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Automotive marketing - from the practical to the surreal

The automotive industry maintains innovation in its marketing with some pragmatic online innovation and some surreal advertising.

Tags: Asia, Internet marketing, N America

12th November, 2017        

Hurricanes batter US oil production plants

Hurricane Harvey halted around 25% of all US oil production and supply as it swept across Texas. Hurricane Irma added insult to injury.

Tags: base oil, Lubes marketing, N America

12th September, 2017        

Fiat Chrysler goes online to boost Canada sales

Fiat Chrysler is the first OEM auto manufacturer to provide an online retailing solution in Canada after revealing a record start to the sales year.

Tags: Canada, Chrysler, Fiat, Internet marketing, N America

11th July, 2017        

Strong prediction for independent Lubes Manufacturers Market

Transparency Market Research predicts Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Market set to reach nearly US$9.5bn by 2025

Tags: Asia, Fuchs, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, N America

11th July, 2017        

API 1509 revisions approved

The Lubricants Group of the American Petroleum Institute (API) has approved revisions to the API 1509 provisional licensing requirements.

Tags: API, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

7th July, 2017        

AAA backs synthetic oils

AAA is backing synthetic oils at oil change because of potential long-term cost savings.

Tags: innovation, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

5th July, 2017        

US boosts fuel economy research as India questions its own new regs

As the US DOE invests in new research aimed at understanding powertrain efficiency through automated and connected vehicles, Indian scientists question the rigour of new passenger car fuel consumption standards.

Tags: automotive industry, drivetrains, India, Lubes tech, N America

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        

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        

Further delays for GF-6 spec

No final timeline set for ILSAC GF-6 engine oil licences, but likely to be 2019.

Tags: GF-6, ILSAC, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

30th December, 2016        

HollyFrontier buys Petro-Canada Lubes

Dallas-based HollyFrontier has clinched a deal to buy Suncor Energy's Petro-Canada Lubes business.

Tags: base oil, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, N America

2nd November, 2016        

California vetoes Oil Drain Bill

A Bill to regulate California automotive service providers for lubes changes has been vetoed.

Tags: Lubes tech, N America

24th October, 2016        

PC-11 made simple?

Infineum helps to de-mystify the PC-11 categories with a useful online campaign.

Tags: automotive industry, Infineum, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

22nd August, 2016        

Caterpillar set to move into Cuba

Caterpillar is hoping to work on road renewal and infrastructure schemes in Cuba when the trade embargo is lifted.

Tags: N America, OEM Equipment

31st May, 2016        

Renewable Fuel Standard proposes increased biofuels volume

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Renewable Fuel Standard is proposing ambitious increases in fuel production.

Tags: bio fuels, Lubes tech, N America

31st May, 2016        

New FA-4 engine oil symbol revealed

The American Petroleum Institute (API) will introduce a special service symbol “donut” for API FA-4 diesel engine oil.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

31st May, 2016        

Petro-Canada introduces Lube 360 Product Selector

Petro-Canada Lubricants has launched an online tool to help fleets select the right lubricants for their vehicles.

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

11th April, 2016        

Online retailers continue to dominate US customer satisfaction

The recent ACSI Report puts online retailers a long way ahead of their bricks-and-morater rivals when it comes to customer satisfaction, even if ratings are lower for 2015.

Tags: Internet marketing, N America

27th February, 2016        

Biosynthetic set for $100m USDA boost

Bio-lubest producer Biosynthetic Technologies has received further backing from the USDA to develop a major manufacturing operation.

Tags: bio lubes, Lubes marketing, N America

24th February, 2016        

CAT confident it can meet expansion in India demand

The heavy machinery manufacturer believes its investment strategy will see strong returns as India's heavy equipment market heads for double-size growth.

Tags: India, mining, N America, OEM Equipment

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        

PC-11 split becomes reality

The PC-11 heavy-duty engine oil split categorisation has been agreed by the API.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

24th February, 2016        

OPEC in crisis but oil will support long-term energy demand

Short-term conflict within OPEC, but Exxon predicts oil will still be the main provider for increasing global energy demand.

