Disruptions

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Calumet to Close Plant, Furlough Workers

Lube Report Americas - April 14, 2020

Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. will close a lubricants plant in New Jersey and furlough manufacturing employee ...

India Asked to Ship Castor Chemicals

India Asked to Ship Castor Chemicals

Lube Report Asia - April 10, 2020

Three lubricant industry associations in the United States petitioned India’s government last week to approve the expo ...

Covid-19 Disrupts Auto Industry

Covid-19 Disrupts Auto Industry

Lube Report Americas - April 7, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused automakers around the world to temporarily close factories, and this will reduce demand ...

India Asked to Release Castor Chemicals

India Asked to Release Castor Chemicals

Lube Report Americas - April 7, 2020

Three lubricant industry associations in the United States petitioned India’s government last week to approve the expo ...

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Best Practices

Lubes'n'Greases - April 1, 2020

Sara Lefcourt provides tips on how to plan for pandemics and other emergencies.

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Planning for Disruptions on the River

Lube Report Americas - March 31, 2020

Fog and floods are regular disruptors to barges carrying base oils on rivers. Suppliers and buyers can take steps to mi ...

Blenders Allowed to Remain Open

Blenders Allowed to Remain Open

Lube Report Americas - March 31, 2020

The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association is reaching out to members and governments to inform them that lube ...

Coronavirus Ravages Refinery Runs

Coronavirus Ravages Refinery Runs

Lube Report Americas - March 31, 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak is proving to be the most disruptive event for the base oils and refining industry since the Great ...

India Copes with Coronavirus

India Copes with Coronavirus

Lube Report Asia - March 26, 2020

Castrol India and Gulf Oil Lubricants India each temporarily closed its lubricant plants as the government tries to stop ...

Flooding: Growing Obstacle to River Transport

Flooding: Growing Obstacle to River Transport

Lube Report Americas - March 25, 2020

Flooding remains a significant disruptor of barge traffic of base oil on U.S. rivers, and it could worsen in coming year ...

Coronavirus Constricts Lithium Supplier Livent

Coronavirus Constricts Lithium Supplier Livent

Lube Report Americas - March 25, 2020

Lithium supplier Livent Corp. suspended operations at its two Argentinian facilities this week in accordance with a nati ...

Fog Weighs on Base Oil Traffic

Fog Weighs on Base Oil Traffic

Lube Report Americas - March 13, 2020

Hurricanes justifiably cause much consternation for Gulf Coast base oil refiners and their customers, but fog is a bigge ...

Coronavirus Triggers Crude Crash

Coronavirus Triggers Crude Crash

Lube Report Asia - March 13, 2020

The economic wrecking ball that is the coronavirus went into full swing this week when it sent the price of crude oil ba ...

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Rouen Residents Still Simmer Over Fire

Lube Report EMEA - February 4, 2020

More than four months after fire struck a Lubrizol Corp. additive plant in Rouen, France, flames of distrust are still b ...

Lubrizol Partially Restarts Rouen Plant

Lubrizol Partially Restarts Rouen Plant

Lube Report EMEA - December 17, 2019

A regional governing body in France authorized Lubrizol last week to resume some operations at its Rouen lubricant addit ...

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Lubrizol Working to Reopen Rouen Plant

Lube Report EMEA - October 29, 2019

A month after a blaze roared through two Lubrizol warehouses in Rouen, France, the company is still working to reopen it ...

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Briefly Noted

Lube Report EMEA - October 15, 2019

Officials at Neste Corp. said base oil production at the companys refinery in Porvoo, Finland, was not affected by a maj ...

Tests Find No Risks from Lubrizol Fire

Tests Find No Risks from Lubrizol Fire

Lube Report EMEA - October 15, 2019

Environmental impact testing following a Sept. 26 fire at Lubrizol Corp.s plant in Rouen, France, has found no abnormal ...