Europe

Life After Brexit: Business as Usual?

Life After Brexit: Business as Usual?

Lubes'n'Greases - April 1, 2022

Two years after the completion of Brexit, how are lubricant industry players in the United Kingdom faring?

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MOL Increases Grease Production Capacity

Lube Report EMEA - March 29, 2022

Mol-Lub is expanding its grease factory in Hungary in order to add calcium sulfonate complex greases to its product port ...

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Totachi JV Expands in Russia

Lube Report EMEA - March 22, 2022

Shell has vowed to close its lubricant business along with other operations in Russia to protest that country’s invasi ...

Solvay Considers Splitting Business

Solvay Considers Splitting Business

Lube Report EMEA - March 22, 2022

Brussels, Belgium-based Solvay announced last week it was reviewing plans to separate the company into two independent p ...

Fuchs’ Profits Up in 2021

Fuchs’ Profits Up in 2021

Lube Report EMEA - March 22, 2022

Fuchs Petrolub SE, the world’s largest independent lubricant supplier, reported a 15% increase in profits after tax in ...

France Lube Sales Up in 2021

France Lube Sales Up in 2021

Lube Report EMEA - March 15, 2022

Lubricant sales in France were up slightly for 2021 and in December, compared to the same periods in 2020, according to ...

War Impacts Ukraine Blenders

War Impacts Ukraine Blenders

Lube Report EMEA - March 15, 2022

As Russian forces continue to batter Ukraine, it’s no surprise that Ukraine’s lubricant industry is being impacted. ...

Shell to Close Russia Lubes

Shell to Close Russia Lubes

Lube Report EMEA - March 8, 2022

Shell announced today that it will close its finished lubricant manufacturing plant in Torzhok, Russia, and shut down it ...

Perstorp Makes Isononanoic Acids

Perstorp Makes Isononanoic Acids

Lube Report EMEA - March 8, 2022

Specialty chemical supplier Perstorp AB will begin this month to produce isononanoic acids at its factory in Stenungsund ...

BASF Adds Alkylethanolamines Plant

BASF Adds Alkylethanolamines Plant

Lube Report EMEA - March 8, 2022

BASF will build a new world-scale production plant for alkylethanolamines at its Verbund site in Antwerp, Belgium, with ...

Pull-outs from Russia Exclude Lube Plants

Pull-outs from Russia Exclude Lube Plants

Lube Report EMEA - March 1, 2022

Several Western oil companies announced the past few days that they will exit joint ventures in Russia to protest that c ...

Spain’s Lube Demand Up in 2021

Spain’s Lube Demand Up in 2021

Lube Report EMEA - March 1, 2022

Spain’s lubricant demand increased 11% in 2021, compared to the same month in 2020, though it fell 3% shy of the count ...

Russian Base Oil Exports Rose

Russian Base Oil Exports Rose

Lube Report EMEA - February 15, 2022

Russian base oil exports jumped 21% in December after an 11% decline in November, a trading company concluded, providing ...

Castrol Profits Rise in 2021, Slip in Q4

Castrol Profits Rise in 2021, Slip in Q4

Lube Report EMEA - February 8, 2022

BP reported that the underlying replacement cost profit before interest and tax for its Castrol lubricants business clim ...

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Minsk Stock Exchange Hosts Lube Trades

Lube Report EMEA - February 8, 2022

A stock exchange in Minsk, Belarus, started regular trading of finished lubricants last week after officials saw increas ...

Russian Light Vehicle Sales Rose in 2021

Russian Light Vehicle Sales Rose in 2021

Lube Report EMEA - February 8, 2022

New passenger and light commercial vehicle sales in Russia increased by 4.3% in 2021, driven primarily by positive sales ...

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Fuchs Forecasts Raw Material Shake-up

Lube Report EMEA - February 1, 2022

The lubricants industry – especially in Europe – will face largescale changes in coming years in the types of raw ma ...

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Infineum Restructures Executive Committee

Lube Report EMEA - February 1, 2022

Infineum announced last week that it is restructuring its executive committee by adding new directors in charge of susta ...