Volume 1 Issue 49

SSY Base Oil Shipping Report

Adrian Brown is away. His column will reappear in the Dec. 5 edition of Lube Report Americas.

Internal Combustion Engines Called Enduring

For all of the hullabaloo about electric vehicles, the internal combustion engine - as well as the engine oils that they use - are not going anywhere anytime soon. Likewise, engine oils will continue to face requirements for innovation due to emerging technologies such as start-stop engines, other types of hybrids and increased power density of ICEs, according to an industry insider.

Tanzania Removes Duty on Kenyan Lubes

Tanzania waived its 25 percent duty last month on imported Kenyan lubricants. Some players in the Tanzanian and Kenyan lubricant markets said the move will bring about healthy competition; however, not all industry participants are confident it will benefit Tanzanias domestic market.

Rotterdam Group II Plant Nears Opening

ExxonMobils refinery in Rotterdam is on track to open Europes first large-scale API Group II base oil plant during the first quarter of 2019, officials said last week.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Briefly Noted

Total Marketing Middle Eastsigned a distribution agreement with AW Rostamani Trading Co. The automotive company will distribute Total’s branded lubricants in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Frankfurt, Germany-based specialty hydrocarbon supplier HCS Group acquired Trafolube GmbH, which recycles transformer and turbine oils. Cologne, Germany-based Lanxess will restructure its distribution set-up for its lubricant additives products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa starting January 2019, appointing eight new distribution partners: Krahn Chemie Deutschland GmbH, Petrico Ltd., Pemco Additives AB, Trigueros Quimica S.L., Brenntag, FinExim OU, Addisol Endless Resources and InterActive SA.