Peter van der Galiën

View From The Bridge

Every month, Peter van der Galiën shares his view from the bridge with observations about the latest news and emerging trends in the lubricants industry.

To search for specific news over a longer period use our news filter tool...

View From The Bridge - September 2017

The 'hurricane season' has had a direct and indirect impact on the oil and lubes producers, while global markets are facing some turbulence and the oil majors are being challenged by the independents in the non-conventional base stocks market.

8th September, 2017        

View From The Bridge - July 2017

Lubes specs, marketing and consumer education - along with the rise and rise of EVs - are the topics of discussion in the edition of the OATS Bulletin

Tags: API, automotive industry, China, electric vehicles, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

12th July, 2017        

View From The Bridge - May 2017

The global legislative drive to reduce the burn of fossil fuels and enhance air quality is setting challenges for the lubricants industry as OEMs are forced to seek alternative power sources for vehicles and other modes of transport. How the industry responds will be critical over the next few years.

Tags: automotive industry, Environment, Europe, Lubricants, Russia, Toyota, View from the Bridge, Volkswagen

8th May, 2017        

View From the Bridge - March 17

As the lubes industry continues to grow, the influence of a fragile global economy and unpredictable political outcomes in Europe and elsewhere may yet derail the positive market.

Tags: automotive industry, CO2 emissions, Europe, GM, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

15th March, 2017        

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        

View from the Bridge - November 2016

Could the role of the car in global society be waning? If so, what are the implications for the lubricants industry and motor oil?

Tags: Kline, UEIL, View from the Bridge

3rd November, 2016        

View from the Bridge - September 2016

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

Tags: Europe, Russia, View from the Bridge

8th September, 2016        

View from the Bridge - June 16

If the UK leaves Europe, what impact will this have on the global lubricants industry? Sebastian Crawshaw appeals for a vote to remain in the EU.

13th June, 2016        

View from the Bridge - May 2016

China's burgeoning city and digital highways are being stretched. Can the nation cope as more cars and app users put pressure on the infrastructure? Are lubes marketers behind the digital curve?

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

4th May, 2016        

View from the Bridge - April 2016

Molecule or Marketing - which will be more important for the Lubes Industry as chemistry becomes increasingly standardised to meet stringent emissions regulations?

Tags: CO2 emissions, Internet marketing, Lubricants, Mobile technology, View from the Bridge

4th April, 2016        

View from the Bridge - March 2016

The ICIS Conference in London highlighted the longer-term challenges faced by the lubes industry in squaring the circle between competitive products to consumers and meeting increasingly complex regulations and specifications.

Tags: EARL apps, Europe, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

3rd March, 2016        

View from the Bridge - February 2016

Overall gobal economic momentum remains positive. While 2015 was bad news for the oil majors and machinery manufacturers, consumers are making the most of low oil prices.

Tags: Asia, China, Lubricants, oil prices, View from the Bridge

30th January, 2016        

View from the Bridge - Jan 16

As 2016 dawns, OATS prepares for a busy year with an enhanced database and the lubricants industry holds its breath over oil prices, China growth and an Australian legal decision.

Tags: Africa, Australia, China, Lubricants, OATS, View from the Bridge

10th January, 2016        

View from the Bridge - December 15

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

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

7th December, 2015        

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        

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        

View From the Bridge - China Bulletin 51

Is the rest of the world over-reacting to the Chinese stockmarket crash? Will China continue to lead the way in global economic growth and what impact will this have on the lubes industry?

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

26th 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        

China View from the Bridge: August 2015

In our 50th China View from the Bridge we look back at the last five years of China's development and examine the changes China has made in such a short space of time. We also make some predictions as to what we might see in the next few years of the China Bulletin

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

28th July, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 173

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

Tags: Europe, View from the Bridge

13th July, 2015        

China View from the Bridge: July 2015

Energy M&A slows down as Chinese firms concentrate on improving their domestic offering, creating more competition for international firms in the region

Tags: China, CNOOC, CNPC, e-commerce, Shell, Sinopec, View from the Bridge

28th June, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 172

Could shale oil exploration boost Europe's oil economy? Can the lubes industry benefit from lower oil prices and what effect is solar have on the global energy markets?