Tags: Africa, Lubes marketing, N America, Nigerian oil, OPEC, Russia

2nd February, 2016        

VW proposed fix for diesel cheat: a catalytic converter system

VW will propose fitting a new catalytic converter system that could to about 430,000 cars capable of cheating diesel emissions tests.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Lubes tech, N America, Volkswagen

1st February, 2016        

Go-ahead for PC-11

The PC-11 specifications have been approved by the American Petroleum Institute (API).

Tags: API, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

23rd 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        

Valvoline builds new HQ in Lexington

Valvoline has begun building a new $35 million headquarters on in Kentucky

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubricants, motorsport, N America, Valvoline

27th November, 2015        

Zeolite discovery turns bio-energy production thinking on its head

New scientific research has shown that biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion is possible without turning ethanol to ethylene.

Tags: bio fuels, bio lubes, Lubes tech, N America

27th 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        

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        

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        

View from the Bridge - October 15

Is the VW crisis the auto-industry's Deepwater Horizon and will it prove to be a turning point? What role will lubricants play in helping meet the increasing environmental pressures now being placed on the auto sector?

Tags: BP, China, CO2 emissions, N America, View from the Bridge, Volkswagen

5th October, 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        

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        

Shell abandons Alaska oil exploration

Royal Dutch Shell has given up on Alaskan oil production after poor returns and political pressure

Tags: Environment, Lubes tech, N America, Shell, Upstream News

30th September, 2015        

Shell's Tongyi stake goes to Carlyle, Huo's Group

The company's 75% holding will go to a US private equity firm and Tongyi's founder

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, N America, Shell

23rd August, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 174

What if the current oil price is the new reality? The effect of low prices on the global economy, lubes producers and off-highway manufacturers. Plus artificial intelligence in providing lubes information.

Tags: Fuchs, N America, Shell, View from the Bridge

8th 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        

Caterpillar to end truck collaboration with Navistar

Caterpillar will design and manufacture its CAT vocational truck family in-house following a split with Navistar.

Tags: mining, N America, OEM Equipment

7th August, 2015        

Fiat Chrysler agrees record penalties over recalls

Fiat Chrysler is likely to face a $105m civil penalty over US safety recalls.

Tags: automotive industry, Chrysler, Fiat, N America, OEM and automotive

6th August, 2015        

Car 'hacking' prompts calls for new auto security laws

Computer hackers demonstrate how they can control a Jeep remotely, prompting calls for legislation in the US.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Mobile technology, N America

6th August, 2015        

Chinese lubes gain US approvals

In a bid to promote the authenticity and efficacy of their products, Chinese firms are seeking Western certifications

Tags: China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

28th July, 2015        

US now largest oil producer says BP report

BP reviews the global energy market for 2014 with some surprising results.

Tags: BP, China, Lubes marketing, N America, Russia

3rd July, 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        

US sales of performance vehicles is accelerating

US sales of performance vehicles is faster than global growth despite emissions laws and fuel economy requirements.

Tags: automotive industry, Ford, Lubes marketing, N America

9th June, 2015        

Rising value but suppressed demand in synthetic lubricants

Extended oil drain intervals causes a rising value in PCMOs but a suppressed demand, according to Kline.

Tags: Asia, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, N America

8th June, 2015        

What a difference a differential makes!

Here's a delightful vintage explanation of how a differential works.

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

5th June, 2015        

Takata airbag recall

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

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

3rd June, 2015        

US average fuel economy shows slow improvement

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. increased 0.2 mpg between February and March, according to a report.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

11th May, 2015        

US label regulations pose challenges for lubes producers

ILMA is seeking clarification regarding compliance with Hazard Communication Standards in labelling and data sheets according to Lube Report.

Tags: ILMA, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

7th April, 2015        

Improved vehicle fuel economy helps lower US gasoline usage

Average US gasoline usage is the lowest in three decades, according to a study.

Tags: Fuchs, Lubes marketing, N America

7th April, 2015        

Volvo plans to build cars in the US

Volvo has confirmed plans for a new vehicle assembly plant in the U.S.

Tags: China, N America, OEM Equipment, Scandinavia, Volvo

1st April, 2015        

Fuel-efficient ‘StarShip’ truck

Shell and AirFlow Truck Co are developing a next-generation concept truck.

