Expansions & Upgrades

ExxonMobil Continues Group II Expansion
Reactor being installed as part of ExxonMobil’s base oil expansion in Singapore. Photo courtesy of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific

ExxonMobil Continues Group II Expansion

Lube Report Asia - July 1, 2022

ExxonMobil is evaluating the possibility of building capacity to make API Group III base oils, according to the head of ...

Ineos Adds Low-vis, High-vis PAOs

Ineos Adds Low-vis, High-vis PAOs

Lube Report Americas - June 29, 2022

Ineos Oligomers announced this week the startup of its new 120,000-metric-tons-per-year low viscosity polyalphaolefins u ...

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Exxon Predicts Fewer Base Oil Investments

Lube Report EMEA - June 28, 2022

An ExxonMobil official predicted Monday that the pace of openings of new base oil capacity will slow in coming years com ...

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Peter Greven Boosts Esters Output

Lube Report EMEA - April 26, 2022

German oleochemical supplier Peter Greven GmbH announced last week that it has expanded ester production capacity at its ...

Evonik Adds Isobutene Derivatives Capacity

Evonik Adds Isobutene Derivatives Capacity

Lube Report EMEA - April 5, 2022

Evonik said March 30 that it has invested at least €10 million to increase capacity for isobutene derivatives by more ...

China Moves to the Top of the Heap

China Moves to the Top of the Heap

Lubes'n'Greases - February 1, 2022

China overtook the United States in 2021 as the country with the most base oil refining capacity. What contributed to it ...

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Fuel Supplier NSH Delves into Lubes

Lube Report Asia - January 7, 2022

A leading fuel retailer in southern Vietnam is dipping its toe into the lubricants business as it searches for ways to c ...

Factory Will Make Castor Derivatives

Factory Will Make Castor Derivatives

Lube Report Asia - December 10, 2021

France-based Arkema announced on Monday a 50% increase in global capacity for its Oleris castor oil derivatives, which a ...

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Lanxess Unveils Antioxidant Expansion

Lube Report Asia - October 15, 2021

Lanxess said this week that it will expand its output of aminic antioxidants for lubricants at a chemical factory in Tai ...

Axel Invests in Three U.S. Grease Plants

Axel Invests in Three U.S. Grease Plants

Lube Report Americas - July 21, 2021

Axel Christiernsson Group announced on July 15 that it is proceeding with an additional expansion and improvement plan a ...

Exol Expands U.K. Factory

Exol Expands U.K. Factory

Lube Report EMEA - June 1, 2021

United Kingdom-based Exol Lubricants announced it has begun redevelopment of its Rotherham site to increase lubricant bl ...

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IOCL Plans Another Base Oil Plant

Lube Report Asia - April 16, 2021

Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. plans to build an API Group III base oil plant at its refinery in Panipat – part of a broader ex ...

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BRB Constructing Lube Additives Plant

Lube Report EMEA - April 6, 2021

Chemical company BRB International announced last week the groundbreaking for a lubricant additive factory that it will ...

DuPont to Build Lubes Facilities

DuPont to Build Lubes Facilities

Lube Report Americas - March 10, 2021

DuPont said last week that it is investing $40 million to construct specialty lubricant manufacturing units at existing ...

Zeller+Gmelin Expands in China

Zeller+Gmelin Expands in China

Lube Report Asia - February 26, 2021

German lubricant Zeller+Gmelin said this week that it is expanding in China, relocating into a larger factory after agre ...

2020: Busy Beyond Pandemic

2020: Busy Beyond Pandemic

Lube Report Asia - December 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic was the biggest news in any industry in 2020, but the region’s lubricant markets had plenty of o ...

Galp Refinery Closing in 2021

Galp Refinery Closing in 2021

Lube Report EMEA - December 22, 2020

Portuguese energy company Galp said yesterday that it will close the smaller of its two refineries – a facility in Mat ...