Volume 4 Issue 22

Russian Base Oil Imports Up, Exports Down in 2020

Russia exported about 1 million metric tons of base oils in 2020, a 9% decrease compared to the year before, while imports increased by 15% on a wave of steady domestic demand, a Moscow industry event was told in May.

OEMs Agree to Mention Oil Specs

The German subsidiaries of Seat and Skoda have added engine oil specifications to owners manuals of their vehicles, as part of a cease and desist settlement with a consumer protection organization that accused them of violating competition rules, according to Uniti, the Federal Association of Medium-sized Mineral Oil Companies.

Exol Expands U.K. Factory

United Kingdom-based Exol Lubricants announced it has begun redevelopment of its Rotherham site to increase lubricant blending capabilities, with completion expected in July. The company attributed the project to rising consumer demand for its products.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

South Korea Base Oil Exports Jump

China Team Claims Group III Innovation

Valvoline Aims to Grow Through Services

Briefly Noted

Emirates National Oil Co. Group appointed South African lubricants distributor Ennero to expand its international presence in the marine lubricants sector. Ennero will distribute Enoc’s marine lubricants to all South African ports – including Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Richard’s Bay, in addition to Walvis Bay in Namibia – and other international marine markets.  Ecco Gleittechnik GmbH expanded its perfluoropolyethers lubricants porfolio through acquisition of the brands TECCEM and Fluoronox from Teccem GmbH on March 1. The Ecco / setral group – which includes subsidiary Setral Chemie GmbH – under the Setral brand and as a private label supplier researches, develops and produces special lubricants as well as chemical-technical special products.


An article in the May 25 issue, “Serbia Far from EU Rerefining Norms,” initially misidentified the individual who discussed the disposition of used lubricants in Serbia during a presentation at GBC’s CIS Base Oils and Lubricants conference. The presentation was given by NIS Expert Coordinator for Chemicals and Waste Management Srdjan Sokolović. During his talk he cited estimates by Mile Stojiljković, head for quality control and development at NIS’ lubricant division.