STUTTGART, Germany – With API Group III base stocks proliferating worldwide, its important to distinguish each suppliers products from the pack, said Infineum International Ltd. at the Uniti Mineral Oil Technology Congress here last week. But a more diverse global portfolio also demands new API base oil interchange guidelines, which will be challenging to implement.
Speaking during the Infineum Trends 2015: Making a Difference in a Complex World pre-conference event, Yannick Jullien pointed to a stark change in the global balance between various base stock types. Current announcements of base stock capacity additions and Group I shutdowns suggest that between 2011 and 2017, more than three barrels of [Group II or III] capacity will be added for every barrel of Group I removed.
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