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Q1 Sales Up for Clean Harbors, HCC

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.

Upping the Ante on Food-grade Lubes

Food-grade lubricant manufacturers looking to distinguish their products in the marketplace may wish to consider adding ISO 21469 certification to their NSF H1 credential.

GF-6, SP Hit Market May 1

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.

API Invokes Provisional Licensing

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.

Mexican Standard Promotes Fair Practices

A new engine oil standard that takes effect in Mexico in mid-2020 should help promote fair competition in the country's lubricants industry, an industry insider said.

Gauging Past, Future Heavy-duty Engine Oils

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.

Quick Uptake Forecast for GF-6

ILSAC GF-6 will be four years late by the time it comes to market next May, but it will take little time for the industry to embrace the passenger car motor oil specification, according to a leading lubricant additive company.

Departures Leave Void in Spec Development

The recent departures of three veteran leaders has left a shortage of experience among the North American collection of committees that develop automotive lubricant specifications. Industry insiders say the loss is serious enough to make the already challenging work even more difficult.

API Engine Oil Licensing Fees Rise

Fees for the American Petroleum Institutes Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System increased Dec. 1 in order to offset the costs of APIs consumer education campaign and new standard implementation.