Japan

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Japanese Giants Unite

Lube Report Asia - March 28, 2017

Upon their merger later this week, Japanese oil majors JX Holdings and TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK together will be the count ...

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JASO Updates Diesel Oil Standard

Lube Report Asia - March 14, 2017

The Japanese Automotive Standards Organization revised its diesel engine oil standard, JASO M355, to include a new fuel ...

Japans Vehicle Production, Sales Volumes Wane

Japans Vehicle Production, Sales Volumes Wane

Lube Report Asia - February 21, 2017

A decrease in production of commercial vehicles and buses in 2016 contributed to a marginal drop in Japans total automob ...

TonenGeneral Vows to Rebuild Base Oil Plant

TonenGeneral Vows to Rebuild Base Oil Plant

Lube Report Asia - February 21, 2017

TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. said it will resume full production at its Wakayama refinerys API Group I plant by the end of t ...

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Japans Base Oil Exports Surged in 2016

Lube Report Asia - February 14, 2017

Japans base oil exports surged 21.5 percent last year as production and imports increased and domestic demand continued ...

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Japans Ever Chemical Launches JV in Indonesia

Lube Report Asia - February 7, 2017

Ever Chemical Industry Co., a Japanese metalworking fluids manufacturer, will start production in Indonesia this year as ...

Fire Erupts at TonenGenerals Base Oil Refinery

Fire Erupts at TonenGenerals Base Oil Refinery

Lube Report Asia - January 24, 2017

A large fire broke out Sunday in the base oil plant at TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K.s refinery in Arida city, Wakayama Prefec ...

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Japan Allows Hydraulic Fluid Exports

Lube Report Asia - January 17, 2017

Japan removed hydraulic fluids, mainly silahydrocarbon oils, from the Export Trade Control Order list of goods, opening ...

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TonenGeneral to Carve Out New Lubes Subsidiary

Lube Report Asia - December 27, 2016

Japan's TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. will absorb its lubricants business, EMG Marketing Godo Kaisha, next week and launch a ...

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Idemitsu Buys 31 Percent of Showa Shell

Lube Report Asia - December 20, 2016

Idemitsu Kosan Co. closed a 159 billion (approximately U.S. $1.4 billion) acquisition of 31.3 percent of fellow Japanese ...

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Informal Idemitsu, Showa Deal Rumored

Lube Report Asia - December 13, 2016

Nikkei Asian Review reported Wednesday that Idemitsu Kosan Co. and Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. can and likely will begin to ...

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Idemitsu Consolidates Chiba Management

Lube Report Asia - November 8, 2016

Idemitsu Kosan Co. reported a 5.6 percent increase in lube sales in the first half of its fiscal year and announced that ...

Idemitsu, Showa Merger Delayed Indefinitely

Idemitsu, Showa Merger Delayed Indefinitely

Lube Report Asia - October 18, 2016

Idemitsu Kosan Co. indefinitely postponed its merger with fellow Japanese oil refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. to allow m ...

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KH Neochem Lists in Japan

Lube Report Asia - October 11, 2016

KH NeoChem, a Japanese producer of specialty chemicals such as fatty acids, esters and feedstocks for niche lubricants, ...

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Showa Shell’s Tie-up with Idemitsu in Knots

Lube Report Asia - September 13, 2016

Idemitsu Kosan Co.s acquisition of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. - inked last year for closure this month - has been delayed a ...

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JX, TonenGeneral Settle on April Merger

Lube Report Asia - September 6, 2016

JX Holdings and TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK last week finalized their agreement to merge in April 2017 to become Japans large ...

Japan’s Lube Demand Forecast to Fall

Japan’s Lube Demand Forecast to Fall

Lube Report Asia - August 30, 2016

The Petroleum Association of Japan forecast that lubricant demand in Japan this year will drop 0.6 percent to 1.3 millio ...

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Tianhe Expands to Japan, Singapore, Middle East

Lube Report Asia - August 30, 2016

Chinese additive manufacturer Tianhe Chemicals began supplying to the Japanese market and will start production at its n ...