North America


US synth lubes and functional fluids market set for sustained growth

US demand for synthetic lubricants and functional fluids is expected to increase by 6% per annum to 2018.

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubricants, North America

5th September, 2014        

Google's self-driving cars

Google has revealed the prototypes of its new self-driving cars.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, Google, Lubes marketing, North America

28th May, 2014        

Ice truck is ultimate battery test

Canadian Tire uses a truck made of ice to temperature test its batteries.

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, North America

7th January, 2014        

Caterpillar cost lockdown affects jobs

Caterpillar is slashing its costs after poor Q3 results. N American jobs are affected despite new product launch.

Tags: mining, North America, OEM Equipment

27th November, 2013        

Fuel economy could be improved by molten salts

Ionic lubricants could potentially be used as additives to the base oil used in motor oil.

Tags: additives, base oil, Lubes tech, North America

25th November, 2013        

Chemtura opens new China plant

The North American company expands its operations across Asia-Pacific with a new facility in Nanjing

Tags: Asia, China, China Lubes Tech, Lubes tech, North America

16th 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        

New tractor hydraulic fluid authentication mark

tractorlife.com has launched an authentication mark for hydraulic fluids in a bid to improve product quality and marketing

Tags: hydraulics, North America, OEM Equipment

14th October, 2013        

ExxonMobil Marine launches environmental lubes range

A new series of lubes and greases are now available that meet the latest US EPA marine regulations.

Tags: Calumet, ExxonMobil, grease, Lubricants, marine, North America, OEM Equipment

14th October, 2013        

Chinese lubes market to maintain steady growth

Sales are likely to grow by around 8-10% each year over the next three years

Tags: China, China Lubes Marketing, Lubes marketing, North America

13th October, 2013        

GF-6 first licencing date delayed till January 2017

Delays in engine test development have caused the postponement of the ILSAC specs upgrade .

Tags: API, GF-6, ILSAC, Lubes tech, North America

11th October, 2013        

Eco Ultra Synthetic Blend Motor Oil awarded Dexos1 licence

Universal Lubricants announced that its Eco Ultra Synthetic Blend Motor Oil has been awarded a dexos1 licence as new CEO takes up the reins.

Tags: bio lubes, Dexos, GM, North America, OEM Equipment, waste

2nd September, 2013        

Video ads could be key to digital marketing

Online advertising by video is on the rise, but is there enough ROI measurement?

Tags: e-commerce, Internet marketing, North America

12th August, 2013        

US EPA finally launches Permit

Vessel General Permit finally sets sail with December date for ship owners and operators.

Tags: bio lubes, E and R Watch, marine, North America, OEM Equipment

12th August, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 151

BRICS v The Old World - are the emerging countries losing ground to the economic 'old guard'?

Tags: Brazil, China, Japan, Lubricants, North America, Russia, View from the Bridge

12th August, 2013        

Atlantic Gulf Bunkering enters US Gulf market

US Gulf market has a new player with early ambitions for expansion.

Tags: marine, North America, OEM Equipment

11th August, 2013        

NanoMech patents could trump traditional lubes

NanoMech claims its new near-frictionless product patents could remove the need for traditional lubricants

Tags: innovation, Lubes tech, Lubricants, North America

11th August, 2013        

Universal Lubricants and Brakes Plus in new partnership

Brakes Plus And Universal Lubricants to recycle used motor oils.

Tags: innovation, Lubes tech, North America, waste

9th August, 2013        

Henry Ford - mobility to the masses

The world celebrates the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford's birth

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

9th 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        

Champion & Petro Canada offer new lubes

New synthetic lubes and brake fluid Champion Oil and new lube from Petro Canada

Tags: Lubes tech, Lubricants, North America

9th 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        

USDA amends bio-specs for preferred procurement

US agency adds new product categories and changes the percentage levels for bio-content in lubes and cleaning materials.

Tags: bio fuels, bio lubes, North America, OEM Equipment

5th July, 2013        

Quaker State® is official oil for Kelley Blue Book®

Kelley Blue Book is specifying the use of Quaker State oils in all of its long-term test vehicles.

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubricants, North America, Shell

3rd July, 2013        

The stop-start of new transport lubricants

Stop-start commercial lubes are the focus for Pilipinas Shell and Amsoil.