Tags: Europe, Japan, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

10th June, 2015        

View from the Bridge - China, June 15

Although vehicle sales have slowed, China's lubricants consumption continues to grow consistently with the question of when, rather than if, the Chinese market will overtake the US.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

30th May, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 171

The UNITI Conference provided thought-provoking insights into the future of the European and global automotive and lubricants industries - from multiple propulsion solutions to ultra-thin engine oils.

Tags: automotive industry, Europe, ExxonMobil, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

12th May, 2015        

View from the Bridge - China, May 15

Mobile is the message this month, with the latest stats from China's digital world demonstrating brand value and the power of mobile data.

Tags: China, Mobile technology, View from the Bridge

28th April, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 170

Is Shell's move for BG the start of more consolidation? The European economy shows signs of improvement and lubes producers need more help to simplify consumer choice.

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

13th April, 2015        

View from the Bridge - China, April 15

China's latest clampdown on pollution and vehicle emissions, along with volatile domestic and export sales of cars and trucks, is creating challenges for both lubes producers and vehicle makers.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

26th March, 2015        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 169

The 19th ICIS World Base Oils Conference in London provided plenty of food for thought for the lubricants industry, from swing factors to GDP growth increasing transport needs.

Tags: base oil, Europe, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

10th March, 2015        

View from the Bridge - China, March 2nd

As China enters the Year of the Sheep falling GDP projections cause some to worry, but the lubricants sector continues to invest in innovate products

Tags: China, Great Wall, Sinopec, View from the Bridge

2nd March, 2015        

View from the Bridge 168

Europe, Russia and the Ukraine all hark back to the 30s, but there are positive signs in the auto industry and connectivity drives technology.

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

12th February, 2015        

View From the Bridge, China - February 3rd

Falling oil prices are prompting lubes producers to revise product costs, but hard discounting can prove as troublesome as maintaining high prices in China's online marketplace

Tags: Castrol, Chevron, China, e-commerce, ExxonMobil, Shell, View from the Bridge

25th 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        

View from the Bridge - China, January 15

China's 2014 GDP figures may be off target, but automotive and lubes producers remain bullish about the years ahead.

Tags: China, GM, Total, View from the Bridge

6th January, 2015        

View from the Bridge - China, December 14

The outcomes of the APEC Summit include a new emissions alliance with the US. But will this hit China's manufacturing output including regional and national lubes producers?

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

24th November, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 166

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

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

11th November, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, November 14

Is China hitting an economic crisis and will the automotive and lubricants industries follow suit? OATS also appeals to the lubricants industry to help give aid towards the Ebola crisis.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

28th October, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 165

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

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

9th October, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, October 2014

OATS launches the new earl

29th September, 2014        

View from the Bridge: Bulletin 164

A slowing global economy could impact on a lubes industry also under pressure from the drive for fuel consumption and emissions reduction, while developing nations have mixed results in the battle for lubes production self-sufficiency.

Tags: Africa, CO2 emissions, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

9th September, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, September 2014

Chinese lubricants producers feel the pressure and up their game as automakers face steep fines from Chinese authorities on parts price fixing.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

26th August, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 163

The marine lubricants sector is facing the same challenges as their land-based counterparts in helping OEMs meet emissions legislation. Meanwhile there is good news for the additives sector.

Tags: additives, Lubricants, marine, View from the Bridge

20th August, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, August 2014

China's internet boom has had a positive influence on lubes consumers but is challenging the logistics sector, in particular the truck fleet. Good news for national and overseas lubes producers.

Tags: Mobile technology, View from the Bridge

28th July, 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        

View from the Bridge - China, July 2014

As China continues its battle against smog and pollution, lubes and additives producers stand to gain significantly from new legislation.

