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Russia Softens Ban on Exports to Ukraine
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Russia Softens Ban on Exports to Ukraine

Lube Report EMEA - October 20, 2020

Russia last week relaxed a ban on exports of base oils, lubricants and other petroleum products to Ukraine, stepping bac ...

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Fuchs Elevates 2020 Outlook

Lube Report EMEA - October 20, 2020

German independent lubricants blender Fuchs Petrolub SE issued a preliminary report last week showing a 17% decrease ear ...

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Thirst Increases for Motorcycle Oils

Lube Report Americas - October 19, 2020

The global motorcycle oils market is projected to grow by a compound annual rate of 1.5% to 2% during the next four year ...


U.S. Imports & Exports of Base Oils

(in thousands of barrels)

Month Imports Exports
Jul 2020 747 3,147
Jun 2020 327 2,657
May 2020 1,068 1,885
Apr 2020 1,024 1,916
Mar 2020 1,435 3,844
Feb 2020 920 2,853
Jan 2020 1,984 2,817
Dec 2019 1,476 2,932
Nov 2019 645 2,900
Oct 2019 2,318 2,691
Sep 2019 763 2,795
Aug 2019 1,427 3,200

Source: U.S. Energy Information Admin

U.S. Refinery Base Oil Production

(in thousands of barrels)

Month Paraffinic Naphthenic
Jul 2020 4,183 687
Jun 2020 3,670 613
May 2020 3,372 721
Apr 2020 3,906 580
Mar 2020 3,906 472
Feb 2020 2,929 759
Jan 2020 4,225 753
Dec 2019 4,552 830
Nov 2019 3,975 819
Oct 2019 4,341 956
Sep 2019 4,616 911
Aug 2019 4,615 821

Source: U.S. Energy Information Admin


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Equity Firm Buys Warren Distribution

Lube Report Americas - October 19, 2020

A Chicago private equity firm announced last week that it has agreed to acquire majority stakes in Warren Distribution I ...

Thirst Increases for Motorcycle Oils

Thirst Increases for Motorcycle Oils

Lube Report Americas - October 14, 2020

The global motorcycle oils market is projected to grow by a compound annual rate of 1.5% to 2% during the next four year ...

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Equity Firm Buys Warren Distribution

Lube Report Americas - October 14, 2020

A Chicago private equity firm announced last week that it has agreed to acquire majority stakes in Warren Distribution I ...

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Oxea Boosts Isononanoic Acid Capacity

Lube Report EMEA - October 13, 2020

OQ Chemicals – formerly Oxea – recently completed an expansion at its site in Oberhausen, Germany, increasing its is ...

Europe Motorcycle Oil Demand to Stay Flat

Europe Motorcycle Oil Demand to Stay Flat

Lube Report EMEA - October 13, 2020

The global motorcycle oils market is projected to grow by a compound annual rate of 1.5% to 2% during the next four year ...

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Base Oils Continued Recovery in July

Lube Report Americas - October 7, 2020

Base oil production in the United States continued in July to gradually recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemi ...

Hydrodec Plans JV With Transformer Recycler

Hydrodec Plans JV With Transformer Recycler

Lube Report Americas - October 7, 2020

Transformer oil rerefiner Hydrodec announced it is forming a joint venture with a U.S. company that recycles electrical ...

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Prista Owners Battle Charges in Bulgaria

Lube Report EMEA - October 6, 2020

The co-owners of lubricant marketer Prista Oil have been charged by Bulgarian authorities with waste mismanagement and c ...

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Gulf Makes Lubes for S-Oil

Lube Report Asia - October 2, 2020

Gulf Oil Lubricants International Ltd. has agreed to manufacture and market S-Oil lubricants in India – a deal that wi ...

ExxonMobil, Ampol Ally in Australia

ExxonMobil, Ampol Ally in Australia

Lube Report Asia - October 2, 2020

Ampol will blend, distribute and market Mobil lubricants in Australia under a marketing alliance with ExxonMobil announc ...

California Sets Mandate for Zero-emission Vehicles

California Sets Mandate for Zero-emission Vehicles

Lube Report Americas - September 30, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order last week requiring that all new passenger vehicles to be zero-em ...

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Allison Announces New ATF Spec

Lube Report Americas - September 30, 2020

Allison Transmission announced yesterday its newest automatic transmission fluid specification for on-highway equipment. ...

Total Acquires Lubrilog

Total Acquires Lubrilog

Lube Report EMEA - September 29, 2020

French energy major Total announced last week that it had acquired Lubrilog SAS, thereby strengthening Total’s presenc ...

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Ruling Against Hi-Tech Ads Dismissed

Lube Report Asia - September 25, 2020

Pakistan’s chief competition authority this month set aside an earlier finding that Hi-Tech Lubricants Ltd. engaged in ...