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GP Makes Restructuring Hires

GP Makes Restructuring Hires

Financially troubled GP Global announced last week that it has hired a restructuring officer to oversee its quest for ca …

Ingevity CEO Resigns, Interim CEO Named

Ingevity CEO Resigns, Interim CEO Named

Ingevity Corp. announced Feb. 20 that its board of directors and D. Michael Wilson agreed he would resign as president, …

Using Robot Subs for Transformer Inspections

Using Robot Subs for Transformer Inspections

The New York Power Authority recently used a mini submersible robot to navigate through the transformer oils in a power …

Evonik Commissions Pilot Catalyst Plant

Evonik Commissions Pilot Catalyst Plant

Evonik announced yesterday the commissioning of a pilot plant for scale-up of hydrogenation catalysts for oils and fats …

Japans Energy Supply to Slide as Efficiency Rises

Japans Energy Supply to Slide as Efficiency Rises

Japans volume of primary energy supply – oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear and renewable electricity – is projected to dec …

Malaysian Auto Sales Expected to Edge Up

Malaysian Auto Sales Expected to Edge Up

Malaysias vehicle sales are projected to grow 1 percent to almost 609,000 units this year, according to a forecast by Fr …

Kluber Acquires Wire Drawing Lube Maker

Kluber Acquires Wire Drawing Lube Maker

Kluber Lubrication announced last week it acquired wire drawing lubricant producer Traxit International GmbH and its sub …

ACEA: Focus on All Transport Modes

ACEA: Focus on All Transport Modes

European Union institutions should revise the modal shift approach to transport policy – a shift from road transport to …

U.S. Auto Sales Expected to Slide in 2020

U.S. Auto Sales Expected to Slide in 2020

The National Automobile Dealers Association forecasted sales of 16.8 million new cars and light trucks in the United Sta …

IHS: Wind Energy Maintenance Spending to Grow

IHS: Wind Energy Maintenance Spending to Grow

United States wind operations and annual maintenance spending is expected to increase by 50 percent from 2018 to more th …

Calumet Fined for Inaccurate Earnings Report

Calumet Fined for Inaccurate Earnings Report

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Nov. 25 charged Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. with posting an inacc …

BP China Begins Construction of Third Plant

BP China Begins Construction of Third Plant

BP started building a lubricants blending plant in Tianjin, China, news agencies in the country recently reported. First …

Kenya Urged to Cut Import Duties

Kenya Urged to Cut Import Duties

Ola Energy urged the Kenyan government last week to lower its import duties on base oils and lubricant additives to allo …

Citgo Under Threat Again After Ruling

Citgo Under Threat Again After Ruling

A United States appeals court lifted a hold Monday on Crystallex International Corp.s efforts to seize shares of refiner …

Evonik Boosts Surfactants Production Potential

Evonik Boosts Surfactants Production Potential

Evonik has expanded its capacity to produce C13 alcohol isotridecanol at its Marl, Germany, chemical complex. The chemic …

White Oil Plant Planned in China

White Oil Plant Planned in China

Weifang Hongrun Petrochemical Technology Co. awarded a contract to Chevron Lummus Global for license and design of a 500 …

Start-up Progresses at Sasol Project

Start-up Progresses at Sasol Project

Sasol announced last week that its new 1.5 million tons per year ethane cracker in Lake Charles, Louisiana, reached a mi …

Swedish Surfactants Plant Expands

Swedish Surfactants Plant Expands

Nouryon announced Aug. 27 that it will double capacity at its surfactants plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, through a 12-mil …