Volume 10 Issue 9

Lubrizol Opens Lab for Calcium Greases

Citing a need to find alternatives to increasingly expensive lithium, Lubrizol Corp. last week opened a grease laboratory outside Mumbai to develop formulas for products made with calcium sulfonate thickeners. About two-thirds of the world’s greases are made with lithium soap or complex lithium soap thickeners, but lithium costs shot up the past few years because of rising demand from electric vehicles, most of which run on lithium-ion batteries.

Japan Lube Consumption, Production Rise

Japan’s consumption of finished lubricants jumped 28%, and its lubricants production increased 17%, while lube imports dropped 37% in January, according to data released Tuesday by the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Indian Companies Weather Volatility

Volatility in key factors – including base oil and crude oil prices, additives costs and the Indian rupee – made margin-balancing challenging for Indian companies in the quarter ending Dec. 31, leading to lower profits for some, while others, including Castrol India and Gulf Oil Lubricants India, touted adjustments made to weather the volatility storm.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Latin America Base Oil Market Still Lagging

U.S. Base Oil Output Fell 6% in 2022

Luberef Expansion Will Add 230,000 T/y

Briefly Noted

Scinntc Supply Chain Solutions Pvt commissioned a warehouse for Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd. at Nandigram in Gujuarat, India. The warehouse can store more than 6,000 kiloliters (5,400 metric tons).