Europe


View From The Bridge - November 2017

Emissions and homologation regulations are setting a moving target for OEMs, fuel and lubes producers to hit over the next few years. How will they respond?

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

17th November, 2017        

Bloodhound blasts to 200mph

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car has reached another milestone as it blasted to more than 200mph (322kmh) in its first rolling tests in the UK.

Tags: Africa, Castrol, Europe, magna, Mobil1, motorsport, OEM Equipment

9th November, 2017        

Water could be new lubricant of the future

Specialty lubricants could be revolutionised by a new water-based lubricant developed by Kluber Lubrication.

Tags: additives, Europe, Lubes tech

9th November, 2017        

Peugeot launches worlds smallest dealership

The French carmaker has launched an online dealership in an London telephone box to promote its 'Order Olnine' service.

Tags: Europe, Internet marketing

12th September, 2017        

Mixed response to global all-electric announcements

The UK has followed France in setting 2040 as the date to go all electric and China is considering the same, but the oil industry remains unconcerned.

Tags: China, electric vehicles, Europe, Lubes marketing, oil prices

11th September, 2017        

More British parts for British car production

New research has found that manufacturers are boosting investment in the UK automotive supply chain.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment

11th July, 2017        

Manufacturers make (April) Fools of all of us

April 1st is a traditional date for pranks in the UK and, as usual, the automotive industry showed its sense of humour.

Tags: BMW, Europe, hybrids, OEM Equipment

9th May, 2017        

UK is base for world's most ambitious autonomous vehicle trial

The trials are believed to be to hold Level 4 status and will be used to test a variety of safety, economic and communication models for autonomous driving.

Tags: Europe, OEM Equipment

9th May, 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        

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        

BP, Castrol and McLaren sign deal

Lubes and fuel technology ties up with British supercar producer.

Tags: automotive industry, BP, Europe, motorsport, OEM Equipment

6th March, 2017        

PSA buys GM's European operations

French car maker buys European manufacturing and brands from US auto giant.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, GM, OEM Equipment

6th March, 2017        

French specialists announce Biofuel first

Global Bioenergies has revealed a breakthrough in biofuel development that could overcome "blend wall" limits.

Tags: bio fuels, Europe, Lubes tech

6th 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        

UK car production set for record high

New vehicle output from the UK is likely to be the highest since the start of the Millennium.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Nissan, OEM Equipment

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        

Road tourism set to boost lubes aftermarket

Increased travel for sightseeing in China and India could be significant factors in boosting global lubes sales according to new research.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, India, Lubes marketing, N America

31st 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        

EU criticises emission reg delays as VW gets all-clear for fix

The European Parliament has criticised a number of countries for dragging their feet over new emissions regulations. Meanwhile VW has been given the go-ahead to repair rigged software.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech, Volkswagen

30th December, 2016        

LYNK & CO is the new Geely car brand

Geely Auto Group is launcihng a new global car brand which challenges the way cars have been sold traditionally.

Tags: China, Europe, Internet marketing, Volvo

31st October, 2016        

View from the Bridge - September 2016

Will Brexit and the challenges of global economics outweigh the influence of new vehicle technologies and the internet in influencing the lubricants sector?

Tags: Europe, Russia, View from the Bridge

8th September, 2016        

AV market could top $560bn as Volvo joins with Uber

The overall Autonomous vehicle market could accelerate to become a $560bn industry. Volvo has now signed a deal to develop vehicles with Uber.

Tags: Europe, Internet marketing, Mobile technology, OEM Equipment, Volvo

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        

Total continues partnership with Kia and Formula One

Total will remain Kia Motors Corp.’s preferred aftermarket lubricants supplier for Kia vehicles for another five years while the French oil major will supply technical assistance to the Renault/Red Bull F1 team.

Tags: Asia, Europe, motorsport, OEM Equipment, Total

4th 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        

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        

Sino-Western companies team up on "connected cars"

Geely and Aston Martin are both exploring the Internet of Things with new partnerships

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Europe, Mobile technology, OEM Equipment

4th April, 2016        

Infineum opens new blending plant in China

British additives leader expands operations in a key market

Tags: additives, China, China Lubes Marketing, Europe, Infineum, Lubes marketing

4th April, 2016        

Automakers will pay the price for missing 2020 Euro emission targets

A Frost & Sullivan highlights the cost benefits of hitting the tough Euro emissions targets after analysing nine OEMs for potential compliance.

Tags: BMW, CO2 emissions, Daimler, Europe, Nissan, OEM Equipment, Renault, Toyota

4th April, 2016        

£4.58bn - mobile ads overtake TV spend in UK

UK mobile adspend is forecast to overtake TV this year for the first time ever.

Tags: Europe, Internet marketing, Mobile technology

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        

Daimler clashes with Chinese rivals for Iranian truck market

With sanctions lifted, German truck makers are looking to take back market share from China

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Daimler, Europe, Middle East, OEM Equipment

29th February, 2016        

Chevron reveals Turkish base oil hub

Chevron has signed a deal with a chemical distributor to provide a Group II Base Oils hub to Europe, Asia and Africa.

Tags: Africa, Asia, base oil, Chevron, Europe, Lubes tech

24th February, 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        

Europe sees more smart devices than people

Smart device penetration has reached new heights with more devices than people in Sweden, Netherlands and the UK, while mobile ad spend is set to dominate the market by 2017.

Tags: Europe, Internet marketing, Mobile technology

3rd February, 2016        

New EU laws and APAC stats show digital data protection is critical

The EU Commission and Parliament has agreed new Data Protection Regulation as November's APAC digital marketing stats show an increase in multi-channel useage.

Tags: APAC, Asia, Europe, Internet marketing

26th December, 2015        

View from the Bridge - December 15

The Paris Climate Change Summit heralded some blue sky thinking in an increasingly polluted world. But what will be the impact on the lubricants industry? Only time will tell.

Tags: additives, bio lubes, CO2 emissions, Europe, Volkswagen

7th December, 2015        

China to fuel growth in global additives market

A new report shows the growth will increase at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2014 to 2022

Tags: additives, Asia, China, China Lubes Marketing, Europe, Lubes marketing, N America

30th 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        

South Korea's SK Lubricants to enter Europe

ILBOC, a joint venture of SK Lubricants and Repsol, has built a plant in Spain, boosting SK's total output

Tags: Asia, Europe, Lubes marketing, Repsol

1st 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        

Biosynthetics - Where high performance and sustainability converge

Allen Barbieri, CEO of Biosynthetic Technology, provides a fascinating insight into the latest developments in biosynthetic lubricants.

Tags: bio lubes, Europe, Lubes tech, white papers

1st November, 2015        

Real-time fuel economy emissions figures become available

Masternaut are launching an OEM fuel economy database while Peugeot-Citroen will publish real-world fuel economy figures.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

31st October, 2015        

Carmakers invest in NEVs for China

Volvo, London Taxi and Aston Martin are all developing electric cars for the Chinese market

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volvo

31st October, 2015        

China to beat US machine lubes consumption; Euro laws could have global impact

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.

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe, Lubes tech, N America

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        

Ashland to spin-off Valvoline

Ashland is to create two separate companies with Valvoline out on its own.

Tags: Australia, Europe, Lubes marketing, N America, Valvoline

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        

VW hit by fraud and emissions crisis

German carmaker VW has been rocked by an apparently wide-ranging crisis involving alleged fraud through use of 'defeat devices' in the US and Europe.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Europe, Ford, GM, N America, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

30th September, 2015        

Fuchs and FAW announce strategic partnership

The Chinese carmaker and German producer team up to corner after sales market

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Europe, Fuchs, OEM Equipment

28th September, 2015        

Daimler still bullish on China sales

Mercedes-Benz owner feels confident it will deliver 300,000 units this year

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Daimler, Europe, OEM Equipment

24th August, 2015        

As sales fall, VW continues to open new China plants

Sales dipped for the first time since 2005 as VW opens its 20th plant in China

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

23rd August, 2015        

Total taps Asia growth with new Singapore plant

The French major is looking to expand across Asia with a large addition to existing capacity

Tags: Asia, China, China Lubes Tech, Europe, Lubes tech, Total

23rd August, 2015        

Fuchs acquires Statoil

Fuchs has acquired Sweden-based company Statoil Fuel & Retail Lubricants from Couche-Tard Luxembourg.

Tags: Europe, Fuchs, Lubes marketing, Scandinavia, Statoil

7th August, 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        

Shell Virtual Assistant

Shell has launched an industry-first, artificial intelligence online lubes information service for customers in the UK and the US.

Tags: Europe, N America, OEM Equipment, Shell

7th August, 2015        

World's largest steelmaker to produce low-carbon fuel

ArcelorMittal SA plans to use waste gases from its steel operations to produce low-carbon fuel for vehicles.

Tags: bio fuels, Europe, Lubes tech

7th August, 2015        

Lamborghini’s factory and headquarters become CO2 Neutral

Automobili Lamborghini Sant’Agata Bolognese factory is the first company to get Co2 neutral certification.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, OEM Equipment

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        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 173

Nearly 20 years after Kyoto protocol, the US is finally getting serious about emission controls. New engine & lubricant monitoring systems are announced.

Tags: Europe, View from the Bridge

13th July, 2015        

Lasers could be answer to carbon coating

New use of laser technology my have solved the issue of carbon-coating engine components on an industrial scale and save billions of litres of fuel.

Tags: BMW, Europe, Lubes tech

6th July, 2015        

Bios gain manufacture boost from nano-tech & mould

Biofuels and lube producers are set to benefit from two new discoveries

Tags: Asia, bio fuels, bio lubes, Europe, nanocatalysts

6th July, 2015        

Brand new TVR sports car being developed

TVR is developing a brand new sports car in colllaboration with Gordon Murray Design and Cosworth.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment

5th July, 2015        

Fastest mile...on two wheels

Terry Grant drove more than a mile while balancing his car on two wheels up the legendary Goodwood Hillclimb.

Tags: And finally, Europe, motorsport, Nissan

30th June, 2015        

VGP compliance for Wärtsilä; BP & Sinopec sign Singapore JV

Wärtsilä has developed propulsion systems which are compatible with environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs). Meanwhile BP & Sinopec sign Singapore marine JV.

Tags: Asia, BP, Europe, marine, N America, OEM Equipment, Scandinavia, Sinopec

10th 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        

Online ads may be blocked by European mobile operators

Mobile operators in Europe are planning to introduce technology to block advertising on their networks, according to a report.

Tags: Europe, Internet marketing, Mobile technology

9th June, 2015        

Freight industry contribution to climate change targets.

