Volume 3 Issue 44
The heavy-duty diesel engine oil market is gradually shifting to lower-viscosity products, with advancing technology and better understanding of their benefits making them more available for use by more truck fleets, industry speakers said during a webinar Tuesday.
The American Petroleum Institute Lubricants Standards Group is debating an amendment to its Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System, also known as API 1509, which would define a base stock manufacturer. The document has no clear definition, and the addition could affect base oil interchange and viscosity grade read-across rules, said Luc Girard, president of Sanjuro Consulting.
In addition to damage it has done to demand for many types of products, the coronavirus pandemic has hampered business by saddling them with a range of concerns about how to keep employees safe while continuing to operate.