Volume 4 Issue 15

Branded Workshops Key in Indonesia

Lubricant suppliers say branded workshops are critical in Indonesia's aftermarket segment, which is growing as the country's automobile parc ages and warranties expire.

Dongfengs Lube Subsidiary Plans Second Plant

Chinas Dongfeng Motor Corp. (Shiyan) Lubricating Oil Co. recently announced plans to build its second blending plant by April 2018.

Sri Lankas Synlubes Tax Hike: Good or Bad?

Duties and taxes on synthetic lubricants in Sri Lanka shot up by 31 percent late last year, a move commerce advocate groups and traders say is roiling the market. But some say the increase has leveled the playing field for the better and may actually benefit end users.

Fuchs Australia Stretches into Bigger Facility

Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia) Ptys new blending plant near Newcastle on Australias east coast will help it shut its dated facility nearby, triple its local lube output to around 66,000 metric tons per year and continue to snare market share.

Briefly Noted

Shell launched a technology center in Bangalore, India, which it hopes will add research and development support to its lubricants division in the future. Petronas Lubricants Internationaltold reporters last week that it will invest around U.S. $150 million in India, an increase from the $50 million it initially targeted for its 97,000 metric tons per year blending plant under construction in Patalganga. The expenditure will also cover branding efforts and a motorcycle engine oils technology center.