Tags: ACC, Asia, automotive industry, Lubes tech, North America, Shell

27th June, 2013        

Shale to GTL to Group III - a possible price revolution?

Developments in GTL refining could impact the price of Group III base oil according to Kline.

Tags: base oil, ExxonMobil, grease, Lubes tech, North America, shale

26th June, 2013        

Chevron completes lubes plant in Tianjin

US lubes producer boosts output with new plant opening.

Tags: Chevron, China, China lubes news, Lubes marketing, North America

20th June, 2013        

Hydrodec has agreement with G&S Technologies Group

Hydrodec has reached agreement with its U.S. partner G&S Technologies Group, to expand capacity at its rerefinery in Canton, Ohio.

Tags: North America, OEM Equipment, waste

12th June, 2013        

Geely forms EV JV with Detroit Electric

Chinese automaker looks to claim electric niche in US.

Tags: automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, innovation, North America, OEM and automotive, OEM Equipment, Volvo

22nd 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        

New Mobil Delvac ahead of the Feds

Next year's US Federal standards will be met by the latest Mobil brand

Tags: ExxonMobil, Lubes tech, Lubricants, North America

20th May, 2013        

Industrial additives could overtake auto in the US

New Freedonia Group report shows industrial additives and off highway are important sectors for the future as auto demand drops.

Tags: additives, automotive industry, Lubes marketing, marine, North America

20th May, 2013        

Plains states have twice as much oil as previously thought

Williston Basin has twice as much oil and three times as much gas as previously estimated.

Tags: fracking, Gazprom, Lubes news, North America, shale

7th May, 2013        

Computers no bigger than a snowflake

'Smart dust' could be the next 'big' thing in computing, despite their micro-size.

Tags: And finally, CO2 emissions, North America

2nd May, 2013        

High compliance cost of GHS ruling

The cost of compliance with GHS ruling will be high for US companies manufacturing and handling chemicals

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubes tech, North America

23rd April, 2013        

Billionaire sets up $300m China scholarship

US Philanthropist and businessman invests heavily in foreign student's gaining a Chinese education

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

23rd April, 2013        

Chinese film remake is box office smash

Hollywood pays attention as a Chinese remake grosses more than $100m in a matter of days.

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

23rd April, 2013        

China poised to top US for oil imports

The US could drop to second place in the world's oil import league as China's energy hunger continues to increase.

Tags: China, Forecasts, Lubes news, North America, OPEC

23rd April, 2013        

China contemplates ConocoPhillips' Kazakh stake

China is eyeing a share of the US exploration giant's Kazakh oil interests

Tags: China, China lubes news, ConocoPhillips, Eastern Europe, Lubes news, North America

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        

Greenhouse genie goes back into the bottle

US scientists claim process to convert CO2 into fuel.

Tags: bio fuels, CO2 emissions, innovation, North America

17th April, 2013        

Kearl oil sands project to start up soon

Imperial Oil says its Kearl oil sands project is set to come online in April.

Tags: Lubes news, North America

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        

Wind sandwich may overtake jets

Ionic thrusters generate efficient propulsion in air to rival conventional jet engines

Tags: Aviation, innovation, Lubes tech, North America

5th April, 2013        

ExxonMobil battles Arkansas spill: trains dump crude in US and Canada

ExxonMobil is undertaking a major cleanup operation after pipelines leaked Canadian heavy crude oil in Arkansas and trains derail in US and Canada.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, ExxonMobil, North America

5th April, 2013        

Oil patch truck drivers' food cuts the mustard

Hungry oil patch truck drivers are getting healthy food as locals decide to ditch the junk

Tags: And finally, North America

5th April, 2013        

New General Manager of Lubricants at Phillips 66

Phillips 66 has appointed a new general manager of lubricants

Tags: Corporate News, Lubes marketing, North America, Phillips 66

29th March, 2013        

Better fuel systems may be on the way

A new mathematical model could revolutionise fuel system design for combustion engines

Tags: automotive industry, innovation, North America, OEM Equipment

29th March, 2013        

Sinopec to buy $1.02 billion of Chesapeake assets

Chinese major takes on US oil and gas properties

Tags: China, China lubes news, Lubes news, North America, Sinopec

22nd March, 2013        

Sky-high price for skyline place

Chinese investors aim to buy iconic GM building in New York

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

22nd March, 2013        

Greenland elections warning: Shell suffers Arctic setback

A new government in Greenland may constrain oil and mineral exploration, while Shell is banned from Arctic exploration.