Tags: N America, OEM Equipment, Shell

1st April, 2015        

Research reveals the secrets of lubes additive function

The University of Pennsylvania and ExxonMobil studied the nanoscale properties and mechanisms of lubricant films and uncovered the molecular mechanisms behind a common anti-wear additive.

Tags: additives, ExxonMobil, Lubes tech, N America

24th March, 2015        

Falling oil prices could boost US autos

A recent report indicates that the low oil price will have a positive effect on the US automotive market.

Tags: base oil, Lubes marketing, N America, oil prices

6th March, 2015        

The effect of 'Paid Prioritisation' on advertising

FCC proposed regulation could threaten cable advertising with the end of "net neutrality".

Tags: additives, Internet marketing, N America

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        

Internet and on-demand mobility could cut US car ownership

Light vehicle sales in the US continue to rise, but buying habits are definitely changing according to a new report.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, N America

12th January, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 167

Apart from a some obvious losers, falling oil prices are good news overall for the global economy and a win for consumers. Global growth is based on shaky foundations, but the US is looking positive.

Tags: N America, Russia, View from the Bridge

12th January, 2015        

Honda's $70m fine

Honda has been fined $35m for not reporting death and injury complaints, and another $35m for not reporting warranty and customer satisfaction claims.

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

11th 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        

Obama signs Bipartisan Alternative Fuel Vehicle Bill

The NDAA 2015 bill now includes bi-fuel natural gas vehicles.

Tags: bio fuels, electric vehicles, N America, OEM Equipment

9th January, 2015        

New Jersey bans 19 motor oil products for viscosity falsification

New Jersey has banned 19 motor oils following tests results for viscosity levels.

Tags: Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

28th December, 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        

Graphene could transform lubricant longevity

Graphene is proving to be more effective than traditional lubricants through the wear cycle.

Tags: Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

6th November, 2014        

Tenneco opens commercial vehicle R&D facility in China

US truck giant to capitalize on increasingly stringent emission controls

Tags: automotive industry, China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, N America

26th 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        

Space station flames could mean cleaner engines on Earth

Researchers using the International Space Station have discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to cleaner, more efficient engines for cars.

Tags: additives, Lubes tech, N America

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        

Smart headlights could stop glare danger

US scientists have come up with an ingenious headlight system that can avoid glare but pinpoint objects in the road at night.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, N America

9th October, 2014        

$38m for a second hand car

A classic Ferrari has set a new auction record, at a sale in California.

Tags: And finally, Ferrari, motorsport, N America

8th September, 2014        

Car crashes - gender makes all the difference says US research

Car accidents happen at different times and in different ways depending on gender, according to a study from Kansa State University.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, N America

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        

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        

Chinese online retail markets overtake US sales volumes.

A McKinsey report has found Chinese e-tailers edged out the US by $25bn in 2013

Tags: China, China Internet Marketing, e-commerce, Internet marketing, N America

24th August, 2014        

NEV sales jump tenfold in July

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

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

20th August, 2014        

US has ageing car challenge

US vehicle age has reached an all time average high and is set to increase according to a new report

Tags: automotive industry, N America, OEM Equipment

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        

Volkswagen's new crossover will be US built

Volkswagen has chosen to build its new crossover in the US rather than Mexico.

Tags: N America, OEM Equipment, Volkswagen

10th 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        

New Porsche Classic Lubricant

Porsche Classic has developed a dedicated oil targeted at older 356 and 911 models.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubricants, N America, OEM Equipment, Porsche

8th July, 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        

Shell lubes marketing plays on hard work ethic

Shell has used documentary techniques to create and online boost for its Rotella brand with the focus on hard work

Tags: Internet marketing, Lubricants, N America, Shell

10th 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        

Weight loss for cars

Ford has unveiled its latest Lightweight Concept vehicle in its drive to increase vehicle efficiency

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Ford, N America, OEM and automotive

5th June, 2014        

Hydrogen cell powers Toyota cars and buildings

Toyota is using its soon-to-be launched hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its US HQ.

Tags: automotive industry, bio fuels, N America, OEM Equipment, Toyota

13th 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        

CAM2 purchases former Shell facility in Vicksburg

CAM2 International will blend and package oil and other lubricants at the newly-acquired facility.

