Non-conventional Base Stocks

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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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SPOTLIGHT ON ESTERS

Lubes'n'Greases - August 31, 2017

Esters manufacturers highlight benefits and new developments in this high-value class of synthetic base stocks.

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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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A Multitool for Formulators

Lubes'n'Greases - May 21, 2014

Alkylated naphthalenes were once the high-priced alternative to esters; today its a different story. Heres a look at the ...

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Not Easy Being Green

Lubes'n'Greases - May 17, 2014

G-Oil Green Motor Oil brags that its the first biodegradable engine oil to meet the API SM category. Its next hurdle: tu ...

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Biobased Grows, as do Hurdles

Lubes'n'Greases - May 17, 2014

Researchers continue to bolster the durability and performance of seed oil based lubricants. Now if they can just get cu ...

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Whale Oil: Biobased and Bygone

Lubes'n'Greases - May 17, 2014

For three centuries, the best lubricants for precision machinery came from the bodies of sea mammals - sperm whales, por ...

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PAGs for the Crankcase?

Lubes'n'Greases EMEA - April 28, 2014

Polyalkylene glycols have been popular base stocks in certain types of lubricants, but inadequate oxidation stability ha ...

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Synthetic Specialists

Lubes'n'Greases EMEA - April 28, 2014

Demand is growing for synthetic greases. Wilfried Bartz says these products have impressive strengths - and some weaknes ...

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Esters Seize the Day

Lubes'n'Greases - January 31, 2014

Chris Donaghy of Croda shows why these versatile synthetic fluids are gaining favor, and pinpoints the hottest growth op ...

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Croda Grows U.S. Esters Capacity

Lube Report - September 7, 2011

Croda Inc. opened a facility to make esters for lubricants at its Atlas Point manufacturing site in Delaware. The projec ...

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Silicone Lube Demand to Hit $250M

Lube Report - August 11, 2010

U.S. demand for silicones in lubricant and grease applications will rise over 5 percent per year through 2014 to $250 mi ...

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Dow Puts More Eggs in PAG Basket

Lube Report - May 16, 2007

The world’s largest producer of polyalkylene glycol (PAG) is getting even larger: Dow Chemical is adding capacity ...

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Slower Growth Forecast for PAO Lubes

Lube Report - April 17, 2002

After 18 months of weak demand and dismal pricing in many segments, the market for alphaolefins is beginning to pick up, ...

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Akzo Plans Phosphate Esters Expansion

Lube Report - February 13, 2002

Despite what it described as a lull in demand, Akzo Nobel announced that it will expand its phosphate ester lubricant ad ...