Automotive Lubricants


Fast Lubes Ring Up $8.7B in Sales

Lube Report - March 21, 2012

The number of U.S. fast lubes stands at 16,005, down 711 stores from a year ago, according to National Oil & Lube N ...


VIOC Targets Virginia for Growth

Lube Report - February 22, 2012

Valvoline Instant Oil Change on Monday announced plans to expand its quick lube franchise into the Richmond, Va., market ...


Downturn in Grease Echoed Economy’s

Lube Report - January 12, 2011

After shrinking almost 10 percent in 2009, how did global lubricating grease production fare in 2010? That’s what ...


Kline: U.S. Lubes Wont Fully Rebound

Lube Report - August 25, 2010

Overall U.S. consumer automotive lubricants consumption declined at an average annual rate of 9.2 percent between 2006 a ...


Fewer Cars, Higher Sales at Quick Lubes

Lube Report - September 16, 2009

While car counts continued to decline at U.S. quick lube facilities, down by 1.5 cars per day from 2008 to an average 32 ...


Grease Production Slips in 08

Lube Report - July 8, 2009

Total reported grease production worldwide reached 2.25 billion pounds (1 billion kilograms) in 2008, and was 2.3 billio ...


Jiffy Lubes Largest Franchisee Bankrupt

Lube Report - January 16, 2008

Heartland Automotive Holdings, the largest U.S. Jiffy Lube franchisee, and its affiliates on Jan. 7 filed for Chapter 11 ...


China’s Grease Production Booms

Lube Report - July 4, 2007

Grease production in China saw a dramatic 71.5 percent increase from 2005 to 2006, according to NLGIs latest grease prod ...


Great Gobs of Grease!

Lube Report - July 26, 2006

Reported worldwide grease production in 2005 topped 1.9 billion pounds (862 million kilograms), up 1.5 percent from 2004 ...


Diesel Oils Trend Toward OEM Specs

Lube Report - January 4, 2006

Proprietary specifications – on top of industrywide standards – are becoming a way of life for heavy-duty en ...


Shell Rules the Fast-lube Roost

Lube Report - September 14, 2005

Shell Lubricants Pennzoil or Quaker State motor oils are listed as the house brand by 36 percent of smaller U.S. quick-l ...


Grease Sees Healthy Growth

Lube Report - July 27, 2005

Total reported grease production worldwide topped 1.8 billion pounds (822 million kilograms) in 2004,versus 1.69 billion ...


Volumes Down, Profits Up in U.K. Grease Market?

Lube Report - May 25, 2005

EDINBURGH, Scotland- While the United Kingdoms grease market has shriveled and the major oil companies have stopped maki ...


Prista Expands Grease Plant

Lube Report - November 24, 2004

Bulgarian lubricants maker Prista Oil significantly expanded grease production at its plant near the nations capital, th ...


Greasemaking Made Easy?

Lube Report - November 17, 2004

DANA POINT, Calif. — Lubricating grease manufacturing is an energy-intensive, multi-phase effort, beginning with a ...


Survey: Valvoline Grabs Fast Lube Sales

Lube Report - September 22, 2004

Valvoline significantly increased its share of oil changes performed by independent quick lubes, according to results of ...


Small Towns = Smaller Quick-lube Profits

Lube Report - April 7, 2004

Quick lubes may be moving into small-town America, but assumptions about them offering less profitability are turning ou ...


No Growth for Grease

Lube Report - August 13, 2003

Total reported worldwide grease production was 1.61 billion pounds (726 million kilograms) in 2002, unchanged from 2001, ...