Volume 6 Issue 49

Rising Costs, Potential Regs Loom Over Lithium

Lithium greases are under pressure from a run-up in lithium prices and from calls for the European Union to classify the mineral as hazardous, an industry insider said at a recent conference.

Sintec Expands Grease Plant

Russian lubricant producer Sintec Group recently doubled the size of its grease plant, increasing production capacity to 12,000 metric tons per year in a bid to raise sales to the metallurgy, mining and agriculture sectors.

Carbon Footprint Methodology Validated

A Germany-based leading testing service provider validated a methodology co-developed by the Union of the European Lubricant Industry and the Technical Association of the European Lubricants Industry to calculate and report product carbon footprints for lubricants and other specialties, the organizations announced at an ATIEL technical seminar last week.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

Arteco Builds Coolants Factory in China

Japan Lube Production Dipped in October

Petrobras Cancels Lubnor Refinery Sale

Briefly Noted

Domestic sales of new vehicles in South Africa declined 13% to 43,281 in November, compared to the same month last year, according to data released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa. The association said logistical challenges at the country’s ports and across its freight rail network were having negative impacts on new vehicle sales, as well as vehicle production.