Boris Kamchev

BORIS@LUBESNGREASES.COM

Staff Writer - Boris is a staff writer focused on Eastern Europe, Russia and the ex-Soviet lubricant industry. Prior to joining Lubes’n’Greases in 2010, Boris was a Russia-based reporter for several Macedonian news outlets. He had a 16-month stint as a business reporter for The St. Petersburg Times and contributed analyses to an English-language outlet of RIA Novosti, a Russian state news agency. Boris often travels to St. Petersburg, Washington, D.C. and Skopje. Recently, he has also begun a part-time engagement as a foreign correspondent for North Macedonia’s state news agency, MIA.

Recent Articles

UK Launches Dumping Investigation

UK Launches Dumping Investigation

The United Kingdom’s British Trade Remedy Authority has initiated an investigation into alleged dumping of low-priced …

Russian New Car Sales Rebound

Russian New Car Sales Rebound

Russian new passenger car sales surged to 617,000 units in the first five months of 2024, marking an 81% rebound from sl …

Saneg Targets Group I to Europe

Saneg Targets Group I to Europe

Uzbekistan’s Saneg said it aims to increase its base oil sales by directly targeting the European market, asserting it …

Eurolube Acquires Bizol

Eurolube Acquires Bizol

German lubricant maker Eurolub GmbH said it has acquired Bizol, another German lube marketer, to expand its automotive s …

Kluber Expands India Lubes Plant

Kluber Expands India Lubes Plant

Kluber Lubrication announced it will expand its factory in Mysore, India, to increase the amount of specialty lubricants …

Industrial Projects to Build Lube Plant in Russia

Industrial Projects to Build Lube Plant in Russia

Russian company Industrial Projects expressed intentions last week to build a lubricant blending plant in the Rostov obl …

Caspian to Build Rerefinery Near Baku

Caspian to Build Rerefinery Near Baku

Bulgaria’s Caspian Lubricants Recycling announced plans to invest in a new base oil rerefinery near Baku, Azerbaijan, …

EU Alleges Lube Smuggling in Italy

EU Alleges Lube Smuggling in Italy

The European Union’s public prosecution office last week announced an investigation, dubbed “Greasy Hands,” into a …

Drone Damages Volgograd Refinery

Drone Damages Volgograd Refinery

Lukoil’s refinery in Volgograd, Russia, was struck again Sunday by a drone attack that caused a fire and reportedly da …

Safety-Kleen Acquires Noble Oil

Safety-Kleen Acquires Noble Oil

Safety-Kleen Systems acquired Noble Oil Recycling, which collects used oil in the Eastern United States and has a North …

Lukoil Lube, Base Oil Production Falls

Lukoil Lube, Base Oil Production Falls

Lukoil’s base oil and finished lubricant production both fell significantly in 2023, impacted by  a decline in marine …

Recycling Oil Containers into Roads

Recycling Oil Containers into Roads

A ground-up mixture of drained plastic motor oil canisters can be used as a construction additive in road pavement mater …

Russia Eases Lube Export Duties

Russia Eases Lube Export Duties

In a bid to support the country’s refineries, the Russian government introduced a measure to revoke step-up export dut …

Additive Plant Planned in Ufa

Additive Plant Planned in Ufa

A chemical company from the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan says it will build a lubricant additive factory in Ufa, th …

Joint Venture Builds Lube Plant in Angola

Joint Venture Builds Lube Plant in Angola

Angolan energy company Etu Energias and Malaysian lube marketer Glide Technology Sdn announced they will form a joint ve …

Poland Demand Dipped in 2023

Poland Demand Dipped in 2023

Poland’s demand for lubricants dropped by 1% in 2023 as the country’s economy stagnated, reflecting a broader declin …

Drones Attack Taneco Refinery

Drones Attack Taneco Refinery

A Ukrainian drone last week struck the Taneco refinery in Nizhnekamsk, which has an API Group II and Group III base oil …

Lukoil Builds Grease and Additives Plant

Lukoil Builds Grease and Additives Plant

Lukoil broke ground recently on a grease, metalworking fluids and lubricant additives production facility in Volgograd.