Boris Kamchev

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Recent Articles

Stihl Fights Counterfeit Lubes in Russia

Stihl Fights Counterfeit Lubes in Russia

Stihl, a German agricultural equipment maker, recently started a campaign to fight entities that counterfeit its genuine …

Shell Will Expand Russian Plant

Shell Will Expand Russian Plant

Shell intends to increase the production capacity of its 180,000 tons per year blending plant in Torzhok by 50 percent b …

Ukraine Lifts Levy on Base Oil Imports

Ukraine Lifts Levy on Base Oil Imports

Ukraine’s government decided to exclude base oils from an import tax implemented in late May, explaining they were mis …

Orlen-Lotos Merger Gets EU Sign-off

Orlen-Lotos Merger Gets EU Sign-off

The European Commission granted conditional approval last week for the merger of PKN Orlen and Lotos, Poland’s two mai …

Russia Using More Synthetic Motor Oils

Russia Using More Synthetic Motor Oils

The share of vehicles in Russia that use American Petroleum Institute’s API SM or API SN motor oil categories increas …

Rosneft’s Sales Grew in 2019

Rosneft’s Sales Grew in 2019

Rosneft’s domestic lubricant sales grew almost 10% to 712,000 tons in 2019, up from 650,000 tons the year before as ex …

Lukoil Lube Output Up in 2019

Lukoil Lube Output Up in 2019

Russian lubricant maker Lukoil boosted production at its stand alone lubricant blending plants by 5 percent to 138,000 m …

Fergana Upgrade on Track for 2023

Fergana Upgrade on Track for 2023

A joint venture between Uzbekneftegaz and Russian energy giant Gazprom says it is moving forward with a previously annou …

Survey: Russian Sales Shift to Online

Survey: Russian Sales Shift to Online

Russian lubricant manufacturers are slashing investment, staff and marketing projects during the Covid-19 pandemic in fa …

Russia’s Grease Output Jumps 50 Percent

Russia’s Grease Output Jumps 50 Percent

Grease production in Russia rose 51 percent in 2019, continuing a four-year growth trend that has been boosted by a gove …

Sakhalin Keen on Natural Gas Transit

Sakhalin Keen on Natural Gas Transit

Russia’s Sakhalin region is preparing to convert much of its vehicle parc to run on compressed natural gas, a zero-emi …

Ukraine Duty Draws Criticism

Ukraine Duty Draws Criticism

Ukraine lubricant companies contended last week that they are facing a serious financial crisis because of a new base oi …

Russia Using More Synthetic Motor Oils

Russia Using More Synthetic Motor Oils

The share of vehicles in Russia that use American Petroleum Institute’s API SM or API SN motor oil categories increas …

Azerbaijan Blender Has Ambitions

Azerbaijan Blender Has Ambitions

One of Azerbaijan’s few lubricant producers is a three-year-old start-up that is using just a fraction of its manufact …

IMO 2020 Causes Shift to Low-Sulfur Fuels

IMO 2020 Causes Shift to Low-Sulfur Fuels

Maritime emissions regulations that took effect at the start of this year led the shipping to shift to low-sulfur fuel o …

Khmz Reports Increased 2019 Profit

Khmz Reports Increased 2019 Profit

Russian lithium hydroxide producer Khimiko-Metallurgicheskiy Zavod posted more than a tenfold increase of its operating …

French Lube Demand Fell in 2019

French Lube Demand Fell in 2019

French lubricant demand dropped 5.2 percent in 2019 as the European Union’s carbon dioxide emission reduction targets …

Lube Industry Mobilizes Against Pandemic

Lube Industry Mobilizes Against Pandemic

With the coronavirus outbreak forcing the global economy into a standstill, times are tough for lubricants businesses. B …