Tags: Gazprom, North America, Shell

18th 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        

Toothpaste and soap - now oil extraction

Surfactants are helping to increase oil flow in previously pumped reservoirs.

Tags: additives, fracking, innovation, North America

5th 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        

CNOOC-Nexen deals wins U.S. approval

The oil sands deal has overcome its final major hurdle on the way to completion

Tags: China, CNOOC, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, North America, shale

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        

Cooperation between Rosneft and ExxonMobil Expands

Rosneft and ExxonMobil are using the 2011 Strategic Cooperation Agreement to expand their cooperation.

Tags: Corporate News, ExxonMobil, North America, Rosneft, Russia

21st February, 2013        

Canadian oil sand mining linked to PAH rise

New research shows Alberta’s oil sand mining has increased levels of PAHs in surrounding lakes

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

20th February, 2013        

Hebron oil project go ahead from ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil will develop the Hebron oil project off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador

Tags: ExxonMobil, Lubes news, North America, Statoil

20th February, 2013        

Draft fracking rules released by California oil regulators

Draft fracking rules are released to assuage public concern in California

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, fracking, North America

5th February, 2013        

Confused picture over Iranian sanctions

US Iranian sanctions are apparently having an impact on the country, but some exemptions are easing the energy situation.

Tags: China, Lubes marketing, Lubes news, Middle East, North America

5th February, 2013        

Houghton International sold for over $1 bn

Gulf Oil seals the deal for Houghton International

Tags: Corporate News, India, Lubes marketing, Lubricants, North America

1st February, 2013        

To clean oil, first you have to see it

Technology development continues in battle to see oil in water after a spill.

Tags: innovation, North America, Scandinavia

28th January, 2013        

Botanic blunder leaves Canadians with financial dilemma

Canada has, according to experts, put the wrong kind of maple leaf on its 20 dollar bill

Tags: And finally, North America

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        

Sasol to invest heavily in historic plant.

Sasol gives the green light to invest billions in a new GTL/ethelene complex in the US.

Tags: Africa, innovation, Middle East, North America, rail

8th 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        

SAE gives final approval for 16 Grade

SAE is now set to add its 16 Grade to the SAE J300 schedule after it received final vote approval.

Tags: ACEA, API, ILSAC, innovation, Lubes tech, Lubricants, Lubrizol, North America, UEIL

4th January, 2013        

OPEC predicts strong 2013 output

Record 2012 may be followed by strong 2013 for the oil producing nations' conglomerate as US fuel prices escalate.

Tags: Lubes marketing, Lubes news, Middle East, North America, OPEC

4th January, 2013        

Shell rig awaits recovery after Alaska grounding

A drill ship has run aground on the Alaskan coast while under tow from Alaska to Seattle

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Shell

4th January, 2013        

Transocean pays for its part in Gulf Spill

Deepwater Horizon operator pleads guilty and pays the price for its part in the Gulf disaster

Tags: BP, Corporate News, North America

4th January, 2013        

PetroChina to buy JV stake in Encana for $2.2bn

China major takes another bite out of Canada's oil patch.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, North America, PetroChina, shale

30th December, 2012        

Chinese company to maintain Iran imports

Major Chinese supplier to maintain links with Iran despite sanctions

Tags: China, China lubes news, Lubes news, Middle East, North America, Sinopec

28th December, 2012        

CNOOC-Nexen deal far from done

Canada's largest shale oil deal still has a long way to go before completion, despite government approval.

Tags: China, CNOOC, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, North America, shale

28th December, 2012        

Wanxiang to acquire A123 systems

Chinese group beats US Johnson to bankrupt battery-maker's assets at auction.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, electric vehicles, North America, OEM and automotive

24th December, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 143, December 2012

The world's two biggest economies continue to drive the global money-go-round as Europe battles with its own financial issues. Meanwhile OEMs update their data and mobile technology advances.

