Disruptions

Base Oil Report: Pricing

Base Oil Report: Pricing

Lubes'n'Greases - December 1, 2022

Once more, supply and demand do not match in the North American base oil market. What has caused the imbalance?

Base Oil Report: Trends

Base Oil Report: Trends

Lubes'n'Greases - December 1, 2022

The global base oil market has been through a lot since 2020. How has it weathered the storm?

Afton Lifts Force Majeure

Afton Lifts Force Majeure

Lube Report Americas - September 21, 2022

Afton Chemical lifted its force majeure declaration effective Sept. 8, the company confirmed to Lube Report. In July, Af ...

Better But Not Out of the Woods

Better But Not Out of the Woods

Lubes'n'Greases - September 1, 2022

Recovery from the pandemic has felt slow and painful for many lubricant industry players, but more stable conditions may ...

Afton Declares Force Majeure

Afton Declares Force Majeure

Lube Report Americas - August 3, 2022

Afton Chemical declared force majeure effective July 26 because flooding at its additives plant in Sauget, Illinois – ...

Avoiding Varnish-related Shutdowns with Routine and Advanced Tests

Avoiding Varnish-related Shutdowns with Routine and Advanced Tests

Lubes'n'Greases - August 1, 2022

Varnish can be a real headache for those tasked with managing equipment uptime. Fortunately, advanced testing can help t ...

Blenders Grapple with China’s Lockdowns

Blenders Grapple with China’s Lockdowns

Lube Report Asia - May 6, 2022

Companies in China’s lubricant industry are striving to continue delivering products to clients during stringent gover ...

Managing the Ukraine Crisis

Managing the Ukraine Crisis

Lubes'n'Greases - April 1, 2022

Sara Lefcourt explains how the crisis in Ukraine may affect your business and offers tips for managing the situation.

Base Oil Rerefiners Rebounding from Pandemic

Base Oil Rerefiners Rebounding from Pandemic

Lubes'n'Greases - February 1, 2022

The pandemic wreaked havoc on the base oil market, but rerefiners may have emerged stronger than ever.

As the Pendulum Swings

As the Pendulum Swings

Lubes'n'Greases - February 1, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic led to sharp changes in base oil pricing and margins. Will the market settle into a new post-pande ...

Rekindling the Flame

Rekindling the Flame

Lubes'n'Greases - October 4, 2021

U.S. Base Oil Production Continues on the Path to Recovery The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on United States base ...

Base Oil Report: Pricing

Base Oil Report: Pricing

Lubes'n'Greases - October 4, 2021

In the Eye of the Storm One of the unrelenting concerns for base oil market participants over the past several months ...

Additive

Industry Weathers Scare from Ida

Lube Report Americas - September 1, 2021

The United States lubricant industry seemed to largely dodge a major scare as facilities along the Gulf of Mexico coast ...

When Disaster Strikes

When Disaster Strikes

Lubes'n'Greases - September 1, 2021

From the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic to frequentsevere weather, the past few years have presented noshortage of o ...

Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

Lubes'n'Greases - July 3, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic—and other factors, like severe weather—forced temporary shutdowns in a variety of industries. ...

Additive

Accident Said to Cause Chemtool Fire

Lube Report Americas - June 30, 2021

Local firefighting officials said last week that a June 14 blaze that heavily damaged a Chemtool grease plant in Rockton ...

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Fire Damages West Virginia Refinery

Lube Report Americas - June 2, 2021

A fire broke out Saturday night at Ergon’s refinery in Newell, West Virginia, damaging a fuels unit and forcing the wh ...