Regulations Specs & Testing

How Valuable Are Bench Tests for Lubricants?

How Valuable Are Bench Tests for Lubricants?

Lubes'n'Greases - December 1, 2021

Lubricant bench tests are small-scale tests examining a specific aspect of a lubricant’s performance. Faster and cheap ...

The Road to Standardization

The Road to Standardization

Lubes'n'Greases - December 1, 2021

Quantifying Tackiness and Adhesion in Greases Standardization of test methods in the lubricants industry is neither a ...

Automotive

Automotive

Lubes'n'Greases - December 1, 2021

How About Another Engine Test? As you all know, I think we may overdo the engine test requirements for engine oils. I ...

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 ...

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11 OEMs Back Global Spec Initiative

Lube Report Americas - November 17, 2021

Eleven automakers – the majority headquartered in Japan and South Korea – have joined the International Fluids Conso ...

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Israel Extends Excise Tax to Lubes

Lube Report EMEA - November 2, 2021

In an effort to discourage tax-dodging mixing with diesel, Israeli officials signed an order last week to impose an exci ...

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Japan Flags Two Chemicals

Lube Report Asia - October 22, 2021

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare issued a report last month flagging concerns about seven chemicals, i ...

Facing the Challenges

Facing the Challenges

Lubes'n'Greases - October 4, 2021

A perfect storm has been gathering in the lubricants industry for some time: There has been increasing pressure from gov ...

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API Closes Provisional Licensing

Lube Report Americas - September 22, 2021

The American Petroleum Institute closed provisional licensing, invoked in March for most active North American industry ...

Michigan Halts Sale of Orion Products

Michigan Halts Sale of Orion Products

Lube Report Americas - September 15, 2021

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development issued a stop-use and stop-removal order on REV 360 brand p ...

EU Plans to Lower Group II Quota

EU Plans to Lower Group II Quota

Lube Report EMEA - September 7, 2021

The European Commission plans again next year to narrow an import duty exemption for API Group II base oils from nations ...

Automakers Request Supplement to SP

Automakers Request Supplement to SP

Lube Report Americas - September 1, 2021

Several automakers formally requested that the American Petroleum Institute’s Lubricants Group develop a supplement to ...

Nigeria Mandates Lube Monitoring

Nigeria Mandates Lube Monitoring

Lube Report EMEA - August 31, 2021

Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources is collaborating with the Standards Organization of Nigeria to curb supply ...

VLS Resolves Mannol Complaint

VLS Resolves Mannol Complaint

Lube Report EMEA - August 24, 2021

United Kingdom-based Verification of Lubricant Specifications said it has resolved a complaint against German automotive ...

Prescribing Oils for Indonesia’s B30

Prescribing Oils for Indonesia’s B30

Lube Report Asia - August 6, 2021

Since January of 2020, Indonesia has required the content of diesel sold within its borders to be 30% biodiesel by weigh ...

Progress by Failure

Progress by Failure

Lubes'n'Greases - August 2, 2021

Electric motor failure in hybrid buses caused by copper corrosion leads to the development of more effective e-transmiss ...

International Fluids Consortium

International Fluids Consortium

Lubes'n'Greases - August 2, 2021

You’ll remember that my column in June discussed the new heavy-duty engine oil category, currently called PC-12. It mu ...

Valvoline Allowed to Oppose Start-up Brand

Valvoline Allowed to Oppose Start-up Brand

Lube Report Americas - July 28, 2021

A panel of judges within the United States Patent and Trademark Office ruled last week that Valvoline may proceed with a ...