Nick Augusteijn

Nick.Augusteijn@lubesngreases.com

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Estimates of EU Group II Imports Criticized

Estimates of EU Group II Imports Criticized

The European Commission seems to be determined to uphold the semestral quota on duty-free API Group II base oil imports, …

Midterm Review Unlikely for Group II Quota

Midterm Review Unlikely for Group II Quota

It is unlikely that the European Commission will review the new duty-free API Group II base oil import quota that it ado …

Lube Industry Facing Talent Shortage

Lube Industry Facing Talent Shortage

As the greying workforce hangs up its spurs, hiring managers have an urgent need to find the next generation of lubrican …

Base Oil Quota Pressures European Market

Base Oil Quota Pressures European Market

Following the European Commissions adoption last month of a quota on duty-free API Group II base oil imports, industry s …

EU Moves Toward Group II Quota

EU Moves Toward Group II Quota

The European Commission last week adopted a quota for API Group II base oil imports, determining that volumes above 400, …

Base Oil Market Roiled by Change

Base Oil Market Roiled by Change

The base oil market is changing as the industry tackles new sources of product, increasingly demanding lubricant perform …

Group II Duty Exemption for EU Reviewed

Group II Duty Exemption for EU Reviewed

A European Commission committee met on Sept. 6 to discuss whether to renew, amend or abolish a tariff exemption for API …

New Oil Ageing Rig Still a Year Away

New Oil Ageing Rig Still a Year Away

Bosch Rexroth is set to take delivery of the first prototype of its oil ageing test rig, a machine developed to obtain m …

EVs Pose Opportunities for Grease

EVs Pose Opportunities for Grease

Battery-powered vehicles have fewer grease applications than internal combustion engine vehicles, but EV components and …

Tests Find Spanish Oils Mostly Compliant

Tests Find Spanish Oils Mostly Compliant

A recent analysis of 25 engine oils by the Spanish Association of Lubricant Companies found that nearly all met labeling …

Scant Growth Forecast for 2019

Scant Growth Forecast for 2019

Global lubricant demand – excluding marine oils – is expected to increase 0.5 percent to 36.6 million metric tons this y …

ACEA 2018 Delayed Until 2020

ACEA 2018 Delayed Until 2020

The European Automobile Manufacturers Associations 2018 engine oil sequences will be delayed until at least mid-2020, AC …

UEIL Battles Anti-competitive Practices

UEIL Battles Anti-competitive Practices

Competition rules in the European Union allow automakers to recommend certain brands of replacement parts, including eng …

Sustainability Blooms in the Lubricants Industry

Sustainability Blooms in the Lubricants Industry

With greater pressure on the lubricants industry to help meet climate change goals, a new task force is taking a detaile …

UEIL Forms Sustainability Task Force

UEIL Forms Sustainability Task Force

The Union of the European Lubricants Industry announced last week the formation of a sustainability task force charged w …

EVs Need Different Lubes

EVs Need Different Lubes

The wave of vehicle electrification is approaching, and the lubricant business must account for new technological challe …

HDEOs Move On from Group I

HDEOs Move On from Group I

Engine oils have steadily shifted away from API Group I base oils and the heavy-duty market is following suit. Time will …

Mixed Outlook for Base Oil in Europe

Mixed Outlook for Base Oil in Europe

European base oil supply and demand trends will remain mixed for the remainder of the year, with capacity closures amid …