Tags: China, ILMA, North America

17th December, 2012        

Nexen deals gets the green light

Canada has give go-ahead tothe CNOOC-Nexen deal, but claims it will be the last foreign energy takeover

Tags: Asia, China, CNOOC, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Petronas, shale

8th December, 2012        

Biggest commercial research computer ever

BP building largest commercial research computer

Tags: BP, innovation, North America

8th December, 2012        

ePatrol 2025

LA Autoshow design competition

Tags: And finally, automotive industry, BMW, Holly, North America

7th December, 2012        

Oil patch employment

There is a huge need for workers as a result of the northern US oil boom

Tags: And finally, North America

6th December, 2012        

Gulf blaze claims victims

The body of a Filipino worker has been found after a blaze on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tags: Lubes news, North America

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        

Suzuki pulls out of US auto market.

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

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

15th November, 2012        

Group II alternatives filling Group 1 gap - Kline

The latest Kline report shows base oil producers are finding new options from Group II stock to fill the declining Group I gap

Tags: China, innovation, Kline, Lubes tech, North America, Shell

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        

Nano collaboration could reduce fuel waste

Collaborative research could identify nanocrystal dispersion as a source of fuel saving.

Tags: innovation, nanocatalysts, North America, waste

12th November, 2012        

Nanotech and lubes could help condenser emissions

New MIT research could massively reduce greenhouse emissions from power industry

Tags: carbon capture, CO2 emissions, innovation, North America

12th November, 2012        

Gulf takes Houghton as Samsung wins Yanbu

Gulf OIl has won the race to buy Houghton International, while Samsung Engineering takes the the Saudi development contract to expand the Yanbu refinery.

Tags: Asia, India, Lubes news, Middle East, North America

12th November, 2012        

Clean Harbors seals the deal on Safety-Kleen

Waste management companies tie the knot after difficult engagement period.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, marine, North America, waste

8th November, 2012        

Canada blocks Petronas shale gas bid

The Canadian government has applied the brakes to a the latest overseas bid for a domestic shale gas producer, raising questions about the future of the Nexen bid.

Tags: Asia, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Petronas

8th 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        

Tough year for WD-40

Domestic lubes maker hit by currency issues and rising costs.

Tags: Corporate News, North America, WD-40

8th November, 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        

Nexen bid clears hurdle

CNOOC's bid for Canada's Nexen has cleared a major legal hurdle on the way to completion.

Tags: China, Corporate News, Environment, regulatory and standards, North America, shale

10th October, 2012        

Exxon Mobil consolidates and expands US ops

Exxon is to expand its synth lubes production with expansion of its Baton Rouge operations, while closing other sites.

Tags: Corporate News, ExxonMobil, North America

9th October, 2012        

Delfin can trade abroad

Troubled Delfin Group has been given clearance to begin trading abroad after a Federal US ban.

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

9th 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        

Space Station fixed with a toothbrush

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

Tags: And finally, Japan, North America

12th September, 2012        

Jiffy Lube hit with texting fine

A key Jiffy Lube franchise has settled a massive fine for sending unsolicited marketing texts.

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

12th September, 2012        

Serious fires under investigation as Niagra rebuilds

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

Tags: Japan, North America, S America

12th September, 2012        

Pouch packaging is a US first

New oil pouches set for distribution into US markets for first time.

Tags: innovation, North America

12th September, 2012        

US lubes consumption set for slow growth

A new report states that North American lubes commercial lubes consumption will only grow marginally over the next five years.

Tags: Kline, Lubes news, North America, waste

11th September, 2012        

BP sells Gulf assets

BP is continuing towards its $38bn asset sales target with the latest disposal of Gulf fields.

Tags: BP, Corporate News, North America

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        

Wanxiang's US battery investment raises IP issues

China's Wanxiang's planned investment in a US battery maker is good news for A123 Systems, but causes unease over IP.

Tags: China, electric vehicles, Environment and Regulatory watch, Environment, regulatory and standards, North America

22nd August, 2012        

CNOOC bid for Nexen lights political fire

CNOOC announced a massive bid for Canada's Nexen, which has led to a political backlash across North America

Tags: China, CNOOC, Corporate News, North America, shale

16th August, 2012        

Total and Shell release new hydraulics

Two new, innovative hydraulic fluids are set for launch.

Tags: innovation, North America, Shell, Total

16th August, 2012        

New silicon and bio-diesel standards approved

A new standard for measuring silicon content in gasoline has been approved by the ASTM along with a voluntary standard for bio-diesel.

