As a Chinese manufacturer adds built-in karaoke and a passenger selfi-camera to its latest vehicle, the challenge of building infrastructure become ever more serious. Europe battles an EV sales challenge and Fiat -Chrysler buys a share of Tesla's emissions allowance.
Exponential growth in the Electric Vehicle market is forcing significant innovation in the lubes sector. OATS also rounds-up the latest EV news.
China introduces new fuel standards as Saudi Aramco and Chinese partners research fuel solutions; ACEA warns on first EU Heavy-Duty emissions standards
Ford and Baidu collaborate further in technology and connectivity in China.
The first 25 Gulf service stations in China are expected to be operational within the next 12 months thanks to Manchester United link.
US-based Manheim Marketplace achieved record used-vehicle sales growth across its digital channels in the first half of 2018, but China leads the way for digital innovation.
BP has entered a joint venture to boost its retail presences across three Chinese provinces as Shell looks to automation technology to help its retail across the region.
Chinese online retail giant Alibaba has created a giant cat-shaped vending machine to help consumers book and take out vehicles for test drives. Ford is heavily involved in the project.
OEMS are investing heavily in EVs with Volvo planning to go all-electric, Toyota splitting from Tesla to speed development and SAIC-GM investing billions.
E-commerce giant Alibaba is helping Chinese police keep tabs on wholesalers suspected of importing fake motor lubricants from Malaysia and selling them online.
The Chinese government will not approve any applications by newcomers to the auto industry that want to produce petrol-powered vehicles in China.
The German carmaker sees sales growing in the crucial Chinese market as group Q1 results are positive, although VW brand takes a hit.
The Chinese social media giant and US ratings firm work together to enhance digital measurements
Discrepancies in subsidies payments may be behind surging demand for electric cars
In both cities and rural areas 358 million Chinese people made a payment from a mobile device last year
Lubes marketers stockpiling National IV grade lubes should be prepared
Group I base oils lose share to Group II as production capabilities improve
Despite being the nation's capital, southern provinces lead in e-commerce
Smaller lubes producers will no longer have to go through the Big Three as output surges
Despite being sued by a local environmental group, VW remains committed to the growing market
The tech giant is banking on tougher emissions regulations to boost demand for advanced filters
The Chinese major may part with $3bn to purchase a controlling stake in the plant from Dragon Aromatics
China's developing economy may soon surpass the US in specialist machine lubricants consumption, but new Euro metal laws could have significant impact on metalworking fluids.
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
Is the VW crisis the auto-industry's Deepwater Horizon and will it prove to be a turning point? What role will lubricants play in helping meet the increasing environmental pressures now being placed on the auto sector?
In our 50th China View from the Bridge we look back at the last five years of China's development and examine the changes China has made in such a short space of time. We also make some predictions as to what we might see in the next few years of the China Bulletin
Yoyi Digital pushes multi-screen approach to programmatic ad buying
For the first time in China adults will spend 50.4% of their daily media time online, according to eMarketer
Chinese authorities bust an illegal syndicate peddling frozen meat from the 1970s
The Chinese tech giant has entered into a partnership with recommendation leader Taboola
Two corporate giants team up to improve efficiency and share resources
Member of the Fuchs Petrolub SE Executive Board, Lutz Lindemann, examines the industries, technologies, regulations and regions that will drive the global lubricants markets.
A curious tale of how an unsuspecting American became one of the most popular figures on China’s social media
Tougher regulations on diesel products have been brought forward by one year
Lanzhou fines a CNPC subsidiary for polluting while a fire at a Fujian paraxylene plant releases harmful chemicals
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.
Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Switzerland have applied to help found the new bank
Stringent requirements are causing truck production to slide, but DEF solutions to grow
Despite slow GDP growth, the company is seeing an increase in high-quality lubes demand
The JV will produce high quality recycled base oil for industrial and auto lubes
China's online market has rocketed by 25%, comprising half of retail sales
Falling oil prices are prompting lubes producers to revise product costs, but hard discounting can prove as troublesome as maintaining high prices in China's online marketplace
The government is opening up China's booming e-commerce sector
Tencent and JD.com have invested in a car sales data business
Despite falling sales for many of China's automakers some fared better than others
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.
