Volume 1 Issue 45

K-REACH Targets 518 Chemicals

A draft list of substances that will require registration under South Koreas looming new chemical safety regulation includes a number of chemicals used by the lubricants industry, from various amines to metalworking fluid biocides and other lube components.

Profits Rise for Chevron Lanka, Tide Water

Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC and Tide Water Oil Co. both reported improved performance for the three months ended Sept. 30, while Savita Oil Technologies Ltd. posted a decline in profits. Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd. had higher revenues in its first report as a demerged publicly traded company.

Gulf Expansion Nears Completion

Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd. said it is nearing completion of an expansion at its 75,000 tons per year lubricant blending plant in Silvassa, India. The project, which will increase the capacity to 95,000 t/y, is scheduled to wrap up in January.

Damping Compounds Bring Quiet

Consumer perceptions and expectations of quality have risen considerably in the past several years. Nowhere is this more evident than in the automotive industry, where even drivers of economy cars demand a level of quiet and feel once reserved for luxury cars. This expectation extends to other consumer products such as cell phones, furniture, electronics and appliances.

Briefly Noted

Total entered a three-year agreement to develop, produce and supply lubricants internationally for Sany Group, Chinas second-largest construction equipment manufacturer. BMW recommended Shell as global supplier of aftermarket engine oils for its BMW, BMW i, BMW M, MINI and BMW Motorrad models of vehicles. Castrol had the contract previously.