Tags: Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America, Shell

12th May, 2014        

New Advanced Engine Fluids consortium

Southwest Research Institute® launches the Advanced Engine Fluids (AEF) to study fuel and lubricant chemistry and its effects on engine combustion.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

12th May, 2014        

GTLs - is there an elephant in the room?

RPS Energy's John Unsworth, John Sargeant and Stuart Speding question the impact of of Gas-to-Liquids on the lubricants industry.

Tags: Africa, Middle East, N America, white papers

9th May, 2014        

Seawater into fuel is now possible

Navy researchers claim a method to convert seawater into engine fuel.

Tags: bio fuels, Lubes tech, marine, N America

8th May, 2014        

Return of the spiders

Mazda's continue to be plagued by an eight-legged problem

Tags: And finally, Mazda, N America

15th April, 2014        

Nissan's FAQs about the electric Leaf

Nissan has used its customers to create online feedback about the Leaf.

Tags: Internet marketing, N America, Nissan, social media

8th April, 2014        

Californian Biolube Bill opposed

Motor oils sold in California after Jan. 1, 2017 must have at least 25 percent “biosynthetic” content, according to a controversial new Bill opposed by lubes producers

Tags: bio lubes, ILMA, Lubes tech, N America, waste

8th April, 2014        

OEM parts data is needed for safety and commerce

OEM parts data is vital for professional automotive recyclers and could prevent delays in identifying faults according to the trade body.

Tags: automotive industry, Chevrolet, GM, N America, OEM Equipment

8th April, 2014        

Content marketing is key to internet earnings

Content attracts visitors, builds trust and answers questions according to a recent report on web monetization.

Tags: Internet marketing, Mobile technology, N America

8th April, 2014        

Clean diesel technology revealed for off-highway

Lower emissions and better fuel efficiency have been met by manufacturers in diesel technology.

Tags: hydraulics, N America, OEM Equipment, waste

8th April, 2014        

Scrap plastic into fuel

Vadxx Energy is investing $20 million in coverting plastic into fuel.

Tags: Lubes tech, N America, waste

8th April, 2014        

US Lubes Market will have modest growth

US Lubes market will be worth 2.5 billion gallons by 2018, according to research.

Tags: ILSAC, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, N America

8th April, 2014        

US truck manufacturers' optimism

US truck manufacturers and component suppliers are expecting 2014 to be a big year.

Tags: automotive industry, N America, OEM Equipment

7th 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        

No savesies allowed for Philadelphia car parking

Philadelphia drivers are being warned not to save parking spaces for their return home.

Tags: And finally, N America

27th 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        

Addivant, Pertamina to beef up China presence

Lubes companies targeting China for future growth with new plants

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

16th 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        

Kline Database shows flat lubes market

Kline LubesNet update shows a flat global lubes market but Russian surge.

Tags: Asia, Kline, Lubes marketing, N America, Russia

10th March, 2014        

All that glisters...

The world's most valuable blue diamond has just been sold for $25m and a Californian couple find buried treasure worth more than $110m.

Tags: Africa, And finally, N America

7th March, 2014        

More recalls for Toyota and GM models

Toyota, Lexus and GM announce recalls for electrical problems

Tags: automotive industry, GM, Mazda, N America, OEM and automotive, Toyota

3rd March, 2014        

Lubrication Technologies to invest in Louisiana

Lubrication Technologies Inc. will invest $16 million to renovate a 226,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Shreveport, Louisiana,

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubes tech, Lubricants, N America

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        

Ford Fiesta joins the social media mix

Ford relaunches Fiesta in US using social media campaign in 2014.

Tags: automotive industry, Ford, Internet marketing, N America, Twitter

11th February, 2014        

New development absorbs engine hydrocarbons

BASF has launched an automotive air intake system hydrocarbon trap.

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

8th February, 2014        

Same weight, more power but better vehicle economy

An EPA report shows that vehicle fuel economy is rising even though vehicles aren't getting any lighter.

Tags: Holly, Lubes tech, Mazda, N America, Toyota

8th February, 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        

Destination unknown

A Southwest Airlines flight lands at the wrong airport.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, N America

14th January, 2014        

API launches Motor Oil Matters Pilot Program

MOM is set to protect API's lubes standards as the Institute also launches its new EOLCS website

Tags: API, automotive industry, Lubricants, N America, OEM Equipment

8th 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        

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        

Sleeping on air

Passenger is locked in an aircraft after falling asleep.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, N America

9th December, 2013        

Everclear faces standards issues

A stop-sale order has been issued for Everclear certain lubes in the US.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, N America

9th December, 2013        

Vehicles can be more efficient using waste heat

Converting fuel into energy produces waste, which can then be used to make cars more efficient.

