Volume 7 Issue 45

Japan Market Shows Recovery Signs

Japan consumed 109,012 kiloliters of finished lubricants in September, according to data released Oct. 30 by the country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. That volume is down from the same month in 2019 but represents an increase from August.

Base Oil Availability Tightens in Asia

Asia’s base oil supply transitioned from long to short in recent months because pandemic-related lockdowns slashed demand for other refinery products, hindering refiners’ flexibility to increase base oil production, an industry insider said during an online panel discussion.

Apar Profits Up, Lanka IOC’s Slump

For the quarter ending Sept. 30, India’s Apar Industries posted higher net profit and Sri Lanka’s Lanka IOC reported a huge decline in profit, compared to results a year earlier.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Base Oil Output Fell Back in August

Fuchs Acquires Silicone Lubes Maker

Capacity Rising for Infineum Detergents

Briefly Noted

According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, 4.9 million Chinese brand passenger vehicles were sold in the country from January to September, a year-on-year decrease of 17.7%. The 4.9 million vehicle sales accounted for 36.4% of total passenger vehicle sales in China during that period.