Volume 4 Issue 28

Lube Additive Sales Rebounded in May

Lubricant additive sales volumes in the United States rebounded in May after retreating the previous month, according to statistics released recently by the American Chemistry Council. The decline in April was part of a two-month setback for the broader specialty chemical sector stemming from severe winter weather.

Brazil's Base Oil Production Stays Strong

Brazil’s base oil production in May increased 121%, compared to the same month in 2020, and was also up 19% from May 2019, which could suggest a trend toward pre-pandemic monthly production numbers.

Oils, Filters Gain Online During Pandemic

Motor oils and filters were among the fastest growing automotive aftermarket categories online in 2020 in the United States, as the pandemic altered the do-it-yourself landscape last year and through May this year, according to a market analysis and business intelligence firm.

WD-40 Income, Net Sales Recover

WD-40 reported net income of $21 million for the quarter ending May 31, a 45% increase from a year earlier, while net sales for its maintenance products group also rose 45% year-on-year to $127.4 million in 2021. The company cited a recovery from the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic for its improved sales.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Spain’s Demand Nears Pre-pandemic Levels

Enoc JV to Blend Lubes in Egypt

GP Tables Lube Plant Construction

Briefly Noted

The network of Peachtree Corners, Georgia-based Mighty Distributing System, an auto parts wholesaler, will carry Houston, Texas-based Total Specialties USA’s Total Energies’ range of lubricants under a partnership announced July 9. Mighty supports 100 franchised distributors in 44 U.S. states and five international markets.  ExxonMobil named Bonnie Eckhart as Port Allen Cluster manager, midstream, lubricants operations Americas for ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Co. The Port Allen Cluster in Louisiana includes a lubricants plant and aviation plant. Eckhart succeeded Scott Gleason, who was named Americas Lubricants operations support manager at the ExxonMobil Houston campus.