JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The global shift in base oil production away from API Group I will compel African blenders to consider using higher grade base oils, industry experts said here at the ICIS Africa Base Oils and Lubricants Conference. The big question is, when?
In a presentation, Valentina Serra-Holm, technology and marketing director for Sweden-based Nynas AB, said, The reluctance to reformulate will be challenged by the increasing difficulty of accessing Group I capacity. She predicted that the first country likely to move away from Group I will be South Africa, which is the most quality-driven country in the region. Meanwhile, other African countries will still be trying to hold on to Group I base stocks, especially for heavy-duty formulations.
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