Online retail is booming in China as consumers prefer to wait for their parcels
Vehicle production has grown significantly as consumer demand remains strong
Daimler and Dartz are doing more for the Chinese dollar with luxury models aimed specifically at China's luxury car buyers.
Xi and Obama pen an historic agreement to reduce emissions
Chinese lubes producer promotes its brand during the APEC summit
Chinese lubes producer promotes its brand during the APEC summit
Expansion may slow but the German car giant is still bullish on China long-term
Manufacturing giant sees fuel and performance demands improving technologies in China
With a $50bn injection the AIIB could be seen to rival the World Bank and Asian Development Bank
A sluggish economy could reduce growth to 7% by the end of 2014
Tesla, China Unicom and the government are all planning massive investments in EV infrastructure
The joint venture is looking to build on the rural success of its MPV offering
The limited liability company is part of Sinopec Group’s marketing arm reorganisation
Japanese firm increases capacity to cater to growing demand for auto lubes
Diana Shen's insightful presentation on China's clean air crisis and it's impact on the lubricants and energy industries.
Despite not coming to force nationally until 2018, new Chinese standards are already having an impact on lubes quality
Lubes production dipped month-to-month in April, but is set to remain steady across the year as demand grows
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.
China’s online giant is developing AI with remarkable success – a recent poach from Google might also help
The Municipality brought in the new regulations on April 30th, four years ahead of schedule
China's economic growth has significant bonuses for the lubes and automotive industries but could be constrained by the challenges of pollution and emissions control. Domestic manufacturers could fail in the EV sector against overseas rivals.
Inter-provincial travel can leave some out of the house for 16hrs a day
According to Sinopec analysts China’s oil industry is outpacing even steel
Obtaining a license in South Korea is both cheaper and easier than at home
The oil major aims at capturing China’s growing renewable energies market
Strong auto sales should drive engine oil revenues at an 11% CAGR till 2018, according to Research & Markets
Tencent president claims China is “blazing its own trail” in mobile use
Two recent incidents found lubes and diesel products were not in line with national standards
China's economic growth remains something for the rest of the world to aspire to, however, pollution is another matter. China's national lubes makers are under increasing pressure to enhance their product and reduce auto pollution.
The Chinese search engine lists the most prevalent search terms and popular trends
An increase in cooperation could mean more timely reporting of China's economic data
China to invest 300m yuan to convert disused facility into a "red tourist" attraction
Chinese governmental departments try to reach out to citizens on Weibo
In an attempt to curb pollution, new gasoline standards will come online on the first of January next year
Real estate mogul Tang Guo has spent 30m yuan on building pmarket properties in his hometown for family and friends
While a 2-3 second interval is sufficient in Berlin, 0.5 seems too long for Chinese commuters - and it's causing problems
Policy makers are keen to curb smog in China's increasingly polluted capital with further radical measures on vehicle ownership.
A lonely celebration is turning into a Chinese online-shopping frenzy and firms are cashing in
China's high-quality lubricants production is on the rise as the country's vehicle market and performance levels increases. Can local producers make the most of the trend?
A Chinese sculptor creates an enormous riverside monument to the humble fugu
A Chinese university has examined the spread of powerful emotions on Weibo: Anger wins
CADA to investigate luxury car brand pricing to mainland China
Nation spends multi-trillion Yuan budget on massive clean-up initiative
Chinese cities stung into action by recent emissions reports
Single oil deal could transform global crude flows in the future
High interbank lending rates, continued downward economic forecasts and the challenge of implementing National IV emissions standards are all conspiring to put pressure on the Chinese economy, lubes producers and consumers.
China's slowing economy reflected in national auto sales
New emissions regs could have significant effect on Chinese lubes production and consumption
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?
