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.
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.
Mitsubishi has discovered fuel consumption testing in cars sold in Japan has been improperly presented.
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.
Japanese car manufacturers and universities have teamed up to further improve engine efficiency
Fires in refineries in Venezuela and Japan are under investigation as Niagra starts to rebuild after last year's fire damage.
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 looks at the immediate aftermath of the environmental disasters in Japan and their potential impact on the country's energy industry.
Labelling and chemicals lead the news this month, ups and downs for BASF, China's Sinopec revealed its global ambitions for the lubricants market and why grease is good for the bottom line.
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