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Your Business Is Business

Your Business Is Business

Lubes'n'Greases - January 3, 2023

In most situations, it is wise for companies to avoid taking public social and political stances. Jack Goodhue explains ...

“It’s Not Possible—No, It’s Necessary”

“It’s Not Possible—No, It’s Necessary”

Lubes'n'Greases - January 3, 2023

While sustainability may be a daunting task for the lubricants industry, it is vital that it do its part to contribute t ...

Lower Demand Demanding More from PCMO

Lower Demand Demanding More from PCMO

Lubes'n'Greases - January 3, 2023

Demand for passenger car motor oil is on the decline. Tom Glenn discusses how this trend may affect lubricant formulatio ...

Novel Methods Offer Energy Savings

Novel Methods Offer Energy Savings

Lubes'n'Greases - January 3, 2023

Until recently, energy savings have been marginal and difficult to achieve without compromising finished lubricant quali ...

Is the Future Bright for Bright Stock?

Is the Future Bright for Bright Stock?

Lubes'n'Greases - January 3, 2023

Group I capacity has been dwindling for years and is expected to continue on a downhill slide. Is bright stock facing a ...

Outlook for Grease Working Groups

Outlook for Grease Working Groups

Lubes'n'Greases - January 3, 2023

NLGI and ELGI’s grease working groups stay busy. What are some of the latest and most pressing things on their to-do l ...

Withdrawn Brands Still Popular in Russia

Withdrawn Brands Still Popular in Russia

Lube Report EMEA - January 3, 2023

Western oil companies may have pulled out of Russia, but they remain among the country’s most recognized motor oil bra ...

Turkmen Firm Enters Lubes Business

Turkmen Firm Enters Lubes Business

Lube Report EMEA - January 3, 2023

Geljege Miras, a polymer products maker, has begun producing lubricants for cars and trucks at a blending plant in Turkm ...

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Study: Electrical Field Alters Film Thickness

Lube Report EMEA - January 3, 2023

The remote application of an electric field between a metal part and electrodes can change the thickness of pre-existing ...

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EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report BOR EMEA - January 3, 2023

This week will start the return of many to workplaces and the restart of operations in blending plants across the region ...

Copton Reports Lower Profits

Copton Reports Lower Profits

Lube Report Asia - December 30, 2022

Chinese lubricants blender Qingdao Copton Tech reported a drop of more than 40% in net profit and a slight increase in o ...

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Asia Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report BOR Asia - December 30, 2022

As the market headed into the New Year’s weekend, activity has quieted down given that this holiday is one of the most ...

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China Base Oil Output Tanked in 2022

Lube Report Asia - December 30, 2022

China will produce a quarter less base oil this year than it did in 2021, according to estimates by Longzhong Informatio ...

Japan Lube Demand, Production Rises

Japan Lube Demand, Production Rises

Lube Report Asia - December 30, 2022

Finished lubricants consumption in Japan rose by 40%, and lubricants production jumped 49%, while lube imports fell 80% ...

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U.S. Base Oil Price Report

Lube Report BOR Americas - December 28, 2022

A powerful winter storm sweeping across the United States over the last week forced several refineries and gas productio ...

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Shell Acquires Lubrication Systems Firm

Lube Report Americas - December 28, 2022

Shell, through its subsidiary Pennzoil-Quaker State, acquired the parent company of Allied Reliability Inc., an industri ...

Petrobras Group II Plant Plans Progress

Petrobras Group II Plant Plans Progress

Lube Report Americas - December 28, 2022

Petrobras chose a concept on Dec. 22 for the base oil and fuel production units of its GasLub hub in Itaborai, Brazil, a ...

EPA Tightens Heavy-duty Emissions Caps

EPA Tightens Heavy-duty Emissions Caps

Lube Report Americas - December 28, 2022

United States President Joe Biden’s administration published a final rule last week tightening caps on heavy-duty truc ...