Volume 4 Issue 5

Ineos Declares Force Majeure for PAOs

Ineos declared force majeure last month on supply of low-viscosity polyalphaolefins after an unexpected disruption to feedstock supply involving facilities in Texas. The company informed customers on Jan. 19 that it was implementing allocations and that it expects production to return to normal within 30 days of that date, according to an official with a lubricant marketer that received the notice and who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Brazil Base Oils Buffeted in 2020

Base oil production in Brazil fell by nearly a fifth in 2020, and output was still off by about that much during the fourth quarter, according to recently released government data. Base oil imports were up for the year, with the largest spikes in volumes occurring early in the second quarter and late in the year.

COVID-19 Depressed U.S. Auto Sales

Sales of new light vehicles in the United States declined by 15% to 14.5 million units in 2020 due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to organizations and companies that track data from U.S. automobile dealers and original equipment manufacturers.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Lukoil Streams Group II in Volgograd

BP Lubes Fell 35% in 2020

Earnings Up for S-Oil, Down for SK

Briefly Noted

Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A Inc., named Alicia Logan – formerly general manager retail West, overseeing retail fuel sales in the Western United States – general manager for base oils. She succeeds Tracey Gardiner, who moved into the newly created role of general manager for global customer experience.