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Speakers: Recovery Appears Delayed

Economies around the world may be reopening from lockdowns imposed to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but base oil demand in many places remains sharply depressed and may not recover until late in the year, according to panelists at a webinar last week.

Survey Says EVs Will Spur Big Trends

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.

North America Leads in Alpha Olefin Wax

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 Hikes Used Oil Pricing

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.

U.S. Group II Exports Forecast to Shift

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.

U.S. Wind Power Capacity Still Rising

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.

Using Robot Subs for Transformer Inspections

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.

Car Sales Mixed in Latin America

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.

Auto Sales Slide in U.S. in 2019

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.

Wax Industry Feels Pressure

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.

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