Incidents & Disruptions

Hope for Recovery Voiced at Webinar

Hope for Recovery Voiced at Webinar

Lube Report Americas - July 10, 2020

Order volumes for every lubricants market sector, from base oils and additives to finished lubes, dropped by 40% in Apri ...

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Grim Outlook Given for Industry

Lube Report Americas - June 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious damage to lubricants markets around the world, but the bigger problem could be ...

Solomon: Pandemic to Close Base Oil Plants

Solomon: Pandemic to Close Base Oil Plants

Lube Report Americas - May 15, 2020

The economic crises created by the Covid-19 pandemic will probably trigger an overdue consolidation of global base oil c ...

Pandemic Hits Rerefiners from Both Sides

Pandemic Hits Rerefiners from Both Sides

Lube Report Americas - May 8, 2020

Rerefiners in North America are feeling the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in the form of reduced demand for their bas ...

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Castor Oil Supply from India Resumes

Lube Report Americas - April 29, 2020

Shipments of castor oil derivatives are flowing from India once again, easing availability of popular grease additives ...

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Lube Marketers Cut Prices

Lube Report Americas - April 24, 2020

Several major and independent lubricant marketers have reduced prices on finished products in the United States in recen ...

Covid-19 Impact Likened to Recession

Covid-19 Impact Likened to Recession

Lube Report Americas - April 21, 2020

Industry observers believe the Covid-19 pandemic could reduce lubricant demand at least as much as the Great Recession o ...

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Calumet to Close Plant, Furlough Workers

Lube Report Americas - April 14, 2020

Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. will close a lubricants plant in New Jersey and furlough manufacturing employee ...

Covid-19 Disrupts Auto Industry

Covid-19 Disrupts Auto Industry

Lube Report Americas - April 7, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused automakers around the world to temporarily close factories, and this will reduce demand ...

India Asked to Release Castor Chemicals

India Asked to Release Castor Chemicals

Lube Report Americas - April 7, 2020

Three lubricant industry associations in the United States petitioned India’s government last week to approve the expo ...

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Planning for Disruptions on the River

Lube Report Americas - March 31, 2020

Fog and floods are regular disruptors to barges carrying base oils on rivers. Suppliers and buyers can take steps to mi ...

Blenders Allowed to Remain Open

Blenders Allowed to Remain Open

Lube Report Americas - March 31, 2020

The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association is reaching out to members and governments to inform them that lube ...

Coronavirus Ravages Refinery Runs

Coronavirus Ravages Refinery Runs

Lube Report Americas - March 31, 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak is proving to be the most disruptive event for the base oils and refining industry since the Great ...

Flooding: Growing Obstacle to River Transport

Flooding: Growing Obstacle to River Transport

Lube Report Americas - March 24, 2020

Flooding remains a significant disruptor of barge traffic of base oil on U.S. rivers, and it could worsen in coming year ...

Coronavirus Constricts Lithium Supplier Livent

Coronavirus Constricts Lithium Supplier Livent

Lube Report Americas - March 24, 2020

Lithium supplier Livent Corp. suspended operations at its two Argentinian facilities this week in accordance with a nati ...

Fog Weighs on Base Oil Traffic

Fog Weighs on Base Oil Traffic

Lube Report Americas - March 13, 2020

Hurricanes justifiably cause much consternation for Gulf Coast base oil refiners and their customers, but fog is a bigge ...

Houston Ship Channel Reopens

Houston Ship Channel Reopens

Lube Report Americas - April 24, 2019

The Houston ship channel reopened yesterday, returning to full operations for the first time since a fire at Intercontin ...