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
The IEAs Global oil predictions could mean a new way of working for refiners and producers; heavy trucks are in the spotlight for the latest emissions clamp-down, putting manufacturers under more pressure.
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.
Shell Neft is set to incras productions at it's Russian plant as research shows positive consumer sentiment and improved lubes markets
The ILSAC GF-6 engine oil upgrade tests appear to be largely on track, but some delays mean a 2020 introduction is likely
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
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.
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.
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.
There are differing views on how soon the demand for lubes, oil and fuel will peak.
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.
The 2016 ACEA oil sequences are released in conjunction with the ATIEL's 20th Edition Code of Practice.
New research shows a flourishing automotive market will also boost independent lube sales.
Kline research keeps Shell at the top of the lubes market for 2015, but will this remain the case for 2016?
Growth in the automotive sector and purchasing power of consumers is increasing the lubricants market.
Molecule or Marketing - which will be more important for the Lubes Industry as chemistry becomes increasingly standardised to meet stringent emissions regulations?
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.
Lubes marketers stockpiling National IV grade lubes should be prepared
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?
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
In a presentation to launch the innaugural issue of EuropaLub, Sebastian Crawshaw explains the status of European lubricants data.
Extended oil drain intervals causes a rising value in PCMOs but a suppressed demand, according to Kline.
Member of the Fuchs Petrolub SE Executive Board, Lutz Lindemann, examines the industries, technologies, regulations and regions that will drive the global lubricants markets.
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.
ATIEL has released information for engine lubricant marketers on ACEA performance claims for engine oils.
ILMA is seeking clarification regarding compliance with Hazard Communication Standards in labelling and data sheets according to Lube Report.
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.
Fuchs' Head of Global Competitive Intelligence, Apu Gosalia, examines how macro-economics is impacting global lubes demand. 19th ICIS Base Oil Conference presentation.
Russia’s automotive lubricants consumption is set to grow by around 3% annually, according to a report.
Recent research shows the total global lubricants market will be worth more than $70bn by 2020, with industrial and auto lubes leading the way.
Synthetic formulations will be the main driver in the global metalworking fluids market, according to Frost & Sullivan research.
New Jersey has banned 19 motor oils following tests results for viscosity levels.
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.
The first new application has been announced by OATS since its launch of the innovative earlFUSiON platform.
Chinese lubes producer promotes its brand during the APEC summit
Gelita has developed a liquid protein concentrate for use as a base for oil-free cooling lubricants.
OATS visited the giant Automechanika exhibition in Germany and helped celebrate BIZOL's Award win.
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.
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.
US demand for synthetic lubricants and functional fluids is expected to increase by 6% per annum to 2018.
Restrictions on the import of fuel and lubricants to Kazakhstan have been lifted but limited to a single operator.
Nigerian Lubes Markets will rise to N175 billion in 2014 and has been projected to hit to N250 billion by 2015.
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.
New marine fuels require more robust additives, lubes and frequent testing.
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.
Heavy duty trucks which operate night and day may be putting a strain on their engine oil, according to Chevron.
Morris Lubricants has seen its exports increase by 30% in the past year.
Diana Shen's insightful presentation on China's clean air crisis and it's impact on the lubricants and energy industries.
Japanese car manufacturers and universities have teamed up to further improve engine efficiency
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.
The latest Kline report ranks India third after the US and China in the global lubricants market.
Strong auto sales should drive engine oil revenues at an 11% CAGR till 2018, according to Research & Markets
Total has opened its newest Middle Eastern plant in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)
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.
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?
Kelley Blue Book is specifying the use of Quaker State oils in all of its long-term test vehicles.
Bel-Ray has entered an agreement with HVL to expand mining lubricants into Queensland in Australia
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?
Petron Malaysia has quit the lubes business to focus on fuel and gas
New lubricants will be needed for new types of fuel
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.
ECL has announced the formation of a new subsidiary in Germany.
Gambia has signed a join-US deal for oil exploration whilst Tanzania is set to open its first lubes plant.
Shell technologists are calling on the lubes industry to think differently when it comes to commercial vehicle specs
Global refining is set for turbulent times, not helped by oil producers apparently losing interest in lubes, according to analysts.
Two new reports show growth in the global functional fluids and lubricating oils and greases markets to 2017
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.
Two new reports show significant growth in global oil consumption and specific US demand for synthetic lubes and functional fluids.
Europe's lubricants industry association is lobbying European legislators to re-examine the EMCS wording.
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?
A new report forecasts a significant rise in China's oil consumption over the next 10 years.
A new recycling plant is already prevent significant damage from dumped waste oil in the Kingdom.
The Japanese environmental disaster, combined with a slowing global economy and short-term auto production slowdown, could still benefit the lubes industry.
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.
India's Tide Water Oil is looking to expand its lubes business through acquisition, while the state will retain its shareholding.
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.
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.
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.
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