Member of the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) are making progress in reducing carbon emissions.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech

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        

UK driving test is 80

The UK driving test had its 80th birthday on 1st June, but how does it compare to other countries?

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, S America

2nd June, 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        

Possible new EU regulations for digital

The European Commission will propose regulations for the technology industry with implications for e-commerce and multinational companies

Tags: Europe, Google, Internet marketing

11th May, 2015        

Future Top Gear hosts?

BBC remains tight-lipped about the next generation of Top Gear presenters after Clarkson sacking, but US lubes publication has some ideas.

Tags: And finally, Australia, Europe

11th May, 2015        

Still flying at 92!

A 92 year-old World War 2 female pilot is given the chance to fly a Spitfire again.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, Europe

11th May, 2015        

Live auto braking and driver assistance demonstration

Thatcham made an impact without making an impact as nearly 50 fleet and transport managers from all industry sectors joined their live Auto Braking and Driver Assistance demonstrations.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volvo

7th 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        

VW hunt for new chairman could be stormy

The chairman of the carmaker Volkswagen, Ferdinand Piech, has resigned after a power struggle with chief executive Martin Winterkorn leaving a chellenge to find his replacement.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

5th May, 2015        

Ultra-low emissions cars hit UK record

Ultra-low emission registrations are up 386% on the first quarter of 2014.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, electric vehicles, Europe, Lubes marketing

5th May, 2015        

Shell set to break UK deal record with BG bid

Shell has made a £47bn bid for BG Group, potentially the largest ever deal between two British companies.

Tags: Europe, Lubes marketing, Shell

13th April, 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        

Volvo designs spray paint to light up cyclists

Volvo has developed a spray-on reflective paint which could transform cycling safety.

Tags: And finally, Europe, Scandinavia, Volvo

6th April, 2015        

Are you agile enough to test drive the Lotus Evora 400?

If you think you're agile enough to take this test drive, take the online test first.

Tags: And finally, Europe

6th April, 2015        

Strong UK domestic car manufacturing market

More than 250,000 UK cars have been built in the first two months of 2015.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment

31st March, 2015        

ChemChina buys Pirelli

State-owned chemical giant buys one of the world's largest tyre brands.

Tags: automotive industry, China OEM Equipment, Europe, OEM Equipment

25th March, 2015        

Consumer group says EU must change fuel consumption tests

Class actions have been launched against Fiat and Volkswagen fuel consumption tests by European consumer group, BEUC.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Fiat, Lubes tech, Volkswagen

25th March, 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        

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        

European new car CO2 emissions fall

Average CO2 emissions for new cars in Europe fell by at leats 2g/km with Renault recording the lowest average emissions, according to a JATO Dynamics report.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech, Renault, Scandinavia

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        

Rolls-Royce plans all-terrain vehicle

Rolls-Royce is planning a new SUV or, in RR-speak, a "high-bodied vehicle".

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes marketing, OEM Equipment

6th March, 2015        

Fourth quarter results from Fuchs and Total

Fuchs reports increased sales revenues while Total reports a fall in sales.

Tags: Europe, Fuchs, Lubes marketing, Total

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        

PSA Peugeot Citroën is top in Europe for emissions reduction

PSA Peugeot Citroën is first in reducing emissions at end-2014 in Europe, with an average of 110.3 grams of CO2 per kilometre, compared with an average of 123.7 grams for the European market.

Tags: CNPC, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech, Renault

9th February, 2015        

Owl takes an unexpected car ride.

A baby tawny owl travelled 10 miles trapped in a car roof rack.

Tags: And finally, Europe

9th February, 2015        

Ford and a German University to collaborate on personal mobility

Ford and RWTH Aachen University have collaborated to launch the Personal Mobility Experience Innovation project.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Ford, Mobile technology, OEM Equipment

9th February, 2015        

Cautious optimism in the auto industry for 2015

2014 saw the EU's first positive annual sales result in the auto industry.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, OEM Equipment

9th February, 2015        

$1.9m rusty French sports car

A 1949 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB par Saoutchik has just sold for $1.9m, with 35 years-worth of rust included.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

8th February, 2015        

Immense oil platform break-up

Shell is decommissioning its North Sea Brent Delta platform - involving more than 1,000 people and the world's biggest platform vessel.

Tags: Europe, Lubes tech, marine, OEM Equipment, Shell

7th February, 2015        

France and Germany behind the US in emailing

A survey has found that US emailing is ahead of France and Germany and they tend to test more email marketing prorams.

Tags: e-commerce, Europe, Internet marketing, N America

7th February, 2015        

Independent oil producer warns against oil additive supplements

Choosing the right oil and avoiding additives supplements are vital for vehicles, according to independent Morris Lubricants.

Tags: additives, Europe, Lubes tech, OATS

12th January, 2015        

Vehicle autonomy in action - driverless car sets new record

Audi's driverless concept car clocks up 550 miles while Mercedes has built the driverless F015 which has a zero-emission hydrogen-electric hybrid engine and Bosch has developed an automated system for cars in traffic jams.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, N America

9th January, 2015        

A wondrous watch

Patek Philippe has created the 'ultimate' watch - chiming in at a mere $2.5m

Tags: And finally, Europe

5th January, 2015        

France seeks to phase out diesel fuel for cars

France hopes to phase out the use of diesel fuel for passenger cars and identify the most polluting vehicles.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech

28th December, 2014        

Total reveals ambitions for Chinese market

The French major continues to invest in high-end lubes and Asia's first dedicated grease unit

Tags: Asia, China, China Lubes Tech, Europe, Lubes tech, Total

21st December, 2014        

Getting hitched – China style

Far from sedan chairs and firecrackers, China’s young are finding new ways to celebrate their union

Tags: And finally, China, Europe

21st December, 2014        

Shell to sell 75% stake in Tongyi

The dutch major may be looking to divest its Chinese lubes stake

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

21st December, 2014        

Made-in-China Volvo hits the market

Four years after being acquired by Geely, Volvo is starting to show progress

Tags: China OEM Equipment, Europe, OEM Equipment, Scandinavia, Volvo

24th 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        

500 million kilometres away - science lands on a comet

European Space Agency Philae Lander successfully touches down on comet's surface.

Tags: And finally, Europe

12th November, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 166

As oil prices and sanctions continue to bite in various parts of the world, Sebastian Crawshaw ponders what next for the US, Europe and Russia, as well as the global lubricants industry.

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

11th November, 2014        

The automotive industry's first two-speed eAxle

The automotive industry's first two-speed eAxle will help to downsize eMotors and reduce weight and cost.

Tags: BMW, drivetrains, electric vehicles, Europe, OEM Equipment

10th November, 2014        

Baidu and BMW to collaborate on automated car project

The luxury carmaker and Chinese online giant have already started trials in Beijing and Shanghai

Tags: BMW, China, China OEM Equipment, Europe, Google, OEM Equipment

26th October, 2014        

Facebook bans like-gating, while Twitter feeds bus travellers

Facebook has banned incentivisation, but Twitter gives its users food for thought.

Tags: Europe, Internet marketing, Twitter

13th October, 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        

Strong growth in global biolubricants market

Global Industry Analysts report shows growing demand for renewable, non-polluting and sustainable lubes.

Tags: Asia, bio lubes, Europe, Lubes marketing, N America

10th October, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 165

OATS launches a dynamic new data platform - earlFUSION; the Eurozone could slide back into recession; Russian sanctions bite on automotive industry and the spread of Ebola virus could take a massive toll.

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

9th October, 2014        

Off-highway emissions regs imbalance cause Euro-US tension

The imbalance of the North American and European markets legislation is causing concern for off-highway OEMs and technology suppliers.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Europe, N America, OEM Equipment

9th 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        

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        

The Bard in Beijing

UK government donates £1.5m to translate Shakespeare's entire works into Mandarin

Tags: And finally, China, China and finally, Europe

20th September, 2014        

Public and private sector partner to combat China's rising emissions

BASF and China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection sign a new strategic agreement

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

18th September, 2014        

Show us your calluses!

Mercedes Benz is promoting its Vito van through a unique online discount campaign

Tags: Daimler, Europe, Internet marketing

5th September, 2014        

OEMs need to focus on driveline to retain FWD market

OEMs need to work on new driveline technology to meet consumer demands in the four-wheel-drive market.

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

4th September, 2014        

Chevron signs deal with Petrol Ofisi in Turkey

Chevron has signed a deal with leading fuel products distribution and lubricants company Petrol Offisi to improve supplies of marine lubricants.

Tags: Chevron, Europe, Lubes marketing, marine

3rd September, 2014        

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        

Ferrari aims at 20% cut in CO2 by 2021

Ferrari will use turbochargers on V-8 engines and hybrid systems on V-12s to reduce CO2.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Ferrari, Lubes tech

3rd September, 2014        

Euro fuel tests to tighten as US LV consumption figures fall

EU regulators are trying to close loopholes in fuel saving and emissions credentials, while MIT reveals fall in US fuel consumption for light vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech, N America

3rd September, 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        

Gold-plated motorhomes and 7-star rolling hotels

Million dollar motorhomes are all the rage.

Tags: And finally, Europe, F1

12th August, 2014        

Additives producers show mixed figures

Good half year news for Fuchs, but maintenance issues see Calumet figures take a dip.

Tags: additives, Calumet, Europe, Fuchs, Lubes marketing, N America

11th August, 2014        

Wake up call

A new seatbelt system has been developed to detect if drivers are falling asleep at the wheel.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

11th August, 2014        

ExxonMobil Euro centre will focus on OEMs as Lubrizol gets closer to Brazil

Exxon opens and OEM-focussed tech centre in Germany, as chemical specialist Lubrizol breaks ground on new operation to meet Brazil's domestic surfactant product demand as

Tags: additives, Brazil, Europe, ExxonMobil, Lubrizol, OEM Equipment

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        

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        

Computer font could save 15 million barrels of oil

Grey and Ryman have launched a new computer font which could save over 490 million ink cartridges and 15 million barrels of oil.

Tags: base oil, Europe, Lubes marketing, Lubes tech

7th July, 2014        

Fuchs acquires Batoyle as Pertamina adds Amaco

Fuchs has acquired Batoyle Freedom Group as Pertamina is in the final stages of acquiring Amaco in Thailand.

Tags: Asia, Europe, Fuchs, Lubes marketing

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        

An EU funded Personal Aerial Vehicle

The EU is providing $4.7 million for the development of a Personal Aerial Vehicle - a cross between a helicopter and a car.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, Europe

23rd June, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 161

As the US economy takes a dip, but heads for further improvement, Europe still struggles with a multi-speed recovery. However, manufacturing innovation may be one salvation - the Soccer World Cup might just be another.

