LLK to Fill Chinese Transmissions

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Chinese Geely cars assembled in Russia will use Lukoils transmission oils for factory fill, the Russian oil major said last week.

Derways, the company that manufactures the cars, operates an assembly plant in Karachaevo-Cherkessia, a republic in the North Caucasus.

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For automatic transmissions, Lukoil will provide the Lukoil ATF brand, an all-season low-viscosity product that the company says has good antifriction properties and improved anti-oxidation. The oil is intended for use in automatic transmissions for passenger cars and heavy-duty vehicles where automakers recommend use of the Dexron IIIG specification, according to LLK International, Lukoils lube arm.

Lukoil will also supply Derways with mineral-based transmission factory fill oil branded as Lukoil TM-4. This oil is intended for standard transmissions in passenger cars and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as for differentials in different machinery. The oil meets the API GL-4 standard, the company said.

Established in 2002, Derways is Russias first independent automotive company and its plant has the capacity to produce 100,000 cars annually. Beside Geely cars, it also assembles few more Chinese car brands such as Lifan, Faw-Haima and Great Wall Hoover.

LLK is Russias biggest lube marketer and holds around 30 percent of the countrys lubricants market. In 2012 the company sold 325,000 tons of packaged lubricants, up from 220,000 tons the year before. It sells finished products in 35 countries. LLK operates four blending and base oil plants in Russia and three blending plants in Finland, Romania and Turkey.

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