Volume 3 Issue 2
The next heavy-duty engine oil category in North America is not expected for seven years, and industry insiders worry that test hardware for existing categories will run out before then. This includes the latest API CK-4 and FA-4 diesel engine oil standards as well as the maintenance of older licensable categories, as discussed at ASTM meetings early last month in New Orleans.
Pressure is building for the heavy-duty engine oil market to begin shifting to lower viscosity grades, but lighter oils might not provide adequate protection in off-road applications, an official from Caterpillar Inc. said recently.
ExxonMobil is completing an expansion of its Port Allen lubricant blending plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.