Tags: Europe, N America, View from the Bridge

11th June, 2014        

F1 goes off-highway

F1 technology is now set to benefit the off-highway sector with new funding

Tags: Europe, Ford, GKN, Lubes tech

9th June, 2014        

Australian government proposes vital oil recycling subsidy cut.

The Australian oil recycling industry is waiting to hear whether the government is going to slash a vital subsidy.

Tags: Australia, Europe, Lubes marketing, N America, Russia, waste

6th June, 2014        

1984-2014 - Ford celebrates 30 years of small diesel units

Ford is celebrating a milestone of diesel engine production in the UK.

Tags: Europe, Ford, OEM Equipment

6th June, 2014        

Skype to go multilingual

Skype aims to offer the ability to translate voice calls in near real-time using the latest Microsoft Technology.

Tags: Europe, Internet marketing, Microsoft

2nd June, 2014        

European Commission strategy for truck and bus CO2 emissions

New European Commission regulation on emissions for trucks and buses has met with criticism from trade bodies

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech

2nd June, 2014        

China now Valeo’s biggest market

French OEM supplier’s foreign sales exceed domestic ones

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Europe, OEM Equipment

22nd May, 2014        

First all-Chinese line up announced for Le Mans

TOTAL Lubricants and Michelin sponsor the OAK Racing Team Asia for the 24hr circuit

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Europe, Lubes marketing, Middle East, motorsport, Total

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        

Indian company to assemble BMW engines

Force Motors will assemble BMW engines in its new factory in Tamil Nadu.

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, Europe, India, OEM and automotive

13th May, 2014        

10% rise in European car sales

March has seen a rise in European car sales for the seventh consecutive month.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes marketing, Volkswagen

6th May, 2014        

Now you see it, now you don't

Land Rover has unveiled a 'Transparent' bonnet to help driver visibility in rough terrain..

Tags: And finally, Europe, rail

17th April, 2014        

Elf brings customer-centric approach to China

French lubes brand introduces a tailored approach to consumer solutions

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, electric vehicles, Europe, Lubes marketing, Total

9th April, 2014        

Karlsson becomes first woman rallycrosser

Ramona Karlsson is set to become the first woman to drive in the FIA World Rallycross Championships

Tags: And finally, Europe, motorsport, Scandinavia

8th April, 2014        

New greaseless lubricant which protects against corrosion

Researchers have developed a coating which lubricates without grease and protects against corrosion.

Tags: Europe, grease, Lubes tech

8th April, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 159

WHO delivers the latest news on particulate pollution, ACEA claims EU emissions policies are working and the world waits on energy fallout from the Ukraine crisis.

Tags: ACEA, China, CO2 emissions, Europe, Russia

8th April, 2014        

Driving you up the wall

Racing cars could reach their fastest speeds around 90 degree banking, according to research.

Tags: And finally, Europe, motorsport, N America

1st April, 2014        

Total signs Elf brand UAE agreements

Total Marketing Middle East (TMME) has signed three agreements with AW Rostamani Trading for its Elf brand.

Tags: Europe, Lubes marketing, Middle East, Total

27th March, 2014        

Western OEMS will need strategy change to grab fleet sales

Western OEMs will need to look to developing nations and change their sales strategies according to new research.

Tags: Brazil, China, Europe, India, OEM and automotive, Russia

27th March, 2014        

Fuchs and DMG MORI form machine lubes partnership in China

The German lubes producer becomes the preferred supplier for machine tools giant

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Europe, Fuchs, OEM Equipment

20th 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        

China supersedes France as world's biggest red-wine consumer

Chinese take the illustrious title in the red wine category, but still trail the States overall

Tags: And finally, China, China and finally, Europe, N America

16th March, 2014        

Brugger test criticised for hydraulics

Oil and additive majors Lubrizol and ExxonMobil have claimed hydraulic fluids wear test is unrealistic

Tags: additives, Europe, ExxonMobil, hydraulics, Lubrizol

12th March, 2014        

The ultimate in car seat comfort

Faurecia has developed a seat for rear passengers in chauffeured vehicles.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

10th March, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 158

Is flat global lubes demand really a surprise? The US market wanes and Asian and Russian consumption grows. Meanwhile the 'connected' car is the future today.

Tags: Europe, Fuchs, Kline, N America

10th March, 2014        

Connected cars

The Citreon Picasso is the first Qeo-enabled car. VW has a new app for drivers.

Tags: Europe, Mobile technology, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

10th March, 2014        

Castrol to partner Bloodhound supersonic car project

Castrol has signed up as a partner to the Bloodhound supersonic car project which aims to set a new land speed record of 1000mph.

Tags: Africa, And finally, Castrol, Europe, motorsport

7th March, 2014        

Shell to sell Australian downstream businesses to Vitol

The Dutch oil giant is set to offload the majority of its Australian downstream operations to another Dutch-owned lubes major.

Tags: Australia, Europe, Lubes marketing, Shell

3rd March, 2014        

Lloyd's announces EAL service; Total enters Lebanon

Lloyd's Register has launched a new Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants service for shipping, while Total pioneers marine lubes in Lebanon.

Tags: Europe, Fuchs, Lubes tech, marine, Middle East, N America, Total

24th February, 2014        

Toyota Prius recall

Toyota is recalling Prius sedans manufactured since March 2009.

Tags: Europe, hybrids, OEM Equipment, Toyota

12th February, 2014        

Volvo and Geely to develop subcompact car

Sino-Swedish partnership to compete with international rivals in the lucrative segment

Tags: China, China OEM Equipment, Europe, OEM Equipment, Volvo

10th February, 2014        

Renault concept car gets off to a flying start

Renault's new concept car the Kwid includes a flying quadcopter drone.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, Renault

10th February, 2014        

En route to more efficient catalytic converters

A new scientific process could lead to a cheaper, smaller and more fuel-efficient catalytic converter.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech

8th February, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, February 2014

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.

Tags: China, CO2 emissions, Europe, View from the Bridge

28th January, 2014        

When in Rome...

Police in Rome are using Twitter to deal with bad parking.

Tags: And finally, Europe, Twitter

24th January, 2014        

The bargain from Birmingham

A cautionary tale of a couple who bought cheap flights from the wrong Birmingham.

Tags: And finally, Europe, N America

24th January, 2014        

2030 targets for EU carbon emissions

EU countries face significant increases in emissions targets according to the EU, but it's not enough for some.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech

23rd January, 2014        

Speedy bird races cars

There was traffic chaos on a UK road when an escaped Rhea raced cars on the road.

Tags: And finally, Europe

14th January, 2014        

UK experiences record online shopping day

"Middle Cyber Monday" surpasses "Cyber Monday" 2012 as the biggest online shopping day of the year for the UK.

Tags: Europe, Internet marketing

13th January, 2014        

UK Truck and commercial vehicle sales increase

The UK truck market has reached its highest level for five years according to the SMMT

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment

13th January, 2014        

Online car buying and digital dealerships

Car retailing is changing from traditional dealerships to online.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, OEM Equipment

9th January, 2014        

Global lubes and oil demand continues to rise

Global lubricants demand is set to rise beyond pre-economic crisis levels by 2016, while oil will continue to drive the energy market to 2040 according to latest reports.

Tags: Asia, base oil, Europe, ExxonMobil, Lubes marketing, N America

7th January, 2014        

Tyre Pressure Monitoring research highights fuel consumption

Survey indicates tyre pressure is crucial to improving fuel consumption.

Tags: Europe, Lubes tech, OEM and automotive

7th January, 2014        

EPA consults on renewable fuel standards

US EPA is seeking input from industry on its proposed levels of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel.

Tags: additives, bio fuels, Europe, Lubes tech, N America

7th January, 2014        

Car 'brains' insight could help roadbuilders

New technology could help road infrastructure design by tapping into car 'brains'.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, Nissan, Volvo

9th December, 2013        

Daimler buys 12% stake in BAIC

In an unprecedented transaction, the German auto giant buys in to a Chinese manufacturer and takes a controlling share.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China OEM Equipment, Daimler, Europe, OEM Equipment

9th December, 2013        

Caterham launches motorcyle division

UK-based sports car group, Caterham, is set to launch a motorcycle range.

Tags: automotive industry, Bikes, Europe, OEM Equipment

6th December, 2013        

Peugeot seeks new OEM partner to launch Hybrid Air

PSA is set to launch its new battery-free petrol car technology but is looking for a new partner to help meet the 2016 production schedule.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech

5th December, 2013        

Global report keeps US & Shell on top

Despite a shifting lubricants market, Shell and the US retain top billing, although re-refining is starting to influence according to Kline.

Tags: Europe, ExxonMobil, Fuchs, Gazprom, Kline, Lubes marketing, N America, Shell

4th December, 2013        

Microscopic parking

Double yellow no-parking lines in London are the shortest ever at just 9 inches long.

Tags: And finally, Europe

28th November, 2013        

Augmented reality applications on the rise

The number of people who use augmented reality applications is increasing rapidly. with car and bike makers quick to catch on.

Tags: automotive industry, Bikes, Europe, Internet marketing

25th November, 2013        

The Ultimate Destruction Experience

A BMW owner is so disgruntled with a lack of response to his car's mechanical problems he decides to take his frustrations out on the car itself.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, BMW, Europe

12th November, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 154

The re-balance in the lubricants economy; UEIL conference contributions, refining over-capacity squeezes the oil majors and the Middle East enters the fray and how the lubes industry is helping to drive F1.

Tags: Europe, Kline, Middle East, motorsport, North America, UEIL, View from the Bridge

11th November, 2013        

Daimler Trucks investment in Brazil

Daimler Trucks will invest around $458 million in two Brazilian commercial vehicle plants for upgrades and R&D.

Tags: Brazil, Daimler, Europe, OEM and automotive

8th November, 2013        

More hydrogen filling stations for Germany

Companies will invest in a network of hydrogen filling stations for fuel-cell electric vehicles in Germany

Tags: bio fuels, CO2 emissions, Daimler, Europe, Lubes tech, Shell

30th October, 2013        

Minis to have engine and safety revamp

Minis are set for a new engine range, suspension and driver safety technology.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Mini, OEM Equipment

25th October, 2013        

Honda & Castrol tie supplier and tech deal

Honda Motor Europe has inked a deal with Castrol to co-brand a new range of low-viscosity lubricants.

Tags: automotive industry, Castrol, Europe, hybrids, Lubes marketing

25th October, 2013        

Total reducing European presence

In line with reduced demand, Total is sharply reducing presence in Europe and moving into emerging markets.

