Volume 1 Issue 38

SSY Base Oil Shipping Report

Owners everywhere were glad to see the back of August since it was such a quiet month. September has started cautiously, but there are one or two areas where activity levels have shown a slight improvement. -by Adrian Brown

Speaker: Think Local in Foreign Lands

Companies seeking to expand overseas should tailor marketing messages and product offerings to specific countries and work closely with local distributors, an industry insider asserted at a conference held late last month in Des Moines, Iowa.

Valvoline Acquires Canadian Quick Lubes

Valvoline Inc. is set to acquire Ottawa, Canada-based quick-lube franchise Oil Changers Inc., the company announced last Tuesday. This deal is the companys second quick-lube acquisition in Canada.

ILMA Forms Foreign Trade Committee

The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association has formed a committee offering member companies information on a range of issues encountered when entering foreign markets.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Briefly Noted

Gary Parsons, global original equipment manufacturer and industry liaison for Chevron Oronite Co., has retired. Richard van den Bulk has taken over the positions. Vancouver, British Colombia-based Gen III Oil Corp. entered into a technical and rerefinery operations consulting arrangement with Mike Ebert and Blue Process Advisors LLC. The American Petroleum Institute appointed Debra M. Phillips as its vice president of global industry services effective Oct. 1.