Volume 8 Issue 42

BASF-Petronas Boosts 2-EHA Output

A Malaysian joint venture between BASF and Petronas will double its capacity to make 2-ethylhexanoic acid due to growing demand in applications such as lubricants used in white goods, the companies announced Wednesday.

Lanxess Unveils Antioxidant Expansion

Lanxess said this week that it will expand its output of aminic antioxidants for lubricants at a chemical factory in Taiwan. The German chemical company did not specify the current or future capacity of the facility nor the cost of the project, stating that the site’s capacity to make the antioxidants will increase by several thousand metric tons per year and describing the price as several million United States dollars.

Moresco Reports Higher Sales Revenue

Japanese specialty lubricant manufacturer Moresco Corp. reported higher sales of both specialty lubricants and synthetic oils for its second fiscal quarter, which ended in August, boosted by continued recovery in automobile production both domestically and in other countries.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

ExxonMobil to Raise High-vis PAO Capacity

Valvoline to Separate Segments

Shell Starts Russian Expansion

Briefly Noted

Sales of new automobiles in Japan declined 32% to 318,371 in September, falling from 469,706 in the same month last year, according to data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. Passenger car sales dropped 34% to 256,963, truck sales fell 22% to 60,879 and bus sales declined 21% to 529.