Tags: Asia, Europe, Lubes marketing, Middle East, Q8, Total

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        

Manufacturers are making more alternative-fuel vehicles

The Frankfurt Auto Show has revealed automakers are bringing out more electric versions of existing vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, hybrids, OEM Equipment

11th October, 2013        

Oldest maritime publication shuns print for digital.

World's most famous maritime newspaper, Lloyd's List, will now be only available online.

Tags: And finally, Europe, marine, Mobile technology

11th October, 2013        

OATS powers African online tool for lube choice

Engen Ghana has launched an online tool to help customers choose the best oil for their vehicles with help from OATS

Tags: Africa, automotive industry, Europe, Internet marketing, Mobile technology, OATS

10th October, 2013        

Control engineering keeps engine performance with lower CO2

An internal combustion engine has been developed that emits less than half the CO2 of a regular engine.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, Lubes tech

9th October, 2013        

UK companies aim at increased presence in China markets

Afton Chemical delivers an important paper which hints at aiming at Chinese markets, while Infineum forms a WOFE

Tags: Afton Chemical, automotive industry, China, China Lubes Marketing, Europe, Infineum, Lubes marketing

5th October, 2013        

Back in the fold

Korea's folding car could solve the world's parking problems

Tags: And finally, Asia, automotive industry, Europe

30th September, 2013        

REACH still requires education

67% of companies are still REACH non-compliant according to the European Chemicals Agency

Tags: additives, Europe, Lubes tech, REACH

30th September, 2013        

Range Rover 's first Hybrid put to the test

Land Rover is putting its first hybrid vehicle through a gruelling final engineering test - a trip half way around the world.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Europe, hybrids, OEM Equipment, Russia

9th 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        

Prista Oil buys Chevron Czech Republic

Prista's European expansion continues in Czech Republic

Tags: Chevron, Europe, Lubes marketing

9th September, 2013        

Eco-marathon adds tribology award

Shell's famous Eco-Marathon encourages to think about the role of lubes with new Award.

Tags: Asia, Europe, Lubes tech, N America, Shell

6th 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        

A piece of Raspberry Pi

A mini-computer is set to transform the power of marketing, having already changed the world of computer education.

Tags: Europe, Internet marketing

5th 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        

Lubricants manufacturers' expansion plans

Two German chemical makers have announced plans for Australasian expansion, as Shell starts Indonesia build.

Tags: Australasia, Europe, Fuchs, Lubes marketing, Shell

22nd August, 2013        

UK cosmetics company taps Chinese auto additives market

Acquisition brings UK business into China auto lubes arena.

Tags: additives, China, China lubes news, Europe, Lubes marketing

21st August, 2013        

Great Wall and Total sign strategic lubes technology agreement

French oil major links up with Chinese automaker for R&D

Tags: automotive industry, China, China lubes news, Europe, Great Wall, Lubes tech, Total

21st August, 2013        

Belgium and Pakistan see new refining tech boost

De-asphalting technology in Belgium and Pakistan's most complex refinery project have both been given the green light.

Tags: Asia, Europe, Lubes tech, Total

11th August, 2013        

The dark art of driving... blindfolded

F1 racer David Coulthard gets a driving less from and Dynamo magician he'll never forget.

Tags: And finally, Europe, F1, motorsport

8th August, 2013        

Drip, drip, drip.... drop

Pitch drop finally recorded after nearly 90 years of waiting.

Tags: And finally, Australia, Europe

7th August, 2013        

Thumbs up for texting

New exercise regime for thumbs using Thumbells to prepare for faster texting

Tags: And finally, Europe

7th August, 2013        

US gasoline exports threaten European market in West Africa

European refiners' dominance in West Africa under threat as US producers increase fuel output.

Tags: Africa, Europe, Gazprom, marine, North America

6th 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        

Fuchs' second quarter bucks the trend

Q2 results for Fuchs show encouraging signs for the additives specialist.

Tags: additives, Europe, Fuchs, Lubes marketing

6th August, 2013        

Auto brands battle for China dominance

GM, Toyota, BMW and VW amongst the leaders fighting for share of Chinese market

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

28th July, 2013        

Shell’s “Most ‘Rimula’ Truck Driver” competition kicks-off

Shell's search for the most skilled Chinese truck driver is underway.

Tags: And finally, China, China and finally, Europe, Shell

28th July, 2013        

Asia-Pacific to lead global lubes growth

Research & Markets Report shows China and Asian economies will drive lubes demand as Western Europe continues to decline.

Tags: Asia, China, Europe, Forecasts, India, Lubes marketing

28th July, 2013        

Safety and simplicity are priorities for shipowners

Total Lubmarine latest poll shows clear priorities being set by the marine industry

Tags: bio lubes, Europe, marine, OEM Equipment, Total

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        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 150

Are Extraordinary Measures still required for the world's economies? Governments in the major continents each have their own challenges to combat.

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

8th July, 2013        

Car parking made easy.

The driverless, self-parking car is now a reality. Now all that's needed is someone to do the shopping for you.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

5th July, 2013        

Global lubricants demand to continue rising

Annual global lubes and Russian auto lube demand is set to rise to over the next few years according to new reports, with Asia driving manufacturing demand.

Tags: Africa, Asia, bio lubes, Europe, Lubes marketing, Middle East, Russia

26th June, 2013        

Paris Peking rally has all the drama

The 5th Paris Peking Rally has its usual share of drama, excitement and tragedy.

Tags: And finally, China, China and finally, Europe, motorsport

21st June, 2013        

Car plus fashion = failure for Italian automaker

Fiat's tie-up with Gucci has failed to impress Chinese consumers.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, Fiat, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

20th June, 2013        

Continental tyres gunning for top three spot in China

German tyre maker aims at Chinese consumers with safety message

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment

20th June, 2013        

New driver gets eye-watering car insurance shock

Young driver insurance is becoming hard to find and very costly - such as £33k to insure a £400 car.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

24th May, 2013        

Bosch and Volvo aim high for low emissions

Car and component companies reveal new electric technologies that make low emissions and high performance a reality.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, electric vehicles, Europe, hybrids, OEM Equipment, Volvo

21st May, 2013        

OX - a flat-pack truck to aid relief

The Global Vehicle Trust has launched a new flat-pack truck designed for aid and emergency relief agencies around the world

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

20th May, 2013        

UK independent launches new diesel engine oil

UK independent, Exol, has launched a new heavy-duty diesel to meet Euro and US regs.

Tags: automotive industry, base oil, Europe, Lubes tech, North America

20th May, 2013        

Bids for Petroplus refinery rejected by French court

Bids by companies offering to take over the bankrupt refiner's site have been rejected. .

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, fracking, Lubes marketing, Middle East

3rd May, 2013        

Top up your mobile battery - with water!

Water is the new power source for mobiles using fuel cell technology developing in Scandinavia

Tags: And finally, Europe, innovation, Scandinavia

23rd April, 2013        

Expansion of engine oil treatment capacity in France

Veolia Environnement and Total Inaugurate Osilub Recycling Plant in Normandy (France)

Tags: Europe, Lubes news, Lubes tech, Total, waste

22nd April, 2013        

Lufkin will be acquired by GE for nearly $3 billion

GE to buy oil pump maker Lufkin for nearly $3 billion

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, North America, OEM Equipment

18th April, 2013        

Butanol instead of ethanol?

UK-based scientists have found a method of ethanol to butanol conversion that could make mass production viable.

Tags: additives, bio fuels, Europe, innovation, Lubes tech

17th April, 2013        

Motorsport welcomes first hydrogen-powered car

A prototype Aston Martin will be the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in an international motorsport event.

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

17th April, 2013        

Grow your own furniture?

Self-assembly furniture which grows before your eyes could be the next flat-pack revolution

Tags: And finally, Europe

8th April, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 147, April 2013

What would happen if US consumers follow Europe's diesel consumption and petrol reduction lead? How will the trend for Always On technology impact lubes marketing in developing nations.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, North America, View from the Bridge, white papers

8th April, 2013        

You break it, you buy it, says Beijing court

Latest judgement could have expensive impact on test driving a new car in China

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, China and finally, Europe, motorsport

22nd March, 2013        

CNOOC to repair fields at home and abroad

China major set to refurbish UK and China Sea resources.

Tags: China, China lubes news, CNOOC, Europe

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        

Hess to focus on exploration and production

Hess is the latest energy giant to join the list of split-ups as it offloads Hetco to focus on exploration and production

Tags: Africa, ConocoPhillips, Corporate News, Europe, North America

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        

Citroën scales down WRC victories as reality bites

Citroën has unveiled a scale model of Sebastian Loeb's nine World Rally Championship victories, but real life bites back.

Tags: And finally, Castrol, Europe, motorsport

8th March, 2013        

US Re-refining industry forecast looks promising

Suggestion of a "golden decade" for the re-refining industry thanks to legislation and improved quality.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, India, Lubes tech, N America, waste

8th March, 2013        

Waste fuel to reach new heights

A pilot will attempt an intercontinental world first in an aircraft powered only by household plastic waste

Tags: Australia, Aviation, Europe, Middle East, piston engine aircraft, waste

6th March, 2013        

It's flippin Mini madness

Don't try this at home...Mini shows snowboarders how it's done.

Tags: And finally, Europe, Mini, motorsport

6th March, 2013        

Headlight tech dimmed by US legislators

The latest LED and laser car headlight technology is shining a light on US legislation shortcomings

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, North America

26th February, 2013        

Not for all the tea in … England?

English tea plantations turn the tables to export to their oldest tea trading partner

Tags: And finally, China, China and finally, Europe

22nd February, 2013        

Ferrari flies.

2012 is best-ever year for the luxury supercar marque.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, Europe, Ferrari, North America

21st February, 2013        

Michelin invests heavily in China

French tyre-maker opens new plant in Liaoning Province.

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

20th February, 2013        

Loeb wins Monte as Mini dominates Dakar

Sebastian Loeb took his seventh Monte Carlo Rally victory as Stephane Peterhansel clinched another win on the gruelling Dakar Rally

Tags: And finally, Europe, Mini, motorsport, S America

9th February, 2013        

Science + fat = fuel?

Fuel for cars could be created from naturally-occurring fatty acids. according to new European research

Tags: bio fuels, Europe, innovation, Lubes tech, Scandinavia

29th January, 2013        

Social networking, 16th Century style

16th Century scholars communicated Facebook-style according to the latest research

Tags: And finally, Europe

29th January, 2013        

Iraqi Kurdish region's oil exports continue

Despite Baghdad's opposition, Genel Energy continues Kurdish oil exports, while BP may have approval for exploration takeover.

