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BASF Expands Antioxidants Capacity

BASF increased lubricant antioxidant capacity at its Puebla, Mexico, site to keep up with growing demand for additives that lengthen the life of lubricants, the company announced last week. The new capacity of the facility was not disclosed, but the company did say production began last quarter.

Oxea Details Carboxylic Acid Expansion Plans

Oxea released additional details yesterday about its previously discussed plan to increase production capacity of carboxylic acids, which are used for manufacturing lubricant esters. The German chemical maker said it will debottleneck and optimize production processes at existing facilities and then build another plant by 2021.

Kraton Lifts Force Majeure on Tall Oils

Kraton Corp. last month lifted its force majeure declaration for its North American tall oil fatty acid and distilled tall oil product lines. The company said it completed restoration of operations for the crude tall oil refinery at its site in Panama City, Florida, which was hit by Hurricane Michael.

Shell Completes LAO Expansion

Shell Chemical LP completed an expansion that increased linear alpha olefin capacity at its Geismar, Louisiana, petrochemical refinery by 425,000 metric tons per year, the company announced Monday. The new unit began production last month.

Shell to Upgrade Lubricant Plant in Canada

Shell plans to invest $16 million to expand its lubricant blending and packaging plant in Brockville, Canada, according to an Ottawa newspapers report.

Synthetic Ester Plant Opening in Georgia

Zschimmer & Schwarz announced that it will open a plant in Ivey, Georgia this year to make esters to be used in the blending of finished lubricants.

Lube-Tech Expands Engine Testing Facility

Lubricant distributor Lube-Tech opened an expansion of its engine testing facility in Golden Valley, Minnesota, this week. The company uses the facility both for in-house testing and to provide a variety of testing services to outside customers.

Summit Installs Grease Reactor

Summit Lubricants installed a new 50,000 pound grease reactor at its plant in Batavia, New York, last week to increase manufacturing capacity and speed and to gain more control over quality.

Croda Gains Leverage in Brazil

Croda International is seeing the fruits of its strategic investments in Brazil, with subsidiary Croda do Brasil completing the first full-year of operations at its specialty polymer site - which can produce surfactants used in lubricant applications - in the southeastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.

Isla Refinery Could Restart After Settlement

Curacaos Isla Refinery is idle but has cleared one hurdle to resuming operation after current operator Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. reached a $2 billion settlement with ConocoPhillips on Aug. 20.
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