Volume 1 Issue 25
The markets in the United States and Asia both remain soft amid weak demand. European markets are relatively upbeat in comparison.-by Adrian Brown
In an unusually harsh attack between lube industry giants, Shell claimed last week that a sample of ExxonMobil heavy-duty diesel engine oil failed to pass a test for oxidation stability and therefore did not comply with industry standards that it was promoted as meeting.
Lubricating grease production in North America increased 4.6 percent in 2017, according to the National Lubricating Grease Institutes yearly survey, which was released last week. Production of greases made with aluminum soap, calcium soap and lithium soap thickeners showed growth, while those made with polyurea experienced a decline.
As policies encouraging lower emissions and higher-efficiency equipment influence the types of fuels used to meet rising energy demand, methane and other waste gases in municipal landfills can be harnessed to generate electricity, which could increase demand for gas piston engines and, by extension, gas engine oil additives.