fire.

Tags: Africa, Corporate News, Lubricants

19th October, 2011        

UEIL urges EU to look at EMCS legislation for lubes

Europe's lubricants industry association is lobbying European legislators to re-examine the EMCS wording.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Lubricants

14th October, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 129 (Oct 2011)

Have the latest PMIs created a fog of indecision amongst the world's legislators as they look for a way out further economic crisis? What next for the lubricants market?

Tags: China, Europe, Lubricants, North America, View from the Bridge

11th October, 2011        

A lubricant a day keeps the doctor away

A cocktail of lubricants and engine additives provides a healthy diet for a Middle Eastern car mechanic.

Tags: And finally, Lubricants, Middle East

3rd October, 2011        

China oil consumption to rise dramatically by 2020

A new report forecasts a significant rise in China's oil consumption over the next 10 years.

Tags: China, Forecasts, Lubes news, Lubricants

26th September, 2011        

Business as usual for API oil approval

The API has returned to normal licensing for all passenger car engine oils as VG test comes back on stream.

Tags: API, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants

23rd September, 2011        

Serbian lubes plant sees growth

A Serbian lubes factory has seen significant growth after becoming a state-owned operation

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Lubricants

23rd September, 2011        

Shell opens China lube centre

Oil major adds to its global technology network with China Service Centre

Tags: China, China lubes news, Lubricants, Shell

22nd September, 2011        

World lube demand to rise through 2015

Demand for lubricants is set to rise steadily through to 2015 according to a new report.

Tags: Africa, Asia, China, Lubes news, Lubricants

14th September, 2011        

Comments sought on Magnuson-Moss Act

US FTC request for comments on Act could lead to Dexos attacks

Tags: Dexos, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants, N America

14th September, 2011        

Idemitsu expands US plant

Japanese lubes specialist set to expand US blending and storage operation.

Tags: Asia, Corporate News, Japan, Lubricants, N America

14th September, 2011        

Nigeria launches new lubes

Nigeria's AMMASCO has launched a new range of high quality lubes for the domestic market.

Tags: Africa, Lubes news, Lubricants

8th September, 2011        

Nippon Oil and SK in joint venture

A new base oil and chemical refinery are being planned by JX Nippon Oil and SK Innovation as part of a new JV.

Tags: additives, Asia, base oil, Corporate News, Lubricants

22nd August, 2011        

Global industrial lubes on the up says Kline

Industrial and metalworking fluids are continuing their post-recession recovery, according to the latest Kline reports.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes news, Lubricants, N America, North America

4th August, 2011        

New York lubes producer devastated by fire

A New York based lubes producer has had its operations destroyed by a massive fire.

Tags: Corporate News, Lubricants, N America

26th July, 2011        

GTL could be back in fashion

Gas-to-liquid technology could become the next trend for fuels and lubes according to Shell

Tags: Aviation, innovation, Lubricants, Shell

25th July, 2011        

Repsol begins lubes production in Malaysia and China

Production at lubes plants now on-stream in Asian countries as part of a deal with UMW

Tags: Asia, China, Lubes news, Lubricants, Repsol

8th July, 2011        

Exxon launches helicopter turbine lube

A new synthetic lube has been launched by Exxon for helicopter rotor gear.

Tags: Aviation, ExxonMobil, Lubricants

8th July, 2011        

Nanolube additive and nano diamonds reduce friction

Nano technology is moving ahead in helping to reduce boundary friction.

Tags: additives, Europe, innovation, Lubricants, N America

7th July, 2011        

OEMs tending towards low viscosity fluids

Regulations will force OEMs to keep up with higher performing fluids

Tags: China, Forecasts, Lubes news, Lubricants

28th June, 2011        

Prista gets sociable with OATS app

Bulgaria's Prista Oil uses OATS' new social media application to reach its target market

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubricants, OATS

6th June, 2011        

Blaze destroys oil plant

A massive blaze has destroyed the production of plant Australian independent TriTech.

