Japan

Consolidation Looms for Japanese Market

Consolidation Looms for Japanese Market

Lube Report Asia - August 9, 2016

Japans top four lubricant companies are expected to merge into two entities by 2017, events that could significantly red ...

Kyodo Yushi Opens Grease Plant

Kyodo Yushi Opens Grease Plant

Lube Report Asia - July 26, 2016

Kyodo Yushi Co. announced last week that it has finished building a synthetic grease plant in Kameyama city in Japans Mi ...

Japan Trends to Group II and III

Japan Trends to Group II and III

Lube Report Asia - July 19, 2016

Japan will have excess supply of API Group I base stocks because demand is shifting to Group II and Group III to meet sp ...

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Japan’s Base Oil Demand Still Soft

Lube Report Asia - July 5, 2016

Japans sales of base oils used in the production of lubricants fell 0.24 percent in 2015 to 2.4 million kiloliters due t ...

Founder’s Family Contests Idemitsu Merger

Founder’s Family Contests Idemitsu Merger

Lube Report Asia - July 5, 2016

Founding members of major Japanese oil company Idemitsu Kosan Co. expressed opposition to the companys merger with Showa ...

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JX Nippon Buys into Petrolimex

Lube Report Asia - May 10, 2016

Japan's JX Nippon Oil & Energy will purchase 8 percent of state-owned petroleum company Vietnam National Petroleum Group ...

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Yushiro Builds Two MWF Plants in China

Lube Report Asia - May 3, 2016

Japanese metalworking fluids manufacturer Yushiro Chemical Industry Co. expects to complete construction of two plants i ...

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Idemitsu and KPI to Set up JV in Vietnam

Lube Report Asia - May 3, 2016

Japans Idemitsu Kosan Co. and Kuwait Petroleum International Ltd. plan to set up a joint venture to distribute petroleum ...

ExxonMobil Divests from TonenGeneral

ExxonMobil Divests from TonenGeneral

Lube Report Asia - February 16, 2016

ExxonMobil sold its remaining stake in TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK, completing a multi-year exit from its partnership in Japa ...

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Japan’s Base Oil Output Down in 2015

Lube Report Asia - February 9, 2016

Base oil production in Japan fell 3.4 percent in 2015, part of a continuing trend of shrinking demand for petroleum prod ...

Auto Sales Slide in Japan

Auto Sales Slide in Japan

Lube Report Asia - February 9, 2016

After rebounding in 2014, automobile production in Japan dropped 5.1 percent in 2015, according to the latest data from ...

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Japanese Race to Reduce Viscosity

Lube Report Asia - December 15, 2015

SAE 0W-16 oils will play a key role in the next ILSAC passenger car motor oil standard, a JX Nippon Oil & Energy officia ...

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JX, Tonen Consider Tie-up

Lube Report Asia - November 24, 2015

JX Holdings and TonenGeneral Sekiyu KK said yesterday that they are discussing possible forms of cooperation as they see ...

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New JASO Diesel Wear Test Adopted

Lube Report Asia - September 1, 2015

The Japanese Society of Automotive Engineers has adopted a valve train wear test for diesel engine oils that ends relian ...

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Forecast: Japanese Demand Will Slip

Lube Report Asia - August 25, 2015

The Petroleum Association of Japan forecast that lubricant demand in Japan will drop by 1.1 percent this year to 1.35 mi ...

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Idemitsu Kosan Buys Stake in Showa Shell

Lube Report Asia - August 4, 2015

Japanese petroleum major Idemitsu Kosan will purchase Royal Dutch Shells 33.2 percent stake in Showa Shell Sekiyu KK wit ...

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Koei Sells Penta Biz to Perstorp

Lube Report Asia - July 14, 2015

Japanese chemical producer Koei Chemical Co. has sold its pentaerythritol, di-pentaerythritol and sodium formate busines ...

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Japan Makes Naphthenic Oils, Too

Lube Report Asia - June 30, 2015

Japan is Asias third-largest producer of base oils, and its supply base includes three facilities that make approximatel ...