Tags: additives, China, CO2 emissions, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

24th June, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 161

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

Tags: Europe, N America, View from the Bridge

11th June, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, June 2014

30 years of OATS has seen plenty of change in the global and Chinese lubricants markets. Now China's oil majors are under pressure from smaller domestic producers and larger overseas competitors. 2014 is a time of convergence both nationally and internationally.

Tags: China, CNPC, ExxonMobil, Lubricants, Shell, Sinopec, View from the Bridge

28th 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        

View from the Bridge - China, May 2014

China's economic growth has significant bonuses for the lubes and automotive industries but could be constrained by the challenges of pollution and emissions control. Domestic manufacturers could fail in the EV sector against overseas rivals.

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, electric vehicles, View from the Bridge

27th April, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 159

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

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

8th April, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, April 2014

Overseas lubes and grease producers are looking to cash in on China's continued growth, but the product landscape is changing.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

24th 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        

View from the Bridge - China, March 2014

China and overseas OEM relationships could change the domestic manufacturer landscape and have implications for domestic lubes producers.

Tags: automotive industry, Great Wall, View from the Bridge

26th February, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 157

Is global economic growth suffering a minor 'blip' or set for a crash of epic proportions? With the complexity of lubes specs and regulations, can producers contribute meaningfully to energy reduction?

Tags: View from the Bridge

12th February, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, February 2014

China's economic growth remains something for the rest of the world to aspire to, however, pollution is another matter. China's national lubes makers are under increasing pressure to enhance their product and reduce auto pollution.

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

28th January, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 156

New Year predictions for global economies and the lubricants industry.

Tags: View from the Bridge

14th January, 2014        

View from the Bridge - China, January 2014

1st January, 2014        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 155

While the WTO Bali agreement may be good for global trade and the lubes industry, there is a need for more stringent policing of lubes standards. REACH may also be having a negative impact.

Tags: REACH, View from the Bridge

9th December, 2013        

View from the Bridge - China, December 2013

National reforms announced in October's plenary could be good news for China's smaller domestic lubes producers.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

28th 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        

View from the Bridge - China, November 2013

China's high-quality lubricants production is on the rise as the country's vehicle market and performance levels increases. Can local producers make the most of the trend?

Tags: China, CNOOC, OATS, PetroChina, Sinopec, View from the Bridge

30th October, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 153

PMIs are generally on the up, despite the threat to the world's economy from the US Budget battle. Automotive PMI is volatile and lubes marketers will need all the digital support then can get.

Tags: Asia, automotive industry, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

14th October, 2013        

View from the Bridge - China, October 2013

New look China Bulletin, internet marketing and China's mobile marketing boom.

Tags: China, OATS, View from the Bridge, Volkswagen

25th September, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 152

Is corporate acquisition necessarily a good thing for either party? Are we set for another major oil industry re-structure and are the BRICS nations really in a position to lead the world out of its economic doldrums?

Tags: Europe, India, Lubricants, Shell, Total, View from the Bridge

9th September, 2013        

View from the Bridge - China, September 2013

Trade disputes, economic growth and collaboration. But the big question is "who needs who" when it comes to the relationship between China and the West?

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

23rd 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        

View from the Bridge - China, August 2013

GDP remains a thorny issue for Chinese legislators and lubes producers alike.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

28th 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        

View from the Bridge - China, July 2013

High interbank lending rates, continued downward economic forecasts and the challenge of implementing National IV emissions standards are all conspiring to put pressure on the Chinese economy, lubes producers and consumers.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

24th June, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 149

A new look to the OATS Bulletin and a new perspective on lubricants marketing.

Tags: Lubricants, View from the Bridge

12th June, 2013        

View from the Bridge - China, June 2013

Tensions between China's dipping PMI and expanding auto industry sending mixed messages. Is there a danger of over-reaction to short-term figures? Is China's lubes industry ready to cope with an increasingly competitive market?