Tags: Australia, Lubes news, Lubricants

23rd May, 2011        

Fuchs open's Australian R&D centre

Fuchs has opened a state-of-the-art R&D centre Australia as an Asian-Pacific base.

Tags: Asia, Australia, Fuchs, innovation, Lubricants

23rd May, 2011        

Lube recycling plant saves waste damage in Bahrain

A new recycling plant is already prevent significant damage from dumped waste oil in the Kingdom.

Tags: Bahrain, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants, Middle East

13th May, 2011        

Lexus gains GF-5 certification

Lexus Lubrication Oil Ltd has gained API SN/GF-5 accreditation for its motor oil products.

Tags: China, China lubes news, GF-5, Lubes news, Lubricants

11th May, 2011        

China lubes to continue annual rise

Forecasts from Sinolub predict a steady rise in the growth of the Chinese lubes market over the next three years.

Tags: China, Forecasts, Lubes news, Lubricants

11th May, 2011        

South Asia set to grow for environment-friendly lubes

A new report shows growth potential for S.Asia in environment-friendly lubricants

Tags: Asia, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Lubricants

29th April, 2011        

Indian lubes growth "not huge" predicts Castrol

Growth in the Indian lubes market will be driven by the automotive sector but won't be "huge" according to Castrol India's COO.

Tags: automotive industry, Castrol, China, Forecasts, India, Lubes news, Lubricants

15th April, 2011        

Lack of sludge causes API jam

A lack of reference fuel causes licensing approval issues for lubes producers with API

Tags: API, Environment and Regulatory watch, ILSAC, Lubricants

14th April, 2011        

Local solution to Vietnam 'bike oil recycling

A Vietnamese scientist has found a local mineral solution for recycling motorcycle lubes

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, China, Environment, regulatory and standards, innovation, Lubricants

14th April, 2011        

Sinopec JV tops China's production charts

A joint venture between Sinopec and Infineum is topping China's national lube production chart.

Tags: China, Infineum, Lubes news, Lubricants, Sinopec

14th April, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 123 (April 11)

The Japanese environmental disaster, combined with a slowing global economy and short-term auto production slowdown, could still benefit the lubes industry.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, GDP, Japan, Lubricants, North America, oil prices, View from the Bridge, white papers

4th April, 2011        

Shell Pearl plant underway

One of Shell's largest ever infrastructure projects, the Pearl GTL Plant, is on the road to production

Tags: Lubes news, Lubricants, Middle East, Shell

31st March, 2011        

Relief on false patents threat

A potential multi-million dollar legal loophole appears to have been closed on false patent claims

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants, North America

31st March, 2011        

Amyris in finished lubes venture

Amyris is turning to a joint venture to enter the industrial and auto lubes sector

Tags: bio fuels, Lubricants, N America

25th March, 2011        

Oando and Univar plant investments

Nigeria's Oando and Sweden's Univar are planning major plant upgrades to help supply.

Tags: Africa, Corporate News, Lubricants, Scandinavia

25th March, 2011        

Valvoline launches re-cycled brand

Valvoline has launched a new brand of motor oil containing re-cycled lubes

Tags: automotive industry, Inovation and environment, Lubricants, Valvoline

25th March, 2011        

Ghana gains new lubes brand

A new local lubes brand has been launched in Ghana to fill majors name gap

Tags: Africa, Lubes news, Lubricants

18th March, 2011        

China lube prices to rise as US and Russia look good

China's industrial lube prices are set to rise, while US and Russian base oil production moves ahead.

Tags: base oil, China, Lubricants, N America, Russia

9th March, 2011        

Pertamina to build lubes plant

Indonesia's Pertamina is set to invest in an Asian lubricants production plant

Tags: Africa, Asia, China, Corporate News, Japan, Lubricants

9th March, 2011        

BP to sell Duckhams and Veedol brands

BP is looking for a buyer for it's historic Duckhams and Veedol brands.