Tags: Asia, BP, Chevron, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, ExxonMobil, Middle East

28th January, 2013        

Terrorist attack in Algeria - details still sketchy

Details of the siege at the In Amenas gas facility are still being investigated after 37 overseas employees, including senior execs were killed.

Tags: Africa, BP, Corporate News, Europe, Gazprom, North America, Statoil

24th January, 2013        

Porsche to build $2.2m supercar for China

Luxury car-maker to build supercar exclusively for Chinese super-rich.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, innovation, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment, Porsche

23rd January, 2013        

Mercedes to sell cars on Weibo

Limited edition baby-Mercs to be sold using China's social media platform

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China and finally, Europe

23rd January, 2013        

China world’s largest automarket in 2012

China overtakes Europe as it tops the passenger vehicle sales table

Tags: BMW, China, Corporate News, Europe, OEM and automotive, Volkswagen

23rd January, 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        

Post-Christmas weight gain for the kilogram

Experts discover the standard kilogram is heavier than it used to be, but the cure could be a suntan.

Tags: Europe, innovation

9th January, 2013        

Audi's R18 Ultra chair is a winner

Designers have developed a unique lightweight chair based on Audi's Le Mans winning sports prototype racer

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

8th January, 2013        

Bowie is back!

Pop icon David Bowie has released his first global single in 10 years to much excitement in the music industry

Tags: And finally, Europe

8th January, 2013        

Investment programs revealed by Phillips and Chevron

Phillips 66 and Chevron plan 2013 capital budgets worth around $40bn, with Phillips 66 also announcing creation of an MLP.

Tags: Australia, Brazil, Chevron, China, Corporate News, Europe, Phillips 66, Russia

7th 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        

Petrofac wins Aramco contracts

UK-based construction specialists win two project contracts worth more than $1bn

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Middle East

4th January, 2013        

Gazprom plant construction close as Russian output hits record highs

Gazprom starts work on its new blending plant in Finland as Eastern European nations expand and Russian crude output hits record levels.

Tags: additives, base oil, Europe, Gazprom, Lubes news, Lubes tech, Russia

4th January, 2013        

BMW hits 1m sales as others boom in China

German automakers' sales reach new milestone with forecasts for similar figures over the next three years.

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, Corporate News, Europe, OEM and automotive

24th December, 2012        

Taqa will buy BP package

BP to sell package to Taqa

Tags: BP, Corporate News, Europe, Middle East

8th December, 2012        

Motorsport ends a record-breaking season

FI and Rallying see record-breaking Champions; report on World Touring Cars

Tags: And finally, Brazil, Europe, F1, motorsport

7th December, 2012        

Not so Mini

A new world record for the number of people to fit into a mini. How did they do it?

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

7th December, 2012        

New prospects for Kenyan oil production

Tullow has made a second oil discovery in Kenya adding to its African portfolio

Tags: Africa, Europe, Lubes news

4th December, 2012        

Total sells Nigerian oil stake to Sinopec

French major sells stake in African oilfield to Chinese.

Tags: Africa, China, China lubes news, Corporate News, Europe, Sinopec, Total

26th November, 2012        

Chinese museum to rival MOMA?

New art gallery could rival the best in the world.

Tags: And finally, China, China and finally, Europe, North America

26th November, 2012        

BP agrees US legal settlement

BP has agreed a settlement with the US Department of Justice over the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, N America

16th November, 2012        

Welcome to my cult with Volvo

Volvo has established something of a YouTube cult with its "Welcome to my Cab" trucking series

Tags: Europe, N America, Volvo

15th November, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 142 November 2012

Obama back in the White House; revealing facts from the UEIL Conference and who would be a European policymaker?

Tags: Europe, Fuchs, North America, UEIL

13th 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        

Rig workers reap the benefits

Salaries are skyrocketing for oil rig workers. The pay-off for a tough working life.

Tags: Africa, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, North America

8th November, 2012        

Climate change? Blame it on the Romans!

Man-made climate change may have started in Roman times according to a new study.

Tags: And finally, China, CO2 emissions, Europe

8th November, 2012        

Saab to build electric cars in 2014

Saab brand re-vitalised with new electric vehicle production.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, innovation, OEM and automotive, S America

25th October, 2012        

Chinese firm takes record stake in German truck maker

Shandong subsidiary takes on forklift maker.

Tags: China, Corporate News, Europe, OEM and automotive

25th October, 2012        

Sinopec boosts Asian and European storage

Sinopec is constructing a new facility in Asia and buying into major European storage.

Tags: Asia, China lubes news, Europe, Lubes news

16th October, 2012        

A long way down

Parachutist sets new world freefall record from the edge of space.

Tags: And finally, Europe, North America

15th October, 2012        

Bloodhound fired up for success

The world's first 1000mph car took a major step forward with the first firing of its rocket engine

Tags: And finally, Europe

10th 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        

Irish oil greater than first thought

Ireland's oil reserves appear to be significantly greater than first thought, according to Providence Oil.

Tags: Europe, Lubes news

10th October, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 141 (October 2012)

Signs of improved confidence in the US economy could rub-off on the rest of the world despite gloomy short-term predictions. What will CAFE and other emissions standards do to the lubes economy?

Tags: CO2 emissions, Europe, North America

9th October, 2012        

BMW recalls on oil defect;Toyota on window issue

BMW stops deliveries of 2013 modes in M5 and M6 performance range after an oil pump issue. Toyota to recall millions of cars globally for window switch problem

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, North America, Toyota

9th October, 2012        

Kyrgystan fuel supplies safe

Government officials seek to reassure country that fuel supplies are secure.

Tags: Europe, Lubes news, Russia

9th October, 2012        

Audi turns water into fuel

Audi may have found the fuel equivalent of alchemy, converting water into petroleum and diesel.

Tags: automotive industry, bio fuels, Europe, innovation, N America

9th October, 2012        

BP collaborates on Parnaiba research

BP is working with a number of universities to examine the evolution of one of Brazil's most valuable geological areas.

Tags: BP, Brazil, Europe, innovation

9th October, 2012        

Next stop, Rio!

A round the world rickshaw rider is taking on an Olympic-sized challenge.

Tags: And finally, Brazil, China, China and finally, Europe

25th September, 2012        

Indian lubes producer heads for Europe

An Indian state-owned lubes producer is set to open it's first European plant to boost sales of the Veedol brand.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, India, Lubes news

12th September, 2012        

Wired ride for line walker

A world first as wire walker helps Volvo with a daring stunt.

Tags: And finally, Europe, Volvo

12th September, 2012        

Paralympics a London triumph

The largest Paralympic Games ever held delivers triumph of impaired elite sport and inspires a generation.

Tags: And finally, BMW, BP, Europe

12th September, 2012        

Serbian refinery upgrade planned

NIIS is set to build a new refinery to boost Eastern European base oil production.

Tags: base oil, Europe, Gazprom, Russia

12th September, 2012        

Europe and Asia bids for refinery expansion

Saudi Aramco has received bids from Europe and Asia for expansion of its Yanbu refinery.

Tags: Asia, Corporate News, Europe, Middle East

12th September, 2012        

Lukoil to invest in Romanian plant

Russian oil major set to improve it's joint venture production facility.

Tags: Europe, Lubes news, Russia

11th September, 2012        

AVISTA takes on North as Prista enters re-refinng JV

German based recycled oil producer further increases its control of Dutch recycler while Prista enters Uzbeck re-refining JV.

Tags: base oil, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, waste

11th September, 2012        

Total boosts Asian presence

French oil producer aims at lubes market with new facility.

Tags: Asia, Europe, Lubes news, Total

11th 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        

BMW to unveil new car brand

A Chinese-specific brand is set for launch by German automaker, BMW

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, Europe, innovation, OEM and automotive

24th August, 2012        

UK independent's name will survive

Distributor Samuel Cooke will survive, at least in name after rescuer arrives.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe

16th August, 2012        

ACEA report highlights Euro aftermarket satisfaction

A new report from ACEA shows general satisfaction of car and commercial vehicle owners with aftermarket dealerships and repairers

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

15th August, 2012        

ExxonMobil gets Group 1 nod

ExxonMobil gains OEM approval for all Group 1 Dealerships across the US.

Tags: Europe, ExxonMobil, Lubes news, Mobil1, North America

15th August, 2012        

Life's a drag for a 13-year old

A 13 year-old school girl is setting the drag racing world alight.

Tags: And finally, Europe, motorsport, N America

15th August, 2012        

BP biofuels rise to Olympic-sized challenge

BP provides a range of biofuels, including the highest-ever octane for the London 2012 Olympics.

Tags: bio fuels, BMW, BP, Castrol, Europe, innovation

14th August, 2012        

Electric R8 sets new Nurburgring record

An electric Audi has set a new lap record at Germany's Nurburgring race circuit

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, motorsport

14th August, 2012        

Ducati stays the same, says Audi boss

Ducati's new owners have pledged to keep the brand unchanged at a workforce meeting

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

14th August, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 139 (Aug 2012)

The London Olympics brings some short-term cheer to continued economic gloom as the oil majors show depressed Q2 results. Technology could prove to be the salvation.

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

13th August, 2012        

Iconic car marques see sales boom in H1

Luxury car sales boost JLR's first half figures to add to good news over production.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, OEM and automotive

24th July, 2012        

Norway averts oil shutdown

Government steps in to stop strike threat of a total shutdown of its oil industry

Tags: Europe, Lubes news

10th July, 2012        

US files against China auto tariffs as ACEA concerned about S Korea

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.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, China, Europe

10th July, 2012        

"It's definitely a discovery"

Scientists are sure enough about LHC findings to declare a 'discovery' but is it a Higgs boson?

Tags: And finally, Europe

10th July, 2012        

Calumet and Cosan confirm deals as Evonik backs away

Calumet confirms Royal Purple deal, Cosan completes Comma purchase, but Evonik puts IPO on hold.

Tags: Calumet, Corporate News, Europe, North America

9th July, 2012        

Grease output hits record levels

Global grease production was at record levels with China leading the way according to the NLGI.

Tags: China, Europe, grease, North America

9th July, 2012        

New project aims to lower costs and rare metals for EVs

A UK-based joint project is set to develop the viability of low-cost electric motors for vehicles that reduce the need for expensive elements.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, innovation

9th July, 2012        

Economy and US oil supplies haunt OPEC meetings

Two European meetings involving OPEC discussed the future of OPEC and its relationship with the EC

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, OPEC

9th July, 2012        

The Ultimate Tee shot

A new world record for catching a golf shot in a moving car.

Tags: Daimler, Europe, F1

8th July, 2012        

Beauty and the Beemer

Chinese become hopelessly romantic over luxury cars.

