Volume 5 Issue 51

Brazil and Mexico Said to Need Better Lubes

Brazil and Mexico face urgent needs for higher performing lubricants because available supply is not fully aligned with the needs of the two countries’ respective fleets, an industry insider told the ICIS Pan American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference in New Jersey earlier this month. A Lubrizol official said the mismatch gives less than optimal protection to engines and prevents operators from shifting to lighter-viscosity oils.

Fuchs Aligns with Foster for Rail Industry

Fuchs Petrolub and L.B. Foster Co. have announced a strategic partnership to supply lubricants and friction management services to the rail industry in North America and abroad. Fuchs is headquartered in Mannheim, Germany, but it indicated that the partnership will be run through its United States subsidiary, Fuchs Lubricants Co., which is based in Harvey, Illinois. L.B. Foster’s headquarters is in Pittsburgh, but it has subsidiaries in Canada, Europe and China.

New Vehicle CO2 Emissions Drop in U.S.

In model year 2021, the average estimated real-world carbon dioxide emission rate for all new vehicles sold in the United States fell by 2 grams per mile to 347 g/mi, the lowest ever measured, while real-world fuel economy remained at a national record of 25.4 miles per gallon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported in its 2022 automotive trends report.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Gazprom Group II and III Plant Nearly Complete

France Lube Demand Falls

South Korea Base Oil Exports Fall

Briefly Noted

Four Corners Property Trust, a real estate investment trust primarily engaged in ownership and acquisition of net-leased restaurant and retail properties, yesterday announced the acquisition of five Jiffy Lube properties in Indiana for $7.9 million.