Volume 5 Issue 48

Blenders Adjust to Indonesias B20 Mandate

Indonesias mandatory use of B20 biodiesel fuel may lead to an increase in biodiesel fuel vehicles in Southeast Asia, encouraging lubricant blenders to gradually expand their product ranges.

Korean Group Calls for Engine Oil Standard

A consumer advocacy group urged the South Korean government this month to set standards for synthetic engine oils after complaining that existing products do not contain as much polyalphaolefin as consumers expect.

High-Performance Industrial Lube Demand Rises

The demand for high-performance industrial lubricants will continue to grow in Asia, and lubricant blenders will need to provide services and not just products, industry insiders said at the first ICIS Asian Industrial Lubricants Conference in Singapore.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

SSY Base Oil Shipping Report

Adrian Brown is away. His column will reappear in the Dec. 7 edition of Lube Report Asia.

Adrian Brown is a senior market analyst for chemicals and base oils with SSY Shipbrokers, London, can be reached atfix@ssychems.comor +44 12 0750 7507. Information about SSY can be found atwww.ssyonline.com. In the Houston office,Steve Rosenthalof SSY’s Chemical Tanker Department can be reached directly at +1 (713) 652-2700 and Jordi Maymi in Singapore can be reached at +65 6854-7127.

Briefly Noted

Schiphol, Netherlands-based automotive lubricants and additives manufacturer JLM Lubricants B.V. appointed GCG Turbochargers as its distributor in Australia and New Zealand. Domestic Chinese lubricant brands broke their own selling records on the country’s annualSingles Day on Nov. 11, making up 52.6 percent of the day’s total volume of lube sales, according to a Sinolubereport.