Chinese Academy proposes scrapping of monopolies to promote fair trade.
Chinese airline compares biofuel with regular avgas and finds no noticeable difference in performance.
Economic, technical and competitive issues could hinder nation's oil sector
German automaker set to double production over next five years
China's crude oil consumption increased dramatically in 2012 thanks to surplus oil imports
Private sector companies set their sights on oil and gas exploration.
Beijing's smog problem is reaching dangerous levels, but should the government be looking to the automotive and oil industries to solve the problem?
Record level of service from massive pipeline, with more to come over the next 20 years
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.
The world's two biggest economies continue to drive the global money-go-round as Europe battles with its own financial issues. Meanwhile OEMs update their data and mobile technology advances.
Thew latest forecasts show China's oil and gas output will continue to rise exponentially until 2013
Forecasts show new pipeline could be operating at full speed by 2014
Shandong subsidiary takes on forklift maker.
Chinese company to start business from its megaton energy facility as it eyes Mongolian expansion
Sinopec is China's highest earning business again in 2011 with $402bn revenues
Sharp drop in oil demand reflects slowdown in Chinese economy.
China's Wanxiang's planned investment in a US battery maker is good news for A123 Systems, but causes unease over IP.
The Second Half of 2012 is set for growth in China's auto market, but dealer inventories continue to expand.
China oil major set to develop major island shipping and storage operation
After overcoming serious delays, Sinochem is set to boost China's petroluem reserve storage
The US has filed a complaint against China's level import tariffs, while the EC thinks the S Korea agreement may be one-way traffic.
A shipping jam is underway Chinese ports as imports arrive to replace the Iranian oil gap.
Stricter emissions regs in China's auto industry is driving up the cost of Palladium.
Money from oil price fluctuations amongst OECD nations could work in China's favour to boost the country's economy.
Audi is looking to the China market to boost sales beyond 1.5m as BMW opens new dealerships to play catch-up.
A comprehensive summary of the 3-day Diesel Emissions Conference and AdBlue Forum held in Beijing at the end of March 2012.
Argentina surprised the oil and finance world by 'nationalising' YPF, scuppering a potential Sinopec deal and is now looking to Brazil's Petrobras for production investment
China's largest aero fuel company is looking for new short-term supplies after a recent diesel price hike, but forecasts are for a boom in biofuels by 2020.
ConocoPhilips and CNOOC have reached agreement with fishermen for spill compensation as CNOOC announces a new Bohai oil find
Superlubricity has moved up from Nano to Micro levels, which could have significant benefits for industrial lubes.
China is building a second phase of emergency oil storage as forecasts of oil price volatility and continued high demand persist.
Rise in crude costs forces government action to hike prices for gasoline and diesel.
China's analysts are taking a long, comparative look at growth predictions against reality as China's economy starts to slow, the drive for quality lubes continues but domestic automakers fail to perform.
Two new reports show significant growth in global oil consumption and specific US demand for synthetic lubes and functional fluids.
Sinopec has begun operations at one of China's largest oil reserve bases in Hebei Province.
New regulations make make recalls and suspension more common for vehicles in China
China is building another massive landmark to rival Dubai's tallest.
Jordan deals with China and Estonia to develop world's largest shale oil power plants.
China is using forecasts of its massive shale gas reserves to attract domestic investment
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.
State researchers predict an upswing in China's car sales.
China is set to secure Venezuelan crude imports to secure its oil futures.
Overloading of trucks is causing havoc on China's roads, but tougher penalties are looming.
Celebrations across the country as China's modern Communist Party celebrates its 90th Anniversary.
Beijing is set to introduce a vehicle scrappage scheme in an effort to reduce pollution as JD Power predicts boom in China car sales
Gas negotiations are set for a positive outcome while oil pipeline prices are agreed.
Bentley has seen record sales in China as local manufacturers push to increase sales
The European Commission has published its White Paper on Tranport, setting goals for the EU to 2050.
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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