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March 20, 2020

Volume 7 Issue 12

Idemitsu Kosan to Shed Shell Lubes

Japan Idemitsu Kosan Co. plans to sell wholly owned subsidiary Shell Lubricants Japan back to Shell as it looks for more overseas opportunities amid a shrinking domestic market, the company announced last week.

Pitching Food-grade Lubes to Palm Industry

As Europeans consider regulating the presence of two categories of mineral hydrocarbons in food, some palm oil producers in Southeast Asia are turning to food-grade lubricants in an effort to maintain access to the market.

SGO Makes Bearings in India

Incheon, South Korea-based bearing manufacturer SGO said it will invest more than $4.5 million to set up bearing production facilities at a site in India. Some of those bearings are oilless and use solid lubricants.

Briefly Noted

Passenger car sales for the January-February period in the six major regions of China declined steeply, compared to the same period of 2019, according to the China Automobile Industry Association. East China’s sales declined 21.4 percent to 98,000 vehicles, Central and South China’s sales dropped 24.6 percent to 59,000, North China’s sales fell 55.6 percent to 29,900, Southwest China’s sales declined 40.3 percent to 20,700, the Northwest region’s sales fell 62.3 percent to 15,000 and the Northeast region’s sales dropped 72.8 percent to 80,000.

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While the number of new coronavirus infections in China has fallen, the dire situation is far from over, with the disease claiming hundreds of victims in Asia, Europe and the Americas and taking a significant toll on the world's economy.–by Gabriela Wheeler
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