Tags: additives, bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, test

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        

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        

Suncor seeks Chinese investors for oil sands projects

Canadian firm courting Chinese suitors to ease cost pressure

Tags: China, China lubes news, Lubes news, North America, shale

24th 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        

Castrol goes bio

Castrol has launched a new biolube range for the industrial sector.

Tags: bio lubes, Castrol, Lubes news, Lubricants, North America

9th July, 2012        

View from the bridge - Bulletin 138 (July 2012)

US recovery may not be good news for OPEC along with oil sands and volatile oil prices; UEIL clamps down on rule breakers and tablets drive digital development.

Tags: Middle East, North America, View from the Bridge

5th July, 2012        

China slows overseas energy acquisitions

Chinese majors are reining back on their unconventional oil and gas acquisitions overseas.

Tags: Asia, China, CNOOC, Forecasts, North America, PetroChina, Sinopec

25th June, 2012        

SAIC board approve sale of 1% JV stake to GM

Shanghai Automotive has approved a deal that will strengthen GM's strategic position.

Tags: automotive industry, China, GM, North America, OEM and automotive

25th June, 2012        

Calumet to buy Royal Purple

Lubes specialists Calumet is set to boost its lubes business with the purchase of Royal Purple

Tags: Calumet, Corporate News, North America

11th June, 2012        

Gambia signs exploration deal as Tanzania opens plant

Gambia has signed a join-US deal for oil exploration whilst Tanzania is set to open its first lubes plant.

Tags: Africa, Lubes news, Lubricants, North America

11th June, 2012        

Parkland unveils growth plan

'Penny Plan' set to boost Canadian fuel and lube distributor's profitability.

Tags: Lubes news, North America

7th June, 2012        

Walk a mile in his shoes

America's tallest man wishes he could walk a mile in his own shoes and now Reebok engineers think they have the answer

Tags: And finally, North America

7th June, 2012        

ETP buys Sunoco

US Pipeline company boosts capacity with purchase of key oil distributor.

Tags: Corporate News, North America

7th June, 2012        

Pipeline delays won’t deter Chinese investors

China continues to pour money into Canada despite oil pipeline delay.

Tags: China, China lubes news, Lubes news, North America

15th May, 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        

Phillips 66 begins trading as ConocoPhillips announces results

ConocoPhillips Board agrees spin-off and new company begins trading as Q1 results reveal a drop in profits and more Chinese compensation payments.

Tags: ConocoPhillips, Corporate News, North America, Phillips 66

2nd May, 2012        

Ashland results mixed as TNK-BP takes Valvoline to Russia

Valvoline and parent company Ashland reported mixed Q2 results as a deal is struck with TNK-BP to market lubes in Russia

Tags: Corporate News, North America, Russia, Valvoline

1st May, 2012        

Chevron welcomes Asian retailers and new Canadian lubes facility

Chevron Malaysia is putting more of its Caltex service stations in the hands of retailers, while Crevier announces new facility

Tags: Asia, Chevron, Lubes news, North America

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        

Electric car sales surge as US tops green table

Sales of US and hybrid cars in the US hit record levels as the nation tops the clean energy spending table

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, 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        

Road car takes to the air

Flying car could change the face of A-to-B motoring

Tags: automotive industry, Aviation, innovation, North America

6th April, 2012        

Exxon loses top spot to PetroChina

Exxon has been overtaken as the world's largest publicly traded oil producer by Chinese rival

Tags: China, China lubes news, Corporate News, ExxonMobil, North America, PetroChina

6th April, 2012        

US H & S regulator revises chemical comms standards

New chemical labelling regulations have been announced by the US Department of Labour.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

2nd April, 2012        

Heckmann buys Thermo as One Equity gains Sonneborn

VC deals see waste fuel and chemical companies change hands.

Tags: bio fuels, Corporate News, North America

1st April, 2012        

BRICs & US oil consumption to top nearly $2,000bn and US synthetics to grow

Two new reports show significant growth in global oil consumption and specific US demand for synthetic lubes and functional fluids.

