North America

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U.S. Base Oil Output Tumbles in May

Lube Report Americas - August 5, 2020

Base oil production in the United States regressed in May, falling to its lowest seasonally adjusted level since the sta ...

Bio-lubes Forecast to Outpace Overall Market

Bio-lubes Forecast to Outpace Overall Market

Lube Report Americas - August 5, 2020

Despite setbacks from the pandemic, demand for bio-lubricants should continue to grow faster than the overall global lub ...

Q2 Profits Down for Afton, Valvoline

Q2 Profits Down for Afton, Valvoline

Lube Report Americas - August 5, 2020

Afton Chemical recorded lower operating profit and sales for its second quarter, and Valvoline reported decreases in ope ...

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Rules Require Diligence from Quick Lubes

Lube Report Americas - July 29, 2020

Enforcement of engine oil and transmission product labeling and receipt requirements that impact quick lubes and their d ...

Revenues Drop for HCC

Revenues Drop for HCC

Lube Report Americas - July 29, 2020

Heritage-Crystal Clean’s oil business segment – which includes oil collection activities, rerefining activities and ...

Pandemic Increases Delays in Oil Changes

Pandemic Increases Delays in Oil Changes

Lube Report Americas - July 29, 2020

In addition to the sudden drop in miles driven, the COVID-19 pandemic has also caused more drivers in the United States ...

U.S. Auto Sales Continue Rebound

U.S. Auto Sales Continue Rebound

Lube Report Americas - July 15, 2020

Auto sales in the United States showed signs of life later in the second quarter, though numbers remained down on a year ...

Vehicle Aging Trend Continues

Vehicle Aging Trend Continues

Lube Report Americas - July 7, 2020

The average age of light vehicles in the United States rose 8%, from 10.9 years in 2011 to 11.8 years in 2019, and is pr ...

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U.S. Base Oil Output Declines

Lube Report Americas - July 5, 2020

April base oil production in the United States was 13.2% lower than the five-year running average for that month, after ...

North American Grease Production Slips

North American Grease Production Slips

Lube Report Americas - June 28, 2020

North American production of lubricating greases seems to have dipped from 2018 to 2019, according to a survey by the Un ...

Air Force Aims to Extend Service Intervals

Air Force Aims to Extend Service Intervals

Lube Report Americas - June 22, 2020

The U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Environmental Quality Technical Support Branch is leading a pilot study aim ...

Oil Change Sales Rise

Oil Change Sales Rise

Lube Report Americas - June 21, 2020

Sales for oil change and lubrication shops in the United States reached an estimated $6.6 billion in 2019, up 5% from $6 ...

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Wax Maker Acquires PVC Lubes Company

Lube Report Americas - June 21, 2020

Canadian wax maker The International Group Inc. has acquired Picayune, Mississippi-based Rheogistics LLC, which supplies ...

Use of Base Oil Brokers Rises in Mexico

Use of Base Oil Brokers Rises in Mexico

Lube Report Americas - June 17, 2020

Close to two-thirds of base oil sold by United States refiners into Mexico is transacted through brokers, according to f ...

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States Sue Over Fuel Economy Rollback

Lube Report Americas - June 17, 2020

Twenty-three United States states and the District of Columbia sued President Donald Trump’s administration at the end ...

Auto Sales Start to Turn Corner

Auto Sales Start to Turn Corner

Lube Report Americas - June 8, 2020

New light vehicles sales in the United States are expected to reach near 1.1 million units in May according to a recent ...

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Slow Recovery Forecast for U.S.

Lube Report Americas - June 8, 2020

The lubricants market faces a “very gradual” recovery, regardless of the ultimate size of the dip in the economy or ...