Results Decline at Calumet, Valvoline, Quaker

Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. reported a net loss, Valvoline posted a slight decrease in operating income, HollyFrontier’s lubricants and specialty products segment reported higher income from operations and Quaker Chemical posted a net loss, for the quarter ending March 31.

North America Leads in Alpha Olefin Wax

While North America’s petroleum wax supply has declined due to rationalization of API Group I base oil plants, the region accounts for more than 80 percent of alpha olefin wax, much of which goes to production of polyvinyl chloride, an industry analyst said.

Calumet Acquires Wax Maker

Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. announced yesterday it had acquired Paralogics LLC, a producer of candle and industrial wax blends based in Muncie, Indiana. Terms were not disclosed.

Wax Industry Feels Pressure

As the trade war between Washington and Beijing continues, the United States paraffin-based wax industry is feeling pressure as sales dip and alternative waxes gain a larger share of the market. Wax sellers and buyers worry that if the duties continue, they will burn the industry.

U.S. Auto Sales Expected to Slide in 2020

The National Automobile Dealers Association forecasted sales of 16.8 million new cars and light trucks in the United States for 2020, down slightly from 2019 sales volume.

Wax Industry Awaits Impact of Tariffs

U.S. distributors and manufacturers of wax and wax products are bracing for the impact of new tariffs on Chinese imports, which went into effect Sept. 1 after the Trump administration fired its latest shot in the ongoing trade war.

HollyFrontier to Acquire Sonneborn

A HollyFrontier subsidiary will acquire Sonneborn from private equity firm One Equity Partners for $655 million cash under an agreement announced yesterday. HollyFrontier officials said the addition of Sonneborns specialty products is another step in diversifying its product mix with a shift toward finished products.