Tags: automotive industry, BMW, China, China and finally, Europe

25th June, 2012        

Swedish carmaker Saab may rise from the ashes

Saab may yet survive with Chinese help, but as an EV manufacturer.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Europe, GM, OEM and automotive

25th June, 2012        

CNPC shows interest in Norwegian oil

China oil giant may collaborate with Norway's state-owned producer.

Tags: China, China lubes news, CNPC, Europe, Lubes news, Statoil

25th June, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 137 (June 2012)

The political and economic crisis in the Eurozone is continuing to have a global impact on the lubes industry. Sebastian Crawshaw discusses what could happen next and looks at the new CARS 21 regulations.

Tags: Europe, View from the Bridge

12th June, 2012        

Queen celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 60 years' reign with celebrations in the UK and abroad.

Tags: And finally, Europe, marine

11th June, 2012        

ACEA welcomes CARS 21 Report

The final CARS 21 report has been released by the European Commission and is welcomed by ACEA

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

11th June, 2012        

TNK-BP venture close to disintegration

Rosneft could be in the market to buy BP's share of troubled Russian joint venture

Tags: BMW, Corporate News, Europe, Rosneft, Russia

11th June, 2012        

Cosan buys Comgas

Brazilian lubes distributor by the country's gas equivalent from UK's BG.

Tags: Brazil, Corporate News, Europe

11th June, 2012        

Saudis look to sell Fuchs JV stake as Germans invest in Australia

A Saudi group is looking to offload its stake in a JV with Fuchs Petrolub as the German company eyes investment in Australia

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Fuchs, Middle East

11th June, 2012        

EU Electric motor market gains vehicle boost

European electric motor sales are likely to soar over the next five years according to a new report.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

8th June, 2012        

Scorsese to tell Ghost story

Martin Scorsese is to make a feature length biopic about the characters surrounding the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

7th June, 2012        

Merc releases new oil specs

Mercedes has announced new, tougher service-fill lubes specifications

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubricants

7th June, 2012        

Europe and Asia take a stake in Prista

ADM and the European Reconstruction Bank have both taken a share in Bulgaria's Prista

Tags: Asia, Europe

7th June, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 136 (May 2012)

This month's VFTB takes a US perspective on the global outlook and the implications for the lubes industry.

Tags: Europe, North America, View from the Bridge

4th May, 2012        

Fracking debate hits the UK

Large gas finds stir up fracking debate across the Pond.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, fracking, shale

1st May, 2012        

Audi buys Ducati

German car maker lands iconic Italian motorcycle brand

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe

1st May, 2012        

OW Bunker launches marine lubes; Wissol brings Total to Georgia

Greek firm OW Bunker is launching a global marine lubes division as Wissol supplies Total Marine in Georgian ports.

Tags: Europe, marine, Total

1st May, 2012        

Lubrizol aims at upgrades with capex

Lubrizol is aiming at significant expansion through increased capital expenditure in 2012 and 2013.

Tags: additives, China, Corporate News, Europe, Lubrizol, North America

1st May, 2012        

China opens up to foreign car insurers

Foreign auto insurers are rushing to capitalise on China's relaxation of regulations.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe, North America

19th April, 2012        

Geely to focus on exports

Chinese automaker aiming to be the nation's largest vehicle exporter

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

19th April, 2012        

Gazprom gets busy in oil, LNG and marine

Russian energy giant has a busy month announcing lubes deals and a new plant.

Tags: Europe, Gazprom, Lubes news, marine, Russia

4th April, 2012        

Endurance racing takes a new shape.

Nissan has revealed its revolutionary new car which could change the shape of the Le Mans 24 Hour.

Tags: And finally, Europe, motorsport, Nissan

2nd April, 2012        

VW set record sales as Euro market slumps

Germany's VW continues its global rise, but ACEA's latest figures show a slump in total vehicle sales across Europe.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

2nd April, 2012        

Asia to drive oil growth in 2012, says IEA

French analysts see drive for oil demand coming from the East

Tags: Asia, China, Europe, Forecasts, Lubes news

26th March, 2012        

China halts Airbus orders

New EU emissions regulations could put major purchase deal on ice.

Tags: Aviation, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe

26th March, 2012        

First commercial oil strike in Ireland

The first major oil strike off the coast of Ireland has been announced by a small Irish oil company

Tags: Europe, Lubes news, Upstream News

15th March, 2012        

Ford reveals new EcoBoost lubes spec

Ford increased awareness of its new 'bespoke' lubes standard for its EcoBoost engine.

Tags: automotive industry, BP, Castrol, Europe, Ford, innovation

8th March, 2012        

Marine fuel alternative nears commercial adoption

A marine fuel created using an innovative additive is undergoing tests and could be nearing commercial adoption.

Tags: additives, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, marine, S America

7th March, 2012        

Brazilian company buys UK business from Exxon

Brazil's largest ethanol exporter has bought and Exxon-owned UK oil and chemicals business.

Tags: Brazil, Corporate News, Europe, ExxonMobil

6th March, 2012        

Two doors close as others open for Shell and Petroplus

Shell is set to close blending and distribution operations but open a new blending plant and save a Petroplus refinery.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, N America, Shell

6th March, 2012        

More than 1 million 80+ drivers in the UK

There are more than one million drivers over the age of 80 in the UK, but they are still safer than the 'youngsters'

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

6th March, 2012        

Russia to establish new sustainability centre

A new centre to enhance Russian Oil industry sustainability and efficiency has been approved.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Russia

5th March, 2012        

Total's Nigeran project onstream

Total starts up deep offshore project in Nigeria to boost crude output

Tags: Africa, Europe, Lubes news, Total

5th March, 2012        

Total and Fuchs increase profits

France's Total and Germany's Fuchs Petrolub announce strong 2011 numbers after good Q4 finishes.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Fuchs, Total

1st March, 2012        

Busy time for BP as numbers show strength

BP delivered a strong finish to 2011 and is set to sell Global LPG bottling assets and US natural gas processing operations in Kansas.

Tags: Africa, Asia, BP, China, Corporate News, Europe, North America

1st March, 2012        

China rejects EU emissions programme

China bans airlines from entering EU's green levy on long-haul flights

Tags: Aviation, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe

27th February, 2012        

Audi and Great Wall set sights high for 2012 sales

Two major suppliers to the Chinese vehicle market have set ambitious targets for the year.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Europe, Forecasts, Great Wall

27th February, 2012        

Great Wall and Total sign co-op agreement

French lube producer signs a co-operation deal with China's largest SUV manufacturer.

Tags: automotive industry, China, China lubes news, Corporate News, Europe, Great Wall, motorsport, Total

27th February, 2012        

Bike champ aims for a road licence

A World MotoGP Champion has admitted that he is yet to pass his test for a road licence

Tags: And finally, Europe, motorsport

23rd February, 2012        

Renault and Total stay partners

French lubes and auto producers seal an extended OEM partnership

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes news, Renault, Total

23rd February, 2012        

Ice, rally, 4x4 - can't be a Ferrari?

A World Rally Champion takes the new Ferrari FF snow rallying

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, Ferrari, motorsport

9th February, 2012        

Ford sets tough green targets for manufacturing

Ford production plants will be subject to ambitious plans to reduce water and landfill.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Ford

8th February, 2012        

Wind, waves, speed - must be a Maserati!

A world speed record is underway across the North Atlantic in a Maserati - in this case a monohull racing yacht.

Tags: Europe, marine

8th February, 2012        

Road train takes another step forward

Europe's safe road train project has moved closer to fruition with a multi-vehicle platoon.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, innovation, Volvo

6th February, 2012        

Petroplus insolvency threatens jobs and supply

Swiss refining independent Petroplus has filed for insolvency, threatening European jobs and supply.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe

25th January, 2012        

Fuchs gets busy in Turkey

Fuchs is using joint ventures to take a firm foothold in Turkey's lubricants market

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Fuchs

23rd January, 2012        

Continental and SK aim at EV market

German and Korean joint venture set to provide power to global electric vehicles.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, innovation

23rd January, 2012        

Crisis? What crisis for Rolls?

Royce Royce hits record sales despite weakened economy.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

23rd January, 2012        

Euro countries compete for Chinese tourism

European countries are looking to the boom in luxury spending from China to boost their tourism and sales figures.

Tags: And finally, China and finally, Europe

23rd January, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 132 (Jan 2012)

2011 proved an 'interesting' year. What will 2012 hold? The initial global signs are generally positive.

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

9th January, 2012        

VW sets tough environmental targets

Volkswagen is to set tough new environmental targets for its production plants

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Volkswagen

6th January, 2012        

Chinese and British take a dip for the New Year

Swimmers across two continents brave freezing water for a holiday dip.

Tags: And finally, China, China and finally, Europe

3rd January, 2012        

Daimler seeks Chinese suitor

Car maker Daimler is looking for a Chinese investor to boost market share in domestic sales.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Daimler, Europe, OEM and automotive

27th December, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 131 (Dec 2011)

The Eurozone crisis continues to dominate global thinking, but some glimmers of hope remain in the lubricants sector and CARS 21 approves report.

Tags: Europe, GDP, View from the Bridge

9th December, 2011        

A Beatle and an Aston combine to make a fortune

An Aston Martin owned by a former Beatle has made thousands of pounds at auction.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

9th December, 2011        

Prista buys stake in Chevron's Uzbek operation

Prista takes on UzTexaco stake to increase its lubes output.

Tags: Chevron, Corporate News, Eurasia, Europe

2nd December, 2011        

Obang!

Fireworks display goes up in smoke, but ends well in a West Scotland town.

Tags: And finally, Europe

1st December, 2011        

Loeb is Champion but Rossi's on his trail

Sebastian Loeb crowned World Rally Champion but 'biker Valentino Rossi runs him close in Monza.

Tags: And finally, Europe, motorsport

1st December, 2011        

View from the Bridge - China (Dec 2011)

China's plummeting PMI and the knock-on effects of Europe's economic woes mean a long haul for manufacturers and the energy sector.

Tags: China, Europe, View from the Bridge

25th November, 2011        

Repsol builds Group III plant for SK

A Repsol-SK joint venture will boost production of Group III lubricants for Europe.

Tags: Asia, Europe, Lubes news, Repsol

21st November, 2011        

Lubrication of a different kind

China's wine market is cheery and foreign producers look to cash in.

Tags: And finally, China, China and finally, Europe

21st November, 2011        

Oxea to build its first plant in China

Chemical specialist to produce oxo derivatives from South China factory.

Tags: China, China lubes news, Corporate News, Europe

14th November, 2011        

Overseas car makers' sales blossom in China

Audi and Toyota have both announced strong sales so far in 011.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, China, Europe, OEM and automotive, Toyota

14th November, 2011        

Service your Millennium Falcon

Latest Haynes Manual helps Star War buffs strip down their cargo transport.

