Volume 1 Issue 49
Adrian Brown is away. His column will reappear in the Dec. 5 edition of Lube Report Americas.
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 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.
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.