Tags: China, CNPC, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

28th May, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 148, May 2013

The drive for US gas is affecting the energy majors' profitability, but the lubes sector is running a tighter ship. The internet is forcing an omni-channel model in the retail sector and OATS is re-aligning its Bulletin from next month.

Tags: Chevron, ExxonMobil, OATS, Shell, View from the Bridge

14th May, 2013        

View from the Bridge - China, May 2013

China's latest drive for urbanisation could be good news for the OEM lubes sector and for 'cleaner' infrastructure development. But it could lead to a significant increase in local government debt.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

28th 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        

View from the Bridge - China April 2013

As the new Chinese leadership is sworn in, CO2 emissions top the agenda for the regime's plans for the future.

Tags: China, CNPC, CO2 emissions, Sinopec, View from the Bridge

22nd March, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 146, March 2013

The complexity of Lubes marketing was brought into sharp relief at the recent London ICIS Conference.

Tags: Europe, IEA, Infineum, Lubricants, Shell, View from the Bridge

11th March, 2013        

View From the Bridge - China March 2012

The potential deal between CNPC and Rosneft will require careful balancing on both sides, but is the balance of influence in the energy sector shifting from West to East?

Tags: China, CNPC, Rosneft, Russia, View from the Bridge

22nd February, 2013        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 145, February 2013

Smog and population, China v Africa. Sebastian Crawshaw look at two important world issues.

10th February, 2013        

View from the Bridge - China Bulletin, February 2013

Beijing's smog problem is reaching dangerous levels, but should the government be looking to the automotive and oil industries to solve the problem?

Tags: automotive industry, China, CO2 emissions, View from the Bridge

28th 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        

View from the Bridge - China January 2013

A five year look back at China's growth and some five year predictions from OATS' Chairman, Sebastian Crawshaw as 2013 begins.

Tags: automotive industry, China, Lubricants, View from the Bridge

4th January, 2013        

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        

View from the Bridge - China November 2012

OATS discusses the potential impact of China's new leadership on the nation and the lubricants industry.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

26th 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        

View from the Bridge - China October 2012

Up or down? OATS' Chairman Sebastian Crawshaw examines the mixed messages emerging from China's economic numbers and their analysts.

Tags: China, UEIL, View from the Bridge

25th 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        

View from the Bridge - China October 2012

China's oil majors face profits squeeze and increasing competition at home while looking to develop expansion abroad.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

25th 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        

View from the Bridge - China September 2012

The Olympics, overseas investment and a potential domestic crisis are the key points of this month's article.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

25th 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        

View from the Bridge - China August 2012

Floods and the five-year plan; EV sales and China's stockpiling strategy

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

24th 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        

Vew from the Bridge - China July 2012

As China's economy slows and global oil prices drop, there's new stimulus in the world economy. Meanwhile, China's oil majors cut back on overseas investments and China's auto industry continues to boom.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

26th June, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 137 (June 2012)

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

Tags: Europe, View from the Bridge

12th June, 2012        

View from the Bridge - China June 2012

OATS celebrates the First Anniversary Edition of its China Bulletin with a look back at the last 12 months of China's economy and oil industry, with some predictions for the future.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

29th 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        

View from the Bridge - China May 2012

As the West looks East, China's oil majors look to the West in a drive for expansion and profitability. Meanwhile emissions remain high on the agenda of the auto and lubes industries.

Tags: China, CNOOC, PetroChina, Sinopec, View from the Bridge

23rd April, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 135 (April 2012)

The Russian vehicle parc is modernising rapidly and lubes producers are having to keep pace with high quality products. Russian producers will need to look at JVs if they are to avoid losing the lubes market to 'Western' produducers.

Tags: Russia, View from the Bridge

11th April, 2012        

View from the Bridge - China April 2012

China's analysts are taking a long, comparative look at growth predictions against reality as China's economy starts to slow, the drive for quality lubes continues but domestic automakers fail to perform.

