Volume 7 Issue 2

Russia Consumes Range of Engine Oil Vis Grades

Russia – the largest country in the world, spanning two continents and 11 time zones – consumes a range of motor oil viscosity grades, although 5W multigrades are the most popular, according to a market survey conducted by Moscow-based consultancy B2X.

Nynas, Stena Link to Recycle Transformer Fluid

Nynas AB has entered a partnership with waste management firm Stena Recycling to collect, process and reuse used electrical transformer fluid. Under the agreement, Nynas will rerefine waste fluid from used utility equipment that Stena collects.

Lubes’n’Greases January Issue Available

The January issue explores some of the most prominent trends affecting the lubricants industry. Discover how the rise of electric vehicles will alter PCMO demand, why automotive lubricants are shifting toward synthetic base stocks as well as how growing emphasis on sustainability and other factors will guide the industry through the new year. Plus, find out how current market dynamics are shaping the distribution segment.

Grease from Jojoba and Banana Peels

Egyptian researchers reported developing a grease made with base stock from the jojoba plant and nano chemical additives from banana peel waste. Jojoba shrubs grow in deserts and are seen as a potential economic resource by countries with such environments.

From Other Editions of Lube Report

India’s Base Oil Supply Base Set to Jump

Vietnam Requires Lube Suppliers to Recycle

U.S. Base Oil Output Flat in October

Briefly Noted

Shell U.K. Ltd. last week announced completion of the acquisition of Midel and Mivolt from Manchester, United Kingdom-based M&I Materials Ltd. Midel adds synthetic and natural ester-based transformer fluids and services, while Mivolt adds ester-based immersion cooling fluids for use in electric vehicle batteries, battery energy storage systems and data centers to Shell’s portfolio.