Volume 2 Issue 1

SSY Base Oil Shipping Report

Adrian Brown is away. His column will reappear in the January 9 edition of Lube Report Americas.

Grease Industry Trending Toward Calcium

The grease industrys use of calcium thickeners is on the rise, spurred by a search for alternatives to increasingly expensive lithium and performance advantages of thickener types such as calcium sulfonate.

Synthetic Ester Plant Opening in Georgia

Zschimmer & Schwarz announced that it will open a plant in Ivey, Georgia this year to make esters to be used in the blending of finished lubricants.

President Signs Bill Calling for Rerefining Study

President Donald Trump signed into law on Dec. 21 a bill calling on Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to revamp a study about rerefining of used lubricating oil.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Briefly Noted

Hydrodec Group plc reached agreement with its long term partner, G&S Oil Recycling, to increase Hydrodecs interest in Hydrodec of North America LLC – which the partnership created in April 2013 as a new entity – from 58 percent to 85 percent and to provide Hydrodec with overall operational control of its transformer oil rerefinery in Canton, Ohio. Henley Pacific SF, LLC, a subsidiary ofValvoline Inc., acquired 17 quick lube locations in California, now operating as Valvoline Instant Oil Change centers.