Tags: electric vehicles, Lubes tech, N America

6th 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        

Ford doesn't 'escape' recalls

Ford forced to recall more of its Escape crossover after fire reports.

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

28th November, 2013        

Bio-additive could replace lube petroleum

California is set to see new commercial production of a synthetic alternative to petroleum used in lubricants.

Tags: Lubes tech, N America

8th November, 2013        

John Deere engines receive certification.

John Deere off-highway engines have received Tier 4 Final, Stage IV and CARB emissions certification.

Tags: CO2 emissions, N America, OEM Equipment

7th November, 2013        

Higher BNs could save millions claims Castrol Marine

Castrol Marine has presented evidence to CIMAC about cold corrosion and the effect of low Base Number lubes

Tags: Castrol, Lubes tech, marine, N America

14th October, 2013        

US is the biggest producer of liquid fuels outside OPEC

Booming shale oil and biofuels changes the balance of global oil producers.

Tags: bio fuels, Lubes marketing, N America, OPEC, Russia

30th September, 2013        

CAT increases presence in oil and gas and propulsion

Caterpillar acquisition and JV offer new horizons, but will it help the share price?

Tags: marine, N America, OEM Equipment, Scandinavia

30th September, 2013        

Yanchang to buy Canada’s Novus Energy for C$232

Another substantial Sino-Canadian deal goes ahead, despite government pledge

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, CNOOC, Lubes marketing, N America

24th September, 2013        

No respite for Caterpillar as sales dive

Construction equipment manufacturer fails to stop slide in revenue with further disappointing figures.

Tags: Australia, mining, N America, OEM Equipment

9th September, 2013        

Vehicle research awarded $45M grant

US Energy Department has awarded $45M in grants for vehicle research.

Tags: automotive industry, electric vehicles, Ford, Lubes tech, N America

9th September, 2013        

Sound marketing idea from Apple

US tech giant has submitted a patent for audio hyperlinks.

Tags: Apple, Internet marketing, N America

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        

Heavy duty fun in a sandbox

The opportunity to pay and play with full-sized excavators - the ultimate day out for would-be construction jockeys.

Tags: And finally, N America

6th September, 2013        

"Low-temperature combustion" research could clean diesel

New research on "low-temperature combustion" (LTC) could lead auto manufacturers and consumers to broader use of cleaner diesel engines.

Tags: CO2 emissions, Environment, Lubes tech, N America

2nd September, 2013        

Wet hand clapping

New discovery about the dynamics of squeezing fluids could revolutionise fuel and oil separation techniques.

Tags: And finally, IEA, innovation, N America

23rd August, 2013        

Sunnylands Summit

Relaxed Sino-US meeting gets to grips with big issues.

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

21st June, 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        

Rail is new pipeline

Rail is the new pipeline to help the Western states keep up with the US oil production boom

Tags: BP, Lubes news, N America

4th December, 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        

Hindujas in the lead for Houghton

Gulf Oil is leading the bids for Houghton International.

Tags: Corporate News, India, Lubricants, N America

10th October, 2012        

Used oil exchange launched

An online market for trading in used oil has been launched in the US with global aspirations

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants, N America, waste

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        

US files trade complaint against Chinese auto parts exports

President Obama takes a hardline stance on alleged Chinese car part subsidies.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, N America, Obama

24th September, 2012        

Life on Mars

NASA celebrates safe landing of Mars rover, Curiosity as images beamed back from the Red Planet

Tags: And finally, N America

16th 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        

Alaska delays and extensions

Shell hits delays to Alaska oil exploration as extensions may be granted to other producers

Tags: ConocoPhillips, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America, Shell

10th July, 2012        

Cheap fuel cells could be a reality

US scientists discover low-cost catalyst for microbial fuel cells.

