Automotive Lubricants

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Need to Know

Lubes'n'Greases - September 2, 2020

Tom Glenn examines how private-label lubricants made the move up from the minor leagues to the majors.

Aftermarket Motor Oil Sales Fall

Aftermarket Motor Oil Sales Fall

Lube Report Americas - August 19, 2020

Aftermarket motor oil sales in the United States declined for the first half of this year, although sales picked up for ...

Africa Drives Forward Again

Africa Drives Forward Again

Lubes'n'Greases - August 5, 2020

With five global automakers gearing up for new or increased production across the continent, more modern lubricants may ...

Q2 Profits Down for Afton, Valvoline

Q2 Profits Down for Afton, Valvoline

Lube Report Americas - August 5, 2020

Afton Chemical recorded lower operating profit and sales for its second quarter, and Valvoline reported decreases in ope ...

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ACEA Amends Oil Sequences

Lube Report EMEA - August 4, 2020

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association issued a revision to its 2016 European oil sequences last week, ahead ...

Automotive

Automotive

Lubes'n'Greases - August 3, 2020

Steve Swedberg posits that aftermarket additives, often called “snake oil” or “mouse milk,” may have some useful ...

Study Forecasts Decline for India’s Aftermarket

Study Forecasts Decline for India’s Aftermarket

Lube Report Asia - July 31, 2020

Spending in India on aftermarket engine oils and other aftermarket items will drop significantly in fiscal 2021 as a res ...

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Rules Require Diligence from Quick Lubes

Lube Report Americas - July 29, 2020

Enforcement of engine oil and transmission product labeling and receipt requirements that impact quick lubes and their d ...

Pandemic Increases Delays in Oil Changes

Pandemic Increases Delays in Oil Changes

Lube Report Americas - July 29, 2020

In addition to the sudden drop in miles driven, the COVID-19 pandemic has also caused more drivers in the United States ...

New Grease Plant Starts Up in Kansas

New Grease Plant Starts Up in Kansas

Posts - July 20, 2020

A joint venture between Japanese grease maker Kyodo Yushi and its American partner Lubrication Engineers began operating ...

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Expanding to Grow in Evolving Grease Market

Posts - July 20, 2020

Aerospace Lubricants is nearing completion on an expansion to add 10 million pounds of grease production capacity at its ...

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Brightstock Demand to Dwindle

Posts - July 20, 2020

Global bright stock demand sat at 2.7 million tons in 2017, but is expected to decline by roughly 250,000 tons by 2027, ...

Need to Know

Need to Know

Lubes'n'Greases - July 2, 2020

When the storm clouds clear, Tom Glenn believes that covid-19 will have made the lubricant business stronger and more re ...

Oil Change Sales Rise

Oil Change Sales Rise

Lube Report Americas - June 24, 2020

Sales for oil change and lubrication shops in the United States reached an estimated $6.6 billion in 2019, up 5% from $6 ...

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Automotive

Lubes'n'Greases - June 2, 2020

Steve Swedberg discusses why the API CH-4 heavy-duty engine oil service category may soon be phased out.

Spotlight on Grease

Spotlight on Grease

Lubes'n'Greases - June 2, 2020

The grease industry has been under pressure to develop formulations that keep pace with the increased performance and ef ...

Shear Improvement: Polymers Keep Mechanical Stability

Shear Improvement: Polymers Keep Mechanical Stability

Lubes'n'Greases - June 2, 2020

Polymers can improve water resistance, thickener yield and tackiness in grease formulations, but their long molecular st ...

Not by Oil Alone

Not by Oil Alone

Lubes'n'Greases - June 2, 2020

As heavy-duty OEMs struggle to improve fuel economy, the solution may lie on the surface of engine cylinders.