Trends & Studies
Trends related to electric vehicles accounted for half of the 10 most popular answers in a global survey of tribologists and lubrication engineers about developments likely to draw the industry’s interest in coming years.
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.
Clean Harbors announced on Monday that its Safety-Kleen subsidiary and all of its waste oil collection businesses will raise prices related to collection of used engine and industrial oils, citing impacts from the IMO 2020 regulations went into full effect March 1.
API Group II exports from the United States will shift from Europe to South America and Africa over the next five years as the market adjusts to new production capacity within Europe, according to an industry consultant.
United States operating wind power capacity grew 9.5 percent in 2019 to almost 105,600 megawatts, while power purchase agreements between utilities and corporate buyers hit a record 8,726 MW, according to a market report by the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry.
The New York Power Authority recently used a mini submersible robot to navigate through the transformer oils in a power transformer to identify operation issues while reducing unplanned down time as well as risk to personnel.
Vehicle sales for last year were up in Brazil and Colombia but down in Mexico, Argentina and Chile, according to data from a variety of automotive associations and agencies. The five countries have the largest national fleets among Latin American countries.
Automotive sales in the United States for 2019 are expected to reach just above 17 million, down around 1 percent, according to companies that track data from U.S. automobile dealers and original equipment manufacturers. Pickup truck and SUV sales continued to thrive, they found, while passenger car sales declined.
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.
Pressure is building for the heavy-duty engine oil market to begin shifting to lower viscosity grades, but lighter oils might not provide adequate protection in off-road applications, an official from Caterpillar Inc. said recently.