Tags: China, GDP, Sinopec, View from the Bridge

23rd March, 2012        

View from the Bridge - China March 2012

The ICIS Base Oils Conference provided excellent insights into changes in the global and Chinese lubes industry, particularly new trends in lubes market evolution

Tags: China, Fuchs

27th February, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 133 (Feb 2012)

The global mood is changing in the economy and in lubes industry asset management and marketing communications.

13th February, 2012        

View from the Bridge - China Feb 2012

Chinese New Year sees massive migration; Sino-Russian relations are critical to China's oil supply and improved vehicle reliability means good news for lubes industry and

Tags: China, Russia, View from the Bridge

26th 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        

View from the Bridge - China (Jan 2012)

China's economic growth is a concern for the global economy, but lubricants could benefit from the Chinese drive for better emissions standards.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

3rd January, 2012        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 131 (Dec 2011)

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

Tags: Europe, GDP, View from the Bridge

9th December, 2011        

View from the Bridge - China (Dec 2011)

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

Tags: China, Europe, View from the Bridge

25th November, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 130 (Nov 2011)

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

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

7th November, 2011        

View from the Bridge - China (Nov 2011)

The Chinese economy continues to grow, although tough decisions may be required in the manufacturing sector. VW is set to be come the top global automaker.

Tags: automotive industry, China, GM, Toyota, View from the Bridge, Volkswagen

25th 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        

View from the Bridge - China (Oct 2011)

Europe's financial woes have an impact on China and the country struggles to balance pollution measures against a booming car population.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

28th September, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 128 (Sept 2011)

The Tenth Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York's Twin Towers offers a chance to reflect on world progress in the lubes industry, technology and economics,

Tags: View from the Bridge

14th September, 2011        

View from the Bridge - China (Sept 2011)

China's internal and external investment in the oil and automotive industries continues, despite a changing economic backdrop and safety issues.

Tags: China, View from the Bridge

30th August, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 127 (August 2011)

Has the global economy reached a tipping point? Are we about to experience a 'double dip' recession or is it the Whiplash effect? Companies need to invest now to secure a long term future.

Tags: View from the Bridge

8th August, 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        

View from the Bridge - China (July 2011)

Lubes quality, the rise of Group II and III base oils in Asia and the continued need for Group I in China were the hot topics at the recent ICIS conference, while global oil prices still challenge the Chinese market.

28th June, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 125 (June 2011)

China surpasses US oil consumption; the world reaches 'grid parity'; recession dogs world economies while the virtual world beckons for lubes marketeers.

Tags: BP, View from the Bridge

10th June, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 124 (May 2011)

BRIC becomes BRICS as the balance in the world's economic drivers starts to tip. OATS examines the influence of China, Russia and South Africa after the latest round of conferences.

3rd May, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 123 (April 11)

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

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

4th April, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 122 (March 11)

Political instability in North Africa and the Middle East puts oil dependency into sharp relief, while the ICIS Conference offers plenty of thoughts on other oil-related issues.

Tags: Africa, Middle East, oil prices, View from the Bridge

7th March, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 121 (Feb 11)

Political unrest in the Middle East and mixed signals from world economies cause uncertainty but oil producers show improved profits and REACh has an impact on documentation.

Tags: View from the Bridge

3rd February, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 120 (Jan 11)

The New Year brings a look at the global economy and the signs of growth for the lubricants industry

13th January, 2011        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 119 (Dec 10)

REACh has finally arrived with implications for documentation management across Europe.

Tags: View from the Bridge

29th November, 2010        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 118 (Nov 10)

The UEIL conference in Vienna provided plenty of food for thought from safety risk management to global lubricants demand and 'cool apps'.

3rd November, 2010        

View from the Bridge - Bulletin 117 (Oct 10)

As Germany continues to drive European growth, a report from RPS Energy poses some challenging questions about the role of lubes marketing and manufacturing.

Tags: View from the Bridge

6th October, 2010        

View From the Bridge - Bulletin 116 (Sept 10)

German growth heartens Eurozone, while Asia continues to lead the world as US treads water.

