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BASF Launches Wax Plant

Lube Report - April 11, 2012

BASF commissioned a new oxidized polyethylene waxes manufacturing plant at its Ludwigshafen site in Germany. The low-de ...

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Mercedes Tightens Oil Specs

Lube Report - April 4, 2012

STUTTGART, Germany – Mercedes-Benz has adopted a wide-ranging upgrade of service-fill engine oil specifications fo ...

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Rowe Builds Blending Plant

Lube Report - April 4, 2012

German lubricant producer Rowe Mineraloelwerk GmbH is building a second blending plant to accommodate the growth of its ...

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Brighter Future for Russian Greases

Lube Report - April 4, 2012

MOSCOW – Russias grease production is expected to grow at an annual rate of 5 to 7 percent after 2014, when new pl ...

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Gazprom Eyes EU Lubes Market

Lube Report - March 28, 2012

Russian lubes producer Gazprom Neft-SM plans to break ground on a 15,000 metric ton per year lubricant blending plant in ...

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Chevron Picks Russian Marine-oil Partner

Lube Report - March 28, 2012

Russias Gazprom will produce Texaco-branded marine oils in Russia for U.S. oil major Chevron, Gazprom Neft said yesterda ...

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Total Cuts Base Oil Output

Lube Report - March 21, 2012

Total temporarily cut base oil production at its Gonfreville, France, refinery on March 10, citing a weak market and eco ...

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Gazproms Lube Sales Rise

Lube Report - March 21, 2012

Russian lubes producer Gazprom Neft-SMs automotive lubricants sales soared in 2011, boosted by new high-end products for ...

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Rosneft, Avtovaz Team Up on Lubes

Lube Report - March 14, 2012

Rosneft and Russian automaker Avtovaz signed a fuels and lubricants procurement contract that could lead to development ...

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Ford Issues Engine Oil Spec

Lube Report - March 7, 2012

LONDON – With the help of lubricants ally BP Castrol, Ford has created a proprietary engine oil for its innovative ...

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2011 Healthy Year for Fuchs

Lube Report - February 22, 2012

Fuchs Petrolub AG posted 2011 earnings of 183 million (U.S. $240.7 million) on full-year sales revenue of 1.7 billion, u ...

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Shell Russian Lubes Plant Delayed

Lube Report - February 8, 2012

The opening of Shells Russian blending plant has been delayed again, to mid-2012. Shell previously pushed back the comp ...

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Tighter Base Oil Supply Expected in Europe

Lube Report - January 25, 2012

OSTFILDERN, Germany – European lubricant blenders have long benefited from the regions surplus of base oils. Not o ...

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Petroplus to File for Insolvency

Lube Report - January 25, 2012

Petroplus Holdings AG will file for insolvency, and the refiner was granted administration orders in the United Kingdom. ...

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Russia to Get New Grease Plant

Lube Report - January 18, 2012

MOSCOW – Lukoil and Russian Railways formed a joint venture and will invest 1 billion rubles (U.S. $316 million) i ...

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UES Becomes Avista Subsidiary

Lube Report - January 18, 2012

Avista Oil AG of Germany acquired a majority stake in Universal Environmental Services, which is building a new rerefine ...

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Petit Couronne Shutdown Begins

Lube Report - January 11, 2012

Petroplus Holdings AG is closing its Petit Couronne, France, refinery this month, including its 7,300 barrels per day ba ...

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Lube Demand Grows in Russia

Lube Report - January 4, 2012

Driven by increased sales of foreign branded cars and consumption of higher-quality lubricants, Russias demand for light ...