Volume 5 Issue 6

U.S. to Seize Sime Darby Palm Products

The United States Customs and Border Patrol agency has directed the nation’s ports to seize shipments of palm oil and palm oil derivatives from Sime Darby Planatation Bhd after concluding the Malaysia company uses forced labor. The January 28 finding came 13 months after the agency said that it was investigating the company. At that time Customs and Border Patrol told ports not to release Sime Darby shipments entering the country.

Base Oils: Will the Pendulum Swing Back?

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a long, large, global run-up in base oil prices, as well as profit margins, with the latter increasing anywhere from two- to five-fold by last summer. Since then, however, prices and margins have plateaued, and some market insiders predict the industry is headed back to pre-pandemic conditions, when a chronic surplus of capacity exerted downward pressure on prices and compressed margins.

Profits Fall at Afton, Mixed for Valvoline

Afton Chemical posted decreased operating profit for the fourth quarter and full year 2021 along with increased sales, while Valvoline saw an increase in sales and mixed results in operating income for its two segments for its fiscal quarter ending Dec. 31.

Brazil Auto Sales Recovering Slowly

Passenger car registrations in Brazil declined in December but were higher for full year 2021, showing a slight recovery in spite of the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, according to data released by Brazil’s automobile manufacturers association. The country’s vehicle exports and production improved, as recovery continued from the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts in 2020.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Minsk Stock Exchange Hosts Lube Trades

Castrol Profits Rise in 2021, Slip in Q4

Japan Demand Rebounded in 2021

Briefly Noted

RelaDyne acquired Kent, Ohio-based The Farley Co., a distributor of lubrication and chemical products, including its own private label and ShellValvoline Inc. announced on Monday that it began piloting electric vehicle services in a limited number of its retail stores. The pilots are the next step in advancing the company’s strategy to extend its preventive auto maintenance service model to EV owners, original equipment manufacturers and fleets.  Emirates National Oil Co. Ltd. signed a five-year agreement with Tfe Intermediacao De Negocios Ltda, a Brazilian petroleum distributor, to distribute Enoc lubricants in Brazil.