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Calif. Bill Targets Oil Drain Intervals

Legislators in California are considering a bill that would require automotive service providers to notify customers of the oil change interval that carmakers recommend for their vehicles. Read More

Testing Glitch Hinders Oil Licensing

Engine oil marketers hoping to license new products with the American Petroleum Institute or General Motors’ proprietary Dexos program are hitting a stumbling block: A key engine sequence test is unavailable at oil testing laboratories until further notice. Read More

Nyco Now Makes Additives

Nyco announced yesterday that it has begun producing its first line of additives from a new, €2.5 million unit at its Tournai, Belgium, synthetic lubes and ester base stocks manufacturing facility. Read More

USDA Boosts Biobased Base Oil Plant

The U.S. government has reserved over $100 million in loan guarantees for a commercial-scale Biosynthetic Technologies facility that would use fatty acids from high-oleic seed oils to produce synthetic base oil. Read More

Q4 Earnings Wrap-up

S-Oil’s base oil segment and BP’s lubricant business reported higher fourth quarter profits, while Afton Chemical’s profits were down, all compared to the last quarter of 2014. Read More

Oando Expands Lubricant Operation

Lubricant supplier Oando Marketing Plc. expanded its blending plant in Lagos, Nigeria, solidifying its position as one of the country's largest producers. Read More

Briefly Noted

BP announced a new wave of 3,000 job cuts from its downstream operations – including the BP and Castrol lubricant businesses – to be made by the end of 2017.  Croda International finished building steel work that will house the main process reactor for a non-ionic surfactants plant under construction at its manufacturing facility in New Castle, Delaware.  Houghton International appointed Kevin Smith senior vice president and president for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Global Automotive and Aerospace.  Krahn Chemie took over distribution of Oxea specialty esters in France, establishing a local sales team operating from the French branch of sister company Albis Plastic.