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Conferences: India & Europe play catch-up as Japan goes ultra-low

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.

Tags: Asia, Europe, India, Japan, Lubes tech, Lubricants

18th March, 2019        

View From The Bridge - Nov 2018

OATS announces its new Managing Director; oil majors reveal strong Q3 results across the board and lubes producers are getting restless over GF-6 delays.

Tags: ILSAC, Japan, OATS, View from the Bridge

8th November, 2018        

Japanese grow impatient as GF-6 delayed again

The Japanese Automobile Manufacturers' Association (JAMA)'s Passenger Car Motor Oil (PCMO) Working Group has announced a target release date for ILSCA GF-6B specification, ahead of ILSAC GF-6.

Tags: GF-6, ILSAC, Japan, Lubes tech

31st October, 2018        

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        

Auto giants move closer in business alliances

Nissan becomes Mitsubishi's largest shareholder while Suzuki and Toyota explore business partnership

Tags: Japan, Nissan, OEM Equipment, Renault, Toyota

30th October, 2016        

Mitsubishi admits fuel consumption testing impropriety

Mitsubishi has discovered fuel consumption testing in cars sold in Japan has been improperly presented.

Tags: Asia, Japan, OEM Equipment

4th May, 2016        

Japanese car sales post modest growth

After years of slowing sales Japanese automakers are gaining ground in China

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, electric vehicles, Japan, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

29th February, 2016        

Key biofuel production enzyme structure revealed

Research has revealed the three-dimensional structure and mechanism of action of a key enzyme used in bio-fuel production.

Tags: bio fuels, Japan, Lubes tech

7th August, 2015        

New markets for Veedol brand

Tide Water Oil, an associate of Andrew Yule group, is considering the African markets for its lubricants manufactured under Veedol brand.

Tags: Africa, Asia, Japan, Lubes marketing

6th August, 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        

Takata airbag recall

34 million vehicles have been recalled in the US due to deaths and injuries associated with Takata airbags.

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

3rd June, 2015        

The all-new Mazda MX-5

Production of the all-new Mazda MX-5 has started at Mazda’s Ujina No.1 plant in Hiroshima.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Japan, Mazda, OEM Equipment

10th March, 2015        

Toyota evaluates SiC tech to improve electric powertrains.

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.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Japan, Lubes tech, Toyota

9th February, 2015        

Nissan rejects Maruti Suzuki in favour of Mitsubishi

Nissan has decided against sourcing any further cars from Maruti Suzuki. It will jointly build them with minicar partner Mitsubishi.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Japan, Nissan, OEM and automotive

3rd September, 2014        

NEV sales jump tenfold in July

In response to generous government subsidies, neighbourhood electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid sales are soaring

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, electric vehicles, Japan, N America, OEM Equipment

20th August, 2014        

Automakers under pressure in anti-trust probe

Foreign carmakers are coming under fire for their Chinese pricing strategies

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, China OEM Equipment, Europe, Japan, OEM Equipment, Toyota, Volkswagen

20th August, 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        

Suzuki and Maruti in OEM supply deal

Suzuki Motor has announced plans to spend JPY50bn ($486.3m) on a new car plant in India to supply Maruti Suzuki India.

Tags: India, Japan, OEM and automotive, Statoil

4th March, 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        

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        

Ghosn delays China expansion plans

Nissan boss moves the targets for growth after tensions.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Japan, Nissan, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

22nd April, 2013        

Early detection of oil and lubes spills

Research has led to the development of a robot which may track down environmental spills and leaks based on the behaviour of silk moths.

Tags: innovation, Japan, Lubes tech

5th March, 2013        

Japanese carmakers return to normal output in China

Major car manufacturers see production levels improve after being hit by protests.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Japan, Nissan, OEM and automotive, Toyota

23rd January, 2013        

This one's a keeper!

A Christmas tree that won't be taken down in a hurry.