Tags: base oil, Brazil, China, India, Lubes news, Lubricants, North America, Russia

5th March, 2012        

BP settles majority of Deepwater claims

BP has agreed a multi-billion dollar out of court settlement for claims relating to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

5th March, 2012        

Weight-loss on a rollercoaster

The world's most expensive rollercoaster will let riders experience weightlessness

Tags: And finally, North America

1st March, 2012        

BP plant stays idle into April

BP's Cherry Point refinery, one of the largest West Coast refineries, will remain idle until April after a fire

Tags: BP, Lubes news, North America

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        

New CNG and bio-lubes come to market

Two new lubes ranges have been launched including a re-refined product for CNG fleets

Tags: automotive industry, bio lubes, innovation, North America

23rd February, 2012        

Record results for NewMarket, with positive year for Afton

Afton Chemical and parent company, NewMarket, saw a strong 2011 despite a decline in the final Quarter.

Tags: additives, Afton Chemical, Corporate News, Newmarket, North America

10th February, 2012        

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it's just superheroes flying over New York City!

Tags: And finally, North America

8th February, 2012        

China Auto Rental seeks US IPO

China's largest car rental company turns to North America to raise capital.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Corporate News, North America, OEM and automotive

27th January, 2012        

Rig arrives in Cuban waters with US approval

Unprecedented checks re-assure US of Cuban rig's safety

Tags: Cuba, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Repsol

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        

China to match U.S. oil demand by 2040

China's thirst for oil is set to match the US according to a new report.

Tags: China, Forecasts, Lubes news, North America

19th December, 2011        

PC-11 upgrade set for diesel

The API has given the go-ahead for the new PC-11 heavy-duty oil category.

Tags: API, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

2nd December, 2011        

ConocoPhillips names downstream business

ConocoPhillips has announced the name and location of its independent downstream company.

Tags: ConocoPhillips, Lubes news, North America

21st November, 2011        

Ashland sells synlubes and strengthens Cambodia

Ashland has sold part of its specialist synlubes operations and settled on a distributor in Cambodia.

Tags: additives, Asia, Corporate News, North America, Valvoline

21st November, 2011        

Canada could turn to China as US delays pipeline decision

Canadian officials in negotiation with China as US fails to confirm XL Pipeline route.

Tags: China, Environment and Regulatory watch, Forecasts, North America, Obama

14th November, 2011        

China drives jet fuel development programmes

Scientists work on high performance fighter jet lubes and commercial biofuel testing.

Tags: Aviation, bio fuels, China, Environment, regulatory and standards, innovation, North America, PetroChina

14th November, 2011        

New Chevvy takes a dip

Chevrolet has decided its new Sonic/Aveo needs to take part in extreme sports including bungee-jumping into a pool.

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

3rd November, 2011        

American Associations change name

Two US trade bodies have announced name changes as their roles widen.

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

20th October, 2011        

Solidified lubes stay solid

New research shows solidified lubricants do not change to liquid.

Tags: innovation, Lubricants, North America

19th October, 2011        

Sinopec to buy Canada's Daylight Energy

China oil major to take on Canadian oil and gas provider.

Tags: China, China lubes news, North America, Sinopec

19th 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        

BP stands firm on Iraq but coy on Macondo

BP says it won't negotiate on Rumaila Field contracts and is shy on Macondo legal deal.

Tags: BP, Corporate News, Middle East, North America

6th October, 2011        

Exxon builds US plant and selects base stock distributors

ExxonMobil Chemical has broken ground on a massive base stock plant in Texas, while its Base Sock division selects new distributors around the world.

Tags: additives, Australia, base oil, Brazil, ExxonMobil, North America

23rd September, 2011        

US backs Canada pipeline

State Department agrees Canada oil sands pipeline in first stage of approval process

Tags: Lubes news, North America, Obama

14th September, 2011        

Weird and wonderful up for sale

A series of auto auctions are set to put some of the car world's most weird and wonderful models under the hammer.

Tags: automotive industry, North America

8th September, 2011        

Piston ring coating helps fuel reductions

An innovative piston ring coating could help fuel and emissions reductions for auto industry.

Tags: Afton Chemical, automotive industry, innovation, North America

8th September, 2011        

US DOE offers millions in vehicle innovation grants

The US Department of Energy has announced a multi-million dollar grants package for advanced vehicle research.

