Volume 3 Issue 17

Emissions, Fuel Regs Will Challenge Lubes

Indias decision to jump straight from Bharat Stage IV to BS VI automobile emissions regulations will accelerate its need for higher quality engine oils, even as relaxed fuel standards create a tougher operating environment.

SK, S-Oil Post High Profit Gains

SK Lubricants and S-Oil posted high earnings in their base oil and lubricants businesses for the first three months of the year thanks to low crude oil prices, while PT Pertamina Lubricants recorded a net profit of U.S. $143 million in 2015.

Tide Water Buys UK Lube Manufacturer

Indias Tide Water Oil agreed last week to a 9.59 million (U.S. $13.8 million) acquisition of Price Thomas Holdings Ltd., which owns United Kingdom-based manufacturer of lubricants and care car products Granville Oil & Chemicals.

API Invokes Provisional Licensing for Engine Oils

The American Petroleum Institute is temporarily granting provisional licenses for the ILSAC GF-5 and API SN, SM, SL and SJ passenger car engine oil categories while a committee tries to develop replacement parts for a key test.

Briefly Noted

Valtris has acquiredfellow U.S.-based specialty chemical company Akcros Chemicals, which has severalinternational manufacturing sites, including in China and India, and a portfolio that includes additives and intermediates used in and as lubricants. Gulf Oil Marine Ltd.in Hong Kong named Singapore-based Peter Cray as Chief Operating Officer following Jack Craig’s retirement this month. Sinopec Corp.and Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co. (XCMG) signed a five-year agreement to expand overseas, with the lubricants manufacturer providing engine oils, hydraulic fluids and other products to the construction group.