Tags: BP, Corporate News, Europe, Lubricants

2nd March, 2011        

Mobil Super premium lubes reach the US

ExxonMobil has launched its range of Mobil super lubes in the US.

Tags: automotive industry, ExxonMobil, Lubes news, Lubricants, North America

11th February, 2011        

Chevron to build $1.4bn lubes plant

Chevron is set to extend its largest wholly-owned refinery with a new Base Oil production facility.

Tags: base oil, Chevron, Lubes news, Lubricants, N America

2nd February, 2011        

Takreer to expand production by 2013

Saudi-owned Takreer is set to expand is refining operations and open a diesel plant.

Tags: Lubes news, Lubricants, Middle East

31st January, 2011        

USDA reveals bio label

The ESDA has launched a Biobased Product label.

Tags: bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, grease, Lubricants, North America

24th January, 2011        

WD-40 aims at industry

WD-40 is introducing a new industrial product range

Tags: Corporate News, Lubricants, WD-40

24th January, 2011        

Shell tests new engine and diesel formulae

Shell is testing new engine oil and nitrogen-enriched diesel products

Tags: automotive industry, Lubricants, Shell

24th January, 2011        

Argus adds US GP III Base Oils

Pricing agency has added US Group III Base oils to its assessment portfolio

Tags: Europe, Lubes news, Lubricants, N America

17th January, 2011        

Functional Fluids to reach $18bn globally

The functional fluids market, including lubricants, is set to reach $18bn according to a new report.

Tags: Lubes news, Lubricants

17th January, 2011        

ACEA announces latest Euro oil sequences

ACEA has released its latest European oil sequences list.

Tags: ACEA, Europe, Lubes news, Lubricants

5th January, 2011        

Nigeria loses billons in fake lubes

Nigeria is losing billions of dollars as a result of trade in adulterated and fake lubricants.

Tags: Africa, Lubes news, Lubricants

22nd December, 2010        

Silicone images win award

Images showing the behaviour of silicone oil have won a presitigous international award

Tags: Inovation and environment, Lubricants

22nd December, 2010        

Repsol signs Asian lubes deal

Spain's Repsol has signed a five year distribtuion deal with UMW.

Tags: Asia, China, Corporate News, Lubricants, Repsol

20th December, 2010        

Caltex & Samsung to enter Chinese lubes market

GS Caltex and Samsung C&T are to join forces to push into China's rapidly growing lubes market.

Tags: Asia, China, Corporate News, Lubricants

29th November, 2010        

China launches coal-to-oil sites

China has announced the inclusion of coal-to-oil projects in its latest energy development plan.

Tags: China, Lubes news, Lubricants

26th November, 2010        

Fuchs strong in first nine months

Fuchs Q3 figures show strong growth through first nine months of 2010.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Fuchs, Lubricants

17th November, 2010        

SK Energy offers window into challenges

A recent meeting with overseas energy companies gives an insight into the South Korean lubes producers' challenges.

Tags: Asia, Australasia, Corporate News, Lubes news, Lubricants

17th November, 2010        

SKF Buys Lincoln Industrial

Engineering giant SKF has acquired US-based Lincoln Holdings to expand its lubricants systems business.

Tags: Corporate News, Lubricants, N America

25th October, 2010        

Gazprom pushes further into lubes market

Gazprom Neft is expanding its auto and industrial lubricants production to take on Russian Asian market.

Tags: Lubes news, Lubricants, Russia

25th October, 2010        

Georgian Wissol to import Total lubes

Georgia's oil distributor, Wissol, signs an exclusive deal with Total.

Tags: Corporate News, Lubricants, Russia

22nd October, 2010        

Fuchs Half Year figures indicate Euro recovery

Fuchs' buoyant first half figures indicate increasing optimism in the European economy.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Fuchs, Lubricants

6th October, 2010        

Lubricants - Is it time for Manufacturing and Marketing to go their separate ways?

