Volume 1 Issue 12

IOM: Asian Oils Lag on Piston Deposits

Engine oils in Asia tend to lag behind oils from Europe and the Americas in their ability to prevent deposits around piston ring belts, while Asian and European oils lag those from the Americas in terms of fuel efficiency.

Chinese Automakers Face Challenges

Having the world's largest automobile market as their home creates opportunities for Chinese car and truck makers. But they also face big challenges, according to one observer, who says domestic independents need to reduce air emissions and improve their global business structures.

India Sets Fuel Economy Targets

India recently announced a new schedule of mandates to raise the fuel efficiency of passenger cars over the next eight years. Observers say the rules will compel automakers to invest in new technologies and should help spur use of higher quality lubricants.

Briefly Noted

Chevron Sri Lanka is building a U.S. $15 million blending plant in Sapugaskanda, Sri Lanka, to replace its existing facility in Kolonnawa. Glander International Bunkering, U.A.E., announced that Euwyn Tan joined its Singapore office as a bunker and lubricant trader.