Volume 3 Issue 3

China Auto Sales Still Growing

Automobile sales in China rose 4.7 percent in 2015 to 24.6 million, according to data released last week by the Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The pace of growth was significantly slower than in past years - a trend that most observers expect is now permanent - but the worlds largest auto market did gain momentum in the final third of the year.

Standard Greases Mum on Tide Water

After an alliance led by Standard Greases and Specialities failed in its bid to become majority stockholder of Tide Water Oil, Tide Water Chairman Kallol Data predicted Andrew Yule would continue to control the company, essentially maintaining the status quo.

API Increases License Fees

The American Petroleum Institute increased fees for its engine oil licensing system last month to offset implementation costs for its forthcoming categories. The system covers API and ILSAC engine oil specifications, which are recognized in many countries, and some Asian marketers call the fees excessive.

Profits Jump for Eastern Lubricants

Bangladeshi Eastern Lubricants reported a nearly six-fold jump in earnings for the six months ended Dec. 31, compared to the same period of last year.

Global Lubricant Demand Flattens Out

While growing availability of high-performance base stocks is driving a move towards higher quality lubricants, both base stock and lubricants demand are slowing worldwide, according to presentations by consultancy Kline and Co.