ExMo Eases PAO Allocations


ExxonMobil will increase the sales allocations on some polyalphaolefin-formulated automotive and industrial lubricants effective Dec. 1, a company spokeswoman said yesterday.

Sales allocations went into effect Oct. 1 on a variety of Mobil 1 synthetic lubricants due to the continued shutdown of the Beaumont, Texas, ExxonMobil Chemical PAO plant. The plant is expected to resume operations at years end.

ExxonMobil Chemical has made use of their global supply capabilities to give its Beaumont-supplied customers, including ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties, access to increased amounts of certain low viscosity PAO base stocks, ExxonMobil spokeswoman Prem Nair told Lube Report. As such, for orders placed on or after Dec. 1, ExxonMobil Lubes and Specialties is in a position to significantly increase the allocation percentage for certain automotive and industrial lubricants.

Nair said ExxonMobil will supply Mobil 1 automotive lubricants containing PAO base stocks – including 10W-30, 0W-20, 0W-30, 5W-20 and Truck and SUV 5W-30 – to customers at historic purchase levels pre-dating the recent PAO supply disruption. Other items such as Mobil 1 5W-30 and Delvac 1 5W-40 will be supplied at significantly increased levels.

According to the companys earlier advisory letter to customers about the Oct. 1 sales allocations, Mobil 1 5W-30 had one of the tightest allocations in effect at 20 percent, while 0W-20, 0W-30, 5W-20, and Truck and SUV 5W-30 were each at 25 percent. The Mobile 1 10W-30 was at 65 percent allocation.

The company will also remove from the sales control previously implemented package constraints on certain automotive lubricants, Nair continued. The company will increase the allocation percentage on several Mobil SHC industrial lubricants: SHC 500 Series, SHC 800 Series, Rarus SHC 1020 Series, Pegasus 1 and Gargoyle Arctic SHC 200 series, including the NH 68 grade.

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