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China Says U.S. Firms Dump N-propanol

Lube Report Asia - July 31, 2020

China’s Ministry of Commerce announced recently that it will impose punitive tariffs on n-propanol imported by America ...

SK’s Q2 Profits, Sales Fall

SK’s Q2 Profits, Sales Fall

Lube Report Asia - July 31, 2020

SK Lubricants posted steep decreases in operating profit and sales for the second quarter, according to an earnings repo ...

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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 ...


U.S. Imports & Exports of Base Oils

(in thousands of barrels)

Month Imports Exports
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
Jul 2019 2,202 3,339
Jun 2019 1,338 2,910
May 2019 939 3,499
Apr 2019 1,656 2,979

Source: U.S. Energy Information Admin

U.S. Refinery Base Oil Production

(in thousands of barrels)

Month Paraffinic Naphthenic
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
Jul 2019 4,790 845
Jun 2019 4,084 796
May 2019 4,122 904
Apr 2019 4,227 979

Source: U.S. Energy Information Admin


Slump, Rebound Forecast for Wind Energy Lubes

Slump, Rebound Forecast for Wind Energy Lubes

Lube Report EMEA - July 28, 2020

The current economic downturn should cause a setback for demand of lubricants used in wind turbines, but the industry sh ...

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Recovery Signs for EU Registrations

Lube Report EMEA - July 28, 2020

As pandemic lockdowns eased across Europe, the European Union’s carmakers enjoyed an uptick in registrations of new pa ...