Tags: And finally, Europe

7th November, 2011        

Internet, social media and the lubricants industry

How European lubricants marketers are using the internet and social media.

Tags: Europe, OATS, white papers

7th November, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 130 (Nov 2011)

The UEIL Conference highlights resilience in the lubricants industry and a need for continued focus in tough economic times.

Tags: Asia, Europe, UEIL, View from the Bridge

7th 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        

VW already ahead of 2010 by Q3

VW has overtaken last year's earnings with a quarter of 2011 still to go.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

3rd November, 2011        

Success for UEIL in CN3811 debate

Discussions between the European Commission and UEIL has led to exemption for lubes additives.

Tags: additives, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, UEIL

28th October, 2011        

Red Bull and Citroen clinch titles

Red Bull seals F1 Championship as Citroen takes its seventh World Rally crown

Tags: And finally, Asia, Europe, F1, motorsport

27th October, 2011        

Increased Euro costs of efficient cars unfounded

A new report shows new European cars are more economical and cheaper to buy.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Fiat, Toyota, Volvo

27th October, 2011        

Bulgaria re-opens lubes plant

Plama refinery set to become leading producer in the country.

Tags: Europe, Lubes news, Lubricants

21st October, 2011        

BP and partners massive investment in North Sea

BP commits to largest North Sea investment along with key partners to keep oil flowing.

Tags: BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Europe, Lubes news, Shell

14th 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        

Axeon develops new car battery technology

Battery specialists claim a significant improvement in range for EVs.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, innovation

6th October, 2011        

New EV charging standards likely

European auto makers are seeking to unify EV charging standards.

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, Nissan

6th October, 2011        

The Jensen Interceptor is back.

Iconic car of the late 60's set to make return in modern style.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

3rd October, 2011        

Nano 'sieves' could replace antioxidants

Nano technology research could help produce 'greener' lubricants.

Tags: additives, Asia, bio lubes, Europe, innovation

3rd October, 2011        

Apache buys ExxonMobil's North Sea assets

Deal will hand over oil and gas operations in billion dollar deal.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, ExxonMobil

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        

Neste renewable diesel plant onstream

Neste has fired up its renewable diesel plant in Rotterdam.

Tags: bio fuels, Europe, innovation

23rd September, 2011        

Fridge-breathing dragon

A monster truck comes with special fridge-throwing weaponry.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

14th September, 2011        

Brenntag buys Multisol

Germany's Brenntag has bought UK-based chemicals distributor

Tags: Africa, Corporate News, Europe

14th September, 2011        

Skoda sets record but Bluebird fails

A Skoda has set a new land speed record for two litre cars, but the Bluebird Electric attempt fails.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, N America

8th September, 2011        

Libyan change could isolate Russia and China

The fall of the Gaddafi regime has started a new oil race in the Libya

Tags: Europe, Lubes news, Middle East

8th September, 2011        

TNK-BP bid for Polish refinery

The joint Russian-UK company has applied to buy a stake in Lotos.

Tags: BP, Corporate News, Europe, Russia

22nd August, 2011        

New grease stops car squeaks

A new grease has been launched, specially designed for vehicle interiors.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, grease, innovation

22nd August, 2011        

Ducati claims 300th Superbike victory

Another victory for Ducati takes the marque's World Superbike Championship tally to 300

Tags: And finally, Europe, motorsport

4th August, 2011        

UK set to invest in India after BP block purchase approved

The British Government has pledged to make significant investments in Indian commerce, helped by recent BP purchase approval.

Tags: BP, Europe, India, Lubes news

4th August, 2011        

Korean students win Ferrari Design prize

A group of Korean students has won the Ferrari World Design Contest with a stunning new sports car design.

Tags: And finally, Asia, automotive industry, Europe, Ferrari

4th August, 2011        

First Australian wins Tour and heads world rankings

The world famous Tour de France cycle race was won by an Australian for the first time.

Tags: And finally, Australia, Europe

3rd August, 2011        

Early bath via satnav

Satnav leads to a quick dip for van driver.

Tags: And finally, Europe

25th July, 2011        

ACEA announces REACH AIG V3

ACEA has revealed Version 3 of the REACH Automotive Industry Guidelines

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Europe, REACH

25th July, 2011        

PetroChina in JV deal for European refining

PetroChina has signed a joint venture agreement for refining operations in Scotland and France.

Tags: China, China lubes news, Corporate News, Europe, PetroChina

15th July, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 126 (July 2011)

Environmental issues dominate this month's View from the Bridge - from Europe to the US and China, automotive to aviation.

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

13th July, 2011        

E-pipe

The Jaguar E-Type's Anniversary was celebrated in spectacular style at Goodwood.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

11th July, 2011        

Mission accomplished for 'Mean Green'

Volvo's hybrid truck achieves record-breaking goals in Sweden.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, motorsport, Volvo

8th July, 2011        

Total renews Mazda link

Total will continue to supply OEM lubes to Mazda Europe.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Mazda, Total

8th July, 2011        

Slip sliding away

Merc driver sets world drifting record.

Tags: And finally, Europe, motorsport

7th July, 2011        

UEIL events to offer significant industry insights

UEIL events in September and October are set to offer significant insights into metalwork and Euro lubes industries.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe, UEIL

7th 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        

Italian Biorefinery project announced

Novamont and Eni to combine resources for new bio-product refinery.

Tags: additives, bio lubes, Europe, innovation

9th June, 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        

Volvo brings F1 KERS to the streets

Volvo is adapting flywheel technology for road cars with help from the Swedish Government

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, innovation, Volvo

9th June, 2011        

Ferrari reaches India and space!

Ferrari have a presence in India and the International Space Station.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China, China and finally, Europe, Ferrari, India

8th 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        

BP Sells Wytch Farm

BP sells its UK inshore operation to UK based Perenco.

Tags: BP, Corporate News, Europe

23rd May, 2011        

Mini returns to rallying

Mini has returned to World Championship rallying after an absence of 40 years.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, Mini, motorsport

23rd May, 2011        

Saab finds another Chinese suitor

A third Chinese company has now stepped forward as a likely saviour of the Saab brand.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, Europe, OEM and automotive, Scandinavia

18th May, 2011        

BP admits defeat in Rosneft deal

BP's Rosneft deal fails after the companies and AAR are unable to strike a deal over TNK-BP.

Tags: BP, Corporate News, Europe, Rosneft, Russia

18th May, 2011        

VW launch brings the house down.

Tower demolition used to demonstrate Amarok strength

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Volkswagen

13th May, 2011        

BASF acquires avgas innovation

BASF has acquired an innovative water-binding additive for aircraft fuel.

Tags: Aviation, BASF, Europe, innovation

13th May, 2011        

A pile of guano!

New research dispels myth of car paint damage from bird droppings.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, China and finally, Europe

13th May, 2011        

An expensive night out

A son has written off his father's supercar in an accident that will cost him a lot of pocket money.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

29th April, 2011        

Good start to 2011 for oil majors

Q1 results from Shell and Exxon show a good start to 2011 as does BP and it's Russian subsidiary TNK-BP

Tags: BP, China, Corporate News, Europe, ExxonMobil, N America, Russia, Shell

28th April, 2011        

Huge Norway oil find

Norway's oil economy could be revived with a massive discovery by Statoil

Tags: Europe, Lubes news, Scandinavia, Statoil

21st April, 2011        

Bumpy ride for BP from AGM and Rosneft deal

BP is facing more turbulent waters with a stormy AGM in London and a touch-and-go deal in Russia.

Tags: BP, Europe, Rosneft, Russia

14th April, 2011        

Biolubes market set to soar by 2017

The biolubes market will be driven by North America and Europe and is set for significant expansion by 2017 according to a new report.

Tags: bio lubes, Europe, Lubes news, North America

14th April, 2011        

Maserati - Mumbia and Montante

Maserati is to open dealerships in India and launches a hand-built 'bike.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, India

14th April, 2011        

Eu Commission lays out 2050 transport 'road map'

The European Commission has published its White Paper on Tranport, setting goals for the EU to 2050.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, Europe, marine

4th April, 2011        

Essar buys Shell Stanlow

Essar Oil has bought Shell's Stanlow refinery in the UK

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Shell

31st March, 2011        

Liqui Moly goes mining

Liqui Moly is to expand its product range into the mining sector.

Tags: additives, Europe, Lubes news, mining

25th March, 2011        

Chevroclay is latest model

A survey on the most popular children's toys led Chevrolet to create a new model.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

18th March, 2011        

Fuchs gains Rolls Royce approval

Fuchs has gained approval for its metalworking products for aero-engine production

Tags: Aviation, Europe, Fuchs, Lubes news

10th March, 2011        

38,000 hail Ducati MotoGP in Bologna

Tens of thousands of Bolognese helped to launch the Ducati season and celebrate news of a new factory

Tags: And finally, Bikes, Europe, motorsport

10th March, 2011        

Mercedes suspends its F1 car.

The Mercedes CP Petronas F1 Team has suspended a car in the name of art.

Tags: Europe, F1, motorsport, Petronas

9th March, 2011        

Electric Rolls includes battery and gear innovations

An Electric Rolls Royce concept includes innovative battery and transmission technology.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe, Inovation and environment

9th March, 2011        

BP looking for buyer of UK assets

BP is hoping to sell a number of UK onshore and offshore oil and gas fields.

Tags: BP, Corporate News, Europe

2nd March, 2011        

Fuchs & BASF celebrate strong 2010

Fuchs Petrolub saw a significant increase in revenues and BASF broke its sales records in 2010

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Fuchs

2nd March, 2011        

Essar bids for Shell refineries

Indian group Essar is bidding for Shell refineries including Stanlow.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, India, Shell

2nd 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        

Clariant to buy Sud-Chemie

Chemical group Clariant is to buy competitor Sud-Chemie as part of its restructuring process.

Tags: additives, Corporate News, Europe

22nd February, 2011        

McLaren unveils supercar

British sportscar manufacturer launches new MP4-12C, 330kph supercar

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

21st February, 2011        

Alternative fuels could dominate by 2050

New European report says transport could be sustainable by 2050 from fossil fuel alternatives

Tags: automotive industry, bio fuels, E and R Watch, Europe

21st February, 2011        

EU sets new CO2 targets for vans

The European Parliament has set new targets for light commercial vehicles (LCVs)

Tags: CO2 emissions, E and R Watch, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

21st February, 2011        

Chemtura ups additive production

US specialist Chemtura is to increase its polymer output by the end of Q1

Tags: additives, Europe, Lubes news, N America, S America

21st February, 2011        

Serbian Base oil plant begins operation

Base oil production started at the NIS plant in Novi Sad.