Tags: automotive industry, bio fuels, bio lubes, innovation, North America, Obama

22nd August, 2011        

US tightens CAFE standards

The US has tightened fuel economy standards for cars and light-trucks and set new targets for heavy vehicles.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Obama

22nd 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        

Oil subsidies need to move to clean energy, Obama.

US oil industry subsidies should be abolished re-directed to clean energy research, says President Obama.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, North America, Obama

4th August, 2011        

Lubrizol Q2 slip but R&D plans go ahead

Lubrizol's Q2 figures take a dip, but there are plans for a major R&D centre in China.

Tags: China, Corporate News, Lubrizol, North America, OEM and automotive

4th August, 2011        

US annnounces emergency shale regs

The US DEP has announced emergency regulations relating to drilling in the Marcellus Shale fields.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, fracking, North America

25th 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        

ASTM biofuel approval releases jet fuel stash

US-based Biojet has released 1bn gallons of bio-aviation fuel after ASTM approves aviation biofuels.

Tags: Aviation, bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

11th July, 2011        

China invests in Canadian oil sands

China is a major investor in the Alberta region according to Canadian officials.

Tags: China, China lubes news, North America

2nd June, 2011        

Democrats release damning fracking report

A new report from US administrators alleges damning evidence of chemical contamination by onshore oil and gas drilling companies.

Tags: additives, Environment and Regulatory watch, fracking, North America

21st April, 2011        

Chrysler teams up with Shell for dealer lubes

Chrysler is to use Shell lubes and Magneti Marelli parts in its Mopar dealerships including for competitors.

Tags: automotive industry, Chrysler, Lubes news, North America, Shell

21st April, 2011        

Fracking website goes public as new technology revealed

A new public information site to track the use of fracturing chemicals has been launched in the US as a Canadian company reveals a new LPG fracking gel.

Tags: Environment and Regulatory watch, fracking, North America

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        

MSU offers fungus licence

Montana State University is offering a licence for a bio-fuel enhancing fungus.

Tags: additives, bio fuels, innovation, North America

4th April, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 123 (April 11)

The Japanese environmental disaster, combined with a slowing global economy and short-term auto production slowdown, could still benefit the lubes industry.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, GDP, Japan, Lubricants, North America, oil prices, View from the Bridge, white papers

4th April, 2011        

Engine makers urge EPA to keep low ethanol fuel

US marine and other engine makers are calling on the EPA to keep low ethanol fuels available.

Tags: bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

31st March, 2011        

Relief on false patents threat

A potential multi-million dollar legal loophole appears to have been closed on false patent claims

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, Lubricants, North America

31st March, 2011        

Coalition to challenge Dexos

A coalition of associations and oil producers is challenging the Dexos standard under competition and trading practice regulations.

Tags: AOCA, Dexos, Environment and Regulatory watch, ILMA, North America, Valvoline

18th March, 2011        

Lubrizol bought by Buffett

Warren Buffett has bought Lubrizol through his Berkshire Hathaway Corporation

Tags: Corporate News, Lubrizol, North America

17th March, 2011        

Mobil Super premium lubes reach the US

ExxonMobil has launched its range of Mobil super lubes in the US.

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

11th February, 2011        

USDA reveals bio label

The ESDA has launched a Biobased Product label.

Tags: bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, grease, Lubricants, North America

24th January, 2011        

Shell adds Canadian distributors

Shell has signed two new Alliance Distributors in separate Canadian provinces.

Tags: Corporate News, North America, Shell

17th January, 2011        

Ferrari and VW sales hit record heights

Sales of Ferrari sports cars are hitting record levels in China and the US - VW delivers 7 million vehicles

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

17th January, 2011        

Electric Superbike whips fuel jockeys!

The Swigz electric superbike made history with two podium finishes in its first day of racing against fuel racers.

Tags: And finally, electric vehicles, North America

17th January, 2011        

ASTM working on new ETBE test method

The ASTM is hard at work creating a new test standard for Ethyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether.

Tags: additives, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

5th January, 2011        

EPA faces another ethanol battle

The US Environment Protection Agency faces another court battle over its 15% ethanol legislation.

Tags: additives, Lubes news, North America

22nd December, 2010        

ITW to buy iconic Shell car care brands

Shell is set to sell iconic brands including Slick 50 to Illinois Tool Works.

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

22nd December, 2010        

Electric superbike to take on fuel jockeys.

