Clean Harbors’ Safety-Kleen segment and Heritage-Crystal Clean’s oil business segment both reported higher revenues for the first quarter, compared to 2019’s first quarter. Both companies noted that although the Covid-19 pandemic’s economic impacts were limited in the first quarter, impacts started to worsen at the quarter’s end.
First licensing for ILSAC GF-6A and GF-6B and API SP is scheduled to begin May 1. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic’s impacts, hundreds of licensed GF-6 products are expected to be added to the American Petroleum Institute’s online Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System this Friday, according to an API official.
The American Petroleum Institute invoked provisional licensing for a key bench oxidation test for ILSAC GF-6 and API SP, along with additional current standards, citing a backlog of testing in advance of GF-6’s May 1 first-licensing date.
ILSAC GF-6 is on its home stretch to commercial introduction on May 1, but automakers and the lubricant industry are questioning whether additional work is needed to help prevent low-speed pre-ignition.
The next heavy-duty engine oil category in North America is not expected for seven years, and industry insiders worry that test hardware for existing categories will run out before then. This includes the latest API CK-4 and FA-4 diesel engine oil standards as well as the maintenance of older licensable categories, as discussed at ASTM meetings early last month in New Orleans.
The worlds two leading engine oil specification groups have developed a closer working relationship in recent years, which will enable new development processes to move forward more quickly and smoothly.
After previously saying it would release Dexos1 Gen 3 in January and begin commercial licensing during the second quarter, General Motors is considering revising the schedule to push back at least some of the timing. The company plans to announce its decision soon.
The Mexican government is preparing to publish new national engine oil standards that are modeled on those in the United States and which would replace its own antiquated standards.
Maintaining older categories when the industry is at risk of not having the necessary engine tests to keep them alive is one key challenge to future heavy-duty engine oils.
Although managers of heavy-duty truck fleets understand the fuel economy benefits of API FA-4 engine oils, many remain hesitant to use a lower-viscosity heavy-duty engine oil, an industry insider said at a conference here.