Tags: base oil, Europe, Lubes news

11th February, 2011        

Chevron sells Spanish operations

Chevron has sold the majority of its Spanish operations to Cepsa.

Tags: Chevron, Corporate News, Europe

11th February, 2011        

Liqui Moly set for growth

German additive specialist is aiming for significant global growth through exports

Tags: additives, Corporate News, Europe

24th January, 2011        

SARTRE demonstrates highway platooning

Road train technology to control vehicle 'platoons' has been successfully demonstrated in Europe.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Inovation and environment, Volvo

24th January, 2011        

4WD Ferrari unveiled

Ferrari has announced its latest model - a four-seater, four-wheel drive.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, Ferrari

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        

ACEA announces latest Euro oil sequences

ACEA has released its latest European oil sequences list.

Tags: ACEA, Europe, Lubes news, Lubricants

5th January, 2011        

Lukoil benefits from Russian market; SOCAR expands in Azerbaijan

Russia's Lukoil benefitted from a strong domestic DIY and industrial lubes market in 2010, with SOCAR making the most of increased lubes demand in Azerbaijan.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Russia

5th January, 2011        

Euro vehicle production rises

European vehicle production increased over the first nine months of 2010 according to ACEA

Tags: ACEA, automotive industry, Europe, Lubes news

5th January, 2011        

Fuchs expands Indian operations

Fuchs is set to increase its share of the Indian lubes market with a news Mumbai development centre.

Tags: Europe, Fuchs, India, Lubes news

22nd December, 2010        

Busy time for BASF

Chemical specialist BASF received good news from the EU over Cognis and is set to help Gazprom

Tags: BASF, Corporate News, Europe, Gazprom, Russia

22nd December, 2010        

Nissan Leaf Euro Car of the Year

Nissan's all-electric Leaf has taken a controversial win as 2011 Car of the Year.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Europe

20th December, 2010        

CO2 discovery could help oil extraction

New technology has been created to make CO2 an efficient means of extracting oil.

Tags: base oil, Europe, Inovation and environment

29th November, 2010        

Statoil sells oil sands interests

Statoil has sold 40% of its Alberta oil sands project to PTT Exploration.

Tags: Asia, Corporate News, Europe, N America

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        

Audi electric car sounds right

Audi is to give its new e-tron electric car an 'engine note'.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

17th November, 2010        

UK plastics to become diesel

A UK recycling company is set to generate millions of litres of diesel from waste plastic

Tags: Europe, Inovation and environment, waste

9th November, 2010        

OMV takes Petrol Ofisi from Dogan

Austria's OMV has taken its share in Turkey's Petrol Ofisi to 95% after its latest purchase.

Tags: Corporate News, Eurasia, Europe

1st November, 2010        

VW profits soar in Q3

Auto manufacturer, VW saw profits more than treble as it heads into the final quarter.

Tags: automotive industry, Corporate News, Europe, Volkswagen

25th October, 2010        

Aston announces luxury city car

Aston Martin is to produce a small luxury city car in 2011

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

18th October, 2010        

Plato takes a bath but wins the day

British Touring Car's Chevrolet racing drivers really took a bath, but still came up gleaming in the end.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, motorsport

12th October, 2010        

ACEA works with commercials to develop emissions tool

ACEA is collaborating with Europe's leading commercial vehicle makers to develop a 'real-time' CO2 emissions calculator.

Tags: ACEA, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

6th October, 2010        

Chevron drills deep in UK as decomissioning costs revealed

Chevron gained permission to drill north of the Shetland Islands as a new report reveals the potential cost of North Sea decomissioning

Tags: Chevron, Corporate News, Europe

6th 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        

Valvoline goes for new look

Valvoline has repackaged its EMEA motor oil products.

Tags: Africa, Europe, Lubes news, Middle East, Valvoline

27th September, 2010        

Cairn finds first evidence of oil in Greenland

Scotland-based Cairn Energy has discovered oil off the coast of Greenland, although the scale is yet to be determined

Tags: Europe, grease, Greenland, Lubes news

22nd September, 2010        

Total to sell UK fuel stations

Total is set to sell its 500 UK forecourts with Russia's Gazprom in the frame.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Total

20th September, 2010        

Lost Aston found as Bentley goes on US Tour

A very rare, 'lost' Aston Martin has sold at auction for more than £200,000, while Bentley runs a parts roadshow for old models in the US.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe, North America

20th September, 2010        

Cognis reports historic results

German chemicals specialist, Cognis, has reported record H1 results as business booms.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe

31st August, 2010        

One for the road!

Whisky by-products could be the high road to biofuel.

Tags: And finally, bio fuels, Europe, Inovation and environment

25th August, 2010        

BP wins spill battle but loses CEO

BP appears to have sealed the Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, but the distaster has cost the company it's CEO, Bob Hayward.

Tags: BP, Corporate News, Europe, N America

13th August, 2010        

Fuchs acquires Shell food lubes

Fuchs has bought Shell's food lubricants business for an undisclosed sum.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Fuchs

13th August, 2010        

Euro car market remains volatile

The European car market remains volatile with German and Italian sales down, but France and the UK see signs of improvement.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Renault

12th August, 2010        

EU MMT ban sticks, but door is left open

The European Union's Court of Justice upheld an earlier ruling to restrict the use of fuel MMT.

Tags: additives, Afton Chemicals, automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

17th July, 2010        

Bugatti Veyron sets landspeed record

New Bugatti sets world speed record for a production car.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

7th July, 2010        

Kuwait boosts European market presence

Kuwait Petroleum International is expanding its European market presence, starting with expansion of its storage facilities.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Middle East, Q8

1st July, 2010        

Art car sells for $500,000

Superstar singer and and artist combine to create auto art to benefit charity

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Europe

1st July, 2010        

Shell completes Greek sale as Total seals Saudi finance

Shell completed the sale of its Greek downstream businesses, while Saudi Aramco has clinched $8.5bn funding for a new refinery.

Tags: Europe, Middle East, Shell, Total

1st July, 2010        

ACEA agrees electric charging standards

Europe's auto manufacturing body has agreed a joint specification for electric vehicle connection points.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, Europe

25th June, 2010        

Busy time for BASF

Chemical giant to seal deal for Cognis and opens PIB plant

Tags: BASF, Europe, Lubes news

22nd June, 2010        

Honda and Audi set motorsport records

Honda set a new record for victories at the famous Isle of Man TT motorcylce races, while Audi clinched another 1-2-3 Le Mans win.

Tags: And finally, Europe, motorsport

16th June, 2010        

Korea and Spain line up new oil plant

South Koera's SK Lubricants and Spain's Repsol are to build a new plant in South East Spain

Tags: Asia, base oil, Europe, Lubes news

16th June, 2010        

Independents benefit from new EU rules

Independent lubes suppliers are set to benefit from the new European Union Block Exemption Regulations

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes news

16th June, 2010        

dexos2 own-brand lubes launched by GM

GM subsidiary, Vauxhall, has launched the first own-brand lubricants range under the new Dexos2 specification

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, GM, Lubes news

7th June, 2010        

Hydraulic fluid change could be predicted

New research is set to help predict the timing of hydraulic fluid and oil changes

Tags: Europe, hydraulics, Inovation and environment

7th June, 2010        

Barbie goes technical

Computer Engineer Barbie has serious purpose...according to her latest interview!

Tags: And finally, Europe

7th June, 2010        

World's fastest lawnmower

Pendine Sands in Wales hosted yet another successful world land speed record attempt - this time for a lawnmower!

Tags: And finally, Europe

24th May, 2010        

Buggy 'bikes all the rage for kids

It seems that kids now get the front seat when it comes to two wheeled transport.

Tags: And finally, Bikes, Europe

21st May, 2010        

UEIL announces European Congress

The UEIL has announced the dates and venue of its Annual European Lubricants Congress

Tags: Europe, Lubes news, UEIL

21st May, 2010        

Lubrizol reports on European oil/fuel economy role

Lubrizol has released a report on the role of engine oils in improving fuel economy in Europe.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes news, Lubrizol

14th May, 2010        

It's Aston Martin 004

Aston Martin's first four-door rolls off the production line.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe

10th May, 2010        

Lubrizol eyes Cognis purchase

Lubrizol are considering the purchase of German rival Cognis.

Tags: Corporate News, Europe, Lubrizol

28th April, 2010        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 112 (Apr 10)

Global forecasts for 2010 growth in real GDP are increased to 4.5% but the recovery rates vary significantly by country even within the dynamic BRIC economies. In Russia, how will the significant increase in car imports impact on the lubricants market?

Tags: Asia, Europe, N America, S America

20th April, 2010        

Innovation & Environment News - Bulletin 112 (Apr 10)

European desire for small cars reduces emissions; self-healing starfish could prolong oil life; Indian collaboration on biofuels; 'lip gloss' for high speed trains; and Tedd Biddle gains Excellence honour.

Tags: Asia, Europe, Ferrari, Fiat, Indian OIl Corp, Lubrizol, NTPC, Porsche

20th April, 2010        

Romanian lubes consumption drops

Romanian Lubes consumption dropped by 40 million litres in 2009, with 70% consumption comprising automotive

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, Lubes news

15th April, 2010        

VW in record ketchup sales

VW launch a limited edition tomato ketchup to celebrate record VW ketchup sales

Tags: And finally, Europe, Volkswagen

9th April, 2010        

Corporate news - Bulletin 112 (Apr 10)

Aramco expands its Yanbu refinery; Shell and BP consolidate in Africa; Chevron contracts but expands in Sri Lanka; better news for Fuchs; Ford sells Volvo to China; Renault-Nissan join forces with Daimler; and Afton buys Polartech.

Tags: Africa, Afton Chemicals, Aramco, Asia, automotive industry, BP, Chevron, Europe, Ford, Fuchs, Helix, Nissan, Renault, S America, Shell, Volvo

1st April, 2010        

Jean Philippe-Monod on block exemption

The UEIL's Jean-Philippe Monod delivered a presentation at the 2009 UEIL Congress which focused on European competition policy and its affects on the lubricants industry.

Tags: Europe, UEIL, white papers

22nd December, 2009        

The GDP effect on lubricants demand

Focusing on the correlation between national GDPs and the demand and supply of lubricants with market comparisons from 2008 and Q1 2009. Written by Sebastian Crawshaw of OATS and Apu Gosalia, Head of Strategic Marketing, Fuchs Petrolub AG.

Tags: Europe, Fuchs, OATS, white papers

9th June, 2009        

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