Tags: bio fuels, innovation, N America

10th July, 2012        

Law gets heavy with Jiffy Lube and Delfin

A class action lawsuit and criminal charges have been brought against Jiffy Lube and Delfin's President respectively.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Middle East, N America

9th June, 2012        

Volvo reveals natural gas engines for North America

Volvo details its new heavy truck natural gas engine for the American market.

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, N America, Volvo

9th June, 2012        

Shuttle bids final farewell

The Space Shuttle programme bid farewell with flypasts in Washington and New York.

Tags: And finally, Aviation, N America

2nd May, 2012        

Chevron launches Gas vehicle lubes

News Chevron lube of medium and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles.

Tags: Chevron, innovation, Lubricants, N America

4th April, 2012        

Quick lube outlets drop, but female-owned mobiles may buck trend

The latest US quick lube and lubes plus rankings reveal a fall in outlets and revenues, but a new Vegas-based franchise may add some dash to a dull market.

Tags: Lubes news, Lubricants, N America

2nd April, 2012        

Self-healing hydrogel could have impact on synthetic lubes

Innovation from bioengineers in California could have literally reduce the impact machinery on lubes

Tags: bio lubes, innovation, N America

7th 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        

Eastman buys Solutia

Multi-billion dollar deal for chemical giant fuels an expansion into hydraulic fluids.

Tags: additives, N America

8th February, 2012        

A discordant phone call

Ringing mobile halts New York concert

Tags: And finally, N America

23rd January, 2012        

Canada's Daylight sale completed

Daylight Energy's sale to Sinopec was sealed at the end of 2011.

Tags: China, CNOOC, Corporate News, N America, Sinopec

6th January, 2012        

Safety-Kleen brings blending in-house

US-based Safety-Kleen is to boost its blending capacity with a new plant

Tags: base oil, bio lubes, Corporate News, N America

6th January, 2012        

China imposes US car duty

China is to impose anti-dumping tax on US-made vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, China, N America, Obama, OEM and automotive

27th December, 2011        

Chevron and Marathon boost exploration spend

Chevron and Marathon Oil announce significant expenditure plans for 2012 exploration

Tags: Australia, Chevron, Lubes news, N America

8th December, 2011        

BP to sell Canadian NGL operations

BP is set to divest its Natural Gas Liquids operations to a Canadian operator

Tags: BP, Corporate News, N America

7th December, 2011        

First GTL shipment from Pearl to US

Arrival of first shipment of Gas-To-Liquid from new Shell plant to Houston.

Tags: innovation, Middle East, N America, Shell

2nd December, 2011        

Lubrizol to buy Chemtool

US chemical specialists to buy grease manufacturer by end of the year.

Tags: Corporate News, grease, Lubrizol, N America

14th November, 2011        

FTC gets both barrels after Magnuson-Moss request

US oil industry leaves legislator in no doubt over oil warranty issue.

Tags: API, automotive industry, Dexos, Environment and Regulatory watch, General Motors, ILMA, N America

4th November, 2011        

CNPC forecasts overseas growth

CNPC is looking to foreign resources to secure China's oil futures.

Tags: Australia, China, CNPC, Corporate News, Forecasts, N America, PetroChina

24th October, 2011        

OPEC cuts global oil demand forecasts

OPEC has reduced its demand forecasts for the rest of 2011 and 2012 as global economy weakens.

Tags: Africa, Brazil, China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Middle East, N America, OPEC, S America

19th October, 2011        

Wildlife regs could change US drilling

Proposed state regulations to save wild birds could change drilling practices.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America, waste

6th October, 2011        

Comments sought on Magnuson-Moss Act

US FTC request for comments on Act could lead to Dexos attacks

Tags: Dexos, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants, N America

14th September, 2011        

Idemitsu expands US plant

Japanese lubes specialist set to expand US blending and storage operation.

Tags: Asia, Corporate News, Japan, Lubricants, N America

14th September, 2011        

Amyris launches sustainable lube range

Renewable product specialists introduce a new range of Biofene-based lubricants as Albemarle helps boost base oil production

Tags: bio lubes, Brazil, innovation, N America

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        

Universal passes five million

Universal has passed a major milestone in its oil re-refining production

Tags: bio lubes, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

8th September, 2011        

Canada funds new bio projects

Canada has announced further funding for biofuel and refinery projects.

