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GP, Gulf Blending Plants Back Online

GP Petroleums Ltd. and Gulf Oil Lubricants India Ltd. announced the reopening of blending plants in India, after receiving permission from local authorities to operate under guidelines in accordance with Covid-19 safety precautions.

Castor Oil Supply from India Resumes

Shipments of castor oil derivatives are flowing from India once again, easing availability of popular grease additives after supplies were constrained last month by a lockdown meant to combat Covid-19.

Asia Leads in Wax Supply

Asia accounted for more than half of 11.2 billion pounds of global wax supply in 2019, leading in petroleum waxes in large part because of China refineries’ widespread production of wax through processes not involving API Group I base oil, an industry insider said.

India Asked to Ship Castor Chemicals

Three lubricant industry associations in the United States petitioned India’s government last week to approve the export of castor oil derivatives stuck at India ports as part of a national lockdown to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Asia-Pacific Leads in New Wind Turbines

Asia-Pacific continued to lead in global wind power development in 2019, accounting for 50.7 percent of new installations, boosted by regulatory reform during the past two years, according to a report by the Global Wind Energy Council.

India’s BS VI Takes Effect

India took a large step toward reducing its very high levels air pollution Wednesday with the implementation of its Bharat Stage VI automobile emissions standards. The move significantly raises engine oil performance requirements.

Conserving Energy Through Greases

Matching the proper grease formulations to the right applications in automotive engines and drivelines can help conserve energy, an expert said at an industry event in Indore, India.

India Copes with Coronavirus

Castrol India and Gulf Oil Lubricants India each temporarily closed its lubricant plants as the government tries to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the world’s third-largest lubricant market.

India Amends Grease Standards

Attempting to ease the impact of growing competition for lithium, India expanded a government performance standard for greases to cover other types of thickener chemicals, a government official said at an industry event earlier this month.
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