Volume 1 Issue 1

SSY Base Oil Shipping Report

Adrian Brown is away this week and next week. His column will reappear in the Jan.16 issue.

Wuerth Group Acquires Liqui Moly

German lubricant marketer Liqui Moly announced last week that it had been acquired by Adolf Wuerth GmbH & Co. in a deal intended to ensure stability for Liqui Molys future.

UAE Blender Changes Hands

Indias Maximus International Ltd. said its United Arab Emirates-based unit plans to acquire a controlling stake in Pacific Lubricants LLC, a producer with a plant in the UAE.

Prepare Now for Marpol Sulfur Cuts

Starting Jan. 1, 2020 - just two years away - new pollution regulations will cap marine fuel sulfur at just 0.5 percent for oceangoing vessels worldwide. Given that it can take up to six years to get a new marine oil tested and approved, lube oil marketers are running short of time to prepare for this dramatic change, a Chevron Oronite official said recently.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Briefly Noted

Shell Egypt became the main and sole supplier of motor oils for Mansour Automotive service centers in Egypt under a recently announced agreement.

Editor's Letter

Beginning this week, LubesnGreases is switching to a regional format for Lube Report – and launching a third online newsletter. The new newsletter is Lube Report EMEA, which will focus on the lubricants industry in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and be published each Tuesday. Lube Report is being renamed Lube Report Americas and will continue to be published on Wednesdays. We will continue to publish Lube Report Asia, but its publication day is switching to Friday.

Subscriptions to the newsletters will continue to be free.

In making this change, we are expanding our coverage of the industry and at the same time providing a geographic focus which we believe readers will appreciate, Publisher Howard Briskin said.