Automotive Lubricants

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Greasemaking Made Easy?

Lube Report - November 17, 2004

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...