North America

American Car Sales Fall Again

American Car Sales Fall Again

Lube Report Americas - January 19, 2022

Sales of new light vehicles in the United States slipped 3% to 14.9 million units in 2021, as several factors, including ...

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Pemex to Boost Base Oil Output

Lube Report Americas - January 19, 2022

After years of reduced production, Mexico’s government wants state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos to raise its output of ba ...

U.S. Lubricants Buys BP Blending Plant

U.S. Lubricants Buys BP Blending Plant

Lube Report Americas - January 19, 2022

U.S. Lubricants purchased a lube blending facility in Baltimore, Maryland, from BP, the company announced this week. U.S ...

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Equity Firm Buys Lubes Distributor

Lube Report Americas - January 12, 2022

Private equity firm OpenGate Capital has acquired Chemsolv Inc., a Virginia-based regional distributor of commodity and ...

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Survey: Supply Chain Problems Persist

Lube Report Americas - January 12, 2022

Chemical manufacturers in the United States reported that supply chain disruptions are persisting and in some cases wors ...

Mixed Results for WD-40

Mixed Results for WD-40

Lube Report Americas - January 12, 2022

WD-40 Co. reported net income of $18.6 million for the quarter ending Nov. 30, a 21% decrease from $23.6 million in the ...

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ExxonMobil Workers Vote on Union

Lube Report Americas - January 5, 2022

Employees at ExxonMobil’s Beaumont, Texas, refining complex and lubricant manufacturing plant completed an election la ...

U.S. Base Oil Output Ahead of 2020

U.S. Base Oil Output Ahead of 2020

Lube Report Americas - January 5, 2022

The United States produced 5.2 million barrels of base oil in October, a 4% increase from the same month in 2020 and jus ...

Swedish Firm Buys Lube Seals Maker

Swedish Firm Buys Lube Seals Maker

Lube Report Americas - December 29, 2021

Swedish company VBG Group acquired all shares of U.S.-based Carlyle Johnson Machine Co. for $16.5 million. Carlyle Johns ...

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Baytown Scaled Back After Fire

Lube Report Americas - December 29, 2021

ExxonMobil’s Baytown, Texas, refinery – site of the second-largest base oil plant in the United States – is operat ...

Nye Lubricates Space Telescope

Nye Lubricates Space Telescope

Lube Report Americas - December 22, 2021

The James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch Dec. 24 on a NASA mission from French Guiana, will rely on a proprie ...

Biden Ratchets Fuel Economy Regs

Biden Ratchets Fuel Economy Regs

Lube Report Americas - December 22, 2021

President Joseph Biden’s administration announced a series of fuel economy standards this week, a move viewed as furth ...

Canadian Pacific Closes on Merger

Canadian Pacific Closes on Merger

Lube Report Americas - December 15, 2021

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. announced yesterday the completion of its $31 billion acquisition of Kansas City Southern, ...

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ExxonMobil LAO Project Pushed Back

Lube Report Americas - December 8, 2021

ExxonMobil’s entry into the linear alpha olefin market has been delayed as a large expansion of the company’s Baytow ...

U.S. Base Oil Output Remains High

U.S. Base Oil Output Remains High

Lube Report Americas - December 1, 2021

The United States produced 5.5 million barrels of base oil in September, topping the same month in 2020 by 23% and nearl ...

Profits Rise for Vertex Recycling Unit

Profits Rise for Vertex Recycling Unit

Lube Report Americas - November 24, 2021

Vertex Energy Inc. reported higher gross profit and increased revenues for the quarter ended Sept. 30 for its used motor ...

API Updates Bulk Oil Guidelines

API Updates Bulk Oil Guidelines

Lube Report Americas - November 24, 2021

The American Petroleum Institute last week published an updated version of API 1525A, a document setting guidelines for ...

Calumet Posts Earnings Turnaround

Calumet Posts Earnings Turnaround

Lube Report Americas - November 10, 2021

Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. reported much improved earnings for the quarter ending Sept. 30, showing signs ...