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Pandemic Hits Rerefiners from Both Sides

Rerefiners in North America are feeling the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in the form of reduced demand for their base oil and finished lubes, along with less feedstock. This is due to a dramatic decrease in the number of miles driven, with most people teleworking and traveling less for work, recreation and tourism.

Upping the Ante on Food-grade Lubes

Food-grade lubricant manufacturers looking to distinguish their products in the marketplace may wish to consider adding ISO 21469 certification to their NSF H1 credential.

Asian Markets Called Attractive

While Western businesses may wring their hands in frustration at the difficulties of doing business in Asia, at least one industry insider views high barriers to entry as positive.

ExxonMobil Expands PAO Plant

ExxonMobil announced last week that it has increased low-viscosity polyalphaolefin production capacity at its Gravenchon, France, plant by 19 percent to 105,000 metric tons per year.

Charting Success in the Chinese Market

In a country where effective marketing techniques are already significantly different from those in the West, Chinas lubricants market is poised for even more change in the near future, attendees heard during an industry conference held in London last month.

EVs to Shape China PCMOs … Eventually

Together with the United States, China will shape the passenger car motor oil market through 2040, said George Morvey of consultancy Kline & Co., speaking at an industry conference in London last month. The countrys emphasis on electric vehicles will play a major role during the latter part of the forecast.

Companies Urged to Stay on Top of Sanctions

Government application of economic sanctions is on the rise, and that can create complications during an age of global trade. Companies in a wide range of industries - including base oils and finished lubricants - need to keep abreast of both financial and trade sanctions and account for them in their operations and business planning, according to speakers at a conference in London last week.

A Brighter Future for Spec Development

An industry group organized by the American Petroleum Institute is making headway on recommendations to improve the engine oil specification development process, APIs Kevin Ferrick told Lube Report.

Transparency Sought for Tractor Fluids

Lubricant suppliers and regulators may debate the merits of 303 tractor hydraulic fluids, but speakers at a recent industry conference agreed that the market needs greater transparency about product performance.

Grease Production Shifts in Asia

Grease production in China remained steady in 2017 while Japans output grew and India shifted toward higher quality, according to the National Lubricating Grease Institutes yearly survey, which was presented during the organizations annual meeting earlier this week.

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