It is no secret that Chinas state-owned enterprises dont always contract their lubricant-supplying peers. Many government agencies have shown preference to private multinational brands, believing they offer better quality. But that trend is changing.
In early February, Chinese state-owned logistics company Cosco Shipping signed a deal to get marine lubes from national oil company Sinopec for its cargo vessel Leo, which it said is the worlds largest. Leo is powered by Mark 10.5, an engine developed by German marine engine manufacturer Man Diesel SE. According to Man, Sinopec is the only local supplier whose cylinder oils carried the engine makers approval.