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Biofuels Hog Tall Oil Supply

Lube Report Americas - December 9, 2020

A recent study forecasts an 8% supply deficit for crude tall oil for all applications by 2030 because of high demand for ...

Russian Firm Expands Fatty Acids Plant

Russian Firm Expands Fatty Acids Plant

Lube Report EMEA - August 23, 2020

Russian specialty chemical producer Vyazemsky Plant for Synthetic Products expanded its capacity to manufacture fatty ac ...

Castor Oil Supply from India Resumes

Castor Oil Supply from India Resumes

Lube Report Asia - May 1, 2020

Shipments of castor oil derivatives are flowing from India once again, easing availability of popular grease additives a ...

India Asked to Ship Castor Chemicals

India Asked to Ship Castor Chemicals

Lube Report Asia - April 10, 2020

Three lubricant industry associations in the United States petitioned India’s government last week to approve the expo ...

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Ingevity CEO Resigns, Interim CEO Named

Lube Report Americas - February 26, 2020

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

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Evonik Boosts Surfactants Production Potential

Lube Report EMEA - September 17, 2019

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

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Start-up Progresses at Sasol Project

Lube Report Americas - September 4, 2019

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

Oxea Details Carboxylic Acid Expansion Plans

Oxea Details Carboxylic Acid Expansion Plans

Lube Report Americas - January 23, 2019

Oxea released additional details yesterday about its previously discussed plan to increase production capacity of carbox ...

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Oxea Lifts Force Majeure at Plant in Germany

Lube Report EMEA - January 8, 2019

Oxea lifted the force majeure declaration for products from its plant in Oberhausen, Germany, where production units are ...

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Oxea to Add NPG Capacity

Lube Report EMEA - July 3, 2018

Oxea will increase its European production capacity for neopentyl glycol - a polyalcohol that can be used as a building ...

Sinopec Project Doubles NPG Capacity

Sinopec Project Doubles NPG Capacity

Lube Report Asia - December 26, 2017

BASF and Sinopec plan to double capacity of neopentyl glycol, a component of polyester resins for synthetic lubricants, ...

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Keeping Acronyms Straight

Lubes'n'Greases EMEA - September 21, 2017

In an industry dominated by acronyms and strings of letters, the major focus is naturally on those that influence the cu ...

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Ineos to Produce Oxo Derivatives

Lube Report - August 9, 2017

Ineos Oxide, a branch of international chemical company Ineos, plans to construct new units to produce an array of oxo c ...

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China Pursues Biodegradables

Lubes'n'Greases - August 17, 2016

Chinese engine oil buyers have been developing a taste for green lubes. Now consumers are expanding their palates to inc ...

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Demand Sprouts for Ester Lubes

Lube Report Asia - April 14, 2015

Although global lubricants demand is consistently flat, ester-based lubricants will grow at an average rate of 6 percent ...

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NPG Plant Slated for Nanjing

Lube Report Asia - May 27, 2014

BASF and Sinopec will build a neopentylglycol plant at their joint venture petrochemicals complex in Nanjing, China. NPG ...

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Castor Oil Creates Courtroom Drama

Lube Report - June 25, 2008

Trade secrets. Clandestine meetings. Wired money transfers. Downloading confidential data. Those arent scenes from a spy ...