Tags: bio fuels, bio lubes, innovation, N America

8th August, 2011        

New one-stop catalyst from ethanol for biofuels

US researchers have discovered a catalyst to provide isobutene from Ethanol.

Tags: bio fuels, innovation, N America

4th August, 2011        

Global industrial lubes on the up says Kline

Industrial and metalworking fluids are continuing their post-recession recovery, according to the latest Kline reports.

Tags: automotive industry, Lubes news, Lubricants, N America, North America

4th August, 2011        

OPTI Canada sold to CNOOC

Oil sands developer OPTI Canada is set for sale to CNOOC Luxembourg.

Tags: China, China lubes news, Corporate News, N America

27th July, 2011        

New York lubes producer devastated by fire

A New York based lubes producer has had its operations destroyed by a massive fire.

Tags: Corporate News, Lubricants, N America

26th July, 2011        

Marathon spins off refining

Marathon Oil spins off its refining division to become fifth largest in US.

Tags: Corporate News, N America

8th 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        

PQIA forms Advisory Board

New committee to help PQIA to deliver organisation's mission.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubes news, N America

7th July, 2011        

Encana and PetroChina shale deal fails

A potential joint venture for shale gas exploration has failed to materialise for PetroChina

Tags: China, China lubes news, Lubes news, N America, PetroChina

24th June, 2011        

Petsec to sell Chinese interests

Australia's Petsec is set to sell its Chinese assets to invest in US shale oil.

Tags: Australia, China, Corporate News, N America

9th June, 2011        

Ecobox wins sustainability award

Shell's Ecobox has won recognition from retail giant Wal-Mart

Tags: innovation, N America, Shell

9th June, 2011        

Venezuela shrugs off sanctions

Venezuela has dismissed recent US oil sanctions by claiming other markets may be more important.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America, S America

8th June, 2011        

Chrysler repays its debts

Chrysler repays its loans to Canada and the US ahead of schedule.

Tags: automotive industry, Chrysler, Corporate News, N America

8th June, 2011        

Joy for LeTourneau

Joy Global acquires mining OEM LeTourneau from Rowan.

Tags: Corporate News, mining, N America

3rd June, 2011        

Canadian pipeline spills put safety in the spotlight

Two spills from separate Canadian lines have put a tar sands pipeline project in the spotlight.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

13th May, 2011        

Amyris gives Brazil bio boost

Amyris has signed a major contract for sugar-based bio-additive production

Tags: additives, bio lubes, Brazil, innovation, N America

3rd May, 2011        

Lubrizol lift slightly in Q1

Lubrizol showed positive Q1 results despite bearing costs from the Hathaway takeover

Tags: Corporate News, Lubrizol, N America

29th April, 2011        

NewMarket posts strong Q1 but mixed news for Ashland

NewMarket has reported a "terrific year" helped by strong results from its Afton Chemical subsidiary but Ashland saw Valvoline down despite recent launch in Pakistan.

Tags: Afton Chemical, Asia, Corporate News, N America, Newmarket

28th 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        

Mixed news for BP on Gulf fish

A positive report on oil contamination of fish countered by oyster communities in the gulf

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

15th April, 2011        

MJL listing blocked as Calumet seeks funding

Mobil Jamuna Lubricants listing bid is blocked in Bangladesh as Calumet aims to raise funds with share sale in US

Tags: Asia, Corporate News, N America

14th April, 2011        

Amyris in finished lubes venture

Amyris is turning to a joint venture to enter the industrial and auto lubes sector

Tags: bio fuels, Lubricants, N America

25th March, 2011        

China lube prices to rise as US and Russia look good

China's industrial lube prices are set to rise, while US and Russian base oil production moves ahead.

Tags: base oil, China, Lubricants, N America, Russia

9th March, 2011        

Creepy crawly Mazda attack

Mazda recalls Mazda6 models after spider attack.

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

9th March, 2011        

Execs fear US drilling regs could boost costs

Top oil and gas executives believe new drilling regulations could significantly increase costs.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

2nd March, 2011        

Milestone as US returns to deepwater

The first deepwater drilling permit is issued since the BP Gulf spill.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

2nd March, 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        

New Hampshire can claim more in MTBE case

New Hampshire can claim costs for MTBE-polluted private water supplies

Tags: additives, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

11th February, 2011        

Chevron to build $1.4bn lubes plant

Chevron is set to extend its largest wholly-owned refinery with a new Base Oil production facility.

