Volume 4 Issue 20

Research Advised for MWF Suppliers

Chinese metalworking fluid suppliers face threats and opportunities due to trends such as closings of aluminum producers and a push to supply more sophisticated metals.

Trust Key for India Tractor Operators

Suppliers may better target Indias strong tractor oil segment if they understand how operators make maintenance decisions - a goal of a recent survey by lubricant additive supplier Afton Chemical.

Idemitsu, Showa Shell Form Alliance

Idemitsu Kosan Co. and Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. last week said they still plan to merge by an unspecified date and will immediately begin integrating some parts of their business, including the procurement of raw materials.

Profits Up at Gulf Oil

Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd. reported a nearly 7 percent increase in its fourth quarter net profit, thanks to sales growth across all key segments. Lower finance costs and higher other income also contributed.

Briefly Noted

Allied Lubricants NZ will distribute ExxonMobils Mobil Lubricants to all Bridgestone Select stores throughout New Zealand. Blackgold automotive and industrial lubricants made in Singapore are now supplied throughout Vietnam by Indochina brand manager EKSA. In-mold labeling and packaging company IML Technology Indonesia inaugurated a production plant in the Dinh Vu Industrial Zone of Hai Phong, Vietnam, to make plastic packaging material for lubricants and other chemicals. Hi-Tech Lubricants Ltd. appointed Faraz Akhtar Zaidi director in place of the late Muhammad Basit Hassan.