A new electric superbike is set to race against fuel-powered race bikes with serious intent.

Tags: And finally, electric vehicles, North America

22nd December, 2010        

Canada invests in oil crops as camelina shines

Canada is investing millions of dollars in oil seed crop research including camelina, which has favourable reports for jet fuel.

Tags: Aviation, bio fuels, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

22nd December, 2010        

Shell sells in Gulf as Total buys in Gabon

Shell will sell six Gulf of Mexico fields, while Total revitalises its interests in Gabon.

Tags: Africa, Corporate News, North America, Shell, Total

26th November, 2010        

WD-40 continues its growth

The household lubricants company continues to grow and predicts more.

Tags: Corporate News, North America, WD-40

25th October, 2010        

Johnson Matthey buys Intercat

Johnson Matthey has agreed to buy the leading supplier of cracking additives.

Tags: additives, Corporate News, North America

12th October, 2010        

BP pledges Gulf collateral as end of moratorium may be in sight

BP has placed assets in Gulf royalties to support the new Deepwater Horizon Trust as one Senator believes an end to the drilling moratorium may be in sight.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

6th October, 2010        

Exxon stays a GM supplier but Chevron & CITGO nix dexos1

ExxonMobil will continue as GM's US lubes supplier for the next five years as Mobil1 gains global DEXOS licence, but Chevron and CITGO will not go for dexos licences.

Tags: automotive industry, ExxonMobil, General Motors, Lubes news, Mobil1, North America

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        

World to buy Western

World Fuel Services has agreed to buy the Western Petroleum Company.

Tags: Corporate News, North America

25th August, 2010        

North American lubes market in slow recovery says Kline

The North American finished lubes and automotive consumer markets are recovering, but it will be a slow process according to Kline.

Tags: automotive industry, Kline, Lubes news, North America

25th August, 2010        

Trouble in Adland

Valvoline and Shell are both facing sanctions for advertising authorities over product claims.

Tags: Australasia, Lubes news, North America, Shell, Valvoline

17th August, 2010        

Hard lubes piston coating brings fuel savings

Federal-Mogul has launched a new coated piston which, it claims, can save up to 0.8% in fuel consumption and reduce friction.

Tags: automotive industry, Inovation and environment, North America

12th August, 2010        

BP finally caps well

BP appears to have successfully capped the leaking Horizon Deepwater well, although the move is temporary until relief wells can be completed.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

17th July, 2010        

Update on Horizon disaster

BP are seeking new options to stem the flow of oil from the Gulf of Mexico seabed after the Deepwater Horizon explosion last month.

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

1st June, 2010        

Research grants for rail biofuels

The US Federal Railroad Administration is offering $700,000 for research into biofuels and biolubes in railway locomotives.

Tags: Inovation and environment, North America, rail

18th May, 2010        

Chevron restructure continues

Chevron continue its downstream restructure with further job losses.

Tags: Chevron, Corporate News, North America

14th May, 2010        

Dan Aykroyd paints his wagon!

Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd gives a spooky interview after being appointed Art Car Grand Marshall

Tags: And finally, North America

7th May, 2010        

Holly announces Q1 loss

Holly Corporation announced a first quarter loss for 2010, although revenues soared.

Tags: Corporate News, Holly, North America

7th May, 2010        

API SN finally wins approval

API has approved the SN and SN Resource Conserving engine oil categories in line with ILSAC GF-5

Tags: API, GF-5, Lubes news, North America

5th May, 2010        

Cheap hydrogen fuel from new catalyst?

A new catalyst has been discovered by the University of California that could lead to the production of low cost hydrogen fuel.

Tags: bio fuels, Inovation and environment, North America

5th May, 2010        

Transocean/BPHorizon oil spill tragedy

Transocean/BP's Deepwater Horizon explodes leaving a massive effort to rescue the US coastline from major pollution

Tags: BP, Environment and Regulatory watch, North America

4th May, 2010        

Newmarket sales boost

Newmarket additive sales boosted the company's Q1 profits.

Tags: Corporate News, Newmarket, North America

28th April, 2010        

PQIA to rival ILMA and API?

The Petroleum Quality Assocation of America has been established that could rival ILMA and API's testing programmes.

Tags: Lubes news, North America, PQIA

10th April, 2010        

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