Volume 3 Issue 3

Mexican Standard Promotes Fair Practices

A new engine oil standard that takes effect in Mexico in mid-2020 should help promote fair competition in the country's lubricants industry, an industry insider said.

Petrobras Mulls Additional Lube Production

Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras is developing a plan to increase lubricant production at its Comperj refinery in the state of Rio de Janeiro, a spokesperson told Lube Report.

Vertellus Acquires Additives Producer Bercen

Specialty chemicals manufacturer Vertellus acquired Denham Springs, Louisiana-based Bercen Chemicals, a lubricant additives and alkyl succinic anhydrides manufacturer, the company announced last month.

WD-40 Income, Sales Down

WD-40 Co. reported net income of $12.2 million for the quarter ending Nov. 30, down 8.3 percent from $13.3 million in the same period a year earlier.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Briefly Noted

Vertex Energy Inc. completed a pilot test program in December required to proceed with phase two of its planned joint venture partnership with San Francisco-based investment firm Tensile Capital. The companies announced last July a JV to accelerate full development of Vertex’s Heartland base oil rerefinery in Ohio, subject to a successful pilot test designed to validate a process by which used motor oil is converted into high purity base oil.


Early editions of the Jan. 8 article, ExxonMobil Expands Lubes Plant, incorrectly identified the facility undergoing expansion as an aviation lubricants plant that opened in 2016. A company spokesperson clarified that the ongoing expansion is taking place at a different facility, the Port Allen Lube Plant, which opened in 1990.