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API Adopts New Symbol for Heavy-duty Oil

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The American Petroleum Institute announced last week the introduction of a trademarked special service symbol to help consumers identify the recently approved API FA-4 diesel engine oil. API approved FA-4 along with API CK-4 in February. Read More


Delfin USA Sues its Former President

Delfin Group USA last week sued its former president, Markos Baghdasarian, for $4.2 million in damages related to his 2012 conviction of unlawfully exporting lubricants from the United States to Iran. Read More


Uz-Prista’s Rerefinery Kicks Off

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The Uz-Prista Reycling joint venture opened its first base oil rerefinery in Uzbekistan, where the facility is expected to help reduce waste oil dumping that has been rampant due to lack of regulations. Read More


Briefly Noted

Last week Lukoil broke ground on a 100,000 metric tons per year blending plant in Almaty, Kazahkstan.  Eduardo Romero was named general director of Iberian Lube Base Oils Co., an API Group II/III base stock joint venture of SK Lubricants and Repsol, replacing José Sancho starting June 1. LLK International started supplying engine oils for factory fill to Chinese carmaker Lifan’s assembly plant in Cherkessk, Russia.  In April Krahn Chemie took over distribution of the Additin industrial additive packages of Rhein Chemie Additives in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.