Volume 6 Issue 49

SSY Base Oil Shipping Report

Adrian Brown is away. His column will reappear in the Dec. 13 edition of Lube Report Asia.

India Factory Fill Lube Demand Slows

The demand for factory fill lubricants in India has slowed during the past few months because weak vehicle sales in the world's fourth-largest automobile market forced automakers to cut their production.

Customizing Formulations for Different Markets

Lubricant blenders should consider each countrys unique preferences, market and work environments when formulating for the Asian market, an industry insider said.

Caltex Australia Rejects Takeover Bid

Caltex Australia, one of Australias biggest lubricants and grease suppliers, rejected an unsolicited A$8.6 billion (U.S. $5.8 billion) takeover bid from Alimentation Couche-Tard last week, but left the door open for further offers from the Canadian convenience store operator.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Briefly Noted

Pakistan State Oil Co. appointed Imtiaz Jaleel as interim chief financial officer, following the retirement of Yacoob Suttar as CFO effective Dec. 2. Jaleel is general manager of finance for the company, which sells lubricants and a variety of other petroleum products.