RPS Energy's Stuart Speding asks if lubricants producers are asking the wrong questions when it comes to supply chain, suggesting the debate should focus on the role of in-house manufacturing.

Tags: Lubricants, white papers

1st October, 2010        

Balmer Lawrie plans auto lubes expansion

Kolkata-based Balmer Lawrie is investing in its auto lubricants business as it plans expansion

Tags: Corporate News, India, Lubricants

27th September, 2010        

Tide Water looks to acquire, but holds on to shares

India's Tide Water Oil is looking to expand its lubes business through acquisition, while the state will retain its shareholding.

Tags: Asia, Corporate News, India, Lubricants

6th September, 2010        

Shell aviation deal in UAE

Shell signs a new distribution deal for its aviation lubes in the United Arab Emirates.

Tags: Aviation, Corporate News, Lubricants, Shell

17th August, 2010        

India could lead the way in friction technology

India's state-run BPCL are set to reveal friction technology which could have a major impact on the lubes industry.

Tags: India, Inovation and environment, Lubricants

12th August, 2010        

Nano lubes could extend drill life

New nanotechnology could help extend the life of exploration drill bits

Tags: Inovation and environment, Lubricants

7th July, 2010        

Hinduja to float Petromin shares

Hinduja Group is planning a public sale of 30% of Saudi-based Petromin.

Tags: Corporate News, India, Lubricants, Middle East

7th June, 2010        

Total plan first Saudi lubes plant

Total is planning a 25,000 metric tonne lubes production plant in Saudi Arabia due to be commissioned in 2012

Tags: Lubes news, Lubricants, Middle East, Total

7th June, 2010        

Emirates subsidiary signs major fleet deal

EPPCO has signed an exclusive lubes supply deal with the Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Lubricants, Middle East

21st May, 2010        

Exxon launches high performance PAO

ExxonMobil Chemical has launched a new metallocene-based polyalphaolefin which will ease pressure on high-viscosity synthetic production

Tags: ExxonMobil, Inovation and environment, Lubricants

19th May, 2010        

Lubes News - Bulletin 106 (Oct 09)

The lastest GF-5 specs are drafted; passenger car oils will lead the lubricants recovery according to Kline; Nigeria's base oil import ban is a cause for debate and Chevron pulls out of India.

Tags: Chevron, Kline, Kurdish oil, Lubricants, Nigerian oil

3rd October, 2009        

And Finally... Bulletin 106 (Oct 09)

The battle for the FIA leadership heats up ahead of election; Singapore nightmare and celebration for Renault in F1; Fiat launches its 500 rally car; it's all in the name, and lubricants that bring back memories.

Tags: F1, Lubricants, motorsport, test

3rd October, 2009        

Upstream News - Bulletin 104 (Jul 09)

As oil prices rose throughout June, there was drama caused by a 'rogue' speculator and an interesting exchange of views on mid-term oil investments between OPEC and IEA's former Deputy Executive.

Tags: Lubricants, oil prices, OPEC

14th July, 2009        

Innovation News - Bulletin 104 (Jul 09)

A new fuel test; new fluid technology for powertrains and plenty of innovation from Lubrizol are all part of the new mix this month.

Tags: Lubricants

13th July, 2009        

Corporate News - Bulletin 104 (Jul 09)

This month, BP appoint a new Chairman and sells its Greek fuels business; Fuchs go hunting for new acquisitions; Total suffer in the Middle East; and Taiwan CPC consider a new lubricants plant.

Tags: BP, Lubricants, Total

13th July, 2009        

Sports News - Bulletin 104 (Jul 09)

The power battle in Formula One continues to rumble on, although a candidate for FIA "transparency" may be on the horizon. Neste Oil get a celeb boost for their international rally and Shell takes half its rally car to India.

Tags: F1, Lubricants, motorsport

13th July, 2009        

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