Tags: View from the Bridge

17th September, 2010        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 115 (July 10)

Optimism for European growth is spurred by the continued rise of China according to expert forecasts.

7th July, 2010        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 114 (Jun 10)

The Deepwater Horizon tragedy continues to dominate the industry. But what are the long-term implications for the industry and society as a whole?

Tags: BP, View from the Bridge

7th June, 2010        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 113 (May 10)

Torrey Canyon and ExxonValdez are names tattooed on the collective memories of both the oil industry and the general public as shipping-related disasters causing exceptional levels of pollution – and helped change cultures and attitudes.

Tags: OATS, View from the Bridge

10th May, 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        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 111 (Mar 10)

The world looks different depending on your location After attending conferences recently in New York and London, it’s been exciting to visit China & to hear China’s future plan which, unlike many western political events, has a high probability of being implemented.

9th March, 2010        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 110 (Feb 10)

As detailed in this month’s Corporate News, February has seen the recessionary effect of 2009 emerging in company results. ExxonMobil reported excellent overall figures, but markedly lower downstream earnings. Shell were well down overall, with downstream even weaker; BP were the same. So too Chevron, who also announced a wholesale review of their refining and downstream business.

9th February, 2010        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 109 (Jan 10)

Welcome to 2010 and the first streamlined OATS bulletin of the new decade. In December 2008, with the world economy in chaos, I set about reviewing what I thought would happen in 2009 to help OATS take a view on what to do next. This year I have done the same thing.

12th January, 2010        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 108 (Dec 09)

ILMA's clearly stated concerns about GM's proposed DEXOS specifications, and costs attached to them, reflect similar concerns expressed by the European Independents. Without clear, timely and easily accessible specification data, a competitive lubricants industry cannot be streamlined and effective.

8th December, 2009        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 107 (Nov 09)

The first shoots of global recovery are being widely reported, evidenced by US GDP growth of 3.5% in the Third Quarter of 2009 and buoyant figures from the petrochemical majors. If the multiple that applied on the way into the recession also applies on the way out, then lubricants demand should grow by 12-15% in the coming year. We shall see!

10th November, 2009        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 106 (Oct 09)

There's a wide range of news across the lubricants industry this month; not least the decision by Chevron to withdraw from India which is, in my view, yet another example of streamlining within the industry.

13th October, 2009        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 105 (Sep 09)

Welcome back to the OATS Bulletin after our August break. Although the Q2 results showed the impact of the the global recession on the major producers, the overall mood seems to have changed. With even the International Monetary Fund (IMF) prepared to send out optimistic messages, the question seems to be what letter will best represent the economic upturn: V, W or L?

8th September, 2009        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 104 (Jul 09)

What first appeared as a simple 'blip' in Brent crude prices at the end of June and turned out to be a sudden and massive global oil price rise caused by one 'rogue' speculator in the futures market. It would appear that government on both sides of the Atlantic are alive to the problem, let's hope sensible, well constructed regulation is the result.

14th July, 2009        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 103 (Jun 09)

Welcome to our streamlined look at lubricants industry news. In addition to providing our streamlined look at industry news, we also want to include original and thought provoking content that addresses some of the challenges we all face.

9th June, 2009        

View From The Bridge - Bulletin 102 (May 09)

I couldn't let this month go by without a nod and a cheery wave to our 25th Anniversary. In 1984, Brian Harris and Mike Dixon set up OATS Ltd (Oil Advisory Technical Services) to create car lubricants recommendations for the UK market. The first electronic version of the guides appeared in 1994 and our Earl database has continued to evolve and now includes over 470,000 applications and is used in over 90 countries.

12th May, 2009        

OATS LRC

Looking for more information about OATS products and services?

Visit the OATS website

OATS solutions

FREE lubes bulletin

Subscribe to the OATS Bulletin: a streamlined look at the month's lubricants and additives news.

First name
Last name
Email
Company
Country
 

We will never pass your details to anyone else.
Privacy policy...