Tags: And finally, Asia, Japan

8th January, 2013        

Ford-Mazda split spins new partnerships

One joint venture ends but another begins for Sino-US carmakers

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Ford, Japan, Mazda, OEM Equipment

24th December, 2012        

Yokohoma China’s top tyre

Yokohama heads satisfaction table of tyre manufacturers despite Japan tensions

Tags: China, innovation, Japan, OEM and automotive

24th December, 2012        

Suzuki pulls out of US auto market.

Japanese car maker to quit the US after nearly thirty years of sales.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Japan, North America

15th November, 2012        

Mitsubishi and Guangzhou Auto form JV

SUV joint venture announced despite tensions over Japanese producers

Tags: Asia, China, Holly, Japan, Nissan, OEM and automotive, Toyota

25th October, 2012        

Competitor sales rise as Japanese auto sales plummet in China

Demonstrations and national tension has caused problems for Japanese car makers in China as their competitors take advantage.

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, Japan, Nissan, OEM and automotive, Toyota

19th October, 2012        

Japanese automakers suffer in China

Anti-Japanese protests damage production at major car plants across China.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Japan, Mazda, Nissan, OEM and automotive, Toyota

24th September, 2012        

Space Station fixed with a toothbrush

Astronauts called on NASA's legendary ingenuity to repair the International Space Shuttle

Tags: And finally, Japan, North America

12th September, 2012        

Serious fires under investigation as Niagra rebuilds

Fires in refineries in Venezuela and Japan are under investigation as Niagra starts to rebuild after last year's fire damage.

Tags: Japan, North America, S America

12th September, 2012        

Toyota reaches bi-centennial milestone

Toyota has built its 200 millionth vehicle according to TMC.

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, Japan, Toyota

15th August, 2012        

Japanese globetrotter recovers stolen bike

A Japanese traveller on a round-the-world trip wins the sympathy of social media users to recover his bike.

Tags: And finally, Asia, China, China and finally, Japan

28th February, 2012        

Nissan Leaf takes COTY hat-trick

Japan is latest Car of the Year award for Nissan's all-electric road car.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, innovation, Japan, Nissan

7th December, 2011        

A cracker of a story

The worlds largest rice cracker was cooked in the Japanese home of rice cracker production.

Tags: And finally, Asia, Japan

1st December, 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        

ACEA calls for Japan Trade assessment

ACEA is calling for the EU to carefully analyse the outcome of the Japanese trade scoping.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Japan

9th June, 2011        

Automakers suffer Japanese losses but Nissan Q1 profits up

The auto industry continues a slow recovery after massive production losses following the earthquake but Nissan still posts a profit.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Japan, OEM and automotive

11th May, 2011        

Mixed news for post-earthquake lubes market

There are mixed fortunes for Japanese lubes production and sales as the country recovers from the earthquake and tsunami.

Tags: China, China lubes news, Japan, Lubes news

11th May, 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        

The Impact of the recent Earthquake and Tsunami on the Japanese Energy 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.

Tags: Japan, white papers

25th March, 2011        

Japan earthquake hits local refineries

The massive earthquake in Northern Japan damaged oil refineries and energy infrastructure and auto manufacture.

Tags: Asia, Environment, Japan, Lubes news

14th 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        

Creepy crawly Mazda attack

Mazda recalls Mazda6 models after spider attack.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Japan, Mazda, N America, S America

9th March, 2011        

Mazda icon breaks record

Mazda's MX-5 sportscar continues to break sales records as it passes the 900,000 mark.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Japan

11th February, 2011        

Japan could be source of hydrogen truck engine

Japanese scientists believe they are close to creating a hydrogen internal combustion engine for heavy trucks

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Inovation and environment, Japan

17th November, 2010        

Lubes News - Bulletin 107 (Nov 09)

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.

Tags: BASF, China, ILMA, Japan, Middle East, Nippon Oil, Sinopec

1st November, 2009        


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