Volume 6 Issue 1

Withdrawn Brands Still Popular in Russia

Western oil companies may have pulled out of Russia, but they remain among the country’s most recognized motor oil brands, a recent survey found. In 2022, the three most sought-after brands were the same as in Autostat’s 2021 survey – Shell, Lukoil and ExxonMobil’s Mobil.

Turkmen Firm Enters Lubes Business

Geljege Miras, a polymer products maker, has begun producing lubricants for cars and trucks at a blending plant in Turkmenistan, a local news organization reported recently. The plant is located in the Ak Bugday district near Ashgabat, in Ahal province, and will make a variety of products ranging from crankcase oils for internal combustion engines to hydraulic fluids.

Study: Electrical Field Alters Film Thickness

The remote application of an electric field between a metal part and electrodes can change the thickness of pre-existing lubricant film, opening the possibility of adjusting lubrication in applications considered inaccessible, according to a recently published scientific report by researchers representing organizations and universities in Sweden, France, Belgium and Australia.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

China Base Oil Output Tanked in 2022

Japan Lube Demand, Production Rises

Petrobras Group II Plant Plans Progress

Briefly Noted

France’s TotalEnergies and China’s Sany – developer and manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, port and oil drilling machinery and wind-energy systems – signed a memorandum of cooperation to launch comprehensive lubricant solutions for the European market. The companies also extended their global partnership through the end of March 2024.