Volume 2 Issue 5

SSY Base Oil Shipping Report

Adrian Brown is away. His column will reappear in the February 6 edition of Lube Report Americas.

Global Marine Lube Demand Steady

Marine lubricant demand remained on its steady - if slightly declining - course in 2018, totaling an estimated 2.3 million tons, according to consultancy Kline & Co. The firm expects that number to remain stable in the coming years.

U.S. Distributors Trend Towards Consolidation

Pugh Lubricants, Apollo Oil, Veterans Oil and Halco Lubricants, which identify themselves as a single lubricant and fuel distributor, announced two acquisitions this month. Apparently the trend of consolidation in the distributor segment is alive and well.

Manufacturers Lukewarm on 4.0

A majority of manufacturers in the United States are adopting some Industry 4.0 technologies, although many are still skeptical that the benefits of adopting the new technologies will outweigh the costs, according to a Shell Lubricants survey.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Briefly Noted

SI Group announced the appointment ofRich Preziottias senior vice president and president of additives. The Center for Biocide Chemistries launched a website to provide consumers with information on antimicrobials. U.S. employers required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to maintain work-related injury and illness records must prepare OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, and post it from Feb. 1 and April 30.