Japan

Lube Consumption Drops in Japan

Lube Consumption Drops in Japan

Lube Report Asia - January 15, 2021

Japan consumed 124,191 kiloliters (111,700 metric tons) of finished lubricants in November last year, down 23% from Nove ...

Idemitsu to Buy Up Toa Shares

Idemitsu to Buy Up Toa Shares

Lube Report Asia - January 8, 2021

Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan Co. will consolidate its lubricant and grease business by buying up stock of Toa Oil Co. to mak ...

Cambodia Nixes Duties on Some Lubes

Cambodia Nixes Duties on Some Lubes

Lube Report Asia - January 1, 2021

Cambodia will eliminate tariffs on imported industrial lubricants effective Jan. 1 in an attempt to boost competitivenes ...

After Mergers, Japan Market Diversifies

After Mergers, Japan Market Diversifies

Lube Report Asia - December 25, 2020

Japanese industry has a reputation for being dominated by large domestic companies, but in the past few years, shares of ...

Lube Consumption Up in Japan

Lube Consumption Up in Japan

Lube Report Asia - December 18, 2020

Japan consumed 133,229 kiloliters of finished lubricants in October, up 17% from October 2019, according to data release ...

Profits Down for KH Neochem, Yushiro Chemical

Profits Down for KH Neochem, Yushiro Chemical

Lube Report Asia - December 4, 2020

In Japan, KH Neochem Co. reported steep declines in third-quarter operating income and net sales for its performance mat ...

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Mitsui Completes Additives Plant

Lube Report Asia - November 20, 2020

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. announced last week that it has finished building a plant that will make synthetic hydrocarbon flu ...

Sanyo Chemical Plant Delayed

Sanyo Chemical Plant Delayed

Lube Report Asia - November 13, 2020

Japan’s Sanyo Chemical Industries delayed until early next year the start of operations at its new viscosity index imp ...

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Japan Market Shows Recovery Signs

Lube Report Asia - November 6, 2020

Japan consumed 109,012 kiloliters of finished lubricants in September, according to data released Oct. 30 by the country ...

Bought Out of Japan, Shell Returns for Lubes

Bought Out of Japan, Shell Returns for Lubes

Lube Report Asia - October 23, 2020

A year and a half after acquiring it, Idemitsu Kosan Co. is selling Shell Lubricants Japan K.K. back to Royal Dutch Shel ...

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Japan Market Still Declining

Lube Report Asia - October 23, 2020

Japan consumed 101,588 kiloliters of finished lubricants in August, according to data released recently by the governmen ...

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Idemitsu Team Develops Wind Turbine Lubes

Lube Report Asia - September 4, 2020

Idemitsu Kosan announced that it is cooperating with two Japanese universities on a grant project to develop wind turbin ...

Q2 Tough on Gulf, KH Neochem

Q2 Tough on Gulf, KH Neochem

Lube Report Asia - August 28, 2020

Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd. and Japanese specialty chemical producer KH Neochem Co.’s performance materials segment ...

Japanese Lubricant Market Remains Soft

Japanese Lubricant Market Remains Soft

Lube Report Asia - August 14, 2020

Japan’s lubricant market remains soft as domestic vehicle sales continue to slow down, according to data released rece ...

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Idemitsu Agrees to Sell Back Shell Business

Lube Report Asia - August 7, 2020

Idemitsu Kosan Co. announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement to sell Shell Lubricants Japan back to Shell, 16 ...

Yushiro Chemical Earnings

Yushiro Chemical Earnings

Lube Report Asia - August 7, 2020

Metalworking fluids and industrial oil producer Yushiro Chemical Industry reported lower sales and a steep decrease in o ...

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S-Oil Earnings Jumped

Lube Report Asia - July 24, 2020

South Korean refiner S-Oil reported that its base oil business posted a strong increase in operating income and a drop i ...