Volume 1 Issue 25

Grease Production Jumps in Europe

Lubricating grease production in Europe increased 8 percent in 2017, according to the National Lubricating Grease Institutes annual production survey, which was released last week. Production in Europe shifted toward products made with calcium soap thickeners and polyurea greases, while output in Africa also shifted toward calcium soaps.

Titan Adds Grease Plant, Filling Line

Russian industrial lubricants and grease marketer Titan built a new plant in Novocherkassk, introduced a new filling line and entered new markets, a company official said at an industry conference in Moscow last month.

Volgograd Gets New Lube Shipping Terminal

Lukoil opened a new modernized loading center for lubricants and bitumen products at its refinery in Volgograd, Russia, the company announced earlier this month.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

SSY Base Oil Shipping Report

Adrian Brown is away. His column will reappear in the June 26 issue of Lube Report EMEA.

Adrian Brown is a senior market analyst for chemicals and base oils with SSY Shipbrokers, London, can be reached atfix@ssychems.comor +44 12 0750 7507. Information about SSY can be found atwww.ssyonline.com. In the Houston office,Steve Rosenthalof SSY’s Chemical Tanker Department can be reached directly at +1 (713) 652-2700 and Jordi Maymi in Singapore can be reached at +65 6854-7127.

Briefly Noted

Rotterdam, Netherlands-based global maritime contractor Van Oord signed a five-year partnership agreement with Shell Marine covering lubrication needs for its vessel fleet. Van Oord will use Shell Marines LubeMonitor 4T program to minimize lubrication feed rates and oil consumption. Greif commissioned a steel drum plant – the companys seventh in Russia – at a brownfield site in Vorsino industrial park, Kaluga Region. The production facility covers 6,000 square meters, and the plant has an automated production line with capacity of 2 million drums per year. Oxea will raise prices on NPG by 80 per metric ton and TMP by 80/t in Europe effective July 1. The chemicals are used in synthetic lubricants.