Tags: base oil, Chevron, Lubes news, Lubricants, N America

2nd February, 2011        

EPA backs ethanol increase

The US EPA has endorsed an increase in ethanol in passenger car fuels.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

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        

Cosan and Amyris partnership and new Clean Power brand

Bio-lubes producers Cosan and Amyris have formed a partnership, which Canada's Clean Power reveals new enviro-brands.

Tags: bio fuels, Inovation and environment, N America

5th January, 2011        

Quaker buys Summit and Sea-Land heads for Europe

Quaker Chemical Corp has acquired specialist grease maker Summit Lubricants, while Sea-Land Chemicals opens in Europe

Tags: Corporate News, grease, N America

5th January, 2011        

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        

Flights of fantasy in LA

Auto design studios dream-up lightweight cars of the future for LA Auto Show

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, GM, N America, Volvo

24th November, 2010        

Ashland sells distribution business

Ashland Inc has sold its global distribution business to TPG Capital.

Tags: Corporate News, N America, Valvoline

17th November, 2010        

Chemtura completes turnaround

Chemtura posted strong Q3 figures as it finally exits bankruptcy

Tags: additives, Corporate News, N America

17th November, 2010        

Microalgae biofuel contribution will be vital

A new report claims that microalgae technology will make a "vital but modest " contribution to the US biofuels industry.

Tags: bio fuels, Inovation and environment, N America

3rd November, 2010        

Halliburton rebuts Commission report on cement

Halliburton has issued a strong rebuttal of the National Commission's cement testing in relation to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

1st November, 2010        

SKF Buys Lincoln Industrial

Engineering giant SKF has acquired US-based Lincoln Holdings to expand its lubricants systems business.

Tags: Corporate News, Lubricants, N America

25th October, 2010        

DME and Camelina oil head bio-fuel news

Bio-DME has been launched in Sweden, while DuPont turns to Camelina Oil as a possible bio solution.

Tags: bio fuels, Inovation and environment, N America, Scandinavia

20th September, 2010        

No single fault to blame for Deepwater Horizon disaster

BP releases own investigation and finds a number of factors caused the Gulf of Mexico explosion and oil spill

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

8th September, 2010        

Bio-grease production safer with microwaves

New technology from Iowa could take the danger and time out of bio-grease production

Tags: grease, Inovation and environment, N America

6th September, 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        

Georgia study shows strong positives for diesel additives

George Ports Authority announces very positive results for diesel additives study to show fuel and emissions savings

Tags: additives, CO2 emissions, Inovation and environment, N America

13th August, 2010        

PIB market set to grow in North America

A new report shows Polyisobutylene volumes in North America will reach 410,000 tons by 2015.

Tags: Lubes news, N America

17th July, 2010        

Bio method discovered for isobutane

A new bio-based technique has been discovered to manufacture isobutane.

Tags: bio fuels, Inovation and environment, N America

1st July, 2010        

Obama moratorium overturned as BP costs rise

A federal judge has overturned US the US President's moratorium on offshore drilling, while BP's costs exceed $2.3bn

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, N America

25th June, 2010        

Chemtura moves away from bankruptcy

Lubes and additives producer, Chemtura, and its affiliates is stepping closer to an exit from bankruptcy

Tags: Corporate News, N America

25th June, 2010        

Oil in a box from Shell

Shell roll-out new Ecobox oil storage system.

Tags: Inovation and environment, N America, Shell

22nd June, 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        

Upstream News - Bulletin 112 (Apr 10)

Crude prices reach 18-month high; Opec supports price hike and Brazil; Petrobras strengthens Asian exports; Denbury makes $900m sale; and Shell and Chevron celebrate deepwater success.

Tags: Chevron, N America, OPEC, Petrobras, S America, Shell

20th April, 2010        

And finally... Bulletin 112 (Apr 10)

Formula One back on the grid; Shell stays with Ferrari; a UN-backed decade of road safety, it's official; automotive April Fools; and the world's largest meatball.

Tags: Asia, Australasia, automotive industry, F1, Infiniti, N America, Shell

1st April, 2010        

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