Volume 5 Issue 28

Solomon: Profitable Plants Optimize Output

Base oil plants are complex facilities whose performance can be measured in numerous ways. One stands far above others, however, in consistently predicting plant profitability, an official from Solomon Associates said recently. That indicator is the degree to which the plant’s output is weighted toward heavy base stocks and high-value byproducts such as waxes and specialty petroleum products.

Perstorp Boosts 2-EHA Production

Perstorp Group announced on July 7 that it has increased production capacity of 2-ethylhexanoic acid at its plant in Stenungsund, Sweden, to meet global demand from customers. Applications include in synthetic lubricants and corrosion inhibitors. The company said it achieved the increase through debottlenecking and that it now has more capacity to make the chemical than any other company.

Ardova Reports Jump in Earnings

Nigerian blender and distributor Ardova Plc’s lubricants and greases segment reported an increase of more than 200% in its net profit and a large rise in sales revenue for the quarter ending March 31, compared to the same period last year, according to the company’s financial statements.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Shell Singapore Plant Stays Open

Base Oil Production in U.S. Dips

Brazil Base Oil Output Jumped in May

Briefly Noted

Univar B.V., a subsidiary of Univar Solutions, expanded its distribution agreement with Calumet Specialty Products for its range of naphthenic and paraffinic base oils, packed and bulk, throughout Europe. As a result, Univar Solutions customers across Europe can now access more Calumet products with a wide range of viscosity and solvency characteristics across the lubricants, greases, metalworking fluids and adhesives markets.